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Railers Take Down Mariners 4-1 in Lone Tune up Before Regular Season

October 5, 2019 - ECHL (ECHL) - Worcester Railers HC News Release

Exeter, NH - The Worcester Railers HC scored three goals in the second period to defeat the Maine Mariners by the score of 4-1 in ECHL exhibition play at the Rinks at Exeter, NH on Saturday evening in their only exhibition game before the regular season. The Railers kick off the regular season at the DCU Center on Saturday, Oct 12 vs. the Adirondack Thunder.

Tommy Tsicos, Jason Lavallee, Ivan Chukarov, and Matt Schmalz (1-1-2) scored for the Railers while Jakub Skarek made 16 saves on 16 shots in net through 29:40 minutes of play for the victory. Evan Buitenhuis made 10 saves in 30:20 minutes of play in relief for Worcester while Drew Callin added two assists in the victory.

The Railers took a 1-0 midway through first period thanks to Tommy Tsicos (1st) who was able to bury home a rebound past Francois Brassard after a number of chances. Anthony Cortese and Cody Payne would get credit with the assists on the only goal of the period. Shots were in favor of the Mariners 10-8 through 20 minutes of play as Jakub Skarek was perfect in net.

A three goal second period for the Railers was started by Jason Lavallee (1st) who snuck one past the goalie from the right circle assisted by Ned Lukacevic. Ivan Chukarov (1st) would make it a 3-0 lead for the Railers with a power play goal over the shoulder of netminder Francois Brassard assisted by Matt Schmalz and Drew Callin. Jakub Skarek stopped all 16 shots he faced as Evan Buitenhuis came in at 9:40 of the second period in relief. Matt Schmalz (1st) slammed home a rebound to make it a 4-0 lead at 16:40 assisted by Kyle McKenzie and Drew Callin. Worcester outshot Maine 19-8 in the middle frame and led 27-18 in shots after 40 minutes of play.

The only scrap of the game occurred at 1:04 of the third period as Ross Olsson (1st FM) dropped Ryan Ferrill with a wicked right hand. The only goal of the final frame would come from the Mariners at 9:45 as Dawson Leedahl (1st) snuck one past the legs of Evan Buitenhuis after a scramble in front of the net to get the Mariners on the board. Evan Buitenhuis shut the door the rest of the way and had 10 saves total in relief as Worcester took home the 4-1 exhibition win to close out training camp.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star Jakub Skarek (16 saves, Win) 2nd star: Drew Callin (0-2-2) 1st star: Matt Schmalz (1-1-2)....Final shots were 33-27 favor of Worcester... Francois Brassard (0-1-0) made 18 saves on 21 shots for Maine in 29:40 minutes of play, Daniel Spencer made 11 saves on 12 shots in relief....Jakub Skarek (1-0-0) made 16 saves on 16 shots for Worcester in the 29:40 of play while Evan Buitenhuis made 10 saves on 11 shots in relief in 30:20 minutes of play... Worcester went 1-for-2 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-3.... Anthony Florentino (inj), Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Tanner Pond, Ryan Hitchcock, Barry Almeida, Kyle Thomas, Nic Pierog, Justin Murray, and Connor Doherty did not dress for Worcester.... Bo Brauer wore the "C" for Worcester while Henrik Samuelsson and Kyle McKenzie each wore an "A" for Worcester ...Jason Lavallee led all skaters with seven shots on goal... Cody Payne, Jason Lavallee, and Anthony Cortese all finished with a plus two rating.

Lines for Worcester:

Schmalz Dudek Callin

Olsson Brauer Samuelsson

Tsicos Payne Lavallee

Moran Morrissey Schiavo

McKenzie Rygus

Chukarov Jones

Lukacevic Cortese



What's on tap? - Railers open regular season on home ice!

On Saturday, October 12 the Worcester Railers HC host the Adirondack Thunder at 7:05pm on OPENING NIGHT presented by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette! The first 5,000 fans will receive a Railers magnet schedule courtesy of Davis Advertising. One of the most popular entertainment acts in all of professional sports will perform throughout the game.....THE ZOOPERSTARS! Doors will open early at 5:30pm at the DCU Center and fans are encouraged to be seated by 6:50pm for the opening night pregame show. Tickets start as low as $15 by calling 508-365-1750!

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. Watch all games online for a small fee at 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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