Tikkanen’s 41 saves leads Railers to 4-0 win over South Carolina

The Worcester Railers continued their six-game road trip with a stop in North Charleston, South Carolina Friday night and got two goals from Trevor Cosgrove and a 41-save shutout from Henrik Tikkanen to defeat the Stingrays 4-0.

After a scoreless opening period, Cosgrove made it 1-0 at 2:30 of the second period on a goal assisted by Nick Fea. This writer can’t tell you how it was scored as the Railers didn’t tweet any highlights of it and the hotel bar that I’m sitting in right now writing this doesn’t have a wi-fi signal good enough for me to watch the goal on Flo-Hockey.

It stayed 1-0 until 6:16 of the third period when Anthony Repaci, who many minions messaged me saying got hurt early in the game but came back, scored on the power play to make it 2-0.

Late in the game South Carolina pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker, and Billy Jerry hit the empty net to make it 3-0.

With time winding down on the game Worcester went on the power play for the second time in the contest, and Cosgrove scored with the man advantage for the 4-0 final.

Scratches for the Railers were Collin Adams (IR/upper body), Zack Bross (IR/lower), Liam Coughlin (IR/unknown), Christain Evers (IR/unknown), Myles McGurty, Jack Quinlivan (IR/unknown), Quin Ryan, Nolan Vesey (IR/unknown), and Josh Victor. Ken Appleby was the backup netminder.

Not a lot of notes as I’m not watching these southern swing games. It’s my usual “hockey-free weekend”, but seeing as the Telegram can’t be bothered to actually cover the Railers I’m going to attempt to have a post for every single game this season just to show them up. And if that means I have to write a post while sitting in a hotel bar drinking Jack Daniels and Coke, then gosh darn it that’s what I’m going to do.

As we did last week, we’ll mention a couple fundraisers going on. The first is the Worcester Railers Booster Club is holding a 50/50 raffle online during the Railers road trip to help raise funds to take care of the player’s apartments. If you’re a Massachusetts resident over the age of 18 you can purchase your tickets on the group’s 50/50 webpage. If you’re interested in making a donation to the club, you can visit their donation page.

The other is a cool one as the Worcester Fire Department’s hockey team is selling hockey jerseys to raise funds for their charitable activities. You can check out their selection right here. This writer has a black jersey, and the quality is amazingly good. The red and green can have a name added to the back, but not on the black as it has a flag in place of a nameplate. You can order jerseys through March 6th.

The three stars of the game were:
1. WOR – 39 Henrik Tikkanen
2. WOR – 10 Trevor Cosgrove
3. WOR – 81 Anthony Repaci

The 210Sports Player of the Game was Brent Beaudoin.

Even Strength Lines (Courtesy of WooHockey)
Repaci / Beaudoin / Fea
Bakanov / Johnson / Butler
Pappalardo / Jerry / Boutoussov

Beaulieu / Breen
Cosgrove / Brandt
Delmas / McCarthy*

Worcester 0 1 3 – 4
South Carolina 0 0 0 – 0

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period-1, Worcester, Cosgrove 3 (Fea), 2:30. Penalties-Fea Wor (hooking), 11:49; Boutoussov Wor (cross-checking), 15:57.

3rd Period-2, Worcester, Repaci 16 (Delmas, Beaulieu), 6:16 (PP). 3, Worcester, Jerry 4 (Cosgrove, Beaudoin), 18:24 (EN). 4, Worcester, Cosgrove 4 (Bakanov, Butler), 19:21 (PP). Penalties-Anderson Sc (tripping), 5:35; Del Gaizo Sc (slashing), 18:52.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 11-10-13-34. South Carolina 16-11-14-41.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 2 / 2; South Carolina 0 / 2.
Goalies-Worcester, Tikkanen 14-13-2-0 (41 shots-41 saves). South Carolina, Wall 11-10-1-0 (33 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Rocco Stachowiak (28).
Linesmen-Scott Senger (56), Brady Fagan (89).

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