The Worcester Railers visited the Reading Royals for a pair of games at the Santander Arena knowing they needed to keep earning point to continue to improve their chances to qualify for the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Worcester would go on the power play after Royals newcomer Jack Riley got called for tripping in the opening minute of the period, and at 1:06 Mike Cornell blasted one from the right circle through a screen and past Reading goaltender Branden Komm. Frankie DiChiara and Jake Randolph had the assists on the play.

Later in the period Kyle McKenzie stood up for Cornell after his defensive partner took a late hit and was sent off for roughing, and the Royals capitalized with a power play goal of their own when Chris McCarthy ripped a one-time pass from Nolan Zajac over the glove of Railers netminder Mitch Gillam at 10:58. Former WorSharks and Holy Cross forward Adam Schmidt had the secondary assist.

It was a scoreless second period, and it looked like it was going to be another scoreless frame in the third until 15:31 of the final stanza when Josh Holmstrom skated down the right wing side and threw a lazy shot on net that somehow broke through Komm for the 2-1 Worcester lead.

Just a few moments later Woody Hudson was boarded by Reading defender Frank Hora. Hudson and Cornell made a move to confront Hora, but both seeing referee Jesse Gour’s arm up to call a penalty each skated away. That turned out to be a good thing as at 17:35 Barry Almeida would become the Railers first 20 goal scorer when he banked one in off Komm from behind the net to make it a 3-1 lead. Nick Saracino had the only helper on the play.

Reading would go on to pull Komm for an extra attacker, and Matt Lane would hit the empty net with nine seconds remaining for the 4-1 final. Saracino picked up his second point of the game with the assist. The 43 Worcester shots in the contest set a new franchise mark for a road game.

These same two clubs play again Saturday night.

Scratches for the Railers were Tommy Kelley (21-day IR/upper body), Chris Langkow (lower body), Josh Monk (21-day IR/upper body). Will King was the back-up goaltender. After Friday’s game there was some player movement between Worcester and the Sound Tigers, with Bridgeport assigning forward Josh Holmstrom and defenseman Patrick Cullity to Worcester and recalling forwards Yanick Turcotte and Jeff Kubiak. Both Kubiak and Turcotte played for the Sound Tigers in Syracuse Friday night.

Other than mentioning he’s doing well the Railers haven’t issued any updates on Tommy Kelley, and at this point there likely won’t be more. Worcester did add Kelley to the 21-day Injured Reserve List earlier in the week.

Playoff update: With Worcester and Wheeling both winning the Railers “tragic number”, the combination of points Wheeling earns and Worcester fails to gain, falls to 13. If that number hits zero, Worcester is officially eliminated from the playoff hunt. If the number ends at one it would go to a tiebreaker between the Nailers and Railers. The tie-breakers is regulation/overtime wins, and Wheeling has the edge over Worcester. Worcester has two games in hand over the Nailers. According to Sports Club Stats, the chance the Railers make the ECHL playoffs is now approximately 27%.

It should be noted that the Railers are actually closing in on the Reading Royals in the divisional standings, and should Worcester beat Reading in regulation on Saturday there will be a whole different set of numbers involved in the Railers making the Kelly Cup playoffs.

In Reading they play both the American and Canadian national anthems before each game, and in Friday’s contest Railers broadcaster Eric Lindquist sang the Canadian anthem. Lindquist and Royals broadcaster David Fine wagered on the outcome of the February 3rd meeting between the clubs. Worcester won, so Lindquist got to sing the anthem. Had Reading won the game Fine would have appeared in a “Two Things With Tom” with Tom Matthews.

Upon further review…Wednesday’s 1-0 shootout loss by the Railers marked just the third time in Worcester pro hockey history a game went scoreless into the shootout. The IceCats lost 1-0 in a shootout to the Hershey Bears on December 3, 2004, and the WorSharks beat the Manchester Monarchs November 4, 2012. Prior to the 2003-2004 season games in the AHL could end in ties, and the IceCats had three games that ended 0-0. The first was on March 25, 2001 at Saint John Flames, and the last two both happened in the ’03-04 season, January 9 at the Houston Aeros and April 10 against the Providence Bruins.

The three stars of the game were
1) Josh Holmstrom (Railers #11) game winning goal
2) Branden Komm (Reading #1), 39 saves
3) Mitch Gillam (Railers #35), win, 29 saves

The TWIW Player of the Game was Barry Almeida.

Even strength lines
Saracino / Syner / Almeida
Randolph / Lane / Hudson
DiChiara / Holmstrom / Gaudreau

Masella / Cornell
Doherty / Hamonic
McKenzie / Cullity

Worcester 1 0 3 – 4
Reading 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Worcester, Cornell 3 (DiChiara, Randolph), 1:02 (PP). 2, Reading, McCarthy 19 (Zajac, Schmidt), 10:58 (PP). Penalties-Riley Rea (tripping), 0:41; McKenzie Wor (roughing), 10:28; Masella Wor (slashing), 16:45.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Riley Rea (hooking), 3:26; Lane Wor (tripping), 8:02; Almeida Wor (tripping), 18:58.

3rd Period-3, Worcester, Holmstrom 1 15:31. 4, Worcester, Almeida 20 (Saracino), 17:35 (PP). 5, Worcester, Lane 13 (Saracino), 19:51 (EN). Penalties-Liljegren Rea (tripping), 2:06; Golightly Rea (delay of game), 8:52; Hora Rea (boarding), 16:14.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 11-16-16-43. Reading 13-9-8-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 2 / 5; Reading 1 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 18-13-0-2 (30 shots-29 saves). Reading, Komm 14-9-3-0 (42 shots-39 saves).
Referees-Jesse Gour (24).
Linesmen-JP Waleski (51), Tyler Loftus (72)

Worcester Railers at Reading Royals
When: Friday, March 23 at 7pm
Saturday, March 24 at 7pm
Where: Santander Arena, Reading, Pennsylvania
Radio: WORC, 98.9 FM;

Railers: 30-25-4-4; 68 points (13-12-2-4 on road), 5th in North Division
Reading: 34-22-8-0; 76 points (20-9-1-0), 3rd in North Division

