Railers frozen by Icemen, lose 4-1

The Worcester Railers visited VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida for a Saturday night contest against the Icemen and despite the warm temperatures outside the Railers were ice cold inside and could convert on just one of 37 shots in a 4-1 loss.

We don’t usually show the opponent’s highlights in the post, but with this writer enjoying a long vacation night at the hotel bar, we’ll go ahead and share some highlights.

Jacksonville opened the scoring at 13:06 of the first period.

Down 1-0 goaltender Ken Appleby made an incredible save to keep Worcester trailing by just one. We’ll ignore the fact Appleby wouldn’t have needed to make that save if Phil Beaulieu or Trevor Cosgrove had bothered to play some defense.

In the second period, Anthony Repaci scored to make it a 1-1 game.

Later in the frame, the Icemen retook the lead when Connor McCarthy forgot he was a defenseman and Timothy Faulkner lost track of Luke Lynch.

It stayed 2-1 deep into the third period when Appleby was pulled for an extra attacker and somehow despite being all by himself high in the slot Cosgrove got absolutely nothing on his shot, leading to an odd-man rush back toward the empty Worcester goal.

Once again Appleby was pulled for an extra attacker, and once again Cosgrove turned the puck over.

Worcester’s road trip concludes Sunday with a game against the expansion Savanah Ghost Pirates.

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. Henrik Tikkanen was the backup netminder.

Once again, 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.

We’ve mentioned this a few times before, but he 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. JAX – 35 Olof Lindbom
2. JAX – 9 Luke Lynch
3. JAX – 29 Craig Martin

The 210Sports Player of the Game was Anthony Repaci.

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

Brandt / Breen
Cosgrove / Beaulieu
Faulkner / McCarthy

Worcester 0 1 0 – 1
Jacksonville 1 1 2 – 4

1st Period-1, Jacksonville, Martin 13 (Lodermeier, DeRoche), 13:06. Penalties-Jordan Jax (roughing), 19:49.

2nd Period-2, Worcester, Repaci 17 (Fea, Faulkner), 4:22. 3, Jacksonville, Lynch 12 (Dwyer, Nazarian), 13:03. Penalties-Johnson Wor (tripping), 5:52; served by Lohin Jax (bench – too many men), 8:08.

3rd Period-4, Jacksonville, Jordan 17 (Fortunato), 19:17 (EN). 5, Jacksonville, Lodermeier 15 (Theocharidis, Nazarian), 19:36 (EN). Penalties-Theocharidis Jax (elbowing), 13:59.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 10-14-13-37. Jacksonville 11-6-7-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Jacksonville 0 / 1.
Goalies-Worcester, Appleby 9-7-1-0 (22 shots-20 saves). Jacksonville, Lindbom 15-6-0-0 (37 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Dominic Cadieux (3), Austin O’Rourke (10).
Linesmen-Tannum Wyonzek (74), Davids Rozitis (90).

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