Railers defeat Maine 4-1 in exhibition contest


The Worcester Railers took on the Maine Mariners Saturday afternoon at the Rinks at Exeter, NH on Saturday afternoon, and used second-period goals by Matt Schmalz, Ivan Chukarov, and Jason Lavallee to defeat Maine 4-1. Tommy Tsicos had a first-period goal for Worcester.

210Sports didn’t make the trip north so we’ll share some of the stuff put out by the Railers on Twitter, which included a video of Tsicos’ goal, and then a video that shows goals by both Chukarov and Schmalz.

Railers Vice President of Marketing and Communications Eric Lindquist tweeted out some video of goaltender Jakub Skarek and a few seconds of second intermission video from a locker room that looks like a closet.

The last video up on Twitter was Railers-TV interviews with Drew Callin, Chukarov, and Worcester Assistant Head Coach Derek Army.

And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s the usual great game recap over on the Railers team site. I would have added stuff from the Mariners to the post if there was anything at all worth sharing, but other than pictures of the scoreboard they had nothing.

This all starts for real on Saturday, October 12th when the Adirondack Thunder visit the DCU Center. Puck drop is 7pm.

Scratches for the Railers were Barry Almeida, Connor Doherty, Anthony Florentino (unknown injury), Ryan Hitchcock, Justin Murray, Tanner Pond, Nic Pierog, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, and Kyle Thomas. Jakub Skarek started in goal for Worcester and played 29:40 when he was relieved by Evan Buitenhuis.

All the scratched players are locks to make the opening roster, which is due to the ECHL by 3pm Wednesday. Teams can have 21 on their active roster until November 10th when the limit drops to 20. Teams can also have two players on their reserve list and can place injured players on the 14-day Injured Reserve list. If Florentino is anything more than “day to day” he might start the season on IR.

Bridgeport currently has 20 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders on their roster, so it’s a certainty Worcester will be receiving more players from them before the Wednesday roster deadline.

The three stars of the game were:
1. WOR – 17 Matt Schmalz
2. WOR – 27 Drew Callin
3. WOR – 35 Jakub Skarek

Even strength lines (courtesy of Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator Cam McGuire). Teams went with 18 skaters rather than the usual 16.
Schmalz / Dudek / Callin
Olsson / Brauer / Samuelsson
Tsicos / Payne / Lavallee
Moran / Morrissey / Schiavo

McKenzie / Rygus
Chukarov / Jones
Lukacevic / Cortese

Worcester 1 3 0 – 4
Maine 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Worcester, Tsicos 1 (Cortese, Payne), 10:00. Penalties-Ouellette Mne (slashing), 5:54; McKenzie Wor (holding), 10:07.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Schmalz 1 (McKenzie, Callin), 3:20. 3, Worcester, Chukarov 1 (Schmalz, Callin), 6:42 (PP). 4, Worcester, Lavallee 1 (Lukacevic), 11:03. Penalties-Boyd Mne (tripping), 7:42.

3rd Period-5, Maine, Leedahl 1 (Supinski, Rossiter), 9:45. Penalties-Olsson Wor (instigating, fighting – major), 1:04; Ferrill Mne (fighting – major), 1:04; Callin Wor (tripping), 1:25; Dudek Wor (interference), 11:25.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 8-19-6-33. Maine 10-8-9-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 2; Maine 0 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Skarek 1-0-0-0 (16 shots-16 saves); Buitenhuis 0-0-0-0 (11 shots-10 saves). Maine, Brassard 0-1-0-0 (21 shots-18 saves); Spencer 0-0-0-0 (12 shots-11 saves).
Referees-Casey Terreri (14).
Linesmen-Nathan Frechette (49), Shane Kanaly (74).


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