Previous meetings:
Feb 22, 2018 Railers 3, Reading 6
Feb 7, 2018 Reading 2 @ Railers 3 OT
Jan 10, 2018 Railers 2 @ Reading 4
Jan 7, 2018 Railers 0 @ Reading 3
Jan 6, 2018 Railers 3 @ Reading 2
Jan 3, 2018 Reading 2 @ Railers 1 OT
Dec 28, 2017 Railers 2 @ Reading 6
Dec 20, 2017 Reading 0 @ Railers 1
Nov 5, 2017 Reading 3 @ Railers 1
Nov 4, 2017 Reading 1 @ Railers 2
Nov 3, 2017 Reading 2 @ Railers 4

Last game:
Railers: Lost 1-0 (SO) to Wheeling on Wednesday
Reading: Lost 4-1 to Manchester Wednesday

Leading scorers:
Barry Almeida: 19 goals, 33 assists; 52 points
Chris Langkow: 18 goals, 27 assists; 45 points
Nick Saracino: 10 goals, 19 assists; 29 points

Matt Willows: 29 goals, 38 assists; 67 points
Chris McCarthy: 18 goals, 31 assists; 49 points
Nolan Zajac: 15 goals, 26 assists; 41 points

Special Teams
Power Play 12.8% (9.9% on road)
Penalty Kill 83.2% (85.6% on road)

Power Play 16.6% (21.1% at home)
Penalty Kill 85.9% (83.0% at home)

Probable goaltender match-up:
Railers Mitch Gillam (17-13-0-2, 2.33, .917) vs Reading Branden Komm (14-8-3-0, 2.65, .914)

Former Worcester players on Reading:
*Adam Schmidt (Reading #14) played 14 games for the WorSharks at the end of the 2013-14 season.
*Matt Willows (Reading #90) played 11 games for the WorSharks at the end of the 2014-15 season.
*Patrick Wellar (Reading assistant coach) played the last two games ever for the Worcester IceCats, and is considered to be the final IceCats player.

Players to watch:
*T.J. Syner (Railers #14), Barry Almeida (Railers #19), and Chris Langkow (Railers #21) all played for the Reading Royals at one point in their careers.
*Woody Hudson (Railers #23) is tied for the Railers lead in goals against Reading (4).
*Chris McCarthy (Reading #3) has a four game point steak (g,6a)

On twitter follow Darryl Hunt (@210Sports) for live game updates

WORCESTER – Worcester Academy junior Aliyah Boston’s season to remember – so far in her career, anyway – was topped off earlier this week when she was notified that she had again been selected as the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year for Massachusetts.

The 6-foot-4 Boston, who helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 23-1 season and the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AA tournament championship, also won the award last year.

This season the 16-year-old Boston averaged 24.1 points, 14 rebounds, 6 blocks, 2 steals and 2.5 assists per game, and hit 66 percent of her field goals attempts, including 44 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

“It’s just a remarkable achievement,” Worcester Academy coach Sherry Levin said of Boston’s winning back-to-back Gatorade POY awards. “The challenge this year for Aliyah – and we talked about it after she received the award last year as a sophomore – was that she would have to work even harder going forward. I think that will be true again this year.”

With Boston leading the way, the Hilltoppers are 42-4 the last two seasons.

Aliyah Boston/photo courtesy of Worcester Academy

“I think the award is validation of her hard work as well as the support of her teammates and the Worcester Academy community. It is truly gratifying to have her receive this award again this year. She, and we, got everybody’s best shot. Aliyah was, I believe, truly deserving of this award.”

Boston recorded 23 double-doubles (double figures in points and rebounds) this past season and four of those games were triple-doubles.

In the second game of the year, in a 72-46 win over St. George’s on Dec. 6, Boston scored 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 11 shots. The next time out, Dec. 10 against Deerfield (a 69-46 win), Boston’s stat line featured 24 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.

On Jan 20, in a 58-54 win over Nobles – the eventual NEPSAC Class A champion – Boston poured in 28 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and recorded 11 blocks. On the last day of January, in a 61-35 win over Suffield, Boston scored 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked 11 shots in limited playing time.

Boston managed to record such an impressive array of statistics despite almost always being double-teamed defensively by her opponents and often being triple team once she received the ball in the post.

“When your efforts are validated and you win these honors everybody knows how good you are,” Levin said. “There are no surprises.”

As a result of winning the Gatorade POY award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, Boston is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Boston will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.

Boston, who is a native of the Virgin Islands and currently lives with her aunt in Worcester, has volunteered with hurricane relief efforts in her hometown of St. Thomas. In addition she has donated her time locally as a student ambassador at Worcester Academy and as a youth basketball coach.

Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.

In May, Boston will again travel to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and tryout for a spot on the 17-and-Under U.S. National Team. When she was 14 Boston was one of the final two players to be eliminated from consideration for the team.

Last offseason, as a member of the USA Basketball Under-16 Women’s National Team, Boston was the tournament MVP as the U.S. won a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina.

Boston is currently ranked nationally by several publications as a top three recruit in the Class of 2019.

The Worcester Railers visited West Virginia for the last time this regular season Wednesday night to take on the Wheeling Nailers at the WesBanco Arena in a game that had huge playoff implications for the ECHL’s North Division.

With the Railers trailing Wheeling in the standings by three points entering the contest it was important for them to get off to strong start, and despite being outshot 9-5 in the scoreless opening period Worcester had the two best opportunities in the first period.

The first came with the Railers shorthanded when Frankie DiChiara broke in to the Nailers zone all alone. He was slashed by Wheeling forward Riley Bourbonnais. Referee Sean Fernandez could have called a penalty shot, but chose to just call a minor penalty. The second was Mike Cornell’s bid late in the second period that forced Wheeling goaltender Adam Morrison to flash out the right pad quickly.

The middle period also ended scoreless, but that was entirely because of the play of Worcester netminder Mitch Gillam. He made multiple high quality saves, including making several in rapid succession. Gillam’s 16 saves in the period ties the Railers record for saves in the second period.

Worcester really picked up their play in the third period but neither squad could put the puck in the net. The Railers best bid was by Yanick Turcotte, who skated through the Wheeling defense only to hit the post and have the puck bounce away harmlessly.

To overtime the teams went, with the Railers having a brief power play to start the extra session. Neither team could score in overtime so on to the shootout the squads went. Wheeling forward Chris Francis was the only one to score to hand the Railers a 1-0 loss

The Railers continue their three game road trip with games in Friday and Saturday in Reading against the Royals.

