RAILERS COUGH UP TWO-GOAL LEAD IN 3RD PERIOD, THEN FALL IN OVERTIME TO THUNDER
Worcester, MA - The Worcester Railers HC (18-19-4-2, 42pts) dropped a disappointing 3-2 overtime game to the visiting Adirondack Thunder (26-17-2-2, 56pts) in front of 3,512 fans at the DCU Center on Friday evening. The Railers eleven game homestand continues on Saturday, Feb 3 at 7:05pm on a BIG GAME SATURDAY on TRAX's Birthday with the first 3,000 fans receiving an Ashton Rome bobble presented by BlueRock Energy.
Matt Lane (1-1-2) and Jeff Kubiak scored for the Railers while Eamon McAdam made 29 saves in net as Worcester fell to 3-3-1-0 on their season long eleven game homestand. The Thunder scored twice in the third period to force overtime before Colton White (2nd) completed the Thunder comeback at 1:35 of the overtime period.
Neither team generated a lot of energy or grade A scoring chances in the opening but the Railers struck with a lucky bounce with 100 seconds remaining in the period. Matt Lane (6th) deflected a Yanick Turcotte rebound from off the end wall that found its way through rookie netminder Tomas Sholl. Shots were 10-7 Railers through 20 minutes of play as Worcester took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Railers rookie Jeff Kubiak (6th) scored in his second straight game as he grabbed his first professional power play goal with a loose rebound on top of the crease at 9:36 with Ben Masella and Matt Lane picking up the assists. Eamon McAdam had 18 saves through 40 minutes of play as the Railers took a 2-0 advantage into the second intermission.
Desmond Bergin (10th) began the Adirondack comeback with a rush down the right side and a tough angle shot from on top of the Railers crease at 5:31 of the third period to cut the Railers lead to 2-1. After Worcester failed to clear the puck, Andrew Radjenovic (6th) fired a shot from 50 feet through a screen and past Eamon McAdam at 15:08 to tie the score at 2-2. Shots were 37-31 in favor of the Railers through 60 minutes of play as the game headed to overtime.
Ben Masella and Nick Saracino had a chance to win the game in overtime but Tomas Sholl stood his ground in the Thunder net. Defenseman Colton White (2nd) won the game for the Thunder with a rush down the left side and a shot from the left circle that beat McAdam through the pads at 1:35 to give Adirondack the 3-2 win.
3rd star: Andrew Radjenovic (Goal)
2nd star: Matt Lane (1-1-2)
1st star: Colton White (OTG)
...Final shots were 38-32 in favor of Worcester... Tomas Sholl (1-0-0) made 36 saves on 38 shots for Adirondack for his first ECHL win.... Eamon McAdam (10-9-6) made 29 saves on 32 shots for Worcester...Joe Spagnoli was the backup goalie (on an emergency basis).... Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-2...Josh Monk (inj), Ashton Rome (inj), TJ Syner, Tommy Kelley did not dress for Worcester... Kellen Jones and Mike Cornell are currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers while Mitch Gillam is with Utica... Worcester fell to 9-10-2-0 on home ice.... Woody Hudson picked up his second assist of the season.... The Railers fell to 1W-4L in overtime and 2-W-6L in games decided past regulation...Jeff Kubiak has three points (2-1-3) in his last two games.
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