Murr Dog’s First as a Railer Not Enough in 2-1 Loss to Mariners

Worcester Railers HC at Maine Mariners

February 7, 2020

Cross Insurance Arena

Meeting 10 of 18 vs. Maine this season

Railers are 3-6-1-0 vs. the Mariners this season

Murr Dog’s First as a Railer Not Enough in 2-1 Loss to Mariners

Railers host games Saturday and Sunday at the DCU Center

Portland, ME – The Worcester Railers HC(17-29-2-0, 36pts)were edged out 2-1 by the Maine Mariners (26-19-1-1, 54pts)in front of 2,449 fans at the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday night.The Railers return home to the DCU Center Saturday night for Pink in the Rink Night hosting the Atlanta Gladiators at 7pm.

Rookie defenseman Justin Murray (1-0-0) scored his first professional goal on his 68thshot of the season while Evan Buitenhuis made 25 saves in net for the loss. The Mariners received goals from Dillan Fox (1-0-1) and Morgan Adams-Moisan (1-0-1) while Connor Lacouvee stood tall in net for the Mariners making 45 saves in route to the victory. The Railers went on a four-minute power-play with 3:16 to play in the third period but were unable to find the back of the net.

Worcester had two power-play opportunities in the first period, one which was a partial five on three but the Railers could not convert. Dillan Fox (20th) would pot the only goal of the stanza coming on a breakaway firing one low blocker on Evan Buitenhuis to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead with 5:10 to play in the period. Maine took the 1-0 lead into locker room through 20 minutes of play with shots in favor of the Railers 13-12.

Maine scored the only goal of the middle frame when Morgan Adams-Moisan (7th) sent one over the glove of Evan Buitenhuis from the left circle increasing the Mariners advantage to 2-0 at 13:28 of the second period. Worcester outshot Maine 14-8 in the stanza but it was the home team that held a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes of play.

A forecheck from Bo Brauer and Dante Salituro set up Justin Murray (1st) who blasted one past the glove of Connor Lacouvee from the left circle for his first professional goal which cut the Railers deficit down to 2-1 at 5:36 of the third period. Worcester was given a four-minute power-play with 3:16 to play on a high stick double minor. Evan Buitenhuis was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:40 to play and then the Railers went on a six on three advantage with 32 seconds left in regulation on another Maine penalty. Despite generating multiple chances, they could not find the back of the net as Maine skated to a 2-1 victory.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Morgan Adams-Moisan (1-0-1) 2nd star: Dillan Fox (1-0-1) 1st star: Connor Lacouvee (45 saves, Win) final shots were 46-27 in favor of Worcester…. Connor Lacouvee (16-9-2) made 45 saves on 46 shots for Maine…. Evan Buitenhuis (11-17-1) made 25 saves on 27 shots for Worcester while Jakub Skarek served as the backup….Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-5…., JD Dudek (IR), Kyle Thomas (IR), Yanick Turcotte (IR), Tanner Pond (IR), Cody Payne (Sick), Dylan Sadowy (IR), Jack Macnee and Ian Milosz did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell, David Quenneville, Linus Soderstrom, and are all with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Justin Murray scored his first professional goal and it came on his 68thshot of the season…. Nic Pierog led all Worcester skaters with six shots…. Bo Brauer and Dante Salituro collected assists for Worcester…. Bryce Nielsen made his ECHL debut after signing with Worcester earlier today and wore number 21…. The Railers have scored 14 goals in their last 33 periods…. Phil Johansson was put on waivers earlier toady…. Dylan Sadowy was placed on the IR earlier today…. the Railers are now 13-19-1-0 under GM/Coach Cunniff…. Worcester has 24 games left and eight will be against Maine…. The Railers are now 7-10-4-3 all-time vs. the Mariners and 1-7-2-2 at the Cross Insurance Arena.

What’s on tap – Home Weekend at the DCU Center!

On Saturday, Feb 8 it is a BIG GAME SATURDAY as Ricky Duran from The Voice will perform the national anthem and meet with fans on PINK in the RINK Night to benefit the Cup Crusaders presented by Rampco Construction. The Railers will skate on pink ice and wear pink jerseys to raise money and awareness for breast cancer with a 7pm start vs. the Atlanta Gladiators.  Score a VIP meet and greet package with Ricky Duran by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750.  Individual tickets start at just $15!

On Sunday, Feb 9 the Railers host the Newfoundland Growlers on TRAX’s birthday with a KIDS GIVEAWAY SUNDAY! Make sure to catch the mascot Royal Rumble during the intermission and the first 1,000 kids 12 and under (including Cam) will receive Railers thunder sticks courtesy of Agnelli Law Offices.  Score a SUNDAY FUNDAY ticket pack which includes four tickets and four beverages (beer or soda) for just $60!

Bring a group of 10 or more people to the game and save BIG $$$$ off Box Office pricing and receive a Railers hat for everyone in your group! Plus, score a Railers experience…Zamboni rides, High-Five Tunnel, post-game photo on ice, and more!  Call 508-365-1750 for your customized group experience!

Still and Stir located behind the DCU Center provides hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Watch all road games broadcast live on for a small fee. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop with Eric Lindquist and Cam McGuire. Full season memberships, mini plans, and group tickets are on sale now by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting

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