Scratches for Worcester were Tommy Kelley (upper body), Chris Langkow (lower body), Josh Monk (21-day IR/Upper body). Will King was the back-up goaltender. After Sunday’s game Bridgeport recalled defenseman Ryan MacKinnon, and they then officially announced his signing to an AHL contract thru next season. According to the Railers pregame radio show Langkow’s injury will be reevaluated next week.

There last official update by the Railers on Tommy Kelley’s condition came yesterday, saying that Kelley was home, a little sore, and doing well. Kelley tweeted Sunday evening that he was walking around and feeling well, and thanked everyone for their concerns. For those that missed the news, Kelley was knocked unconscious Sunday in a collision with the end boards behind the Utah net and was taken off the ice on a stretcher to an awaiting ambulance. After some tests he was released Sunday night from UMass-Memorial.

With the shootout loss the Railers “tragic number”, the combination of points Wheeling earns and Worcester fails to gain, falls to 15. If that number hits zero, Worcester is officially eliminated from the playoff hunt. If the number ends at one it would go to a tiebreaker between the Nailers and Railers. The tie-breakers is regulation/overtime wins, and Wheeling has the edge over Worcester. Worcester has two games in hand over the Wheeling. According to Sports Club Stats, the chance the Railers make the ECHL playoffs is now approximately 22.5%.

The three stars of the game were
1) Adam Morrison (Wheeling #29) win, 28 saves
2) Chris Francis (Wheeling #15) shootout game winner
3) Mitch Gillam (Railers #35) 33 saves

The TWIW Player of the Game is Mitch Gillam.

Even Strength Lines
Saracino / Kubiak / Almeida
Randolph / Lane / Gaudreau
DiChiara / Syner/ Hudson

Masella / Cornell
Doherty / Hamonic
McKenzie / McArdle

Worcester 0 0 0 0 – 0
Wheeling 0 0 0 0 – 1

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cornell Wor (boarding), 9:22; Bourbonnais Whl (slashing), 10:39; Saracino Wor (delay of game), 12:56.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Doherty Wor (roughing), 7:27.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Gardiner Whl (tripping), 11:51; Abt Whl (delay of game), 19:08.

OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Worcester 0 (Lane NG, DiChiara NG, Randolph NG, Syner NG), Wheeling 1 (Gardiner NG, Brown NG, Wydo NG, Francis G).
Shots on Goal-Worcester 5-7-12-4-0-28. Wheeling 9-16-4-4-1-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Wheeling 0 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 17-13-0-2 (33 shots-33 saves). Wheeling, Morrison 15-12-2-0 (28 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Sean Fernandez (21).
Linesmen-Jake Davis (91), Zach Roberts (84).

WORCESTER – The WPI football team was looking for another player for their roster and Keegan Concannon was looking for another team to be a part of.

Last month the Engineers and Keegan joined forces, WPI drafting the 13-year-old Hudson resident to be a member of its team for the next two years.

The school and Keegan were paired together through a program called Team IMPACT, IMPACT standing for Inspire, Motivate, and Play Against Challenges Together. Team IMPACT is a national nonprofit based in Quincy that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses to local college athletic teams.

Keegan suffers from a Primary Immunodeficiency disease called Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), which is a very rare genetic disorder that only affects two percent of the world population. CVID is characterized by repeated infections and low antibody levels.

“Keegan had had the disease since birth and has been in and out of the hospital ever since,” Laura Concannon, Keegan’s mother, said. “It took three years to find out what he had.”

Keegan, his mother said, has an insufficiency in three of the four major components of the immune system.

“Keegan receives immune cell transfusions every other week because his body is extremely susceptible to illness,” Laura Concannon said. “The last time Keegan was hospitalized we learned that part of the reason Keegan is having a hard time fighting off any illnesses he gets is because his body is rejecting the antibiotics used to treat the illness as well as the illness itself. We also recently learned that Keegan has several genetic mutations.

A genetic mutation is a permanent alteration of a person’s DNA so much so that the sequence differs from what is found in most people. Mutations range in size and can affect anywhere from a single strand of DNA to a large segment of a chromosome that can also include multiple genes.

The head of the Division of Genetics and Genomics at Children’s Hospital is searching the international data base almost daily to try to find another genetic match like Keegan,” Laura Concannon said. They’re having a very difficult time treating Keegan because they don’t know what these genetic components are. Keegan is a very rare genetic mystery right now.

Because his body doesn’t have the capability of fighting off illness Keegan is unable to attend school on a daily basis. The illness level at Hudson Middle School has been so high this year Keegan has not been in the school in more than five months. Instead, he has a tutor who comes to the Concannon house three or four times a week and Keegan is able to view his classroom lessons via a robot called a VGo.

Keegan Concannon Address WPI Football Team on Draft Day/PHOTO CREDIT: Photos Courtesy WPI Athletics

“We’re lucky to have an incredible team of teachers in Hudson, as well as Dr. Marco Rodrigues, our new superintendent and Leslie Williams, Keegan’s private tutor who was his fifth-grade teacher, supporting Keegan and helping to ensure his education,” Laura Concannon said. “Keegan’s story prior to this year is that he – we – were fighting for classroom access by using the VGo. Now, with a new, supportive superintendent in place and the school supporting his use of the VGo Keegan can access school every day.

Leslie is an incredible, phenomenal tutor,” Laura Concannon said. She comes out here to the house and helps him with all of his studies.

Laura Concannon said she hopes Keegan can return to attending school on a limited basis during the last week of March or the first week of April.

“Illness at school is still at too high of a rate to risk sending him back,” Laura Concannon said. “We’re trying to keep him healthy. Despite his illness Keegan still has a desire to attend school and he is starting to feel well enough to get back to doing so. Plus, his stamina is still a question. Hopefully, in a few weeks, we’re going to start getting him back into school one class at a time. We’ll still have the VGo representing him in school and he’ll still have Leslie coming out to the house to help facilitate his education.”

Laura Concannon said she and her husband Robert learned about the Team IMPACT program through the family of another child in the area who also suffers from CVID.

“I reached out and talked to them and they said Keegan was a perfect candidate for Team IMPACT,” Laura Concannon said. “Once Keegan was accepted into the program Team IMPACT started reaching out to several different schools and teams.”

Team IMPACT offered to pair Keegan up with a few different teams in the area, but Keegan told his mother he wanted to wait until he could be matched up with a football team.

