The Worcester Railers made their way back to Glens Falls, New York Saturday night looking for a little revenge for their Wednesday night loss to the Adirondack Thunder, and coming off a good win in Manchester things were starting to look up for Worcester.
The first period was, to be kind, not very exciting, although both Railers goaltender Mitch Gillam and Thunder netminder Alex Sakellaropoulos, who played in two games for the Railers last season, did need to make a couple big saves each. Were it not for the two fights in the stanza you could have easily said nothing at all happened.
It was a lot of the same in the second, only the goaltenders were a tad bit busier early on. It was only fitting the only goal of the stanza looked like a nothing play before the puck went into the net. Worcester defenseman Alex Vanier did a great job forcing Adirondack puck carrier Peter MacArthur wide of the goal and heading past the goal line. MacArthur fired the puck from the left side just beyond the goal line off a surprised Gillam and into the net at 11:29 for the 1-0 Thunder lead. James Henry and Andrew Tessier had the assists.
In the third period Worcester picked up its play but Sakellaropoulos was up to the challenge and kept his former team off the board. Josh Holmstrom finally broke through at 10:21 when he skated through the Thunder zone and headed toward the short side to the left of Sakellaropoulos. As Alexandre Carrier knocked the Worcester forward to the ice Holmstrom banked a shot off Sakellaropoulos and in. Austin Block had the helper.
Just as it looked like the game was heading to overtime a Railers turnover in the neutral zone had the puck headed back toward their end, and Henry fired one from about 40 feet high to Gillam’s glove side. Gillam got a piece of it, but not enough to make the stop as the Thunder took a 2-1 lead at 18:46.
Worcester pulled Gillam for the extra attacker but couldn’t generate a decent scoring chance the rest of the way. They ended their three game road trip 1-2, but will only have to wait until Friday for a rematch against Adirondack as the Thunder visit the DCU center on Friday.
Scratches for the Railers were Connor Doherty, Tommy Kelley (upper body/14-day IR), Ivan Kosorenkov (immigration issues), David Quenneville (upper body), and Yanick Turcotte (lower body). Evan Buitenhuis was the back-up goaltender. In the pregame show Railers Head Coach Jamie Russell called Matty Gaudreau’s lower body injury “significant”. Gaudreau is still with Bridgeport as he can’t be sent to the ECHL while injured.
While Worcester wore their white jerseys in Adirondack, which is how the ECHL is doing it for the first half of the season, the Thunder wore a very sharp looking red, white, and blue flag motif specialty jersey in support of their Military Appreciation Night. Totally unrelated, Eric Lindquist and Tom Matthews wore the Railers orange third jerseys and fake mullets to call the game.
Through six games this season it seems Russell has gotten away from using five forwards on the power play. He did that a significant amount of the time last season with little to show for it as Worcester finished the regular season in 23rd place in ECHL with the man advantage at just 13.8%. The nine shorthanded goals the Railers surrendered placed them in the middle of the pack in the league, so at least that wasn’t really an issue.
Friday night Railers play by play man Eric Lindquist tweeted a picture of his broadcast location at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, and it’s along one of the goal lines. This is after he mentioned Wednesday that the Adirondack Thunder moved the visitor’s broadcast location in the Cool Insuring Arena from a decent location to one that was further away from the action. There is where this writer will note the Railers offer the absolute best location in the DCU Center for the visitor’s play by play person, so I’m wondering why other teams can’t at least has a passible view for their visitors.
For most road games this writer watches the game on ECHL TV while listening to the radio stream over the radio. But this season it seems a constant issue is the Railers play by play doesn’t work on the visitor’s audio feed. For a video stream that costs far more than it should you’d think they could get all the audio streams working correctly.
The three stars of the game were
1) ADK – 1 Alex Sakellaropoulos
2) ADK – 15 James Henry
3) ADK – 16 Peter MacArthur
The 210Sports player of the game was Josh Holmstrom.
EVEN STRENGTH LINES
Almeida / Sorkin / Barnes
Bligh / Holmstrom / Block
Arneson / Willick / Hudson
Cornell / McKenzie
Vanier / MacKinnon
Panico / Mueller
Worcester 0 0 1 – 1
Adirondack 0 1 1 – 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Bergin Adk (tripping), 0:34; Cornell Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:33; Tsicos Wor (fighting – major), 10:33; Thompson Adk (fighting – major), 10:33; Holmstrom Wor (fighting – major), 16:46; Riley Adk (interference, fighting – major), 16:46.
2nd Period-1, Adirondack, MacArthur 3 (Henry, Tessier), 11:29. Penalties-Henry Adk (slashing), 14:12; Arneson Wor (slashing), 16:50; Linhart Adk (slashing), 16:50.
3rd Period-2, Worcester, Holmstrom 4 (Block), 10:21. 3, Adirondack, Henry 2 (Summers), 18:46. Penalties-Barnes Wor (slashing), 4:51; Sorkin Wor (cross-checking), 13:13.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 6-16-12-34. Adirondack 6-9-10-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Adirondack 0 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 2-3-0-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Adirondack, Sakellaropoulos 2-1-0-0 (34 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Steven Rouillard (3).
Linesmen-Shane Kanaly (39), Dan Barreca (75).