The Worcester Railers arrived in Reading, Pennsylvania after Wednesday night’s shoutout thriller over Adirondack. Railers took the bus trip and arrived in the early hours of the morning on Thursday.

Royals took no time to get on the board, with a goal from Steven Swavely at 4:25 in the first. A growing trend in many games this season, it was the fifteenth time this season where the Railers have allowed a goal early in the first period. Royals would score again with a top-shelf goal scored by Nolan Zajac that was deked through the legs of Tommy Kelley seconds before. Former Worcester Shark Matt Willows snuck the puck behind netminder Mitch Gillam just two minutes later. Brock Buekeboom got the Railers on the board in the last minute of the first period. Royals held a 3-1 lead at the end of the first, shots 13-7 Reading.

Reading’s Chris McCarthy scored after deking out Mitch Gillam with an open net for an easy goal. Chris Langkow scored his first power play goal on a 5-on-3 power play. Royals continued to hold a lead of 4-2 heading into the third period.

Brian Morgan and Steven Swavely scored for the Reading Royals, while Nick Saracino scored the Railers final goal. In the last few minutes of the game Yanick Turcotte dashed towards Matt Willows and was assessed a misconduct for Unsportsmanlike Conduct after attempting to continue an altercation that was broken-up by the linesmen.

With Thursday’s loss the Railers drop to .510 on the season and remain within eight points of the last playoff position in the North Division with 3 games in hand.

The Railers continue their road trip on Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for the Railers were Brian Bowen, Josh Monk (21-day IR/upper body), Aston Rome (21-day IR/upper body). Joe Spagnoli was dressed as the back-up goaltender.

Former Railers defensemen Anthony Calabrese and Sean Gammage were put on waivers by the Wheeling Nailers on Thursday. Gammage played in two games before his release and Calabrese was released before he could play in a game.

Railers have given up the first goal in the first six minutes in fifteen separate games this season. Coincidentally, the Royals have been the team to score most of these goals.
Ben Masella has seven points in his last six games with two assists in Thursday’s game.
Chris Langkow’s power play goal in the second period was the first 5-on-3 goal in Railers’ franchise history.

Former Worcester Shark Matt Willows extended his own streaks with a goal and an assist against the Railers, scoring 25 points in 14 straight games, and goals in eight straight games.

The three stars of the game were
1) Chris McCarthy (Royals #3) – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
2) Matt Willows (Royals #90), 1 Goal, 1 Assists
3) Steven Swavely (Royals #12), 2 Goals

The TWIW Player of the Game was Nick Saracino with a goal and as assist.

Even Strength Lines
Saracino / Langkow / Almeida
Syner / Kubiak / Hudson
DiChiara / Lane / Kelley
Turcotte
Masella / McKenzie
Hamonic / Doherty
Muto / Beukeboom
BOX SCORE

Worcester Railers 3 at Reading Royals 6 – Status: Final
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Santander Arena

Worcester 1 1 1 – 3
Reading 3 1 2 – 6

1st Period-1, Reading, Swavely 8 (Brown), 4:15. 2, Reading, Zajac 14 (McCarthy, Wilkins), 13:55. 3, Reading, Willows 22 (McCarthy), 15:53. 4, Worcester, Beukeboom 2 19:11. Penalties-served by Turcotte Wor (bench – too many men), 6:35.

2nd Period-5, Reading, McCarthy 16 (Willows, Wilkins), 15:41. 6, Worcester, Langkow 14 (Masella, Saracino), 18:20 (PP). Penalties-Hora Rea (hooking), 16:20; served by Wilkins Rea (bench – too many men), 17:09; DiChiara Wor (slashing), 18:53.

3rd Period-7, Reading, Morgan 7 (Golightly), 2:22. 8, Worcester, Saracino 7 (Almeida, Masella), 8:55. 9, Reading, Swavely 9 (Bennett), 12:05. Penalties-Turcotte Wor (cross-checking, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:35; Kelley Wor (delay of game), 16:20.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 7-9-8-24. Reading 13-9-10-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 2; Reading 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 10-11-0-1 (32 shots-26 saves). Reading, Komm 11-7-2-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
A-3,068
Referees-Jeremy Tufts (6).
Linesmen-CJ Hallman (37), JP Waleski (51).

After finishing the season-long eleven game homestand last weekend, the Worcester Railers hit the road for the season-long seven game road trip with the first of three games against the Orlando Solar Bears.

Orlando’s Tayler Thompson put the Solar Bears on the board at 4:31, scoring off a shot that was rebounded off Goaltender Eamon McAdam’s pads. Railers’ Woody Hudson would answer back with a goal two and a half minutes later. Orlando would extend their lead further with a shot from the right side of Eamon McAdam that was too fast for McAdam to make a glove save. After twenty minutes the Solar Bears held a 2-1 lead, outshooting the Railers 22-10.

The Bears would go on to score a one-timer from the right side at 2:38 and another goal off a rebound at 3:30 in the second. With four goals allowed in 23 and a half minutes, Eamon McAdam was pulled in favor for Mitch Gillam. In frustration with the performance on the ice, McAdam threw his stick into the Railers bench and was issued a game misconduct.

Jeff Kubiak went on to score the game’s final goal at 14:27 that was tipped in from in front of the net and was setup by TJ Syner.

Railers drop back down to .500 in Thursday’s loss to Orlando. Railers and Solar Bears face-off again on Friday, puck drops at 7.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for Worcester were Tommy Kelley, Josh Monk (21-day IR/Upper body), and Ashton Rome (21-day IR/Upper body) and Chris Saracino.

Mitch Gillam was dressed as the backup goaltender and game in to replace Eamon McAdam in the second period after Orlando’s fourth goal.