“Keegan plays football here in Hudson, although he only plays on a limited basis. Because of that Keegan wanted to be affiliated with a football team,” Laura Concannon said. “Because Keegan wanted to get paired up with a football team it took Team IMPACT several months longer to find him a team that it would have if he just chose to go with one of the other teams they had found for him.

After months of searching Elizabeth Higgins of Team IMPACT finally found a match – the WPI football team.

“Elizabeth said WPI was very excited when they found out they had a chance to be paired up with Keegan,” Laura Concannon said. “They immediately said yes. They immediately wanted Keegan to be part of their football team. They reached out, within a day or two after learning about Keegan’s story and took Keegan on to the team.

Unbeknownst to the Concannon family, at the same time Team IMPACT was looking for a team for Keegan, Scott Sperone, WPI’s defensive coordinator, was applying on behalf of the school to be part of the Team IMPACT program. Prior to coming to WPI, Sperone had been involved with Team IMPACT when he was a member of the football coaching staff at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Just before I left Fairleigh Dickinson to come to WPI we had been matched up with a young man and we were in the stages of planning out his draft day,” Sperone said. “When I got here I asked head coach Chris Robertson if he would be interested in getting involved in this program. He said he was, so we put in an application.

Team IMPACT put Keegan and WPI together in the fall and Keegan was able to attend an Engineers’ practice and the team’s New England Bowl Series win over the State University of New York’s Maritime College.

On Feb. 28 WPI held its Draft Day for Keegan, selecting the 5-foot-10, 180-pound defensive lineman in the first round. After officially signing his “contract” with WPI, coach Robertson presented Keegan with a game jersey with the No. 1 on it. In the second round of their draft the Engineers selected Keegan’s two best friends, Ryan Yates and Ethan Bushey. Yates and Bushey received game jerseys with the No. 2 on them.

On hand at Keegan’s Draft Day was about 50 members of the WPI football team, the WPI cheerleaders and the WPI Pep Band.

Draft Day was our way of officially welcoming Keegan to the team,” said Sperone, who explained that the ceremony was similar to the one high school seniors participate in when they sign their NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend a specific school.

“Keegan had been with us since late in the season,” Sperone said. In addition to attending our New England Bowl win he came to the WPI basketball game with us when we were honored at halftime for that victory. He was out there with us at half-court holding up the trophy we received for winning the game.”

Sperone said the team decided to unofficially welcome Ryan and Ethan into the program as well because it seemed like the right thing to do for the two boys who have been constants in Keegan’s life for many years.

“Ryan and Ethan have been there for Keegan through all of his medical issues. So we welcomed them into the program as well. They will definitely be around,” Sperone said. “It was a nice night not only for Keegan, but for his parents as well, and Ryan and Ethan.

We held a second round of the draft, which is something that is not usually done, and drafted them both in the second round,” Sperone explained. “Technically they’re not part of the Team IMPACT program but we’re viewing them as being a part of us as well. We’ll be doing more with Keegan but we anticipate that Ryan and Ethan will be around a lot, too.

Keegan immediately perked up when he was asked about Draft Day.

“Draft Day was amazing; it was so much fun,” Keegan said. “I was not expecting that many people to be there. The auditorium was full. I was expecting 10 maybe 20 players to be there and so many more than that came. And I definitely did not expect the cheerleaders and the band to be there.”

During his Draft Day ceremony Keegan took to the microphone and addressed the crowd with some remarks he had prepared for the event.

“I would like to express my thanks to Team IMPACT and the coaches and players of the WPI football team,” Keegan said. “I am really excited to be welcomed into the WPI football program; the idea of being at the games and at some of the practices makes me feel so happy because I am part of this great team.

Keegan Signs with WPI Football Team/PHOTO CREDIT: Photos Courtesy WPI Athletics

“I have not always felt like I was part of a team until recently because my illness has set me apart from other kids and this has left me feeling isolated. And then I found football and my life changed,” Keegan continued. “With my parents and this great team behind me I now know there is nothing I cannot do. Onward and upward.”

Sperone said he was impressed with Keegan’s poise and confidence when he was addressing the crowd.

“Keegan did a great job speaking; I was really impressed with how composed he was when he addressed the team,” Sperone said.

Laura Keegan also spoke at the ceremony, and her remarks were pointed directly at the WPI football team.

“It’s simply amazing that Team Impact and you guys have all jumped in to help participate in Keegan’s future,” she said, unsuccessfully trying to hold back the tears that filled her eyes. “He just has a whole new look on life and we are so thankful.”

Sperone said the Engineers held a team meeting shortly after they found out they were being paired up with Keegan.

“The first thing we did was ask the team who wanted to be involved with this and we had a group of about 15 underclassmen, from juniors all the way down to freshmen, that stepped up and said they wanted to be a part of this,” said Sperone, who believes that being part of Team IMPACT will be beneficial not only to Keegan, but to the WPI players who participate in it as well.

“Team IMPACT is designed to not only help the young men and women who have been paired up with a team, but the team as well,” Sperone said. “What often happens is the team that is paired up with the young man or woman in need receive a lot of life lessons that they wouldn’t normally receive if they didn’t have that young man or woman around.”

Sperone said that in addition to hosting Keegan at practices and games the team will hold an outing for Keegan at least once a month. He said the team is looking into taking Keegan to a Worcester Railers hockey game and possibly a Worcester Pirates football game as well. WPI’s spring football practice begins this week and Sperone said he is hoping Keegan can make it up to at least one practice, if not more.

We have a couple of guys who are heading up the player portion of the program and hopefully they will come up with some ideas of other activities we can do with Keegan,” Sperone said.

One of those players is sophomore wide receiver/long snapper Billy Mitchell.

“Billy is the player who has taken the lead with organizing and coordinating the outings we have with Keegan,” Sperone said. Billy came forward as one of those 15 guys that wanted to be involved. Coach Chris Robertson asked him if he would be willing to take the lead on it and he said he would.

Sperone said the team has really embraced being a part of the Team IMPACT program.

“They absolutely have. Our team captains said they were proud to have Keegan on the team. They’re taking pride in the fact that they’re able to introduce Keegan to a college football program and have him out on the field with us,” Sperone said. “The day after we drafted Keegan I received a real nice email from Keegan’s mom and I forwarded that on to the team.

