1. Home
  2. News
  3. Playoff Primer – March 14, 2022

Playoff Primer – March 14, 2022

Monday, March 14th
Playoff Primer – March 14, 2022

Playoff Primer – March 14, 2022 

Worcester Railers hold fourth and final playoff Spot with 19 games remaining

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC ), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), currently have 19 games remaining in the 2021-22 regular season schedule and hold the fourth and final playoff spot. Worcester heads on the road for a Wednesday matchup vs. Trois-Rivières which kicks off a stretch of nine games in 12 days with a home three-in-three weekend vs. South Carolina Friday and Newfoundland Saturday and Sunday at the DCU Center this weekend.

NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS 

  1. Reading Royals (19 GR, 32-12-6-2, 0.692)
  2. Newfoundland Growlers (16 GR, 32-16-3-0, 0.657)
  3. Trois-Rivières Lions (19 GR, 24-22-3-1, 0.520)
  4. Worcester Railers (19 GR, 24-22-4-2, 0.519)
  5. Maine Mariners (18 GR, 24-24-4-2, 0.500)
  6. Adirondack Thunder (17 GR, 23-29-2-0, 0.444)

LAST WEEK’S GAMES (2-0-0-0) 

Wednesday, Mar. 9       Worcester (6) at Maine (3)                       Box Score         HighlightsFriday, Mar. 11               Worcester (5) vs. Adirondack (4)            Box Score         Highlights

THIS WEEK’S GAMES 

Wednesday, Mar. 16     at Trois-Rivières            7:00pmFriday, Mar. 18             vs. South Carolina         7:05pmSaturday, Mar. 19         vs. Newfoundland         7:05pmSunday, Mar. 20            vs. Newfoundland         3:05pm

REMAINING SCHEDULE 

Games: 19Home: 6Away: 136X – Trois-Rivières Lions            (4 away / 2 home)5X – Newfoundland Growlers   (3 away / 2 home)3X – Reading Royals                    (3 away)3X – Adirondack Thunder          (3 away)1X – Maine Mariners                   (1 home)1X – South Carolina Stingrays    (1 home)

RISING RAILERS 

#8 Bobby Butler returned the lineup on Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 6 and tallied two assists last week and now is (2-6-8) in eight games this season.

#10 Blake Christensen has (3-1-4) in his last three games.

#11 Nolan Vesey has points in seven of his last eight games (4-6-10) including three multi-point performances and points in 10 of his last 13 games (6-10-16). Vesey has 13 multi-point games.

#14 Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman leads the Railers in goals (25) and points (44) while ranking tied for third in goals across the ECHL. He has (3-2-5) in his last five games and notched his 8th multi-goal outing on Saturday night.

#16 Jacob Hayhurst has points in three of his last four games (2-2-4).

#18 Reece Newkirk has points in four of his last five games (2-3-5).

#23 Ross Olsson has goals in back-to-back games and five in his last six games. He is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 power-play goals.

#24 Cole Coskey has a three-game point streak (2-4-6) including points in seven of his last nine games (4-11-15). The 7th round draft pick of the New Islanders back in 2019 has (9-20-29) in 26 games for Worcester since being assigned by the Bridgeport Islanders on Jan. 6.

#81 Anthony Repaci has a three-game point streak (1-4-5)

NOTABLE NUGGETS

Personal

Ross Olsson recorded his second hat trick of the season on Feb. 26 in a 4-2 win over Idaho. He registered his 50thpoint as a Railer on Mar. 9 with a goal in a 6-3 win at Maine. No other player in 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 second in the ECHL with 10 power-play goals.

Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman is tied for second in the ECHL with (25) goals while leading all Railers skaters in that category as well as points (25-19-44). The captain leads Worcester with 14 multi-point games including eight multi-goal games.

Team

Goal ScoringThe Railers rank sixth in the ECHL averaging 3.52 goals for and have scored 4+ goals 23 times this season posting a record of (20-2-1-0). Heading into the year the Railers had scored 4+ goals:

2017-18: 16X (14-1-1)2018-19: 14X (9-3-1-1)2019-20: 9X (5-2-2-0)

Worcester has seven different players with double digits in goals; Lavallee-Smotherman (25), Olsson (19), Repaci (18), Beaudoin/Christensen (13), and Hayhurst/Vesey (12).

Power-Play

Worcester ranks fifth in the ECHL on the power-play at 23% (42/183) and have scored a power-play goal in ten of the last 14 games 16-for-49 (32.7%) and in 12 of the last 17 games 18-for-58 (31%). Olsson leads the team with 10 man advantage goals and 13 points. Cole Coskey leads the Railers with 10 power-play assists while 14 different players have scored at least one power-play goal while 26 different players have recorded a point.

STATISCAL LEADERS

Points: (44) Jordan Lavallee-SmothermanGoals: (25) Jordan Lavallee-SmothermanAssists: (27) Jacob HayhurstPlus/Minus: (+17) Nolan VeseyPIMS: (96) Ross OlssonPPG: (10) Ross OlssonSH Goals: (2) Jacob HayhurstGW Goals: (5) Anthony RepaciShots: (168) Jordan Lavallee-SmothermanWins: (13) Colten EllisGAA: (3.03) Colten EllisSV %: (.911) Colten Ellis

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
WooSox Night
Sunday, March 3rd
WooSox Night
Puck Drops:
3:05 PM EST
DCU Center
Trois-Rivières Lions
TR Trois-Rivières Lions
at
Worcester Railers
WOR Worcester Railers
DCU Center
School Day Game #2
Wednesday, March 13th
School Day Game #2
Puck Drops:
10:05 AM EDT
DCU Center
Reading Royals
REA Reading Royals
at
Worcester Railers
WOR Worcester Railers
DCU Center
Golf Night at the Railers
Friday, March 15th
Golf Night at the Railers
Puck Drops:
7:05 PM EDT
DCU Center
Reading Royals
REA Reading Royals
at
Worcester Railers
WOR Worcester Railers
DCU Center

Latest News

More News
Railers Beat Up Lions 4-0
Railers Beat Up Lions 4-0
Forward Reece Newkirk Assigned to Worcester
Forward Reece Newkirk Assigned to Worcester
Worcester Wraps Up Road Trip with 5-3 Loss to Florida
Worcester Wraps Up Road Trip with 5-3 Loss to Florida

Get Hockey Updates

Sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to know about news and upcoming games!