With 20 saves in the first period, goaltender Eamon McAdam set a franchise record for most saves in a single period. The record was previously set a 16 saves on December 1, 2017, against the Adirondack Thunder. The final shots allowed was 42 shots, the most they’ve allowed all season.

Eamon McAdam was issued a game misconduct during the goalie change in the second period. Out of frustration, he tossed his stick into the Railers bench and was enough for a decision to toss him from the game. It is the first time a Railers goaltender has been thrown out of a game.

It was announced during the radio pre-game show that the Railers had signed defenseman Chris Saracino. Saracino was signed earlier this season and played in two games against the Reading Royals, on November 4 and 5. Chris is the older brother of Railers forward Nick Saracino.

The three stars of the game were:
1) Martins Dzierkals (Solar Bears #22) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
2) Tayler Thompson – (Solar Bears #18) – 1 Goal
3) Cal Heeter (Solar Bears #30) – 29 Saves, 2 GAA
The TWIW Player of the Game was Woody Hudson with a goal and an assist.

BOX SCORE
Worcester Railers 2 at Orlando Solar Bears 4 – Status: Final
Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Amway Center

Worcester 1 1 0 – 2
Orlando 2 2 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Orlando, Thompson 5 (Monfredo, Fejes), 4:31. 2, Worcester, Hudson 16 7:05. 3, Orlando, Dzierkals 11 15:24. Penalties-Pospisil Orl (interference), 9:22.

2nd Period-4, Orlando, Pospisil 10 (Winquist, Piccinich), 2:38. 5, Orlando, Perry 11 (Crane, Dzierkals), 3:30. 6, Worcester, Kubiak 9 (Syner, Hudson), 14:27. Penalties-McAdam Wor (game misconduct – other infraction), 3:30; Jardine Orl (delay of game), 18:21.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Turcotte Wor (high-sticking), 10:23; Doherty Wor (roughing), 14:37; Pospisil Orl (roughing), 14:37; Jardine Orl (roughing), 15:41; McKenzie Wor (cross-checking), 19:59.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 10-13-8-31. Orlando 22-14-6-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Orlando 0 / 2.
Goalies-Worcester, McAdam 13-10-4-2 (27 shots-23 saves); Gillam 8-10-0-0 (15 shots-15 saves). Orlando, Heeter 13-12-3-1 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-4,579
Referees-Tyler Puddifant (28).
Linesmen-Logan Bellgraph (85), Christopher Williams (62).P

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers ended the last weekend of their 11 game home stand with a match-up against the Brampton Beast on Saturday. The Railers wore pink specialty jerseys that were auctioned off after the game to benefit The Cup Crusaders, a Leominster-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for breast cancer research.

Brampton Beast’s goaltender Andrew D’Agostini appeared to have suffered a lower-body injury in the opening minutes of the game in an incident with another Beast player behind their net. D’Agostini stayed in net for a majority of the first period, giving the Railers a 3-0 advantage in the opening frame.

Chris Langkow started the flurry of goals with his twelfth of the season with a setup on a shorthanded rush from Barry Almeida twelve minutes in. Langkow would later setup a goal for Almeida four minutes later in a similar fashion. Matt Lane closed out the period with his seventh goal of the season off a rebound, and the Brampton Beast would replace D’Agostini with Carmine Guerriero in time for the second period.

Railers would extend their lead in the second period to 4-0 with a quick snap by Chris Langkow. Beast would score their first of the game with a shot from the left side that was too quick for Railers goalie Eamon McAdam.

Brampton continued their attempt at a comeback late in the third period with goals from Stefan Fournier and a shorthanded goal from Reggie Traccitto. Brampton emptied their net for the extra attacker with over a minute to go, and Barry Almeida would break through to score on the empty net for the Railers fifth goal of the night.

With a win on Saturday, the Railers improve to 21-20-4-2 on the season and are 8 points out from the closest playoff position. They close out the season-long homestand going in 6-4-1-0 in 11 games.

The Railers hit the road next week to begin a seven-game road trip against the Orlando Solar Bears, Adirondack Thunder, Reading Royals, and Manchester Monarchs. They will return to the DCU Center and face the Wheeling Nailers on March 2.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for Worcester were Frankie DiChiara, Josh Monk (21-day IR/Upper body), and Ashton Rome (21-day IR/Upper body). Mitch Gillam was the backup goaltender.

Prior to Saturday’s match-up, the Railers traded Anthony Calabrese to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for Cash Considerations. Calabrese didn’t put up anything in his one game for Worcester and did not put up anything in his eight games for the Allen Americans in his stint with that team earlier this season.

With a win on Saturday’s specialty jersey night, the Railers continue their streak of wins while wearing specialty jerseys. Previous wins include Marvel Night against the Utah Grizzlies on October 28, Slapshot Night on November 4, and Star Wars Night on December 16. Railers will wear specialty jerseys on March 2 and 3 for Marvel Night and for St Patrick’s Day on March 17.
The three stars of the game were:
1) Chris Langkow (Railers #21) – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
2) Barry Almeida (Railers #19) – 2 Goals, 2 Assists
3) Reggie Traccitto (Beast #12) – 1 Goals, 2 Assists
The TWIW Player of the Game was Nick Saracino with an assist and a +3 rating.
Even strength lines
Saracino / Langkow / Almeida
Kelley / Kubiak / Hudson
Lane (Turcotte) / Syner / Bowen
Doherty / Hamonic
Muto / Beukeboom
Masella / McKenzie
BOX SCORE

Brampton Beast 3 at Worcester Railers 5 – Status: Final
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – DCU Center

Brampton 0 1 2 – 3
Worcester 3 1 1 – 5

1st Period-1, Worcester, Langkow 12 (Almeida), 12:07 (SH). 2, Worcester, Almeida 14 (Langkow), 16:05. 3, Worcester, Lane 7 (Masella, Syner), 17:08 (PP). Penalties-Beukeboom Wor (tripping), 10:33; Folkes Brm (delay of game), 16:52.