Mitchell, who is from Groton and played football at Groton-Dunstable High School, said being involved in the Team IMPACT program is one of the rewarding college experiences he didn’t expect to be involved in when he enrolled at WPI.

“From the first practice Keegan spent with us you could tell he really likes hanging out with the guys,” Mitchell said. “Keegan definitely looks forward to coming and seeing us whenever he can. It’s pretty cool to see him so excited about joining us. It’s awesome; He loves it.

“Being able to make a difference in his everyday life really puts everything in perspective for us,” Mitchell said. “It’s been tough for him, not being able to go to school. It’s really nice to see just how much he enjoys playing football with us and that we’re making a difference in his life.”

In addition to being rewarding Mitchell said the team’s experience with Keegan has been life=altering as well.

“It’s certainly eye-opening to see how a kid like Keegan is not as lucky as we are to be able to go to college and play football and be so involved with the sport,” said Mitchell, who is majoring in management engineering. “Even in the short time we’ve spent with him we’re seeing him really start to open up to us. You can see he is definitely enjoying being on the team with us. That’s been good to see.

Mitchells aid he was thrilled to be a part of Keegan’s Draft Day festivities.

“Draft night exceeded what I thought it was going to be. We had the help of the band and the cheerleaders. All the players were there and his family and his friends, Ethan and Ryan. There was just so much excitement among everyone involved,” said Mitchell who wasn’t surprised to see Laura Keegan get emotional during the event. It was nice to see her get somewhat emotional because you could tell that what we’re doing is making a big difference for Keegan.

“It’s a nice feeling to be a part of this,” Mitchell said. “We may be having a huge impact on his life by being involved in this program, but it goes equally both ways for sure. It is definitely a special program and I’m very glad they introduced it to us this year. It’s a pretty cool thing and I’m very proud to be a part of it.

Keegan said being with the WPI players, even on a limited basis has been fun.

Some of the guys are pretty funny. Getting to hear about what they’re working on in school is really cool, too,” Keegan said. One of the players is working on making an (remote control) plane and another one is growing hearts out of cabbages. That’s some pretty interesting stuff.

Keegan said practices with the Engineers are very different than the practices with his youth football team.

“Their practices are a lot more structured,” Keegan said. The offense runs drills with the offense; the defense runs drills with the defense; special teams run drills with special teams. At our practices everyone is all grouped together.”

Keegan said he likes playing defense.

Wherever my coach needs me to go along the defensive line, that’s where I go,” Keegan said. “I don’t really like playing offense because there are too may rules; you can’t do this and you can’t do that. You can’t throw them to the ground; you can’t grab their jerseys. On defense you can kind of do anything you need to do to get past them.

I’m having a great time being part of the WPI football team; I like hanging out with the guys,” Keegan said. I’m already looking forward to the football season.

Keegan said he is very much looking forward to attending a WPI football practice this week.

The coaches said I could bring my shoulder pads and cleats and helmet and run some drills with their defense,” Keegan said. I’m hoping to do that. I’m really looking forward to it; it’s going to be fun. They have those automatic tackling bags that move around on the field. They’re robots, kind of like the one I use in school. I can’t wait to try and tackle one of those things while it’s moving around on the field.”

It’s safe to say that Team IMPACT is already having an impact on the life of Keegan Concannon.

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers went into Sunday’s matinee against the Utah Grizzlies at the DCU Center looking sweep their four game home stand to capitalize on one of their games in hand they held over the Wheeling Nailers in the Railers chase for the ECHL’s Kelly Cup playoffs.

Things didn’t start off well for Worcester as they failed to convert on a couple of odd man rushes, and then Utah scored on their first shot of the game at 4:17 when they broke into the Railers zone three on two. Ryan Misiak ripped a hard shot from between the circles over Worcester goaltender Mitch Gillam and just under the crossbar to light the lamp. Brendan Harms and Sam Windle picked up the helpers on the goal.

The Railers tied it at 18:56 when newcomer Jake Randolph led the rush into the Utah zone and was stopped by the defense. Ryan MacKinnon went flying from the bench on a line change and could be heard screaming for the puck as he streaked into the offensive zone. Randolph hit MacKinnon in stride with a nice pass and MacKinnon wasted no time blasting it past Grizzlies netminder Joel Rumpel. Jeff Kubiak had the secondary assist on the play.

In the second period Utah would take a 2-1 lead on a play eerily similar to their first goal as Jake Marchment and Charley Graaskamp combined for an odd-man rush goal just moments after Worcester failed on a three-on-two bid of their own. Graaskamp carried the puck into the Railers zone and his pass was deflected by Marchment past Gillam at 11:32.

Worcester didn’t stay down for long as after some extended time in the Grizzlies zone Ben Masella ripped a shot from the blue line through a screen and past Rumple at 12:52. Matt Lane and Mike Cornell had the assists on the goal.

Railers fans were hoping the third period would be memorable, but it almost happened for the wrong reason. At 2:16 of the third a very scary moment took place when Tommy Kelley crashed into the boards while chasing a loose puck, lying motionless behind the Utah net. Trainers from both teams and EMTs treated Kelley on the ice, putting him on a backboard before stretchering him to a waiting ambulance.

Word from the Railers post game is Kelley has movement in his extremities, and was in good spirits as he underwent some tests at UMass-Memorial.

After a few shifts where both teams seemed to be playing with a lot less intensity after the Kelley injury the players went back to playing hockey full tilt, and at 9:12 Kubiak would give Worcester the lead when he capitalized on a Utah turnover at center ice and broke in alone on Rumple, beating the netminder high glove side for the 3-2 lead. It was the 5,000 Worcester pro hockey goal since the IceCats started in 1994.

Woody Hudson took advantage of another Grizzlies turnover to make it a two goal game while the Railers were shorthanded. Connor Doherty had the puck in the Worcester zone and stood there unchallenged for several seconds. Once a Utah player got close to him Doherty fired the puck on net from 150 feet away. Rumple made the easy save but misplayed the puck right on to the stick of Hudson, who fired it back from an odd angle at 16:48 to make it 4-2.

Despite what seemed every Railers player except Gillam taking a shot an the empty Utah net none could get one that counted as Worcester would earn the two points at the final horn. They return to action Wednesday in Wheeling.

