Worcester Railers Win Saturday Night

Published 1 year ago -

By Michael Shea Copy Editor

The Worcester Railers defeated the Newfoundland Growlers 5-2 Saturday night. This was their first home win since the Railers won against Maine 4-3 on October 23rd. This makes their record this season 2-5. 

The Growlers scored first in the first quarter by their forward Matteo Pietroniro. The Railers had a couple good chances, but could not convert any goals. The Railers were down 0-1 in the first period. 

However, the efforts of Blake Christensen and Jacob Hayhurst energized the Railers in the second period. The Railers would go up 2-1 thanks to the contributions of Christensen and Hayhurst. Hayhurst’s goal came from a great power play by the Railers. 

The Growlers came back in the beginning of the third period to tie the game 2-2. This was made by forward Trent Borque. This game was very close going early in the third period.

However, the Railers came roaring back with goals from Ross Olsson, Drew Callin, and Liam Coughlin to make it 5-2. This was huge because this was all their first goals of the season. 

Olsson, Callin, and Coughlin all scored their goals within 15 seconds apart. The last goal was scored with over 8 minutes left in the period. Nobody scored for the rest of the period. 

The goaltending by the Railers was also key to their victory. Ken Appleby recorded 30 saves for Worcester. This was Appleby’s first victory of the season. 

At the end of the game, 3 stars are awarded for the best players of the game on both teams. The third star was given to the Growlers forward Matteo Pietroniro who scored one of the goals. The second star was given to Ross Olsen who scored and assisted for the Railers. The first star was given to Drew Callin who scored for the Railers and had 9 shots on the day.

The Railers are coached by David Cuniff. He has been the coach since 2019. He has plenty of experience as he has been coaching for 18 years in the American Hockey league. 

The Growlers lead the league with 7-2 on the season. The Railers lost the Growlers 2-3 during a shootout. 

The five goals the Railers made were the most goals they have made this season. The Railers have 64 games left in the season with 33 games at home at the DCU Center. 

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