Worcester Railers HC at Maine Mariners
November 10, 2018
Meeting 3 of 14 vs. Maine this season
Railers are 1-1-1-0 vs. the Mariners this season
Worcester gets frustrated in 3-1 road loss in Maine
Barry Almeida scores only goal as the Railers drop 7thstraight game
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers HC(3-8-1-0, 7pts) had another solid effort but dropped a frustrating 3-1 decision to the host Maine Mariners (5-5-0-1, 9pts) in front of 5,003 fansat the Cross Arena on Saturday evening. The Railers return home on Wednesday at 10am vs. the Royals to kick off a busy four game in five-day stretch at the DCU Center.
Barry Almeida gave the Railers a 1-0 lead in the first period while Evan Buitenhuis made 31 saves in net. Brandon Halverson made 32 saves for the Mariners in his second win of the season and Maine rattled off three unanswered goals as the Railers dropped to 0-6-1-0 in their last seven games overall.
Barry Almeida (4th) gave Worcester a 1-0 lead at 17:50 after a great entry into the zone by Tyler Barnes who carried in down the rightwing side and fed Almeida from behind the net. Maine would tie the score at 19:14 on the powerplay as Scott Savage (2nd) fired a wicked one-timer from the right circle assisted by Sean Day and Drew Melanson. Shots were 10-9 in favor of Maine through 20 minutes of play.
Worcester outshot Maine 18-12 in a scoreless second period as both goaltenders made several nice stops to keep the game tied 1-1 through 40 minutes of play.
The Mariners would grab their first lead of the game as Mike McNicholas (1st) scored his first professional goal at 6:51 of the third period to give Maine the 2-1 advantage. A near line brawl broke out at 14:46 after Railers captain Mike Cornell was cross checked in the corner and despite the Railers down a skater, the penalty calls were evened off. Maine put in an empty netter when the Railers were on the power play at 17:37 as Ryan Culkin (2nd) fired a bullseye from 200 feet.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Scott Savage (1-0-1) 2nd star: Mike McNicholas (1-0-1) 1st star: Brandon Halverson (32 saves, Win)….Final shots were 34-33 in favor of Maine…. Brandon Halverson (2-3-0-1) made 32 saves on 33 shots for Maine…. Evan Buitenhuis (1-3-1-0) made 31 saves on 33 shots for Worcester while Jason San Antonio served as the emergency backup…. Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Maine went 1-for-5…. Tommy Kelley (inj), Yanick Turcotte (inj), Connor Doherty, Alex Vanier, Malcolm Gould, and Mitch Gillam (inj) did not dress for Worcester…. Jeff Kubiak is currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. before the game forward Tommy Tsicos was released and the Railers signed forward Malcolm Gould…. Barry Almeida has scored in back-to-back games for the Railers and led the club with five shots on goal…the Railers have just 10 goals in their last seven games… Worcester falls to 2-6-0-0 on the road this season.
What’s on tap?
The Railers return home for a busy four home game in five-day stretch beginning on Wednesday, Nov 14 at 10am vs. the Reading Royals with the second annual School Day Game sponsored by Worcester Telegram and Gazette’s Newspapers in Education program.
On Thursday, Nov 15 the Railers host the Thunder at 8pm on College Night presented by Chipotle! The 1st1,000 fans will receive a BOGO burrito offer from Chipotle and the Railers will host the largest t-shirt toss in Worcester’s pro hockey history in the first intermission – 1 t-shirt will contain $500! College tickets start at just $10 with a college ID!
On Saturday, Nov 17 the Railers host the Orlando Solar Bears at 7pm on a BIG GAME SATURDAY with NE Patriot Matthew Slater signing autographs presented by Energy Monster from 6-8pm! The doors will open at 3pm for the Worcester Blades vs. Montreal Canadiens at 3:30pm. 1 ticket gets you entry into both games starting at just $15!
On Sunday, Nov 18 the Railers host the Solar Bears at 3pm on KIDS GIVEAWAY SUNDAY! The first 1,000 kids 12-and-under will receive an orange Railers youth jersey presented by Energy Monster! Score a SUNDAY FUNDAY ticket pack which includes four tickets and four Coors Lights or four tickets with four sodas and popcorns starting at just $60!
The Railers Tavern, located behind the DCU Center provides hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Watch all road games broadcast live at Nonna’s (FRI, SAT, SUN) or Railers Tavern (MON-THU) or watch on ECHLTV.com for a small fee. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop with Eric Lindquist and Tom Matthews. 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.
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