The Worcester Railers headed to Ontario to take on the Brampton Beast Tuesday night at the Powerade Center for the last game of their season long seven game road trip. With Worcester creeping into striking distance of the fourth playoff spot in the ECHL’s North Division it was imperative the Railers get off to a good start, and they did just that when a lucky bounce went their way.
Just twenty-four seconds into the game Ben Masella attempted to fire the puck around the glass as the forwards raced into the zone, but the puck hit a stanchion and bounced right to Barry Almeida in front. Brampton goaltender Marcus Hogberg had no chance against Worcester’s leading scorer. The goal, which was the fastest goal to start a game in Railers history, was also assisted by Kyle McKenzie.
But that was all for the Railers offense for the night.
The Beast would come back to tie the game at 5:31 of the opening period when Jamie Doornbosch fired a shot through a screen from high in the left circle and past Worcester netminder Mitch Gillam. Chris Leveille and Vincent Dunn were given assists on the goal.
Brampton would take a 2-1 lead on the only goal of the middle period when Jeff King skated down the right side and beat Gillam five-hole with a wrist shot at 7:55. Alex Foster had the only assist on the goal.
It got worse for the Railers in the third when Brandon Marino scored six minutes into the third period, and that goal took the wind out of Worcester’s sails. Leveille killed any thoughts of a miracle comeback with an empty net goal at 19:14 for the 4-1 final.
Worcester begins a three-in-three home weekend Friday night against the Wheeling Nailers.
Scratches for the Railers were Brian Bowen, Josh Monk (21-day IR/Upper Body), Vinny Muto, and Ashton Rome (21-day IR/Upper Body). Joe Spagnoli was once again the back-up goaltender as Eamon McAdam is still up in Bridgeport. After Saturday night’s 4-1 win over Manchester both Matty Gaudreau and Kellen Jones were recalled back to the Sound Tigers.
On Monday Worcester signed defenseman Ryan MacKinnon to a contract. MacKinnon played the last three season for the University of Prince Edward Island after three years with Rimouski Oceanic and a season with the Charlottetown Islanders, both in the QMJHL. He served as captain in his final season with Oceanic and his one year with the Islanders. MacKinnon was teammates with Railers defenseman Brock Beukeboom for a couple of seasons with the University of Prince Edward Island.
Tuesday’s game set a personal milestone for Railers play by play man and Vice President of Marketing and Communications Eric Lindquist as he broadcasted his 1,000 pro hockey game. In addition to the Railers Lindquist has also done hockey games for the Lowell Lock Monsters, Long Beach Ice Dogs, San Jose Barracuda, and Worcester Sharks. Lindquist has some baseball broadcasting in his background too, working games for the Long Beach Armada and Lowell Spinners.
For those that remember the AHL eligibility rules from Worcester’s years in that league, the New York Islanders assigned goaltender Christopher Gibson, right winger Tanner Fritz, and defenseman Sebastian Aho to Bridgeport prior to the NHL trade deadline to make them eligible for the AHL playoffs. That will likely help out the Railers should they make the ECHL playoffs as the Sound Tigers won’t need to recall players from Worcester to fill out their lineup.
The three stars of the game were
1) Marcus Hogberg (Brampton #31) win, 30 saves
2) Vincent Dunn (Brampton #14), 3 assists
3) Chris Leveille (Brampton #48) goal, 2 assists
The TWIW Player of the Game was Barry Almeida.
Even Strength Lines
Saracino / Langkow / Almeida
Syner / Kubiak / Hudson
DiChiara / Lane / Kelley
Hamonic / Doherty
Masella / McKenzie
Beukeboom / MacKinnon
Worcester 1 0 0 – 1
Brampton 1 1 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Worcester, Almeida 17 (Masella, McKenzie), 0:24. 2, Brampton, Doornbosch 3 (Leveille, Dunn), 5:31. Penalties-MacLean Brm (slashing), 3:06; Langkow Wor (instigating, fighting – major), 14:49; Jacklin Brm (fighting – major), 14:49.
2nd Period-3, Brampton, King 4 (Vallorani), 7:55. Penalties-MacLean Brm (slashing), 0:22; Dunn Brm (roughing), 8:32; Cianfrini Brm (slashing), 9:08; Hudson Wor (holding), 16:50.
3rd Period-4, Brampton, Marino 15 (Dunn, Leveille), 6:00. 5, Brampton, Leveille 15 (Dunn), 19:14 (EN). Penalties-Leveille Brm (slashing), 11:32.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 17-7-7-31. Brampton 7-12-12-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 5; Brampton 0 / 2.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 11-12-0-1 (30 shots-27 saves). Brampton, Hogberg 7-5-0-1 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Andrea Barone (15).
Linesmen-Michael Fusani (41), Konner Roskovich (68).