The Worcester Railers closed out their 2019 with a game on The Rock against the Newfoundland Growlers and things were looking good for the Railers with their two goal third period lead, but two late goals in the frame by the Growlers got the game to overtime where a final Newfoundland goal sent Worcester home 4-3 losers.
Drew Callin had two goals for the Railers, with Bo Brauer assisting on both of them.
With it being a holiday we’ll once again go old school and link to the Railers game story for the particulars. Newfoundland doesn’t have a story up, or we’d have linked to that too.
Bill Ballou made the trip for the Telegram and has his point of view of the contest along with a nice feature on Worcester forward Nic Pierog.
Railers Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator Cam McGuire tweeted out the Railers goals and Dante Salituro’s and Callin’s first, which came a franchise record 15 seconds apart, are certainly worthy of a view.
Scratches for the Railers were JD Dudek (unknown injury), Tanner Pond (14-day IR/upper), and Kyle McKenzie (unknown injury). Ian Milosz was the back-up goaltender.
As if four games in five days in two countries weren’t enough, this killer portion of the Railers schedule continues with more travel. They fly from Newfoundland to Toronto and then on to Boston today, and then tomorrow after a morning practice will buss to Reading for a pair of games there Friday and Saturday against the Royals. Then it’s back on the bus for a mad dash to Worcester to face Jacksonville at the DCU Center Sunday.
The three stars of the game were
1. NFL – 10 Zach O’Brien
2. NFL – 26 Aaron Luchuk
3. WOR – 34 Evan Buitenhuis
The 210Sports Player of the Game was Drew Callin.
Even Strength Lines
Almeida / Pierog / Salituro
Samuels-Thomas / Payne / Walsh
Turcotte / Callin / Olsson
Stander / Doherty
Murray / MacKinnon
Chukarov / Brauer
Worcester 0 2 1 0 – 3
Newfoundland 1 0 2 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Newfoundland, Power 15 (Ferguson, Estephan), 14:02 (PP). Penalties-served by Olsson Wor (bench – too many men), 0:58; Stander Wor (holding), 13:20.
2nd Period-2, Worcester, Salituro 8 (Samuels-Thomas), 5:30. 3, Worcester, Callin 4 (Brauer, Chukarov), 5:45. Penalties-Salituro Wor (tripping), 3:01; Conrad Nfl (high-sticking), 15:36.
3rd Period-4, Worcester, Callin 5 (Brauer), 4:14. 5, Newfoundland, Brazeau 12 (Pooley, Luchuk), 6:24 (PP). 6, Newfoundland, Conrad 4 (Pooley, Johnston), 14:09. Penalties-Luchuk Nfl (slashing), 1:24; Payne Wor (interference), 5:12; Sapego Nfl (high-sticking), 17:30.
OT Period-7, Newfoundland, O’Brien 8 (Ferguson, Johnston), 0:24. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Worcester 5-12-11-0-28. Newfoundland 14-11-10-1-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Newfoundland 2 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Buitenhuis 6-10-1-0 (36 shots-32 saves). Newfoundland, Redmond 6-0-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Jesse Gour (8).
Linesmen-Sheldon Keough (47), Brian Lambert (57).