Worcester Railers HC at Maine Mariners
November 30, 2018
Cross Insurance Arena
Meeting 4 of 14 vs. Maine this season
Railers are 2-1-1-0 vs. the Mariners this season
Four different goal scorers lead Railers to 4-2 road victory in Maine
Tommy Panico scored first professional goal for Worcester
Portland, ME – The Worcester Railers HC (8-10-2-0, 18pts) closed out the month of November with a 4-2 win over the host Maine Mariners (9-7-0-1, 19pts) in front of 2,982 fans at the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday evening. The Railers host the Mariners on a KIDS GIVEAWAY SUNDAY with a 3pm start on Dec 2 at the DCU Center.
Dylan Willick, Tommy Panico, Barry Almeida and Josh Holmstrom all scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam, making his third straight start, was excellent making 30 saves in net. Ryan Hitchcock and Tyler Barnes each added two assists as the Railers finished their three-game road trip with a 2-1-0-0 record.
Just 10 seconds into the contest, Yanick Turcotte and Morgan Adams-Moisan exchanged blows at center ice to set the tone early on for both clubs. Worcester would grab a 1-0 lead after Mike Cornell threw the puck from the right wall and Dylan Willick (4th) deflected the puck past a surprised Brandon Halverson at 14:28. Maine would strike back just 45 seconds later as Morgan Adams-Moisan sent the puck towards the Railers crease and it was deflected off a skate and passed Mitch Gillam to even the score at 1-1. Shots were 14-9 in favor of Worcester through 20 minutes of play.
Tommy Panico (1st) scored his first professional goal with a shot from the point that made its way through a screen just 69 seconds into the second period to give Worcester a 2-1 lead. Barry Almeida (7th) snapped one top shelf from 15 feet after a nice feed from Tyler Barnes at 8:06 to give the Railers a two-goal edge. Mike McNicholas would hit the post on a penalty shot opportunity on Mitch Gillam at 9:21 to keep the Railers up by a pair. Maine would get one back at 13:53 as Sean Day threw one from the point through a screen to cut the Worcester lead to 3-2. Worcester would take a one goal advantage into the second intermission and held a 23-21 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
Josh Holmstrom (6th) added an insurance goal at 16:46 of the third period after he deflected a Nick Sorkin shot into the net to give the Railers a 4-2 lead. Mitch Gillam made 11 more saves in the third period as the Railers picked up their 4throad win of the season.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Ryan Hitchcock (0-2-2) 2nd star: Morgan Adams-Moisan (Goal, Fight) 1st star: Tyler Barnes (0-2-2) …. final shots were 34-32 in favor of Worcester… Brandon Halverson (6-4-1-0) made 30 saves on 34 shots for Maine…. Mitch Gillam (4-6-0-0) made 30 saves on 32 shots for Worcester as he got his third straight start in net…. while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup…. Worcester went 0-for-1 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-1…. Tommy Kelley (inj), Alex Vanier, Kyle McKenzie (inj), and Malcolm Gould (inj) did not dress for Worcester…. Jeff Kubiak is currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers while Ivan Kosorenkov is on recall with the SJ Barracuda… before the game, Ryan Hitchcock was loaned to Worcester from the Sound Tigers – Hitchcock picked up two assists and was +2….Worcester improves to 4-7-0-0 on the road this season…the Railers finished the month of November with a 5-7-2-0 record…..Yanick Turcotte picked up his 2ndfighting major as the Railers improved to 4-1-0 with Turcotte in the lineup….Mitch Gillam has faced and stopped a penalty shot in back-to-back games for the Railers….Ryan Hitchcock has four assists in his last two games….Connor Doherty picked up his 3rdfighting major with a second period scrap vs. Ryan Ferrill….Tyler Barnes added two assists…..Ryan MacKinnon was a game high +3…Railers broadcaster Eric Lindquist ate five hot dogs on dollar dog night (1 for each goal, and 1 for the win)….Barry Almeida leads the club with seven goals.
What’s on tap? – SUNDAY FUNDAY
Worcester returns home on Sunday, Dec 2 on a KIDS GIVEAWAY SUNDAY with a 3pm faceoff vs. the Mariners! The first 1,000 kids 12-and-under will receive a mini football courtesy of myOfficeCloud. Score a SUNDAY FUNDAYticket pack which includes four tickets and four beers or four tickets with four sodas and popcorns starting at just $60.
The Railers Tavern, located behind the DCU Center provides hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Watch all road games broadcast live at Nonna’s (FRI, SAT, SUN) or Railers Tavern (MON-THU) or watch on ECHLTV.com 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 Tom Matthews. 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 www.RailersHC.com.
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