Worcester Railers HC vs. Trois-Rivières Lions
March 16th, 2022
Meeting 5 of 11 vs. Trois-Rivières this season
Railers are 3-2-0-0 vs. the Lions this season
Railers Take Over Third in the Division With 4-3 Win Over Trois-Rivières
Blake Christensen records fourth multi-goal outing of the season.
Trois-Rivières, QC – The Worcester Railers HC (25-22-4-2, 56pts) beat the Trois-Rivières Lions (24-23-3-1, 52pts) on Wednesday night by the final score of 4-3 in front of a crowd of 2, 498 at Colisée Vidéotron. The Railers are back in Worcester at the DCU Center on Friday, March 18th to take on the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:05 p.m.
Blake Christensen (2-0-2) scored both the first and last goals of the game for Worcester, each coming early in the first and third. Worcester jumped on Trois-Rivières in in the first, grabbing a 3-0 lead going into the brek thanks to goals from Christensen, Cole Coskey (1-0-1), and Mitchell Balmas (1-0-1). Trois-Rivières responded with two in the second to make it a 3-2 game heading into the third. It was Christensen’s second of the game just 0:44 into the third frame which stood as the game winner, with Trois-Rivières scoring 1:44 later to give the game its final score of 4-3. Trois-Rivières outshot Worcester on the night 42-32.
Worcester got off to a blistering start, tallying each of the game’s first three goals in the first period. First, it was Blake Christensen (14th) just 5:07 into the game. Christensen scooped up a loose puck along the goal line, then shot it nearside past Phillippe Desrosiers in net for Trois-Rivières to give the Railers the 1-0 lead. Then, Cole Coskey (10th) came down the left side and ripped a perfectly placed wrist shot past Desrosiers, making it 2-0 Worcester. Four minutes later, Mitchell Balmas (2nd) blasted a one-timer from the slot off of a feed from Reece Newkirk in the far corner, putting the Railers up 3-0 heading into the first intermission. Worcester outshot Trois-Rivières 14-10 through the first 20 minutes.
It was a Trois-Rivières dominated second period. The Lions scored just 5:20 into the frame, when Cédric Desruisseaux (7th) out in front slapped a spinning feed from Olivier Archambault in the corner past Ken Applby in net for Worcester, getting Trois-Rivières on the board for the first time all night. Shawn St. Amant (16th) was parked right out in front when Olivier Archambault delivered a blast from the point on net. St. Amant deflected the puck over the right shoulder of Applby to make it 3-2 going into the second intermission. Trois-Rivières outshot Worcester 19-9 in the second. The Lions led in shots 23-19 through two.
In the third period, Christensen (15th) quickly added his second tally of the game. Just 0:44 in, Christensen wrapped it around Desrosiers and put it far side from the near goal line to give Worcester back their two-goal lead. Trois-Rivières was quick to respond, as Cédric Desruisseaux (8th) finished a two-on-one rush down ice alongside St. Amant for his second of the night just 1:44 seconds after Christensen’s marker. Trois-Rivières pulled Desrosiers with 1:43 to go in the game, but were unable to find the back of the net. Worcester would hold on for the 4-3 victory. Shots in the third favored Trois-Rivières 13-9. The Lions outshot Worcester 42-32 on the game.
Three Stars: 3rd Star: Shawn St. Amant (1-1-2, -1, 4 shots), 2nd Star: Cédric Desruisseaux (2-0-2, 5 shots), 1st Star: Olivier Archambault (0-2-2, 3 shots)… Final shots were 42-32 in favor of Trois-Rivières… Philippe Desrosiers (15-10-1) made 28 saves on 32 shots for Trois-Rivières… Ken Appleby (9-9-1) made 39 saves on 42 shots for Worcester, while Colten Ellis served as the backup… Worcester went 0-for-1 on the power play while Trois-Rivières went 1-for-2… Bobby Butler (DNP), Ross Olsson (DNP), Artur Terchiyev (DNP), Connor McCarthy (IR), Chris Ordoobadi (IR), Grant Jozefek (IR), and Anthony Repaci (INJ)… Mitchell Balmas led the Railers in shots with 6… The Railers are now 3-2-0-0 all-time vs. the Lions and 2-0-0-0 at the Colisée Vidéotron against Trois-Rivières.