Playoff Primer – February 28, 2022
Playoff Primer – February 28, 2022
Worcester Railers Hold Fourth and Final Playoff Spot
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC on Twitter), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), currently have 25 games remaining in the 2021-22 regular season schedule and hold the fourth and final playoff spot. Worcester wraps up a season-long seven game road trip on Wednesday night in Reading at 7pm before returning to the DCU Center for a home three-in-three weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Railers returned to Worcester on Sunday, completing a six-game western road trip grabbing nine out of a possible 12 points posting a record of (4-1-1) out in Utah and Idaho.
NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
- Reading Royals (25 GR, 27-12-6-1, 0.663)
- Newfoundland Growlers (23 GR, 26-15-3-0, 0.625)
- Trois-Rivières Lions (26 GR, 23-16-3-1, 0.581)
- Worcester Railers (25 GR, 22-20-3-1, 0.522)
- Maine Mariners (23 GR, 22-21-4-2, 0.510)
- Adirondack Thunder (25GR, 19-25-2-0, 0.435)
LAST WEEK’S GAMES (2-0-1-0)
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Wednesday, Mar. 1 at Reading 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 4 vs. Reading 7:05pmSaturday, Mar. 5 vs. Maine 7:05pmSunday, Mar. 6 vs. Maine 3:05pm
Games: 25Home: 10Away: 156X – Trois-Rivières Lions (4 away / 2 home)5X – Newfoundland Growlers (3 away / 2 home)5X – Reading Royals (4 away / 1 home)4X – Adirondack Thunder (3 away / 1 home)4X – Maine Mariners (1 away / 3 home)1X – South Carolina Stingrays (1 home)RISING RAILERS
#5 Nick Albano has (1-5-6) in his last five games.#7 Liam Coughlin set a franchise record on Wednesday with most consecutive games recording an assist (6). Coughlin saw his career-high seven game point streak (2-8-10) come to an end.#9 Charlie Spetz holds the team “Iron Man Streak” playing in 27 straight games.#11 Nolan Vesey has goals in three straight games and five in his last eight games. Vesey has points in four of his last five games (3-2-5) and six of his last eight (5-5-10).#16 Jacob Hayhurst has points in four of his last five games (2-3-5) and nine of his last 11 (3-6-9).#18 Reece Newkirk has points in back-to-back games (1-1-2) and in four of his last five (3-4-7).#24 Cole Coskey has a three-game point streak (2-4-6) and has points in four of his last five (2-5-7).#92 Colten Ellis is (9-1-3) in his last 13 starts and (5-1-1) in his last seven starts.
Ross Olsson recorded his second hat trick of the season on Saturday night in a 4-2 win over Idaho. No other player in Railers franchise history has scored multiple hat tricks in a season. Prior to this season, the Railers had only recorded three regular season hat tricks in team history. This season alone they have scored three; Ross Olsson (11/26/21 + 2/26/22) and Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (12/11/21). Olsson is third in the ECHL with nine power-play goals.
Colten Ellis finished the month of February posting an overall record of (6-1-2) making 270 saves on 302 shots for a .924 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.54. Friday night Ellis made his seventh consecutive start and is (9-1-3) in his last 13 starts dating back to Dec. 8. Ellis notched his fourth assist of the season on Wednesday, setting a Railers franchise record for most assists (4) by a goaltender in his Railers career and in a single season.
Liam Coughlin set a franchise record for most consecutive games with an assist at six games, notching his 10th and 11th helper of the year on Wednesday. Coughlin saw his career-high six game point streak (2-6-8) end on Saturday night.
Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman is tied for third in the ECHL with (22) goals while leading all Railers skaters in that category as well as points (22-17-39). The captain leads Worcester with 12 multi-point games including seven multi-goal games.
Nolan Vesey has scored goals in three straight games and added his fourth empty-net goal of the season on Saturday night, setting a franchise record for most empty-net tallies in one season. Vesey is now second all-time in empty net scores, trailing Barry Almeida by two.
Dating back to Jan. 22, the Railers are (11-3-2) averaging 4.3 goals for (69 total) and allowing just 2.8 goals against (46 total). The power-play is 17-for-55 (31%) and set a franchise record on Wednesday night at six games for most consecutive games with a power-play score and now rank 5th in the ECHL on the man advantage 37-for-167 (22.2%) and 3rd on the road 22-for-83 (26.5%). Meanwhile, the penalty kill is operating at 80% having killed off 56 of 70 short-handed chances. Nolan Vesey (6-12-18) has led all Railers skaters in points during the span while Anthony Repaciand Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman are tied for the lead with nine goals each.
Points: (39) Jordan Lavallee-SmothermanGoals: (22) Jordan Lavallee-SmothermanAssists: (25) Jacob HayhurstPlus/Minus: (+11) Nolan Vesey/John FurgelePIMS: (88) Ross OlssonPPG: (9) Ross OlssonSH Goals: (2) Jacob HayhurstGW Goals: (5) Anthony RepaciShots: (146) Jordan Lavallee-SmothermanWins: (12) Colten EllisGAA: (3.02) Colten EllisSV %: (.912) Colten Ellis
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