The Worcester Railers kicked off their three in three holiday weekend with a Saturday night contest against the Adirondack Thunder at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, New York, and while netminder Evan Buitenhuis was nothing short of fantastic in making 46 saves the rest of the Railers were slightly less than good as Worcester dropped the contest 5-0.
There’s absolutely no reason to click on the highlights as even the Yanick Turcotte fight was a yawner, but since the Thunder put them up I’ll link to the video instead of the Railers game story you likely weren’t going to read either.
After the game, Worcester had to make a mad dash to Reading, Pennsylvania for a Sunday afternoon contest against the Royals, with a 4pm puck drop.
Scratches for the Railers were Ivan Chukarov (unknown injury), JD Dudek (14-day IR/upper), Ross Olsson, Cody Payne, Tanner Pond (14-day IR/upper). Ian Milosz was the back-up goaltender. Ryan MacKinnon was recalled to Bridgeport Saturday, so that put Connor Doherty back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games. Jordan Samuels-Thomas returned to action after missing seven games with a “lower body” injury, as did Kyle McKenzie who had missed the last ten games.
There was no supplementary discipline for Maine’s Mikael Robidoux after his two suspension worthy hits in Worcester’s 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday. The good news is Kyle Thomas was also not suspended for his aggressor misconduct when he jumped Robidoux after the Maine forward charged Drew Callin, knocking him out of the game. There is some suspension news for Robidoux, who was given three games by the ECHL for a boarding major against Adirondack’s Blake Thompson in the Mariners 4-1 win over the Thunder on Wednesday.
While no players were suspended in Tuesday’s debacle there is a possibility that there was still some discipline handed out. Railers Vice President of Marketing and Communications Eric Lindquist was noticeably absent from Saturday night’s radio broadcast, and there was no mention of him at all during the game. Worcester Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator Cam McGuire replied to some tweets saying Eric was on a three day vacation. Based on other social media posts it was obvious Lindquist was on the road trip with the team and was in the building. Hopefully more on this when the team returns home for next weekend’s games.
If you’re someone that looks at the Railers magnetic schedule for when the games are, you should note that the next two games, on Sunday and Monday in Reading, show the wrong time. Sunday’s game is at 4pm instead of the 5pm listed, and Monday’s holiday contest against the Royals is at 1pm and not 3pm.
The three stars of the game were
1. ADK – 2 Matt Salhany
2. ADK – 34 Eamon McAdam
3. ADK – 9 John Edwardh
The 210Sports Player of the Game was Evan Buitenhuis.
Even Strength Lines
Almeida / Callin / Walsh
Thomson / Pierog / Durandeau
Samuels-Thomas / Salituro / Thomas
McKenzie / Doherty
Stander / Johansson
Murray / Brauer
Worcester 0 0 0 – 0
Adirondack 2 2 1 – 5
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Salhany 11 (Edwardh, Szmatula), 1:49. 2, Adirondack, Nazarian 7 (Walker, Summers), 11:55. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-3, Adirondack, Szmatula 16 (Parran, Edwardh), 1:13. 4, Adirondack, Salhany 12 (Edwardh, Szmatula), 15:39. Penalties-McKenzie Wor (roughing), 18:34; Nazarian Adk (roughing), 18:34.
3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Edwardh 12 (Salhany), 8:38. Penalties-Turcotte Wor (roughing, fighting – major, misconduct), 14:46; Carrier Adk (fighting – major), 14:46; Edwardh Adk (interference), 15:52.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 10-9-6-25. Adirondack 24-19-8-51.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 1; Adirondack 0 / 1.
Goalies-Worcester, Buitenhuis 9-13-1-0 (51 shots-46 saves). Adirondack, McAdam 9-13-1-2 (25 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Alex Garon (9).
Linesmen-Matt Brady (86), Mike Emanatian (69).