Scratches for the Railers were Chris Langkow (lower body), Josh McArdle, Josh Monk (21-day IR/upper body), and T.J. Syner (upper body). Will King was the back-up goaltender. There is still no official word on Langkow’s status, although there were many rumors around about him possibly tearing his ACL. One would expect that if it was true Langkow will be added to the 21-day IR list very soon. Also no official word on Syner, who according to Bill Ballou was coughing up blood after being hit in the chest yesterday. Syner was at the DCU Center and at the Zamboni entrance while the training staff tended to Kelley.

The game against the Grizzlies was the last for Worcester against a non-divisional opponent for the rest of the regular season. They now have ten games remaining, all against divisional opponents, with six on the road. The Railers now head out on a three game road trip, playing Wednesday in Wheeling in as close to a “must win” game as you can have without it actually being one. They then play Friday and Saturday in Reading before returning to the DCU Center a week from Wednesday to take on Adirondack.

Broken record time…with the win the Railers “tragic number”, the combination of points Wheeling earns and Worcester fails to gain, remains 18. If that number hits zero, Worcester is officially eliminated from the playoff hunt. If the number ends at one it would go to a tiebreaker between the Nailers and Railers. The tie-breakers is regulation/overtime wins, and Wheeling has the edge over Worcester. Worcester has three games in hand over the Wheeling and plays them once more this season. According to Sports Club Stats, the chance the Railers make the ECHL playoffs is now approximately 31.5%.

While it’s still a tad early to switch from “tragic number” to “magic number”, the number of points the Railers gain and the Wheeling Nailers fail to get, former Westfield State University club hockey head coach Marc Lachance notes on Twitter that Worcester’s magic number is now 21.

The three stars of the game were
1) Jeff Kubiak (Railers #16) goal, assist
2) Ben Masella (Railers #3), goal
3) Ryan MacKinnon (Railers #4), goal

The TWIW Player of the Game was Jake Randolph

Even Strength Lines
Saracino / Kubiak / Almeida
Randolph / Lane / Gaudreau
Kelley / DiChiara / Hudson

Masella / Cornell
Doherty / Hamonic
McKenzie / MacKinnon

Utah 1 1 0 – 2
Worcester 1 1 2 – 4

1st Period-1, Utah, Misiak 15 (Harms, Windle), 4:17. 2, Worcester, MacKinnon 2 (Randolph, Kubiak), 18:56. Penalties-Howe Uta (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 2:08; Turcotte Wor (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 2:08; Thomas Uta (slashing), 14:31; Kubiak Wor (slashing), 15:53.

2nd Period-3, Utah, Marchment 15 (Graaskamp), 11:32. 4, Worcester, Masella 3 (Lane, Cornell), 12:52. Penalties-Graaskamp Uta (interference), 3:06.

3rd Period-5, Worcester, Kubiak 14 9:12. 6, Worcester, Hudson 19 (Doherty), 16:48 (SH). Penalties-Randolph Wor (hooking), 7:07; DiChiara Wor (delay of game), 14:50.

Shots on Goal-Utah 5-8-8-21. Worcester 11-8-5-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Utah 0 / 3; Worcester 0 / 2.
Goalies-Utah, Rumpel 18-11-2-2 (24 shots-20 saves). Worcester, Gillam 17-13-0-1 (21 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Alex Normandin (26).
Linesmen-Nathan Frechette (30), Kyle Richtelle (73).

Utah Grizzlies at Worcester Railers
When: Sunday, March 18th at 3pm
Where: DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Radio: WORC, 98.9 FM;

Railers: 29-25-4-3; 65 points (17-12-2-0 at home), 5th in North Division
Utah: 25-24-8-6; 64 points (14-10-6-2 on road), 6th in Mountain Division

Previous meetings:
Oct 28, 2017 Railers 4 @ Utah 1
Oct 27, 2017 Railers 4 @ Utah 5 OT

Last game:
Railers: Beat Fort Wayne 3-2 Saturday night
Utah: Lost 3-2 (OT) to Manchester Saturday night

Leading scorers:
Barry Almeida: 19 goals, 33 assists; 52 points
Chris Langkow: 18 goals, 27 assists; 45 points
Nick Saracino: 10 goals, 19 assists; 29 points

Ryan Walters: 28 goals, 30 assists; 58 points
Austin Ortega: 17 goals, 28 assists, 45 points
Michael Pelech: 17 goals, 28 assists; 45 points

Special Teams
Power Play 13.1% (15.7% at home)
Penalty Kill 82.7% (80.6% at home)

Power Play 17.5% (17.7% on road)
Penalty Kill 82.8% (85.8% on road)

Probable goaltender match-up:
Utah Joel Rumpel (18-10-2-2, 3.07, .902) vs Railers Will King (6-9-1-0, 3.18, .897)

Former Worcester players on Utah:
*Michael Pelech (Utah #23) played three games for the WorSharks in 2012-13.
*Tim Branham (Utah head coach) played one game for the WorSharks in 2008-09.

Players to watch:
*ben Masella (Railers #3) has been “even” or better in ten straight games.
*T.J. Syner (Railers #14) has four assists vs Utah this season
* Kyle Thomas (Utah #27) is a Waltham, Mass native

For Railers live game updates follow @210Darryl on twitter.

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers took on one of the best teams in the ECHL Saturday night when the Fort Wayne Komets visited the DCU Center, and with Wheeling gaining a point in an afternoon overtime loss against Adirondack the Railers needed to earn the victory to improve their playoff chances.

Things didn’t start out so well for Worcester when Fort Wayne converted at 7:44 of the opening period when Shawn Szydlowski rifled one over the glove of Railers goaltender Mitch Gillam after a nice backhand pass by Mason Baptista.

The Railers had a few decent chances in the frame and finally lit the lamp when Nick Saracino broke in down the left wing side and fired a hard wrist shot. Komets netminder Garrett Bartus had a bead on it, but just slightly misplayed the shot as the puck deflected off his glove and in at 17:41. Defensemen Ben Masella and Mike Cornell had secondary assists on the goal.

Worcester took the lead at 1:40 of the second period when Matt Lane ripped a shot from the top of the left wing circle and over the glove of Bartus. Cornell had the assist on the power play goal.

Fort Wayne tied it 2-2 just after the Railers failed to convert on an odd man rush. The Komets broke back the other way and scored when Marcus Basara tipped Curtis Leonard’s shot at 14:10. Louick Marcotte had the second helper.