2nd Period-4, Worcester, Langkow 13 (Almeida, Saracino), 8:24. 5, Brampton, Leef 2 (Traccitto, Wilson), 12:58. Penalties-Doherty Wor (interference), 0:24; Foster Brm (hooking), 1:07; Doornbosch Brm (tripping), 2:15; Foster Brm (interference on the goalkeeper), 11:04; Vallorani Brm (high-sticking), 11:21.

3rd Period-6, Brampton, Fournier 12 (Traccitto, MacLean), 15:24. 7, Brampton, Traccitto 10 (Wilson), 18:02 (SH). 8, Worcester, Almeida 15 19:44 (EN). Penalties-Cianfrini Brm (hooking), 11:52; Jacklin Brm (interference on the goalkeeper), 16:21; Fournier Brm (misconduct), 19:44.

Shots on Goal-Brampton 7-8-11-26. Worcester 15-7-6-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Brampton 0 / 2; Worcester 1 / 7.
Goalies-Brampton, D’Agostini 6-10-1-2 (13 shots-10 saves); Guerriero 0-1-1-1 (14 shots-13 saves). Worcester, McAdam 13-9-4-2 (26 shots-23 saves).
A-4,849
Referees-Don Jablonski (18).
Linesmen-Dan Panciocco (59), Nathan Frechette (30).

Worcester – There is a ongoing trend whenever the Railers and Royals have faced off this season. Like many of the ten games between the two teams this season, the game was decided with a single goal that came late in the game.

The game got off to a slow start with neither team scoring in the opening two minutes. Railers made a single shot on goal while the Royals challenged goalie Eamon McAdam with thirteen. It was the first time in Railers history that the Railers ended a period with a single shot on goal.

Into the second period, former Worcester Shark Matt Willows scored the only goal of the period halfway through with a setup from Chris McCarthy behind the Railers net. Reading continued to outshoot the Railers 22-14 after forty minutes.

The paced picked up in the second period with a goal from Barry Almeida that was tipped in off a missed shot from Nick Saracino that was deflected from the end wall. Reading would answer minutes later with a goal from James de Haas to regain the lead. Railers would go on to pull McAdam and bring on the extra attacker and tie it back up with a goal from Justin Hamonic with 1:45 remaining in regulation.

Railers and Royals continued into overtime with some close chances to close the game away. Eamon McAdam made some crucial blocker saves with two seconds remaining in overtime. Seconds later, Matt Gaudreau set Chris Langkow up with a shot that made its way through the pads of netminder John Muse for the game-winning goal.

With Wednesday’s win, the Railers are within 10 points of the next playoff spot. The Railers also extended their season-high point streak to six games (5-0-1-0).

The Railers eleven game homestretch continues Friday against the South Carolina Stingrays, puck drops at 7:05.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches on Wednesday were: Brian Bowen, Anthony Calabrese, Tommy Kelley, Josh Monk (21-day IR), and Ashton Rome (21-day IR).

Ashton Rome was placed on 21-day injury reserve on Wednesday, which had been in effect since January 11.

Mitch Gillam was returned to the Railers after being released from his second PTO with the Utica Comets on Tuesday. Gillam did not play in any games in either stint with the Comets but had dressed as the backup goaltender for a few games.

Anthony Calabrese has joined the Railers and was a healthy scratch for Wednesday’s game. He will wear number 13 and could debut in either of the games this weekend.

Mike Cornell and Kellen Jones are still on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Both were dressed in a the Sound Tigers’ 5-4 OT loss. Jones racked up a single assist in the game.

Nick Saracino has ten points in his last nine games (3-7-10).

Barry Almeida has ten points in his last six games (2-8-10).

Jeff Kubiak has seven points in his last six games (3-4-7). He his also on a four game point streak.

Wednesday’s game had zero penalties issued, which is the 10th time in the ECHL’s 30-year history that has occurred. It is also the first time in Railers history and in Worcester Pro Hockey history.

The listed attendance for Wednesday’s game was 1923, however the actual attendance was close to 300. This was due to the game being played during the week and inclement weather occuring a few hours prior to the puck drop. Railers had reportedly sold a few thousand tickets for the game.

The three stars of the game were:

1) Chris Langkow (Worcester #21) – GWG, one assist
2) Justin Hamonic (Worcester #22) – one goal
3) Matt Willows (Reading #90) – one goal, one assist

The TWIW player of the game is Eamon McAdam.

BOX SCORE

Reading Royals 2 at Worcester Railers 3 (OT) – Status: Final OT
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – DCU Center

Reading 0 1 1 0 – 2
Worcester 0 0 2 1 – 3

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period-1, Reading, Willows 18 (McCarthy, Wilkins), 10:23. Penalties-No Penalties

3rd Period-2, Worcester, Almeida 13 (Saracino, Langkow), 1:27. 3, Reading, de Haas 5 (Wilkins, Willows), 7:00. 4, Worcester, Hamonic 1 (Kubiak), 18:25 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties

OT Period-5, Worcester, Langkow 11 (Gaudreau, Almeida), 4:01. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Reading 13-9-6-2-30. Worcester 1-13-7-1-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Reading 0 / 0; Worcester 0 / 0.
Goalies-Reading, Muse 17-5-2-0 (21 shots-19 saves). Worcester, McAdam 12-9-4-2 (30 shots-28 saves).
A-1,923
Referees-Jeremy Tufts (6).
Linesmen-Jarred Mitrano (86), William Kingdon (58).

WORCESTER – After Friday’s tough overtime loss to Adirondack, the Railers jumped back into action on Saturday against the Brampton Beast.

