Railers swept by Steelheads after 5-3 loss


Sunday the Worcester Railers lost a lead and twice came back from one-goal deficits before losing 5-3 to the Idaho Steelheads at the DCU Center to be swept in their three-game weekend series.

After a scoreless opening frame, it was Nolan Vesey who gave Worcester an early second-period lead.

Later in the stanza, a couple of Worcester mistakes and one silly penalty later and it was a 2-1 lead for Idaho heading to the third period.

The Railers needed the next goal to have any chance, and they got it when Bobby Butler and Reece Newkirk combined in the Idaho zone.

Despite it being the third game in three days between the two teams, and Worcester finishing off seven games in a ten-day stretch, the physicality picked up tremendously, and referee Michael Zyla let the boys play. Or, more correctly, he let them play until he decided to call Blake Christensen for the same cross-checking infraction he had let go for the previous five minutes.

Of course, the Steelheads scored six seconds into that power play to take the 3-2 lead.

Back came Worcester, with Vesey tying the game after Idaho netminder Adam Scheel made an amazing diving save on the first bid.

But it apparently wasn’t meant to be this weekend as Idaho grabbed another goal to take a 4-3 lead halfway through the period. An empty net goal late made it the 5-3 final.

GAME NOTES
Scratches for the Railers were Zack Bross, Billy Jerry, and Jeff Solow. Henrik Tikkanen was the backup goaltender. Early Sunday morning the Springfield Thunderbirds loaned defenseman Austin Osmanski to Worcester. To make room for him on the roster the Railers released Derek Osik.

The three stars of the game were:
1. IDH – 7 Owen Headrick
2. WOR – 11 Nolan Vesey
3. IDH – 77 Jordan Kawaguchi

The 210Sports Player of the Game was Anthony Repaci.

Even Strength Lines
Newkirk / Jenkins / Butler
Christensen / Beaudoin / Ryan
Vesey / Coughlin / Repaci
Quinlivan

Brandt / McGurty
Beaulieu / Delmas
Evers / McCarthy
Osmanski

Our affiliates last night
Colorado 3, St. Louis 2 (OT)
Bridgeport 5, Providence 2

In the ECHL’s North Divison
Norfolk 3, Adirondack 2
Reading 3, Allen 2

BOX SCORE
Idaho 0 2 3 – 5
Worcester 0 1 2 – 3

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Murphy Idh (tripping), 19:20.

2nd Period-1, Worcester, Vesey 5 (Repaci, Coughlin), 2:13. 2, Idaho, Kawaguchi 6 (Miller), 7:22. 3, Idaho, Franklin 6 (Barteaux, Kawaguchi), 10:21 (PP). Penalties-Osmanski Wor (cross-checking), 8:30; Kehler Idh (tripping), 12:06.

3rd Period-4, Worcester, Newkirk 10 (Butler), 2:38. 5, Idaho, Register 2 (White), 7:46 (PP). 6, Worcester, Vesey 6 (Repaci, Delmas), 8:58. 7, Idaho, Headrick 7 (Murphy), 11:43. 8, Idaho, Miller 7 (Becker, Register), 19:16 (EN). Penalties-Christensen Wor (cross-checking), 7:40.

Shots on Goal-Idaho 11-18-10-39. Worcester 4-7-12-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Idaho 2 / 2; Worcester 0 / 2.
Goalies-Idaho, Scheel 6-1-0-0 (23 shots-20 saves). Worcester, Appleby 8-3-1-0 (38 shots-34 saves).
A-2,506
Referees-Michael Zyla (34).
Linesmen-Shane Kanaly (74), Sam Schildkraut (46).


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