The Worcester Railers and Adirondack Thunder faced-off for the first of three games this week on Wednesday. The Railers took the bus trip on Wednesday morning for the second of 12 meetings between the North Division rivals this season. Railers came off a three-game loss streak and hoped to turn that trend around.
Both Goaltenders Eamon McAdam and Drew Fielding brought their ‘A’ games, keeping the game scoreless until halfway through the second period.
In the first 20 minutes, both teams had many chances to get on the board. The Railers had two power plays and were short-handed once during the period. Goaltender Eamon McAdam stopped 18 saves in the first period, passing his previous records on the season for 16 shots saved in a single period, previously set on October 14th vs Manchester and again on December 1st vs Adirondack.
What triggered a flurry of goals by both teams was a goal from Connor Riley at 10:52 in the second period, thirty feet out from the Railers net. The Railers rebounded with a goal a minute later from Kellen Jones. Adirondack retaliated with another goal at 15:22 by Adirondack’s Eric Neiley, which was setup behind netminder McAdam and shot from inches away from the net.
Worcester tied up the period for good with three minutes remaining with a screened shot from TJ Syner. With the score tied up after two periods, Adirondack outshot the Railers, 36-24.
In the final minute of the second period, Mike Cornell dropped the gloves with Eric Neiley. Neiley through the first punches but Cornell came up on top with a few right punches. Both players were issued fighting majors and Cornell was issued a rare misconduct for continuing the alteration after linesmen broke up the fight.
Adirondack took their third lead of the night at 5:03 in the third period. With a 3-on-2 play, Terrence Wallin found the back of the net from about 30 feet out. Railers could not counter and lost in Adirondack, 3-2.
With Wednesday’s loss, the Worcester Railers have a 0.476 winning percentage on the season. They currently have the lowest goals scored with 54 goals (Quad City Mallards are next with 49 goals scored), but are currently tied for third with the least goals allowed so far this season.
They are now sixth in the North Division and ranked 22nd overall in the ECHL.
Railers and Thunder face-off again for game two of the three game series on Friday in Adirondack. Puck drops at 7 PM.
Scratches for Wednesday’s game were: Connor Doherty (lower body inj), Wade Murphy, Josh Monk (undisclosed inj), Ashton Rome (undisclosed inj), and Yannick Turcotte.
Ashton Rome and Josh Monk were scratched from Wednesday’s game and are expected to Friday and Saturday’s games.
Chris Langkow wore the Captain’s C in Wednesday’s game. He is expected to continue to wear the letter in Rome’s absence. Kellen Jones wore an Alternate Captain’s ‘A’ in place of Langkow wearing the C.
Nick Saracino left the game in the second period after going into the boards with Stephen Johnson, Saracino did not return to the game.
Connor Doherty is considered day-to-day, coming off a groin injury. Doherty has played in just one game this season on October 27.
With an assist tonight, Chris Langkow extends his point streak to five points in three games.
Matt Gaudreau has three assists in his last two games.
Even Strength Lines
The three stars of the game were
1) Connor Riley (Thunder #44), 1 Goal, 1 Assist
2) Andrew Radjenovic (Thunder #27), 2 Assists
3) Kellen Jones (Railers #9), 1 Goal
The TWIW Player of the Game is Eamon McAdam with 37 saves.
Worcester Railers 2 at Adirondack Thunder 3 – Status: Final
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Cool Insuring Arena
Worcester 0 2 0 – 2
Adirondack 0 2 1 – 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Henry Adk (tripping), 8:34; McNally Wor (interference), 13:28; Riley Adk (holding), 18:32.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Riley 1 (Radjenovic), 10:52. 2, Worcester, Jones 5 (Gaudreau, Langkow), 12:10. 3, Adirondack, Neiley 8 (Henry, Cote), 15:22. 4, Worcester, Syner 3 (Hamonic, Almeida), 16:54. Penalties-Cullity Wor (interference), 3:09; Cornell Wor (fighting – major, misconduct – continuing altercation), 19:14; Neiley Adk (fighting – major), 19:14.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Wallin 7 (Radjenovic, Riley), 5:03. Penalties-Riley Adk (delay of game), 10:18.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-15-7-31. Adirondack 18-18-4-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Adirondack 0 / 2.
Goalies-Worcester, McAdam 5-5-2-2 (40 shots-37 saves). Adirondack, Fielding 4-2-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Alex Garon (9).
Linesmen-Chris Provost (50), Matt Brady (42).