Stefan Fournier gave the Brampton Beast an early lead at five minutes into the game, as he was able to out-skate Vinny Muto and make a shot from the left side of Eamon McAdam. Railers would answer back on the first shot of a power play by Nick Saracino. Tommy Kelley scored his first goal as a Railer with a top-shelf shot just under the crossbar, giving the Railers another tally. Worcester would hold a 2-1 lead heading into the second, out-shooting Beast 8-7.

Matty Gaudreau scored his ninth of the season early in the period, with a shot from behind the Brampton net which appeared to go in off deflection from a skate. Nick Saracino would later extend the lead further to 4-1 with an unbelievable setup by Barry Almeida. Brampton’s Brandon MacLean scored the team’s only goal of the period on a backhand shot late in the period. Yannick Turcotte, Connor Doherty, and Jeff Kubiak all dropped the gloves during the period, giving fans one of the most entertaining periods we’ve seen all season.

Jeff Kubiak scored the Railers final goal with a screened shot past goaltender Andrew D’Agostini to secure a Railers win and the Railers’ first-ever Gordie Howe hat trick.

With a win on Saturday, the Railers improve to .500 on the season and extend their point-streak to five games, which is a current franchise record. They now sit in fifth place in the North Division, 12 points behind the Wheeling Nailers, Reading Royals, and Adirondack Thunder, who hold three of the four playoff spots for the division.

The Railers face off against the visiting Reading Royals on Wednesday, with a puck drop at 7:05.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for Worcester were Brian Bowen, Frankie DiChiara, Josh Monk (21-day IR/Upper body), and Ashton Rome (upper body). Joe Spagnoli was dressed as the backup goaltender.
Rome made an appearance at tonight’s game as it was his bobblehead night. Rome signed autographs prior to the puck drop, and was not behind the bench as he previously was during the a few games in Manchester. Rome last played on January 10.
Railers claimed defenseman Anthony Calabrese off of waivers from the Allen Americans on Saturday. Calabrese played in eight games for the Americans and didn’t put up any numbers for the team. Earlier this season he played 22 games for the SPHL’s Penascola Ice Flyers, racking up 4 goals and 13 assists along with an impressive +15 rating. Calabrese will be a player to look forward to as he works to prove himself as an ECHL defenseman. Calabrese was a scratch for Saturday’s game due to travel. He has not been issued a number as of Saturday night.
With a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, Jeff Kubiak is now running a 3-game point streak with 5 points in that time frame.
According to Darryl Hunt, Barry Almeida’s assist on Nick Saracino’s goal was the 8,000th regular season assist in Worcester Pro Hockey history.
Former Worcester Shark Daniel Ciampini was not in the lineup for Brampton on Saturday, as he was recalled to the Laval Rocket on Friday.
Kellen Jones and Mike Cornell are still on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Jones has one goal in seven games while Cornell has no points and a +1 rating in four games.
TWIW Writer Darryl Hunt mentioned to me during the game that the Railers DJ had played music for the of the Canadian National Anthem prior to the game in place of a guest singer or a pre-recorded version. The “True patriot love in all thy sons command” will be changed to “in all of us command”, pending royal assent. The Canadian National Anthem is only played at the DCU Center when the Railers face the Brampton Beast.
The three stars of the game were
1) Nick Saracino (Worcester #18) – 2 Goals
2) Jeff Kubiak (Worcester #16) – Gordie Howe Hat Trick (1 Goal, 1 Assist, 1 Fight)
3) TJ Syner (Worcester #14) – 3 Assists
The TWIW Player of the Game was Eamon McAdam.
Even Strength Lines
Saracino / Langkow / Almeida
Gaudreau / Kubiak / Syner
Lane / Hudson / Kelley
Turcotte
Doherty / Hamonic
Muto / Masella
McKenzie / Beukeboom
BOX SCORE

Brampton Beast 2 at Worcester Railers 5 – Status: Final
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – DCU Center

Brampton 1 1 0 – 2
Worcester 2 2 1 – 5

1st Period-1, Brampton, Fournier 10 (Cianfrini, Todd), 5:05. 2, Worcester, Saracino 5 (Almeida, Beukeboom), 9:22 (PP). 3, Worcester, Kelley 2 (Hudson, Syner), 15:30. Penalties-Donaghey Brm (slashing), 9:15; served by Saracino Wor (bench – too many men), 12:13.

2nd Period-4, Worcester, Gaudreau 9 (Kubiak, Syner), 2:03. 5, Worcester, Saracino 6 (Almeida, Langkow), 5:49. 6, Brampton, MacLean 11 17:32. Penalties-Donaghey Brm (slashing), 7:25; Fournier Brm (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 11:53; Turcotte Wor (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 11:53; Dunn Brm (instigating, fighting – major), 15:29; Doherty Wor (fighting – major), 15:29; Folkes Brm (fighting – major), 19:08; Kubiak Wor (fighting – major), 19:08.

3rd Period-7, Worcester, Kubiak 7 (Hamonic, Syner), 13:27. Penalties-Ling Brm (elbowing), 2:58.

Shots on Goal-Brampton 7-10-8-25. Worcester 8-8-12-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Brampton 0 / 1; Worcester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Brampton, D’Agostini 6-9-1-2 (28 shots-23 saves). Worcester, McAdam 11-9-4-2 (25 shots-23 saves).
A-4,987
Referees-Jeremy Tufts (6).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Kevin Kelly (75).

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers and the Quad City Mallards faced-off for the first game of another 3-in-3 weekend. Heading into the middle weekend of an eleven game home stretch, there has been a dire need for a change in pace for the Worcester Railers. Railers managed to stay on top of the game throughout the night, giving them a much needed win over Quad City.