Fans in attendance knew the next goal would be big, and luckily for Railers fans it belonged to them when Matt Lane scored on a nice bid just 30 seconds into the third period. Nick Saracino and Kyle McKenzie had the assists on the play.

From that point on Worcester went into a shell trying to protect the one goal lead and only rushing the Fort Wayne zone when they had numbers in their favor. Gillam made the saves he needed to as the Railers would hold on for the 3-2 win.

The victory may prove costly for Worcester as late in the second period Railers captain Chris Langkow went down with a leg injury after being checked into the board right at center ice. Langkow had to be helped from the ice by teammates and did not return to action. There was no official word on Langkow’s injury, but Worcester Telegram reporter Bill Ballou tweeted post game that head coach Jamie Russell said “it doesn’t look good”.

Scratches for Worcester were Connor Doherty, Tommy Kelley, and Josh Monk (21-day IR/Upper body). Will King was the back-up goaltender. After Friday’s game Worcester signed forward Jake Randolph from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Randolph had 27 goals and 90 points in 140 NCAA games. Because the Railers were at the roster maximum another transaction was needed to add Randolph to the roster, but no hard choice had to be made as Kyle Schempp was recalled back to Bridgeport Saturday morning. Additionally, defenseman Tommy Panico signed a PTO with the Iowa Wild (AHL). Randolph was listed as a healthy scratch for Saturday.

Sometimes it’s the small things that don’t appear in the box score that turn out to be big plays in the long run. Very early in the first period Mitch Gillam lost his stick and in the ensuing play refused to take defenseman Ben Masella’s stick when offered. Turns out it was Masella, with his stick, that saved the day when he dove and cleared the puck out of the zone.

With it being St Patrick’s Day the Railers wore green commemorative jerseys instead of their usual blue home sweaters. Many of the jerseys were auctioned off during the game to benefit “Be Like Brit”, whose mission is to continue the compassion of Britney Gengel by serving the children of Haiti through sustaining a safe, nurturing home rooted in the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love while developing a sense of social responsibility, community involvement and unconditional love.

In some local news involving Fort Wayne, before Saturday’s game the Komets signed Millbury, Massachusetts native Kevin McKernan to a contract. McKernan, a four year defenseman out of Quinnipiac University, also played for the Boston Jr Bruins in his youth.

With the Wheeling overtime loss and the Worcester win the Railers “tragic number”, the combination of points Wheeling earns and Worcester fails to gain, drops to 18. If that number hits zero, Worcester is officially eliminated from the playoff hunt. If the number ends at one it would go to a tiebreaker between the Nailers and Railers. The tie-breakers is regulation/overtime wins, and Wheeling has the edge over Worcester. Worcester has three games in hand over the Wheeling and plays them once more this season. According to Sports Club Stats, the chance the Railers make the ECHL playoffs is now approximately 25%.

The three stars of the game were
1) Matt Lane (Railers #10), two goals
2) Nick Saracino (Railers #18) goal, assist
3) Mike Cornell (Railers #6) two assists

The TWIW Player of the Game was Ben Masella

Even Strength Lines (before injures)
Saracino / Langkow / Almeida
Gaudreau / Kubiak / Hudson
DiChiara / Lane / Syner

MacKinnon / McKenzie
Masella / Cornell
McArdle / Hamonic

Fort Wayne 1 1 0 – 2
Worcester 1 1 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Fort Wayne, Szydlowski 28 (Baptista), 7:44. 2, Worcester, Saracino 10 (Masella, Cornell), 17:41. Penalties-Hudson Wor (tripping), 4:01.

2nd Period-3, Worcester, Lane 11 (Cornell), 1:40 (PP). 4, Fort Wayne, Basara 5 (Leonard, Marcotte), 14:10. Penalties-Basara Fw (slashing), 1:12; Maggio Fw (slashing), 4:41; Maggio Fw (fighting – major), 9:47; Turcotte Wor (fighting – major), 9:47; Cortese Fw (slashing), 15:27; Leonard Fw (holding), 18:53; Cornell Wor (boarding), 20:00.

3rd Period-5, Worcester, Lane 12 (Saracino, McKenzie), 0:30. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Fort Wayne 9-9-8-26. Worcester 10-8-5-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Fort Wayne 0 / 2; Worcester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Fort Wayne, Bartus 16-5-0-1 (23 shots-20 saves). Worcester, Gillam 16-13-0-1 (26 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Jesse Gour (24).
Linesmen-Chris Provost (50), Kyle Richtelle (73).

Fort Wayne Komets at Worcester Railers
When: Saturday, March 17th at 7pm
Where: DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Radio: WORC, 98.9 FM;

Railers: 28-25-4-3; 63 points (16-12-2-0 at home), 5th in North Division
Fort Wayne: 42-16-3-1; 88 points (20-10-1-0 on road), 2nd in Central Division

Previous meetings:
First meeting

Last game:
Railers: Beat Wheeling 6-1 Friday night
Fort Wayne: Lost 3-2 (OT) to Adirondack Friday night

Leading scorers:
Barry Almeida: 19 goals, 33 assists; 52 points
Chris Langkow: 18 goals, 27 assists; 45 points
Nick Saracino: 9 goals, 18 assists; 27 points

Fort Wayne:
Shawn Szydlowski: 27 goals, 44 assists; 71 points
Garrett Thompson: 26 goals, 38 assists; 64 points
Gabriel Desjardins: 28 goals 32 assists; 60 points

Special Teams
Power Play 12.9% (15.3% at home)
Penalty Kill 82.5% (80.2% at home)

Fort Wayne:
Power Play 18.0% (15.7% on road)
Penalty Kill 84.9% (81.2% on road)

Probable goaltender match-up:
Fort Wayne Garrett Bartus (16-4-0-1, 2.61, .911) vs Railers Mitch Gillam (15-13-0-1, 2.44, .914)

Former Worcester players on Fort Wayne:

Players to watch:
*Ryan MacKinnon (Railers #4) is on a six game points streak (1 goal, 7 assists)
*Justin Hamonic (Railers #22) played the 2015-16 season with Fort Wayne.
*Dennis Kravchenko (Fort Wayne #24) spent two seasons at UMass-Amherst.

For Railers live game updates follow @210Darryl on twitter.

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers began their final home three-in-three weekend Friday night at the DCU Center with a game against the Wheeling Nailers that had huge playoff implications in the ECHL’s North Division, with Worcester needing to earn the win in regulation to keep within striking distance of the Nailers.

