The Worcester Railers once again faced off against the Florida Everblades Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center in a rematch of Saturday night’s action, and this opening sentence has more than four times as many words as the Railers had shots on goal in an embarrassing 4-1 loss in front of 2,537 fans.
The twelve shots the Railers recorded in the game are a franchise low, smashing the previous low of 16 set twice. Their three third-period shots set a home mark for the fewest in the frame and tie the overall mark, most recently done two weeks ago in Adirondack. This writer doesn’t keep track to know if it’s a record, but the Railers had 13 minutes of power play time, including a major, and recorded just five shots.
As for any highlights, it was really just limited to this, which took place on Worcester’s tenth shot of the game and cut the Florida lead to 2-1.
The Railers play their next four games in Canada and return to the DCU Center on Friday, November 19th with a tilt against the expansion Trois-Rivieres Lions.
Scratches for the Railers were Collin Adams (IR/upper), Brent Beaudoin, Karl Boudrias (IR/upper), Drew Callin, JD Dudek, Grant Jozefek (IR/upper). Justin Kapelmaster was the backup goaltender.
Bob Deraney, who was a volunteer assistant at the end of the 2019-20 season for Worcester, joined Worcester head coach Dave Cunniff and assistant coach Jason Franzone behind the bench. Deraney is currently the head coach of Worcester State University.
The next couple weeks will be full of travel for the Railers, who will fly to Toronto and then off to Newfoundland on Thursday. After a three in three there they’ll fly to Montreal Monday and then bus to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec for Wednesday’s game. Thursday it will be back to Montreal for a flight to Boston to take on the Lions in a pair of games at the DCU Center.
The three stars of the game were
1. FLA – 25 John McCarron
2. WOR – 9 Charlie Spetz
3. FLA – 24 Kyle Neuber
The 210Sports Player of the Game was Zach Malatesta.
Even Strength Lines
Florida 1 0 3 – 4
Worcester 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period-1, Florida, Winiecki 5 (Sambrook, Carpenter), 12:59. Penalties-Neuber Fla (hooking), 0:40.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Neville Fla (fighting – major, match – illegal check to head), 3:54; Malatesta Wor (fighting – major), 3:54; Vander Esch Fla (roughing), 15:20; Winiecki Fla (roughing, roughing, misconduct), 17:51; Olsson Wor (roughing, misconduct), 17:51.
3rd Period-2, Florida, Neuber 1 (McLaughlin, McCarron), 0:52. 3, Worcester, Spetz 1 (Smotherman), 7:04. 4, Florida, McCarron 4 (Winiecki, Carpenter), 14:37 (PP). 5, Florida, Winiecki 6 (Vander Esch), 18:15 (EN). Penalties-Kearley Fla (roughing), 10:31; Christensen Wor (high-sticking), 14:29.
Shots on Goal-Florida 8-5-8-21. Worcester 3-6-3-12.
Power Play Opportunities-Florida 1 / 1; Worcester 0 / 5.
Goalies-Florida, Johnson 2-2-0-0 (12 shots-11 saves). Worcester, Appleby 0-2-0-0 (20 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Trevor Wohlford (38).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (77), Stephen Drain (52).
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