Matty Gaudreau scored his first of two power play goals at 16:39 in the first period, with a deflected shot from Nick Saracino. Railers had the early lead with the only goal in the opening frame, and outshot the Mallards 11-6.
Gaudreau would score his second of the evening with a shot on the power play that found its way through the pads of netminder Ivan Kulbakov, giving the Railers a 2-0 lead. Brian Bowen would extend that lead with his third goal in three games with a setup from Frankie DiChiara on an open net. Railers held a 3-0 lead heading into the game’s final frame.
Mallards’ Triston Grant scored the team’s first goal of the night off a rebounded shot off the pads of goaltender Eamon McAdam at 1:32 in the third period. Former Worcester Shark Kyle Bigos was credited with an assist on the goal. Barry Almeida scored his twelfth of the season on a breakaway, just minutes later. Woody Hudson scored his fifteenth goal mid-way through the period to extend the Railers lead further. Quad City’s Keegan Kolesar scored the final goal of the game, leaving the Railers with a 5-2 victory.

The Railers’ 5-2 victory is the first home game in 2018, leaving the Railers 1-3-0-0 on the eleven game home stretch. The Railers and Mallards play again Saturday night, with a puck drop at 7:05.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for the Railers were Sean Gammage, Tommy Kelley, Josh Monk (injured), Ashton Rome (injured) and TJ Syner. Mitch Gillam was dressed as the backup goaltender for Worcester.

Mitch Gillam signed a PTO earlier this week with the Utica Comets in place of goaltender Thatcher Demko, who fell ill earlier this week. Gillam was dressed as the backup goaltender for Utica’s Wednesday night game. Gillam was released from his PTO and was returned to the Railers Friday morning.

The Railers briefly signed Rob Lemelin as the team’s Emergency Backup Goaltender (EBUG) earlier this week while Gillam had his stint with the Utica Comets. Lemelin last played for the Portland Pirates, which was in one game during the 2008-09 season. The Hamilton, MA native was released Friday morning.
Jeff Kubiak also returned to the Railers Friday morning from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Kubiak has played in a single game for the Sound Tigers during his recalls, and should be staying put in Worcester for the time being. Forwards Michael Dal Colle, Ross Johnston and Tanner Fritz were sent down to the Sound Tigers on Friday, which could signal the a few more players being sent down. The AHL enters the All-Star break after the games on Saturday night, so Mike Cornell and Kellen Jones could return in time for Sunday’s game. However, should either be loaned to the Railers, players would either need to be released or recalled in their place due to roster limitations.

TJ Syner was placed on the Railers’ reserve list before Friday’s game. Syner joins Ashton Rome on the reserve list. Rome, who has not played since January 10th, was not seen at the Railers’ members party on Wednesday. Rome was last seen behind the bench in a player-coach role in a game against the Manchester Monarchs on January 13th. Josh Monk is still on the team’s 21-day injury reserve list but could be returning soon.

Chris Langkow was released from his second PTO with the Hartford Wolf Pack on Monday. Langkow had two shots on goal in two games during his second stint with the club.
Former Railers goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos signed a contract with the Jacksonville IceMen on Friday.

With Willie Raskob’s return to Worcester on the opposing team, he becomes the first former Worcester Railers player to a play against the team.

Going into the game, both teams were the last two teams to reach the 100 goals scored mark this season. With five goals scored tonight the Railers sit at 102 goals this season.
Nick Saracino is on a 4 game point streak and Brian Bowen is on a 3 game goal streak.

The three stars of the game were
1) Barry Almeida (Railers #19) – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
2) Matt Gaudreau (Railers #8) – 2 Goals
3) Eamon McAdam (Railers #39) – 25 Saves, 2 GAA, Win

The TWIW Player of the Game was Vinny Muto with an assist and a +2 rating.

Even Strength Lines
Gaudreau/Almeida/Langkow
Bowen/Kubiak/DiChiara
Lane/Hudson/Saracino
Turcotte
McKenzie/Beukeboom
Doherty/Hamonic
Masella/Muto

BOX SCORE
Quad City Mallards 2 at Worcester Railers 5 – Status: Final
Friday, January 26, 2018 – DCU Center
Quad City 0 0 2 – 2
Worcester 1 2 2 – 5
1st Period-1, Worcester, Gaudreau 6 (Saracino, Almeida), 16:39 (PP). Penalties-Grant Qc (slashing), 16:13; Doherty Wor (boarding), 18:09.
2nd Period-2, Worcester, Gaudreau 7 (Almeida), 3:14 (PP). 3, Worcester, Bowen 3 (DiChiara, Kubiak), 13:17. Penalties-Pohlkamp Qc (hooking), 1:24; Turcotte Wor (roughing), 10:00; Grant Qc (fighting – major), 12:23; Turcotte Wor (fighting – major), 12:23; Gaudreau Wor (hooking), 13:52.
3rd Period-4, Quad City, Grant 4 (Pohlkamp, Bigos), 1:32. 5, Worcester, Almeida 12 5:36. 6, Worcester, Hudson 15 (Muto, Lane), 10:35. 7, Quad City, Kolesar 6 (Warning), 15:38. Penalties-Kolesar Qc (tripping), 12:26.
Shots on Goal-Quad City 6-14-5-25. Worcester 11-13-16-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Quad City 0 / 3; Worcester 2 / 3.
Goalies-Quad City, Kulbakov 8-7-0-0 (40 shots-35 saves). Worcester, McAdam 9-9-3-2 (25 shots-23 saves).
A-3,079
Referees-Liam Sewell (7).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Nathan Frechette (30).

The Worcester Railers took on the Wheeling Nailers for the second time this weekend, in a disappointing 4-2 loss at home.

