Worcester Railers HC at Maine Mariners
November 26, 2019
Meeting 2 of 18 vs. Maine this season
Railers are 1-0-0-1 vs. the Mariners this season
Railers Grab a Point in 5-4 Overtime Loss in Maine
Matt Schmalz records three points as the Railers drop their sixth straight game
Portland, ME– The Worcester Railers HC (4-10-1-0, 9pts) earned a point but dropped their sxith straight game in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Maine Mariners (8-7-0-1, 17pts) on Tuesday night in front of 1,495 fans at the Cross Arena. The Railers will be back in action Wednesday, Nov 26 hosting the Newfoundland Growlers at 7pm on a 2-3-4 weekday.
Matt Schmalz (1-2-3), Kyle Thomas (1-1-2), Cody Payne, and Nic Pierog all scored goals while Jakub Skarek made 30 saves in net as the Railers trailed 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 but relinquished a 4-3 lead late in the third period before dropping the game in overtime. Alex Kile scored the game winner in overtime as Ryan Gropp scored twice while Tom McCollum made 30 saves in net as Maine improved to 6-3-0 on home ice this season.
The Worcester Railers tied their season high with 16 shots in the first period but it was Maine who got on the board first as Morgan Adams Moisan (2nd) tipped a puck in front past Jakub Skarek at 2:26. Connor Doherty would send a puck on net from the left point and on the door step to bang it home was Kyle Thomas (4th) at 5:38 tying the game at 1-1. Just 14 seconds Maine came down on a two on one which was finished off by Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin (1st) on the far post. A two on one for the Railers would tie the game at 2-2 when Matt Schmalz (4th) sent one of a Mariners defender stick in the back of the net past Tom McCollum. Shots were in favor of Maine 17-16 through 20 minutes of play with the game dead locked at 2-2.
Maine started the scoring in the second period just 49 seconds in with his first of the season Ryan Gropp (1s) was able to send one over the glove of Jakub Skarek making the Mariners lead 3-2. The middle stanza was not as action filled as the first but within the final two minutes Worcester would grab their firs lead of the night. Cody Payne (5th) tied the game at 3-3 at 18:19 and then with just 57 seconds left Nic Pierog snapped one over the glove of Tom McCollum to give the Railers a 4-3 lead. Worcester took the lead into the locker room and an edge in shots 24-21.
The only goal of the final period would come from the home team when Ryan Gropp (2nd) threw one on net from the right circle which was deflected of a Railers stick and into the back of the net at 13:59 to tie it things up at 4-4.
The teams headed into overtime and with just 3:07 left Alex Kile (3rd) followed up his own rebound from below the right circle and sent one past Jakub Skarek to give the home team a 5-4 overtime win.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star…. Matt Schmalz (1-2-3) 2nd star: Ryan Gropp (2-0-2, +2, 5 shots) 1st star: Alex Kile (1-1-2) …. final shots were 35-34 in favor of Maine…. Tom McCollum (5-3-0) made 30 saves on 34 shots for Maine.… Jakub Skarek (2-4-0) made 30 saves on 35 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup …. Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-6…. Kyle McKenzie (inj), Anthony Florentino (inj), Barry Almeida (inj), Tanner Pond (inj), Shane Walsh (inj), Ross Olsson, and Jack Stander did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell wore the C for Worcester while Kyle Thomas and Jordan Samuels-Thomas wore A’s…. Barry Almeida’s iron man streak with the Railers ends at 86 games…. Kyle Thomas scored his first goal since October 25th…. Matt Schmalz tied a career high with three points…. Linus Soderstrom is currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Worcester is now 4-10-0-2 all-time vs. the Mariners and 1-3-1-3 at the Cross-Insurance Arena.
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On Wednesday, Nov 27 the Railers host the Newfoundland Growlers at 7pm on a 2-3-4 Weekday. Score $2 popcorn, $3 soda, and $4 Bud Light in the Bud Light Lounge! Show your Price Chopper Market 32 Advantedge Card at the Box Office for a $5 discount on all tickets purchased.
On Thursday, Nov 28 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (Don’t eat too much turkey!!!)
On Friday, Nov 29 the Railers host the Newfoundland Growers at 7pm on a 2-3-4 Friday for Country Night presented by 98.9 Nash Icon! Score $2 popcorn, $3 soda, and $4 Bud Light in the Bud Light Lounge! Country recording artist Mychael David will perform before the game and during both intermissions in the Coors Light Zone. It is also another Instagram Friday presented by the EDGE at Union Station where one lucky fan will win $100 in Railers merchandise plus two tickets to PBR Worcester Rumble at the DCU Center on Feb 22.
On Saturday, Nov 30 the Railers host the Indy Fuel at 7pm on a BIG GAME SATURDAY on Nickelodeon Night! The first 1,000 fans will receive a slap bracelet courtesy of APEX Entertainment. The Railers will wear a special SpongeBob SquarePants jersey which will be auctioned off throughout the game to benefit the Railers Foundation. Saturday Night Signings will feature a Railers player(s) signing autographs during the first intermission in the Fallon Health Pavilion. 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!
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