The Worcester Railers took a three hour bus ride to Glens Falls, New York on Friday to take on the Adirondack Thunder for the first of 12 meetings between the North Division rivals this season.
In the opening twenty minutes it was all Adirondack, with the Thunder out shooting the Railers 16-3. As has happened many times already during this young season Worcester leaned heavily on goaltender Eamon McAdam, and as he’s done before McAdam stood tall and kept Adirondack off the board and his team even after the first period. The 16 saves in the period by McAdam sets the Railers franchise mark for both the opening period and in any period.
The Railers best chance in the first was a nice shot by Jeff Kubiak, but a quick pad save by Thunder goaltender Nick Riopel brushed aside the bid.
The second period saw Worcester picking up their play to match Adirondack, and at 8:52 the Railers got on the board when Barry Almeida scored from right in front. The puck went behind the Thunder net, and Nick Saracino was able to get the puck out front to Almeida, who fired the puck top shelf over a sliding Riopel for the 1-0 lead.
Even though Worcester held Adirondack to six shots in the frame, McAdam still had to make a couple huge saves to keep the Thunder off the board. But you can’t rely on your goaltender to stop everything, and in the third period Adirondack broke through at 13:50 when Pierre-Luc Mercier snuck a shot from the left side by the blocker side.
The game remained tied into overtime where the Railers thought they had scored a goal when a Chris Langkow backhander appeared to beat Riopel and the red goal light went on. Play continued for a short while, including McAdam making a great save on a breakaway, before referee Andrea Barone consulted with the goal judge before confirming his call of “no goal’.
There is no video goal review in the ECHL.
As Worcester’s luck has been all season, a borderline call put them shorthanded in the extra session, and Ty Loney converted on Adirondacks seventh power play chance of the night at 1:36 of overtime to send the Railers home with a 2-1 loss.
Scratches for the Railers were and Connor Doherty (21-day IR), Frankie DiChiara, Woody Hudson, and Matt Lane. Mitch Gillam was the back-up goaltender. Worcester had no roster transactions this week.
After Saturday’s post game fracas with the Wheeling Nailers there was some concern that Railers captain Aston Rome might find himself suspended a game for his fight with Wheeling’s Dan Milan after the final horn sounded. It appears that neither player received additional discipline. One former Worcester player was suspended by the ECHL this week as Vincent Arseneau, now with the Allen Americans, received a three game ban for leaving the player’s bench to start an altercation last Friday in Idaho.
There is some Worcester hockey history in Glens Falls as the city was the home to three AHL franchises over the years. Both the IceCats and Sharks had decent luck at the then-named Glens Falls Civic Center, going 7-5-0-1 against the Red Wings and Phantoms. The WorSharks didn’t play in Adirondack during 2014-15 in the one season Adirondack was nicknamed the Flames and were affiliated with Calgary.
Worcester and Adirondack are about to become real familiar with each other as Friday’s contest at the Cool Insuring Arena is the first of seven meetings between the clubs over the next 35 days. In two weeks the Railers and Thunder play three games in a row facing each other, with the 13th and 15th in Glens Falls and the 16th at the DCU Center.
In sort of an oddity, Adirondack is one of two ECHL teams with the nickname “Thunder”, with the other being Wichita. Adirondack is the old Stockton Thunder franchise that kept its name after Calgary switched AHL and ECHL affiliates between the two cities. The Wichita Thunder are one of the old CHL franchises absorbed by the ECHL just prior to the 2014-15 season.
The three stars of the game were:
1) Ty Loney (Adirondack #24) game winning goal
2) Eamon McAdam (Railers #39), 32 saves
3) Pierre-Luc Mercier (Adirondack #20) goal
The TWIW Player of the Game was Barry Almeida.
Even strength lines
Worcester 0 1 0 0 – 1
Adirondack 0 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Monk Wor (holding), 1:49; Wallin Adk (interference), 11:05; Langkow Wor (tripping), 12:30.
2nd Period-1, Worcester, Almeida 5 (Saracino), 8:52 (PP). Penalties-Bergin Adk (hooking), 7:03; Almeida Wor (hooking), 10:54; served by Loney Adk (bench – too many men), 15:21; McNally Wor (high-sticking), 17:13.
3rd Period-2, Adirondack, Mercier 5 (Wallin, Lough), 13:50 (PP). Penalties-Syner Wor (delay of game), 5:43; Rodrigues Adk (tripping), 11:09; Murphy Wor (interference), 13:07; Bergin Adk (cross-checking), 14:33.
OT Period-3, Adirondack, Loney 13 (Conacher, Bergin), 1:36 (PP). Penalties-Gaudreau Wor (holding), 1:15.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 3-7-11-0-21. Adirondack 16-6-10-2-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 5; Adirondack 2 / 7.
Goalies-Worcester, McAdam 5-3-2-1 (34 shots-32 saves). Adirondack, Riopel 7-6-1-0 (21 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Andrea Barone (15).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Michael Fusani (41).