The opening 20 minutes was scoreless, mostly due to the efforts of Railers goaltender Mitch Gillam, who made several great saves in the stanza. His stellar play in the period was extra important as Worcester had to spend most of the period down a defenseman.

It happened when Mike Cornell took exception to a hit by Wheeling forward Troy Josephs on new Railers forward Kyle Schempp. Both received majors and an additional minor, but Cornell was also assessed a ten minute misconduct for continuing the altercation once both men were down on the ice. Cornell returned to the Worcester bench with nine seconds remaining in the period.

For as solid as Gillam was in the first period the Worcester offense was just as good in the second, scoring four times in the middle stanza. The first came at 2:02 when Jeff Kubiak tipped Matty Gaudreau’s shot past Wheeling goaltender Adam Morrison. Woody Hudson had the secondary assist.

Chris Langkow made it 2-0 just 23 seconds later when he tipped Ryan MacKinnon’s shot past Morrison. The assist extended MacKinnon’s points streak to six games, a Railers team record. Barry Almeida also had an assist on the play. It set the mark for the two quickest goals in Worcester Railers history.

Worcester took a three goal lead when Langkow’s shot was blocked by the Wheeling defense and the puck went right on the stick of Nick Saracino. His quick fake froze Morrison, and Saracino threw an easy backhand pass to Barry Almeida, who roofed it over the sprawling Morrison at 8:38.

Kubiak picked up his second of the game at 10:34 when Morrison kicked MacKinnon’s shot right on the tape of Kubiak’s stick. After what was essentially an open net goal Wheeling head coach Jeff Christian pulled Morrison for Matt O’Connor. Kyle McKenzie had the second assist on the pay

The four Railers goals in 8:32 set a new Railers franchise mark.

In the third period the Railers did everything they could to get Gillam the shutout, but his bid was spoiled by Danny Fick at 9:58. The Railers answered back quickly with a Hudson tally, assisted by Yanick Turcotte and Schempp, at 12:15. Frankie DiChaiara would cap the scoring with a garbage time power play goal at 19:32, with assists going to Josh McArdle and Schempp, for the 6-1 final.

Worcester welcomes the Fort Wayne Komets to the DCU Center on Saturday.

Scratches for Worcester were Connor Doherty, Tommy Kelley, Ben Masella (day to day, lower body), Josh Monk (21-day IR/Upper body), and T.J. Syner. Will King was the back-up goaltender. On Thursday Bridgeport assigned center Kyle Schempp, who hasn’t played for the Sound Tigers since February 13th, to the Railers. He will wear #15, previously worn by Willie Raskob and during Chris Saracino’s second stint with the team.

After the game Worcester telegram reporter Bill Ballou tweeted that the Bridgeport Sound Tigers had signed Ryan MacKinnon to a two-year deal, presumably for the remainder of this season and for next season.

With the win the Railers “tragic number”, the combination of points Wheeling earns and Worcester fails to gain, remains at 19. If that number hits zero, Worcester is eliminated from the playoff hunt. The Railers have three games in hand over the Nailers and play them once more this season. According to Sports Club Stats, the chance the Railers make the ECHL playoffs is now approximately 18%.

There was a brief delay in the beginning of Ashley Jordan’s performing the national anthem when the microphone failed to work. Linesman Michael Fusani skated a new microphone over to the player entrance from the public address booth and Jordan went on to sing the anthem with no issue. Turns out she accidentally clicked the original microphone to the “mute” setting.

So far this season Worcester has dressed 42 players in games, and if you think that’s a lot you need to look no further than the Wheeling roster to see it can get much worse. Last Saturday against Reading the Nailers set a franchise mark by dressing their 54th player when goaltender Danny Tirone took to the ice against the Royals. Looking at the stats for the game we’ll simply mention Tirone played and will leave it at that.

Local fans may see a familiar name start to appear in the ECHL as former Holy Cross netminder Paul Berrafato signed a deal with the Cincinnati Cyclones Friday morning. Berrafato finished his career at Holy Cross with a record of 46-45-19, and his 2.27 career goals against average ranks him first in program history. His six shutouts place him second all-time at Holy Cross, and he is tied for second all-time a the school with a .915 save percentage.

The three stars of the game were
1) Jeff Kubiak (Railers #16), 2 goals
2) Mitch Gillam (Railers #35), win, 28 saves
3) Yanick Turcotte (Railers #20), assist

The TWIW Player of the Game was Chris Langkow

Even Strength Lines
Saracino / Langkow / Almeida
Gaudreau / Kubiak / Hudson
DiChiara / Schempp / Lane

McKenzie / MacKinnon
Hamonic / McArdle
Panico / Cornell

Wheeling 0 0 1 – 1
Worcester 0 4 2 – 6

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Josephs Whl (boarding, fighting – major), 2:51; Cornell Wor (roughing, fighting – major, misconduct – continuing altercation), 2:51; Kubiak Wor (cross-checking), 8:00; Fick Whl (cross-checking), 17:39.

2nd Period-1, Worcester, Kubiak 12 (Gaudreau, Hudson), 2:02. 2, Worcester, Langkow 18 (MacKinnon, Almeida), 2:25. 3, Worcester, Almeida 19 (Saracino, Langkow), 8:38. 4, Worcester, Kubiak 13 (MacKinnon, McKenzie), 10:34. Penalties-Almeida Wor (high-sticking), 11:23; Beirnes Whl (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 13:35; Turcotte Wor (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 13:35.

3rd Period-5, Wheeling, Fick 4 (Spinozzi, Tiffels), 9:58. 6, Worcester, Hudson 18 (Turcotte, Schempp), 12:15. 7, Worcester, DiChiara 6 (McArdle, Schempp), 19:32 (PP). Penalties-Tiffels Whl (high-sticking – double), 13:50; Milan Whl (roughing), 19:09.

Shots on Goal-Wheeling 9-9-11-29. Worcester 12-16-11-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Wheeling 0 / 2; Worcester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Wheeling, Morrison 14-12-1-0 (21 shots-17 saves); O’Connor 2-9-1-2 (18 shots-16 saves). Worcester, Gillam 15-13-0-1 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Tyler Puddifant (28).
Linesmen-Michael Fusani (41), Nathan Frechette (30).