A look at the Worcester Railers inaugural schedule

RailersHC (500 x 427)

This afternoon the ECHL announced their schedule for the 2017-18 regular season, and for the Worcester Railers it would be tough to envision it being any better. The schedule features 13 different opponents and 30 of 36 home games on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

RailersHC will start all home games from Tuesday through Saturday at 7:05pm, with Sunday home games starting at 3:05pm.

Some notable things with the schedule include an 11-game home stand that runs from January 19th to February 10th. Bookending that stretch is two long road trips, with RailersHC hitting the road for six games in early January and then a seven game trip to close out February.

Also notable is Worcester’s first long distance trip takes place right out of the gate. After the season opener at home on Saturday, October 14th against Manchester, RailersHC visits the Monarchs the next Saturday and then heads to the Mountain Time Zone for a game against the Colorado Eagles and a pair at Utah.

That’s a trip Worcester Railers head coach Jamie Russell was looking forward to, calling it a great opportunity for the guys to get to know each other. Russell noted that as a new franchise the team will be playing together for the first time, and a road trip like this one can go a long way in cementing relationships between the players.

The trip out west will not be the only time Worcester takes to the air to get to an opponent as RailersHC will also visit Orlando for three games in mid-February. As Orlando is a location serviced out of Worcester airport the Railers might see a handful of familiar faces in the crowd for those games.

Taking a closer look at the schedule Worcester really lucked out with the timing and locations of many of their road games as only three times will they have extended bus rides between road games on consecutive nights.

In what I dubbed “mad dashes” in the Worcester Sharks era, in late November RailersHC plays Friday night in Toledo and then busses to Wheeling, WV. It’s a trip just under five hours, but with an evening start against the Nailers Worcester should still get enough rest before the game.

The second mad dash is in early January with a Friday night game in Glens Falls, NY against Adirondack followed by a Saturday night game in Reading, PA. Once again, an under five hour trip and an evening game the next night. The third is between the same cities again in late February.

Breaking down the schedule, Worcester plays Manchester 15 times (7 home/8 away), Reading 14 times (6/8), Adirondack 12 times (5/7), Wheeling nine times (5/4), and Brampton seven times (5/2). They play Utah three times (1/2) and Toledo twice (1/1). The remaining home games are against Quad City (twice), South Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida, and Fort Wayne. The rest of the road games are Orlando (3) and Colorado.

In what became a tradition in the WorSharks era, I try to determine the number of nights the team will spend in hotel rooms. Unlike the WorSharks days Worcester has a lot of extended trips so the number is a lot higher than in years past. Right now my guess is 20. That could change as Orlando shares its arena with an NBA franchise and their schedule can’t be finalized until the NBA announces their dates.

The Worcester Railers 2017-18 schedule is…

OCTOBER
SAT 14 MANCHESTER 7:05 p.m.
Sat 21 @ Manchester 6:00 p.m.
Wed 25 @ Colorado 9:05 p.m.
Fri 27 @ Utah 9:05 p.m.
Sat 28 @ Utah 9:05 p.m.
TUE 31 TOLEDO 7:05 p.m.

NOVEMBER
FRI 3 READING 7:05 p.m.
SAT 4 READING 7:05 p.m.
SUN 5 READING 3:05 p.m.
SAT 11 MANCHESTER 7:05 p.m.
Sun 12 @ Manchester 3:00 p.m.
TUE 14 BRAMPTON 7:05 p.m.
Fri 17 @ Manchester 7:00 p.m.
SUN 19 MANCHESTER 3:05 p.m.
Wed 22 @ Wheeling 7:05 p.m.
Fri 24 @ Toledo 7:15 p.m.
Sat 25 @ Wheeling 7:05 p.m.

DECEMBER
Fri 1 @ Adirondack 7:00 p.m.
SAT 2 MANCHESTER 7:05 p.m.
Sun 10 @ Brampton 2:00 p.m.
Wed 13 @ Adirondack 7:00 p.m.
Fri 15 @ Adirondack 7:00 p.m.
SAT 16 ADIRONDACK 7:05 p.m.
WED 20 READING 7:05 p.m.
FRI 22 ADIRONDACK 3:05 p.m.
Sat 23 @ Adirondack 7:00 p.m.
Thu 28 @ Reading 7:00 p.m.
SAT 30 MANCHESTER 7:05 p.m.
Sun 31 @ Manchester 6:00 p.m.

JANUARY
WED 3 READING 7:05 p.m.
Fri 5 @ Adirondack 7:00 p.m.
Sat 6 @ Reading 7:00 p.m.
Sun 7 @ Reading 4:00 p.m.
Wed 10 @ Reading 7:00 p.m.
Fri 12 @ Manchester 7:00 p.m.
Sat 13 @ Manchester 6:00 p.m.
FRI 19 JACKSONVILLE 7:05 p.m.
SAT 20 WHEELING 7:05 p.m.
SUN 21 WHEELING 3:05 p.m.
FRI 26 QUAD CITY 7:05 p.m.
SAT 27 QUAD CITY 7:05 p.m.
SUN 28 FLORIDA 3:05 p.m.

FEBRUARY
FRI 2 ADIRONDACK 7:05 p.m.
SAT 3 BRAMPTON 7:05 p.m.
WED 7 READING 7:05 p.m.
FRI 9 SOUTH CAROLINA 7:05 p.m.
SAT 10 BRAMPTON 7:05 p.m.
Thu 15 @ Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Fri 16 @ Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Sat 17 @ Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Wed 21 @ Adirondack 7:00 p.m.
Thu 22 @ Reading 7:00 p.m.
Sat 24 @ Manchester 6:00 p.m.
Tue 27 @ Brampton 11:00 a.m.

MARCH
FRI 2 WHEELING 7:05 p.m.
SAT 3 WHEELING 7:05 p.m.
SUN 4 MANCHESTER 3:05 p.m.
Wed 7 @ Wheeling 10:45 a.m.
SUN 11 ADIRONDACK 3:05 p.m.
FRI 16 WHEELING 7:05 p.m.
SAT 17 FORT WAYNE 7:05 p.m.
SUN 18 UTAH 3:05 p.m.
Wed 21 @ Wheeling 7:05 p.m.
Fri 23 @ Reading 7:00 p.m.
Sat 24 @ Reading 7:00 p.m.
WED 28 ADIRONDACK 7:05 p.m.
FRI 30 BRAMPTON 7:05 p.m.
SAT 31 BRAMPTON 7:05 p.m.

APRIL
Sun 1 @ Adirondack 4:00 p.m.
Wed 4 @ Reading 7:00 p.m.
Sat 7 @ Manchester 6:00 p.m.
SUN 8 MANCHESTER 3:05 p.m.
Home games in CAPS

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