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Railers Cough up Three Goal Third Period Lead and Fall 5-4 in Overtime in Maine

February 13, 2019 - ECHL (ECHL) - Worcester Railers HC News Release

Portland, ME - The Worcester Railers HC (21-20-5-3, 50pts) began their season long seven-game road trip with a disappointing 5-4 overtime loss to the host Maine Mariners (24-24-0-1, 49pts) in front of 1,352 fans at the Cross Insurance Arena on Wednesday evening. The Railers road trip continues with an 8pm (ET) start in Allen, Texas vs. the Americans on Friday.

The Railers squandered a three goal third period lead before dropping the game in overtime. Barry Almeida (1-1-2), Ryan Hitchcock, Tyler Barnes (1-1-2), and Dylan Willick all scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 28 saves in net with Tyler Barnes extending his Worcester pro hockey record with a goal in eight straight games as he netted his 21stof the season and extended his point streak to a franchise record ten games (10-4-14). Maine scored three goals in the final 13 minutes of the third period to force overtime before Brycen Martin (6th) won the game in the extra session at 2:57 while netminder Connor LaCouvee made 43 saves in net for the win.

Maine went ahead 1-0 as Jason Salvaggio (10th) sent a shot from the left circle that snuck through goaltender Mitch Gillam at 7:25 of the first period. Just 42 seconds later, Maine netminder Connor LaCouvee lost the puck behind the net and Barry Almeida (13th) was able to win the puck and sweep it around the far post for an easy score. Shots were 18-15 in favor of Worcester through 20 minutes of play with the score knotted at 1-1.

The Railers played very well in the second period and scored twice to go ahead 3-1. Ryan Hitchcock (9th) gave Worcester their first lead of the night after Tyler Barnes won the puck behind the net and zipped it in front and found Hitchcock for a wicked shot from 25 feet at 1:15. After Alex Vanier dropped the mitts with Terrence Wallin at 14:31, Dylan Willick (6th) deflected a Mike Cornell point shot into the net at 15:00 to put Worcester ahead 3-1. The Railers held a 32-22 shot advantage through 40 minutes of play.

Worcester would extend their lead early in the third period with a terrific shot from in tight by Tyler Barnes (21st) on the power play at 1:03. But Maine did not give up as they scored three consecutive goals to force overtime at 7:33 by Josh Couturier (2nd), at 12:17 by Wade Murphy (8th), and the equalizer at 18:00 by Derek Pratt (2nd). Shots were 12-10 in favor of Worcester in the third period as Connor LaCouvee made several big saves to keep the Railers stuck at four goals.

In overtime, Brycen Martin (6th) sent a touch angle shot from the left circle on the rush over the shoulder of Mitch Gillam at 2:57 to complete the comeback 5-4 overtime home win for the Mariners. Final shots were 47-33 in favor of Worcester.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Barry Almeida (Goal and Assist) 2nd star: Jason Salvaggio (Goal and 3 assists) 1st star: Brycen Martin (OTG) .... final shots were 47-33 in favor of Worcester.... Connor LaCouvee (6-3-0) made 43 saves on 47 shots for Maine.... Mitch Gillam (14-12-3) made 28 saves on 33 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis was the backup.... Worcester went 1-for-3 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-2.... Kyle McKenzie (inj), Matt Schmalz (inj), Tommy Panico (inj), Connor Doherty (inj) and Malcolm Gould did not dress for Worcester....defenseman Robert Powers will join the Railers in Texas after he was acquired from the Indy Fuel earlier the day for Woody Hudson.... Jeff Kubiak is on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers....Tyler Barnes now has a franchise record ten-game point streak (10-4-14) and extended his Worcester pro hockey record with goals in eight straight games, which is also an ECHL high this season...Ryan Hitchcock now has 16 points (8-8-16) in his last 12 games for the Railers and he fired six more shots on goal....Tyler Barnes, Barry Almeida, Mike Cornell, Ryan MacKinnon, Ivan Kosorenkov (2) added assists for Worcester....the goal for Willick broke an 18 game goalless drought and he now has three of his six goals vs. the Mariners this season....Worcester is now 3-5 in OT this season....the Railers are now 8-12-1-2 on the road this season and 0-0-1-0 on their season long seven game road trip...

What's on tap - ROAD TRIP!

The Railers season long seven game road trip continues Friday, Feb 15 with an 8pm (ET) faceoff in Allen, TX vs. the Americans. Coverage begins at 7:35pm (ET) on 98.9 NASH Icon.

The Railers Tavern located behind the DCU Center provides hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Watch all road games broadcast live at Nonna's (FRI, SAT, SUN) or Railers Tavern (MON-THU) or watch on for a small fee. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop with Eric Lindquist and Tom Matthews. Full season memberships, mini plans, and group tickets are on sale now by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting

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