Railers sweep the Growlers, begin road trip tonight in Quebec

Story by: Matthew Wiernasz

Photo Courtesy of Rich Leblanc/Worcester Railers

WORCESTER, MA-  The Worcester Railers swept the Newfoundland Growlers on Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center by the final score of 4-1.  The Railers scored a franchise-high eight goals when they defeated the Growlers 8-3 on Saturday night.

” It’s huge. We were in that spot for a while and we slipped. Obviously anytime you play against this team, you know its going to be a  really hard game.” Railers Head Coach Jordan Lavalee-Smotherman Said

There was no score in the first period

The Growlers opened up the scoring in the second period as Nolan Walker scored on the breakaway and beat Railers goaltender Henrik Tikkanen with 18:54 remaining in the second period to make it 1-0.

The Railers responded later in the second period. Anthony Repaci had a breakaway opportunity with 6:35 remaining in the second period but missed the opportunity.  Liam Coughlin would make the pass to Nolan Vesey and Vesey had a breakaway chance and beat Growlers goaltender Luke Cavallin with the wrist shot to tie the game at 1-1.

Anthony Repaci scored the game-winning goal for the Railers in the third period with 17:43 remaining. Blake Christensen took the shot as Cavallin made the save. Repaci was able to put in the rebound to make it 2-1.

The Railers would get a power play late in the third period as Colin Adams scored to make it 3-1 with 3:22 remaining in regulation.

The Growlers would get a power play late in regulation and pull Cavalin and put a sixth player on the ice. Brent Beaudoin was able to score an empty-net goal with three seconds left to make it 4-1.

The Railers will start a four-game road trip beginning in Quebec tonight against the Trois-Rivieres Lions and then travel to Glens Falls, NY to take on the Adirondack Thunder on Friday.

After the Christmas break, the Railers will continue their road trip as they will face the Maine Mariners for the first time this season next Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. The road trip will conclude against the Adirondack Thunder on Friday, December 30.

The next home game for the Railers will be on New Year’s Eve against the Maine Mariners at the DCU Center. Puck drop will be at 5:00 p.m.

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