The Worcester Railers were scheduled to be in Glens Falls, NY Friday night for a pre-Christmas break game against the Adirondack Thunder at the Cool Insuring Arena, and in a contest that looked like the Railers were already on vacation Worcester allowed six third-period goals to get blown out of the building 7-0.
We could waste a lot of column inches complaining about referee Alex Normandin, but it’s not worth the bother. He was so bad in a late January game against Fort Wayne last season that the Railers must have complained because he didn’t do another Worcester game that season. Friday night was the second time this season Normandin officiated a Worcester/Adirondack match-up. Hopefully, again, it will be the last.
It was a 1-0 game after two periods, with the Thunder goal coming at five on five even strength just after an Adirondack four-on-three power play expired at 7:19 of the opening frame. Worcester began the sequence with a power play after Nick Rivera boarded Phil Beaulieu and then dropped the gloves with Noah Delmas. Four seconds later referee Normandin called Railers captain Bobby Butler for a ticky-tack slashing call which Beaulieu apparently objected to, sending both of them to the box. Former Railers forward Grant Jozefek scored the goal for the Thunder.
Worcester was outplayed the rest of the way but still had their chances, but Adirondack goaltender Isaac Poulter made the big saves when he needed to.
The third period was a total disaster, and it was already 3-0 when referee Normandin’s shenanigans took over again, and when the final horn sounded it was 7-0 Thunder.
Scratches for the Railers were Blake Christensen, Jack Quinlivan (IR/unknown), and Myles McGurty (upper body). Brent Moran was the backup goaltender. McGurty was a late scratch, presumably he tested himself during warm-ups and couldn’t go.
The ECHL’s roster freeze started on Friday at 5pm ET, so no player can be released or traded until Noon ET on December 27th. Players can still be recalled by NHL and/or AHL clubs.
The Thunder have been scrambling to find some players in recent games with team captain Shane Harper injured–there’s been no update on how long he’ll be out after hitting his head on the ice a week ago–and forwards Shawn Weller and Yanick Turcotte both being suspended for incidents during that same game. They went with 16 skaters Friday night. Patrick Grasso, who was recalled last week, was back and in the lineup for Adirondack Friday.
This writer had more notes, but since virtually no one is going to read down this far after a blowout loss we’ll save them for next time. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.
The three stars of the game were:
1. ADK – 24 Xavier Parent
2. ADK – 22 Sebastian Vidmar
3. ADK – 43 Grant Jozefek
The 210Sports Player of the Game was nobody.
Even Strength Lines
Repaci / Lambert / Ryan
Adams / Beaudoin / Butler
Vesey / Coughlin / Newkirk
X / Jerry / Bross
Brandt / Evers
Beaulieu / Delmas
Solow / McCarthy
In the ECHL’s North Division
Norfolk 3, Reading 2
Worcester 0 0 0 – 0
Adirondack 1 0 6 – 7
1st Period-1, Adirondack, Jozefek 5 (Gourley, Parent), 7:19. Penalties-Delmas Wor (fighting – major), 5:14; Rivera Adk (boarding, fighting – major), 5:14; Beaulieu Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:18; Butler Wor (slashing), 5:18; Newkirk Wor (roughing), 13:01; Gourley Adk (roughing), 13:01; Delmas Wor (slashing), 16:24; Butler Wor (tripping), 18:37.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Parent Adk (delay of game), 5:03.
3rd Period-2, Adirondack, Smith 1 5:48. 3, Adirondack, Parent 5 (Da Silva, Jozefek), 7:20. 4, Adirondack, Vidmar 5 (Da Silva, Taylor), 12:20 (PP). 5, Adirondack, Vidmar 6 (Da Silva, Schultz), 14:54 (PP). 6, Adirondack, Parent 6 (Long, Smith), 16:02 (PP). 7, Adirondack, Parent 7 (Broughman, Jozefek), 17:19. Penalties-Adams Wor (tripping), 11:09; Broughman Adk (hooking), 12:33; Newkirk Wor (high-sticking – double, roughing), 14:40; Grasso Adk (roughing), 14:40; Rivera Adk (tripping), 17:58.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-7-5-21. Adirondack 16-14-15-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 4; Adirondack 3 / 7.
Goalies-Worcester, Tikkanen 9-6-0-0 (45 shots-38 saves). Adirondack, Poulter 1-3-1-0 (21 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Alex Normandin (26).
Linesmen-Adam Hull (84), Trevor Waite (73).
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