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.
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
Doherty / Hamonic
Muto / Masella
McKenzie / Beukeboom
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).
Referees-Jeremy Tufts (6).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Kevin Kelly (75).