Worcester Railers win first game of 2019 after 3-2 road victory in Greenville

Worcester Railers HC at Greenville Swamp Rabbits

January 6, 2019

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Meeting 2 of 3 vs. Greenville this season

Railers are 1-1-0-0 vs. the Swamp Rabbits this season

Worcester Railers win first game of 2019 after 3-2 road victory in Greenville

Barry Almeida nets game winner late in second period

GREENVILLE, SC – The Worcester Railers HC (14-16-3-2, 33pts) wrapped up their three game South Carolina road trip with a 3-2 win over the hostGreenville Swamp Rabbits (14-19-3-2, 33pts) in front of 2,975 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Railers return home for a GILLY GILLY bobble giveaway on a BIG GAME Saturday with a 7pm puck drop on Jan 12 vs. the Reading Royals.

Tyler Barnes, Bo Brauer, and Barry Almeida scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 28 saves in net for Worcester for his 9th win of the season.  The Railers had a 3-0 lead through two periods of play before Greenville made the game interesting with a pair of third period goals but Worcester was able to hold on for the 3-2 win.

Worcester had an excellent road first period outshooting Greenville 14-7 and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.  Tyler Barnes (11th) stationed on top of the crease, deflected a Mike Cornell point shot that got through netminder Chris Nell at 2:27 on the power play for the only score of the period.  Mitch Gillam was sharp with seven saves through 20 minutes.

Bo Brauer (1st) scored his first professional goal as Tommy Kelly threw the puck in front of the net and Brauer was able to sweep the puck and chip it over the shoulder of Chris Nell at 12:48.  Veteran Barry Almeida (10th) snapped a shot from the right circle with Woody Hudson providing a screen which found the back of the net at 19:11 to give Worcester a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes.  Worcester held a 32-13 shot advantage through two periods of play.

Brendan Harms (6th) scored on a wrap-around opportunity just 52 seconds into the third period to get the Swamp Rabbits on the board.  Garret Milan (2nd) snapped a quick shot from 40 feet through a screen at 7:35 to cut the Railers lead to 3-2.  Goaltender Mitch Gillam missed an empty net goal by a foot with just over a minute left and the Railers held off a late charge for their first win on the calendar year.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Andrew Larkin (0-2-2) 2nd star: Garrett Milan (1-0-1) 1st star: Barry Almeida (GWG) …. final shots were 41-30 in favor of Worcester…. Chris Nell (9-10-2) made 38 saves on 41 shots for Greenville…. Mitch Gillam (9-9-1) made 28 saves on 30 shots for Worcester…. while Mitch Gillam served as the backup…. Worcester went 1-for-3 on the power play while Greenville went 0-for-3…. Kyle McKenzie (inj), David Quenneville (inj), Alex Vanier (susp), Yanick Turcotte (susp), and Malcolm Gould (inj) did not dress for Worcester…. Jeff Kubiak, Ryan Hitchcock, and Matty Gaudreau are currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers… Alex Vanier (1 game) and Yanick Turcotte (review from ECHL) were each suspended by the ECHL for their parts in the third period brawl vs. the Swamp Rabbits on Saturday…. Worcester improves to 6-10-0-1 on the road this season…. with the assist, defenseman Ryan MacKinnon now has points in six of his last seven games…. Matt Schmalz and Dylan Willick also picked up assists for the Railers…. Josh Holmstrom led Worcester with five shots on goal.

What’s on tap – GILLY GILLY bobble and Worcester baseball themed jersey!

On Saturday, January 12 the Railers host the Reading Royals at 7pm on a BIG GAME SATURDAY!  The first 3,000 fans will receive a GILLY GILLY bobbleheadcourtesy of BLUEROCK ENERGY!  Score the first bobblehead of the season and yell GILLY GILLY!  Tickets are as low as $15.

On Sunday, January 13 the Railers host the Manchester Monarchs at 3pm on a KIDS GIVEAWAY SUNDAY. The Railers will wear a special Railers baseball themed jersey to benefit the Be Like Brit Foundation presented by Country Bank.  The first 1,000 fans 12-and-under will receive glow in the dark sunglasses courtesy of Ecotarium.  Score a SUNDAY FUNDAY ticket pack starting at just $60 which includes 4 tickets and 4 beers!

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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