Worcester Railers HC at Toledo WalleyeNovember 24, 2017Huntington ArenaMeeting 2 of 2 vs. Toledo this seasonWorcester went 0-2-0-0 vs. the Walleye this season
Railers all Swedish no Finnish in ToledoWorcester outshoots Toledo 34-20 but fall 4-1 to Walleye
Toledo, OH– The Worcester Railers HC (7-7-1-1, 16pts) lost for the first time in regulation in four games after a 4-1 defeat to the host Toledo Walleye (12-4-2-0, 26pts) in front 7,502 fans at the Huntington Arena on Friday evening.
Barry Almeida scored the only Railers goal as Worcester outshot Toledo 34-20 in the road loss. Mitch Gillam made 16 saves in net for the Railers while Vili Saarijarvi scored twice and Matej Machovsky made 33 saves in net for the Walleye in the win.
Worcester outshot Toledo 12-3 in the first period but it was the Walleye to score the only goal. Zach Nastasiuk (6th) tapped in a centering feed from on top of the crease past goaltender Mitch Gillam at 6:40. Worcester trailed 1-0 through 20 minutes of play.
Railers continued to carry the play in the second period by outshooting Toledo 14-7 in the middle frame. The Walleye went ahead 2-0 after a shot from the point by Vili Saarijarvi (1st) went through a screen and into the back of the net at 11:31. Worcester finally got on the board after Barry Almeida (4th) came in late to shot home a loose Ashton Rome rebound past goaltender Matej Machovsky at 13:26. Worcester trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes despite outshooting the Walleye 26-10.
Toledo scored two goals in the first 2:08 of the third period to pull away with a 4-1 lead. Kyle Bonis (5th) struck on the power play just 28 seconds in and Vili Saarijarvi (2nd) grabbed his second of the game at 2:08 to seal the deal for Toledo. Woody Hudson dropped the mitts vs. Connor Crisp at 4:15 but the Railers were unable to get a spark and fell on the road 4-1 in Toledo.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Zach Nastasiuk (1-1-2) 2nd star: Matej Machovsky (33 saves, Win) 1st star: Vili Saarijarvi (2-0-2) …Final shots were 34-20 in favor of Worcester… Matej Machovsky (2-2-0) made 33 saves on 34 shots for Toledo…. Mitch Gillam (3-3-0) made 16 saves on 20 shots for Worcester in his first start since Nov 11…. Eamon McAdam was the backup goalie…. Worcester went 0-for-2 on the power play while Toledo went 1-for-4…. Wade Murphy, Matt Lane, Kellen Jones (inj) and Connor Doherty (inj) did not dress for Worcester… Ashton Rome now has a four-game point streak (3-1-4) as he added an assist.
What’s on tap?On Saturday, the Railers head back to Wheeling for game three of the four game road trip with a 7:05pm vs the Wheelers.
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