Railers had the best chance of the game to score early on a breakaway drive that was broken up by netminder Adam Morrison, Matthew Gaudreau set up a deflected shot for Barry Almeida but was hooked on the play with what would have been a perfect chance to score on an open net.

Wheeling scored the first goal of the game on the power play in the first period. A bounced puck from the right of goalie Eamon McAdam found the back of the net midway through the first.

Railers bounced back with what is believed to be the fastest goal in Worcester hockey history in the second period. With a setup off a rebound shot from Nick Saracino, Woody Hudson sent the puck from the left side of the net behind Morrison, just nine seconds into the period.

Wheeling would regain the lead with two more power play goals in the second period, giving them a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
Rookie Brian Bowen would score his second goal in three games with a tip-in on the power play, which brought the Railers within a goal with less than eight minutes left in the third period. Worcester would empty their net for an extra attacker with just over a minute left in the third period, and an empty net goal by Wheeling put the game away with seconds to spare.

Worcester Railers continue their homestretch on Friday night against the Quad City Mallards, with a puck drop at 7:05.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for the Railers were Sean Gammage, Tommy Kelley, Kyle McKenzie, Josh Monk (21-day IR/upper body), Ashton Rome (upper body), and Alex Sakellaropoulos. Mitch Gillam was dressed as the backup goaltender for Worcester.

Mike Cornell, Jeff Kubiak, and Eamon McAdam were reassigned to Worcester on Sunday Morning. All three were healthy scratches for Bridgeport’s game on Saturday. Kubiak and Cornell were called back up after the Railers’ Sunday game.

With Kyle McKenzie being scratched, that means no Railers player will play in every game this season. McKenzie holds the current “Iron Man” streak at 38 straight games.
Barry Almeida, Mike Cornell, and Justin Hamonic wore the alternate captain ‘A’s.
During the second period, it was announced through the ECHL’s transaction list that the Railers had released Tommy Kelley. Additionally, Alex Sakellaropoulos was placed on reserve. These transactions were done in order to align within roster rules set by the league.

Per T&G’s Bill Ballou, the previous fastest goal to begin a period was 10 seconds into the period and was scored by John McCarthy against the Providence Bruins on March 20, 2010.

Railers had an attendance of 2552 on Sunday, which was expected to be low due to the Patriots AFC Championship game happening on the same day. Surprisingly, this was not the lowest attended game this season, with that crown being given to October 31st’s game against Toledo.

Railers have not led in the last 328:06 of play time (pending TWIW’s Darryl Hunt’s Math). They also have six consecutive home losses, with their last home win on December 20 against Reading.

Chris Langkow is currently on PTO with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Kellen Jones is on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Both the Tigers and Pack had separate overtime games that went into overtime with no score, neither scored the game winning goals for their teams.

Former Worcester Sharks forward Michael Swift joins Ladislav Nagy (Slovakia), John McCarthy (USA), and Karl Stollery (Canada) in the list of Worcester hockey alum who will participate in the Winter Olympics. Swift will skate for South Korea’s national team.

The three stars of the game were
1) Jeff Taylor (Wheeling #25) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
2) Troy Josephs (Wheeling #10) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
3) Matt Lane (Railers #10) – 1 Assist

The TWIW Player of the Game was Brian Bowen.

Even Strength Lines
Saracino/Hudson/Kubiak
Gaudreau/Lane/Almeida
Bowen/DiChiara/Syner
Turcotte
Cornell/Beukeboom
Doherty/Hamonic
Muto/Masella

BOX SCORE
Wheeling Nailers 4 at Worcester Railers 2 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 21, 2018 – DCU Center
Wheeling 1 2 1 – 4
Worcester 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Wheeling, Josephs 6 (Zink, Taylor), 12:59 (PP). Penalties-Taylor Whl (hooking), 1:34; Josephs Whl (high-sticking), 6:55; Cornell Wor (cross-checking), 11:08; Kubiak Wor (delay of game), 14:25; Hamonic Wor (holding), 17:45.
2nd Period-2, Worcester, Hudson 14 (Saracino, Beukeboom), 0:09. 3, Wheeling, Gardiner 21 (Schulze, Wydo), 13:14 (PP). 4, Wheeling, Taylor 4 (Josephs, Tiffels), 15:03 (PP). Penalties-Josephs Whl (interference on the goalkeeper), 2:43; Beirnes Whl (fighting – major), 5:13; Turcotte Wor (fighting – major), 5:13; Masella Wor (slashing), 11:10; Doherty Wor (slashing), 12:25; Hudson Wor (high-sticking), 14:54; Bourbonnais Whl (high-sticking), 16:14.
3rd Period-5, Worcester, Bowen 2 (Lane, Cornell), 12:44 (PP). 6, Wheeling, Wydo 15 (Sorkin), 19:43 (EN). Penalties-Josephs Whl (hooking), 12:34.
Shots on Goal-Wheeling 13-9-10-32. Worcester 11-6-13-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Wheeling 3 / 6; Worcester 1 / 5.
Goalies-Wheeling, Morrison 7-7-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves). Worcester, McAdam 8-9-3-2 (31 shots-28 saves).
A-2,552
Referees-Sean MacFarlane (4).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (38), AJ Potvin (78).

The Worcester Railers returned to New England to finish off a road stretch with the first of two weekend games on Friday. Railers took on their North Division rivals, the Manchester Monarchs for the tenth time this season, in a very close and entertaining matchup.

Manchester the first and their only goal of the game early in the first period, with Spencer Watson slipping the puck past goalie Mitch Gillam from the right side just under six minutes into the game. Railers’ Barry Almeida tied it up later in the period with a set up pass from Kellen Jones, which found its way past Monarchs’ netminder Charles Williams and into the corner of the net. After the first period it was tied with one goal a piece and Worcester leading in shots 13-9.

