The Worcester Railers allowed four first period goals to the Brampton Beast and never recovered from that terrible start in an 8-3 loss at the CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario. The eight goals allowed is a franchise-worst for the Railers.
Things didn’t start off well for Worcester when David Pacan scored for the Beast on their second shot of the game just 55 seconds into the contest. Brampton’s fifth shot also beat Railers goaltender Jakob Skarek as Francois Beauchemin made it 2-0 at 2:30.
Ross Olsson gave Worcester a bit of hope when he scored at 4:19. JD Dudek started the play breaking into the Brampton zone and firing a shot on Beast netminder Joey Daccord. He made the save, with the rebound going to Olsson for the put back. Connor Doherty had the other assist on the goal.
Two more goals in the first, by Daniel Leavens at 17:14 and David Vallorani at 19:46, put Worcester down 4-1 after twenty minutes. And it didn’t get any better in the second frame.
With Evan Buitenhuis taking over for Skarek in net Beauchemin scored a power play goal at 6:44 to make it 5-1 Brampton, and Vallorani’s second of the game at 10:54 made it a five goal lead for the Beast.
Bo Brauer grabbed the Railers second goal at 19:54 of the middle frame, assisted by Olsson, to make it 6-2 after two. Jordan Samuels-Thomas, assisted by David Quenneville and Barry Almeida, made it 6-3 with a power play goal at 15:42 of the third.
Not that there was much chance of a miracle comeback at that point, but Beauchemin ended all hope completing his hat trick at 18:57. Rob Mann rubbed salt into the wound with a goal with three seconds left for the 8-3 final.
The Railers will have a nine hour bus ride back to Worcester and then six days off to think about this embarrassing loss.
Scratches for the Railers were Drew Callin, Ryan MacKinnon (day to day/upper), Anthony Florentino, and Tanner Pond (14-day IR). Evan Buitenhuis was the back-up goaltender and entered the game to start the second period.
Telegram reporter Bill Ballou, who is a shoo-in for the Worcester Hockey Hall of Fame when that gets going again, mentioned a few days ago the possibility of the Railers suspending Jake Marchment for not reporting to the team after Marchment was traded from the Orlando Solar Bears to Worcester for defenseman Jake Bolton. Marchment didn’t report and was indeed suspended. The Railers originally traded future considerations to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for Bolton and now, at least so far, have nothing to show for that deal. Worcester will hold Marchment’s ECHL rights this season while he remains suspended. Marchment is the nephew of former San Jose Sharks defenseman and current developmental coach Bryan Marchment.
Lots of folks asking about the condition of Reading Royals forward Hayden Hodgson after getting cut by a skate in the back of the right leg Wednesday during the Railers School Day game. There’s been no word released by the Royals on his condition and, as one would expect, the Railers have declined to comment about an injury to an opposing player. It appears that unless Reading releases a statement or Hodgson himself does that we won’t be hearing about his condition.
The three stars of the game were
1. BRM – 46 Francois Beauchemin
2. BRM – 61 David Pacan
3. BRM – 97 David Vallorani
The 210Sports Player of the Game is Ross Olsson.
Even Strength Lines
Almeida / Samuels-Thomas / Schmalz
Thomas / Dudek / Walsh
Turcotte / Payne / Brauer
Doherty / Quenneville
Murray / Chukarov
McKenzie / Stander
BOX SCORE (the penalties listed are likely incorrect and may change again)
Worcester 1 1 1 – 3
Brampton 4 2 2 – 8
1st Period-1, Brampton, Pacan 5 (Martenet, Leavens), 0:55. 2, Brampton, Beauchemin 7 (Miller, Sparks), 2:30. 3, Worcester, Olsson 2 (Doherty, Dudek), 4:19. 4, Brampton, Leavens 6 (Pacan), 17:14. 5, Brampton, Vallorani 5 (Pacan, Martenet), 19:46. Penalties-Clapperton Brm (delay of game – faceoff infraction), 10:35.
2nd Period-6, Brampton, Beauchemin 8 (Clapperton, Leavens), 6:44 (PP). 7, Brampton, Vallorani 6 (Leavens, Pacan), 10:54. 8, Worcester, Brauer 2 (Olsson), 19:54. Penalties-Turcotte Wor (boarding, roughing), 4:57; Martenet Brm (roughing), 4:57; Almeida Wor (slashing), 17:03; Doherty Wor (spearing (attempt) double), 20:00; Turcotte Wor (game misconduct – aggressor), 20:00; Sparks Brm (slashing), 20:00.
3rd Period-9, Worcester, Samuels-Thomas 5 (Quenneville, Almeida), 15:42 (PP). 10, Brampton, Beauchemin 9 (Mann, Clapperton), 18:57. 11, Brampton, Mann 1 (Vallorani, Sparks), 19:57. Penalties-Leef Brm (game misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:03; Miller Brm (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:59; Petgrave Brm (tripping), 14:39; Stander Wor (high-sticking), 16:23.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-8-8-25. Brampton 12-14-14-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 3; Brampton 1 / 5.
Goalies-Worcester, Skarek 2-2-0-0 (12 shots-8 saves); Buitenhuis 1-4-0-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Brampton, Daccord 5-5-0-0 (25 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Alexander Ross (11).
Linesmen-Matt Ceko (54), Scott Lawson (73).