Worcester Railers HC at Adirondack Thunder
November 11th, 2022
Cool Insuring Arena
Meeting 5 of 17 vs. Adirondack this season
Railers are 4-1-0-0 vs. the Thunder this season
Worcester Drops First Game, Lose 4-3 to Thunder.
Jandric records goal, two assists in the loss.
Glens Falls, NY – The Worcester Railers HC (9-1-0-0, 18pts) fell to the Adirondack Thunder (2-4-1-0, 5pts) on Friday evening by the final score of 4-3 in front of a crowd of 4,697 at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, NY. The Railers are back in Glens Falls, NY at Cool Insuring Arena on Saturday, November 12th to take on the Adirondack Thunder at 7:00 p.m.
It was the sixth time this season that Worcester scored the game’s first two goals. Quin Ryan (1-0-1) and Jared Brandt (1-0-1) came out in the first and netted their second goal of the season each to make it 2-0 Worcester 11:21 into the period. Adirondack then answered back with four unanswered goals, including two from some homegrown talent. Matt Steif (1-0-1), Adirondack’s newly acquired defenseman from Idaho scored in the first to make it 2-1 heading into the second. Glens Falls, NY native Shawn Weller (2-0-2) then found the back of the net twice in the second, tying the game and then giving the Thunder the lead at 3-2 ahead of the third period. Former Railer Grant Jozefek (1-0-1) put the final nail in the coffin as he broke free on a one-man rush and beat Ken Appleby glove side to make it 4-2 Adirondack. Steve Jandric (1-2-3) found the back of the net with just 22 seconds remaining on a flip pass from Collin Adams which Jandric then batted into the net to give the game its final score of 4-3.
Quin Ryan (2nd) scored for the second time all season long off an impressive one-man effort in which he wrestled through the Adirondack defense, then beat Jake Theut far side to make it 1-0 Worcester. Jared Brandt (2nd) then made it 2-0 off a one-timer. Brandt released a slapshot from the point where he hammered one past Thuet through traffic to open Worcester’s lead. The Thunder struck back thanks to Matt Steif (1st) beating Appleby to cut into the Railers lead and make it 2-1 Worcester going into the first intermission. Shots favored Adirondack 14-8 through the game’s first 20 minutes.
Glens Falls’ very own, Shawn Weller (1st) got on the score sheet for the first time in his season debut for Adirondack, tying the game 2-2 4:49 into the second period. Weller (2nd) continued his offensive touch in the period, as both he and Ryan Smith broke down ice on a two-on-one. From the near corner, Smith sauced a perfect pass onto the tape of Weller to find him back-door to tap it home and put Adirondack up 3-2 headed into the 3rd. Shots in the second were nodded up at 9 apiece, while Adirondack continued to outshoot Worcester 23-17.
Worcester was met with a familiar face on Friday night in Grant Jozefek. The forward played in 14 games last season for the Railers, scoring a single goal and tallying three assists. Jozefek (1st) sprung down the ice on a perfect feed from Noah Corson, then proceeded to beat Appleby’s glove side and make it 4-2 Thunder. With the Railers on the power play and net empty, Steve Jandric (1st) batted a flip pass from Collin Adams past Theut to get the Railers back to within one with 22 seconds left. Off the draw, Worcester failed to get the puck back into the attacking end, as the game ended with the final score of 4-3.
Three Stars: 3rd Star: Steve Jandric (1-2-3, +2, 2 shots), 2nd Star: Jake Theut (22 saves, 3 GA, .880 SV%), 1st Star: Shawn Weller (2-0-2, +2, 3 shots), Final shots were in favor of Adirondack 33-25… Jake Thuet made 22 saves on 25 shots for the Thunder while Talor Joseph served as the backup… Ken Appleby (5-1-0) made 29 saves on 33 shots for Worcester, while Henrik Tikkanen served as the backup… Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-1… Blake Christensen (DNP), Nolan Vesey (DNP), Conor Breen (IR), Jack Quinlivan (IR), and Zack Bross (IR) did not play for Worcester… Reece Newkirk and Brent Beaudoin led the Railers in shots with 4… The Railers are now 33-17-2-0 all-time vs. the Thunder and 18-9-1-0 at Cool Insuring Arena against Adirondack.