For the second and third period, neither team could find the back of the net to take the lead or secure the win. Monarchs outshot the Railers at the end of the second period, 10-6, and again at the end of the third, 10-9. The game went into overtime thanks to several great saves from both Charles Williams and Mitch Gillam.

Both teams made just two shots on goal in the overtime period before Matt Lane put the game away at 3:44 into the period. On a rush from the left side, Lane scored the game-winning goal that was too quick for Charles Williams. Lane’s game-winning goal was the first overtime goal in Railers’ history.
Friday night’s overtime win leaves the Railers with a 3-2 record on the six game road stretch. Railers will wrap-up the stretch with a game against Monarchs again on Saturday, puck drops at 6 PM.

RAILERS NOTES

Scratches for the Railers were Brian Bowen, Connor Doherty, Sean Gammage, Matt Gaudreau (21-day IR/foot), Josh Monk (21-day IR/undisclosed), and Ashton Rome (undisclosed injury). Eamon McAdam was dressed as the backup goaltender for Worcester.

Ashton Rome was placed on reserve on Friday, which was later revealed to be due to an injury. Rome was not dressed on Friday and isn’t expected to dress for Saturday’s game either. The extent of his injuries aren’t known at this time, but given that Rome has been on the ice far longer than any other player, it was only a matter of time before he needed a few games off. Chris Langkow wore the Captain’s ‘C’ in his place for Friday’s game and will for Saturday’s game. Kellen Jones and Mike Cornell have and will wear the alternate ‘A’s.
Sean Gammage was placed on reserve Friday for undisclosed reasons. Gammage did not dress for the game on Friday, either.

Mike Cornell was reassigned to Worcester on Friday. Cornell racked up an assist and was on the ice for both of the Railers goals. Cornell is expected to play in Saturday’s game and will return to Bridgeport before they go on the road next week. Bridgeport is currently playing with 6 active defensemen, which is something to keep an eye on.

Railers announced the signing of forward Brain Bowen on Thursday. Bowen joins the Railers after spending the last three seasons at the University of Vermont. Bowen was a healthy scratch for the Railers for Friday’s game, but travelled with the team to Manchester.

With a goal in Friday’s game, Barry Almeida has scored his eighth goal in nine games. Almeida is currently tied with Patrick McNally for second place in points for the Railers this season with 24. Chris Langkow is the current leader with 25.

The ECHL announced on Friday that Woody Hudson will participate in the All-Star Game’s hardest shot competition during the festivities next week. In addition, former Railer Willie Raskob will participate in the competition.
Manchester’s Colton Saucerman was assessed a ‘Illegal Check to the Head’ penalty in the second period. Supplementary discipline can be applied by the League Office at its discretion, which is something to keep an eye on if it is reviewed before Saturday’s game.

The three stars of the game were
1) Matt Lane (Worcester #10) – 1 GWG
2) Spencer Watson (Manchester #21) – 1 Goal
3) Matt Schmalz (Manchester #19) – 2 Shots, -2 Rating

The TWIW Player of the Game was Barry Almeida, who scored the Railers’ first goal.

BOX SCORE
Worcester Railers 2 (OT) at Manchester Monarchs 1 – Status: Final OT
Friday, January 12, 2018 – SNHU Arena
Worcester 1 0 0 1 – 2
Manchester 1 0 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Manchester, Watson 4 (Buckles, Marcinew), 5:50. 2, Worcester, Almeida 10 (Jones), 17:04. Penalties-Doherty Man (tripping), 11:44; Langkow Wor (slashing), 12:15; Iverson Man (boarding), 18:02.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Saucerman Man (illegal check to head), 0:36; served by Nemcik Man (bench – too many men), 11:11; Turcotte Wor (boarding), 19:29.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Lane Wor (tripping), 2:34.
OT Period-3, Worcester, Lane 3 (Cornell), 3:44. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Worcester 13-6-9-3-31. Manchester 9-10-10-2-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 4; Manchester 0 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 7-7-0-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Manchester, Williams 13-6-3-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-1,498
Referees-Andrew Bruggeman (25).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), AJ Potvin (78).

Playing in their fourth road game out of their last six, the Worcester Railers were thirsty for a win. Wednesday’s game was even through the first two periods, but Railers were unable to regain a lead in the third period.

It’s reached the point in the season where every every point earned from a win, overtime loss, or shootout can go a long way, especially against division rivals. With Wednesday’s 4-2 loss, the Railers are now ranked 5th in the North Division with 33 points (14-15-3-2), trailing behind the Wheeling Nailers in the division’s last playoff spot with 41 points (19-15-3-0).

Kellen Jones put the Railers on the board in the first after a deflected shot from Chris Langkow, Jones was able to tap it into the net behind netminder John Muse. Reading tied it up with a pass setup behind goalie Eamon McAdam. After the opening 20 minutes, the game was tied at one a piece. Royals outshot the Railers 13 to eight.

Barry Almeida put the Railers up in the second, scoring his ninth of the season on a breakaway from center ice. Royals bounced back with a second one-timed setup from behind the Railers net. At the end of the second, the game was tied at 2. Royals led in shots at the end of the period with 11 to 5.
Royals’ Alex Krushelnyski gave the Royals’ their first lead of the night with 9:19 remaining in the game. With what initially looked like an off-sides play, Royals’ Brian Morgan snuck the puck into the Railers’ zone off a pass from Vinny Muto’s skate and back to Krushelnyski, where the puck reached the net with a shot just under the crossbar. Royals extended their lead with an empty net goal from former Worcester Shark Matt Willows with seven seconds remaining in the game. Railers made just 21 shots on goal, compared to Reading’s 33 shots.

