Railers Find Lightning with 5-4 Victory over the Thunder
Glens Falls, NY - The Worcester Railers HC(21-36-4-0, 46pts) began a busy stretch of four games in six days and captured a 5-4 win over the Adirondack Thunder (22-28-8-5, 57pts) in front of 1,987 at the Cool Insuring Arena on Tuesday night. The Railers return home to the DCU Center on Friday, March 13thon 80's Night presented by 104.5 WXLO hosting the Maine Mariners at 7pm.
Brent Beaudoin (1-1-2) shined in his professional debut while Brennan Feasey (1-0-1) scored his first professional goal. Shane Walsh (1-2-3) and Tyler Poulsen (1-1-2) each recorded multi-point games while Evan Buitenhuis made 22 saves in net for the victory. Nick Hutchinson (1-1-2) scored his first professional goal while Kelly Summers (1-1-2) and Robbie Payne also had multi-point performances while Eamon McAdam made 18 saves in net for the loss.
Midway through the first period James Phelan (3rd) split the Railers defensemen and in all alone wristed one low blocker by Evan Buitenhuis to give Adirondack a 1-0 lead at 9:56. Tyler Poulsen carried the puck into the Thunder end and sent a pass inside the right circle to Brent Beaudoin who found Brennan Feasey (1st) on the far side for his first professional goal to tie the game at 1-1 with 3:27 left in the frame. With just 1:54 left in the stanza Kelly Summers (9th) was able to hand back the lead to Adirondack this time 2-1. The Thunder took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room through 20 minutes of play as they outshot Worcester 10-7.
Barreling down the left side Shane Walsh (14th) in his usual spot was able to fire one far side past the glove of Eamon McAdam to tie the score at 2-2 just 3:32 into the second period. Adirondack had two power-plays in the stanza but Worcester was perfect on the penalty kill and took their first lead of the game when Ross Olsson (12th) received a feed from behind the cage from Billy Vizzo and Olsson wasted no time snapping it off popping the water bottle off with 2:27 to play in the frame making it a 3-2 Worcester lead. The Railers led 3-2 through 40 minutes of play with shots even at 17-17.
The Railers received goals fifteen seconds apart from one another in the opening minutes of the third period. First it was Tyler Poulsen (14th) on the power-play just 57 seconds in with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle to increase the Worcester lead to 4-2. Brent Beaudoin (1st) potted his first professional score finishing off a nice two on one with the pass coming from Shane Walsh at 1:12 to hand the Railers a 5-2 advantage. Worcester went on the powerplay at 3:53 and with just two seconds left in the power-play it would be the Thunder striking on short-handed coming courtesy of Casey Pierro Zabotel (24th) off a two on one rush cutting the Adirondack deficit down to 5-3 at 5:51. With 5:25 to play Nick Hutchinson (1st) swatted a puck out of midair to cut the Railers lead down to 5-4. The goal was reviewed for high sticking, but it would stand. Adirondack pulled McAdam with 1:47 to play in regulation but strong defense from the Railers allowed them to pull through for a 5-4 victory.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Tyler Poulsen (1-1-2) 2nd star: Kelly Summers (1-1-2) 1st star: Brent Beaudoin (1-1-2, +2, 4 shots).... final shots were 26-23 in favor of Adirondack .... Eamon McAdam (15-19-4) made 18 saves on 23 shots for Adirondack.... Evan Buitenhuis (14-19-1) made 22 saves on 26 shots for Worcester while Ian Milosz served as the backup.... Worcester went 1-for-2 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-3...., JD Dudek (IR), Kyle Thomas (IR), Yanick Turcotte (IR), Tanner Pond (IR), Barry Almeida (INJ), Ryan MacKinnon (Ill) and Mike Cornell (Personal) did not dress for Worcester.... Nic Pierog, Ben Thomson, Arnaud Durandeau, and Linus Soderstrom are all with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.... Mike Cornell and his wife Kelli had their second child Monday night a baby boy named Levi.... Justin Murray has played in 51 straight games.... Ross Olsson and Justin Murray wore "A"s.... Brennan Feasey scored his first professional goal.... Brent Beaudoin signed with Worcester earlier in the day and made his professional debut wearing number 15 while scoring a goal and adding in assist in route to being named number one star.... Billy Vizzo registered an assist for his first professional point.... Shane Walsh recorded his seventh multi-point game of the year and his fourth three-point game.... Ross Olsson and Brent Beaudoin tied for a game high with four shots on goal.... Worcester has 11 games left on the regular season seven of which are at the DCU Center.... The Railers are now 21-12-2-0 all-time vs. the Thunder and 13-6-1-0 at the Cool Insuring Arena
What's on tap - Busy Week Ahead!
On Friday, March 13 the Railers host the Maine Mariners at 7pm on a 2-3-4 Friday on 80's Night presented by 104.5 WXLO. Local musician Cara Brindisi will perform before the game and during intermissions while fans can enjoy $2 popcorn, $3 soda, and $4 Bud Lights!
The Railers travel back to Portland to play the Mariners on Saturday, March 14 at 7pm before returning home on Sunday, March 15 to host the Norfolk Admirals at 3pm. The first 2,500 fans will receive a team photo presented by Jimmy John's. Score a SUNDAY FUNDAY ticket pack which include four tickets and four beverages (beer/soda) for just $60!
Bring a group of 10 or more people to the game and save BIG $$$$ off Box Office pricing and receive a Railers hat for everyone in your group! Plus, score a Railers experience...Zamboni rides, High-Five Tunnel, post-game photo on ice, and more! Call 508-365-1750 for your customized group experience!
Still and Stir located behind the DCU Center provides hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Watch all road games broadcast live on ECHLTV.com 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 Cam McGuire. 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 www.RailersHC.com.
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