Worcester Railers HC at Utah Grizzlies
October 27, 2017
Meeting 1 of 3 vs. Utah this season
Worcester is 0-0-1-0 vs. the Grizzlies this season
Railers HC grab point in 5-4 overtime loss in Utah
TJ Syner records three assists in seesaw affair to Grizzlies
Valley City, UT – The Worcester Railers HC (2-1-1-0, 5pts) grabbed a point in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Utah Grizzlies (3-4-0-0, 6pts) in front 3,115 fans at the Maverik Center on Friday evening. The two teams meet again on Saturday, Oct 28 at 9:05pm (EST) in Utah.
TJ Syner (0-3-3), Barry Almeida (0-2-2), and Wade Murphy (1-1-2) all had multipoint games for the Railers while Patrick McNally extended his point streak to four games (3-2-5) with his third goal of the season. Eamon McAdam made 27 saves in his return to the net for Worcester as the Railers are now 1-1-1-0 on their four-game road trip.
The Railers played well in the first period outshooting the Grizzlies 12-9 but former Worcester Shark Michael Pelech (4th) fired home a centering feed past goaltender Eamon McAdam at 14:04 to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 advantage. Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Carr made several great stops including a left pad save on Chris Langkow at the 11-minute mark.
Chris Langkow (1st) tied the score at 1-1 at 48 seconds of the second period after he rushed down the right wing and snapped a snap shot from 35 feet over the shoulder of Kevin Carr. Wade Murphy appeared to have given the Railers a 2-1 lead with a nice deflection but the goal was waved off by referee Liam Sewell for an apparent high stick. With .3 seconds remaining in second frame, Cliff Watson (2nd) fired a shot through a screen and past Eamon McAdam to give the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
A wild third period saw five goals scored, three by the Railers. Ashton Rome (3rd) scored at 28 seconds and Patrick McNally (3rd) ripped one the power play at 2:08 to give Worcester a 3-2 lead. The Grizzlies tied the score at 4:45 before Wade Murphy (2nd) put the Railers back ahead just 35 seconds later with a breakaway strike. Ryan Olsen (1st) tied the score again at 15:55 and Eamon McAdam made a sliding stop with six seconds left to force overtime.
With Michael Pelech in the Railers crease, Taylor Richart (4th) scored from 40 feet at 1:08 of the overtime period to give the Grizzlies a 5-4 victory.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star Ryan Olsen (1-1-2) 2nd star: Charley Graaskamp (1-0-1) 1st star: Kyle Thomas (0-2-2)…Final shots were 32-26 in favor of Utah… Kevin Carr (2-2-0) made 22 saves on 26 shots for Utah….Eamon McAdam (1-1-0) made 27 saves on 32 shots for Worcester…. Mitch Gillam served as the backup goalie for the Railers….Worcester went 1-for-2 on the power play while Utah went 1-for-3…. The Railers began the season 16-16 on the penalty kill….Frankie DiChiara, Nick Saracino (inj), Josh Monk (inj), and Ryan Lannon did not dress for Worcester… Patrick McNally now has a four game point streak (3-2-5)….Holden, MA native Connor Doherty made his professional debut for the Railers and wore #28…Matt Lane and Chris Langkow each had five shots on goal…..Yanick Turcotte picked up his first pro point with an assist on Wade Murphy’s goal.
The Worcester Railers Hockey Club, a proud member of the ECHL, head to Utah on Saturday, Oct 28 for a 9:05pm (EST) battle vs. the Utah Grizzlies. Listen to the game live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning at 8:35pm. 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.