With the road trip more than halfway done, the Railers will return to Worcester overnight. Railers will play again on Friday on the road against the Manchester Monarchs, with a puck drop at 7 PM.

RAILERS NOTES

Scratches for the Railers were Sean Gammage, Matt Gaudreau (21-day IR/foot), Josh Monk (21-day IR/undisclosed), and TJ Syner. Mitch Gillam was dressed as the backup goaltender for Worcester.

Chris Langkow was released from his PTO with the Hartford Wolf Pack and returned to the Worcester Railers this week. Playing in five games with the Pack, Langkow scored 1 goal and was credited with an assist. Langkow played in Wednesday’s game and picked up an assist on Kellen Jones’ goal.

Mike Cornell was a healthy scratch for Bridgeport’s game on Wednesday. Cornell has played in just one game since his recall on New Years day, and has been scratched for three of Bridgeport’s four games since being recalled. His lack of play time on his recall could indicate that he will be reassigned to Worcester in the coming days.

The three stars of the game were
1) Alex Krushelnyski (Reading #13) – 1 Goal
2) Chris McCarthy (Reading #3) – 1 Goal
3) Barry Almeida (Worcester #19) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

The TWIW Player of the Game was Kellen Jones.

BOX SCORE
Worcester Railers 2 at Reading Royals 4 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Santander Arena
Worcester 1 1 0 – 2
Reading 1 1 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Worcester, Jones 8 (Langkow, Almeida), 7:11. 2, Reading, Zajac 8 (Willows), 16:49. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-3, Worcester, Almeida 9 7:02. 4, Reading, McCarthy 12 (Wilkins), 15:38. Penalties-Muto Wor (slashing), 1:33; served by McCarthy Rea (bench – too many men), 9:02.
3rd Period-5, Reading, Krushelnyski 11 (Morgan, Hora), 10:41. 6, Reading, Willows 13 (Huntebrinker), 19:53 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Worcester 8-5-8-21. Reading 13-11-9-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 1; Reading 0 / 0.
Goalies-Worcester, McAdam 8-8-3-2 (32 shots-29 saves). Reading, Muse 12-3-1-0 (21 shots-19 saves).
A-2,051
Referees-Andrew Bruggeman (25).
Linesmen-Judson Ritter (70), JP Waleski (51).

The Worcester Railers and Royals met for the eighth of fourteen meetings this season on Sunday. Railers came into the riding on winning momentum from Saturday’s win over Reading and Friday’s shootout win over Adirondack.

For the first 20 minutes it was all Reading, taking an early lead on the powerplay at 1:18 with Royals’ Chris McCarthy finding net from the left circle. Royals’ Ryan Penny extended their lead to two with 68 seconds remaining in the first, scoring off a bounced puck and a shot past Railers’ goalie Mitch Gillam. Royals outscored and outshot the Railers after 20 minutes, 2-0 with shots 13-5.

Railers looked to bounce back in the second period, outshooting the Royals 14-13. At the end of the period the Railers were unable to find the back of the net and fortunately the Royals couldn’t either. Reading held their 2-0 lead in goals and in shots 26-19 after 40 minutes.

Royals extended their lead to three goals with 14:50 remaining in the third period, with Royals’ Ryan Penny scored his second of the game and what would be the final goal scored. After 60, shots were tied at 28 a piece with the Railers making nine shots on goal with Reading making just two shots on Mitch Gillam in the third period.

With Sunday’s loss, the Railers fall back to .500 (14-14-3-2) on the season. They will stay in Reading with the next two days off for rest before facing-off against the Royals again on Wednesday, with a puck drop at 7 PM.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for the Railers were Sean Gammage (healthy), Matt Gaudreau (21-day IR/foot), Josh Monk (21-day IR/undisclosed). Eamon McAdam was dressed as the back-up goaltender for Worcester.

Railers played in their first 4 games in 5 days series, going 2-2-1 in those games.
Brock Beukeboom made his debut for the Railers on Sunday. Beukeboom had two shots on goal and was not on the ice for any of Reading’s goals. Beukeboom wore number 41.
Chris Langkow was in the lineup for the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday, racking up a single shot in Hartford’s 5-1 loss to Utica.
Former Worcester Sharks and Holy Cross College forward Adam Schmidt was a scratch again for Reading. Schmidt has not played since December 30th, suffering an injury in an incident with defenseman Mike Bergin of the Adirondack Thunder.

With a shutout loss on Sunday, it is the second time this season the Railers have been shutout, and is the second shutout loss in the last seven games. (December 23 vs Adirondack). It is the first time they have been shutout on the road.

The three stars of the game were

1) John Muse (Reading #1) – Shutout, 28 saves
2) Ryan Penny (Reading #9) – 2 goals
3) Chris McCarthy (Reading #3) – 1 goal
The TWIW Player of the Game was TJ Syner.

BOX SCORE
Worcester Railers 0 at Reading Royals 3 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Santander Arena

Worcester 0 0 0 – 0
Reading 2 0 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Reading, McCarthy 11 (Willows, Luukko), 1:18 (PP). 2, Reading, Penny 11 (Tanski), 18:52. Penalties-Rome Wor (interference), 0:59; Cleland Rea (tripping), 5:07; Hudson Wor (roughing), 7:20.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Turcotte Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:30; Kubiak Wor (roughing), 6:38; de Haas Rea (slashing), 6:38.

3rd Period-3, Reading, Penny 12 (Naclerio), 5:10. Penalties-Wilkins Rea (holding), 16:26.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 5-14-9-28. Reading 13-13-2-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 2; Reading 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 6-7-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves). Reading, Muse 11-3-1-0 (28 shots-28 saves).
A-3,042
Referees-Mike Sheehan (11).
Linesmen-Judson Ritter (70), JP Waleski (51).