Worcester Railers Fall to Newfoundland Growlers, 3-2

By Stephen Ur

The Worcester Railers hosted the Newfoundland Growlers at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Friday night. Both teams were in the top four in the North as Newfoundland was first with a 25-9-1 record while the Railers were in fourth with a 19-15-3 record.

The Growlers scored the first goal of the game as Keenan Suthers scored from a few feet out with 3:43 left in the first period. Right wing Nolan Walker scored Newfoundland’s second goal of the game with just 27.5 seconds left in the period, and they took a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

The Growlers outshot the Railers 16-14, but both teams went a combined 0 for 3 on power plays. Newfoundland couldn’t score on their lone power play while Worcester couldn’t score on either of theirs. Both goalies also recorded 14 saves.

Newfoundland would take a 3-0 lead just two minutes into the second with another goal inside from centre Todd Skirving. Despite being on a power play, the Railers were able to get anything going and came up empty.

Worcester got on the board for the first time with 3:52 left in the second period when forward Quinn Ryan scored to make it a 3-1 game. That would prove to be the lone score of the period and the Growlers still led by two heading into the final period.

Both teams were unsuccessful on one power play each in the second period, bringing the combined total to 0 for 5 for the game. Both goalies even in saves once again, as well, each recording nine saves.

Worcester scored the lone goal of the third with 1:21 left with a goal from Bobby Butler. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Railers, who ultimately fell 3-2.

Head coach Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman said all three goals given up in the loss were ‘preventable’. 

“It’s unfortunate [because] the guys really had to battle to get back in that game and they did,” Lavalee-Smotherman said. “We gotta stop shooting ourselves in the foot.”

The Railers will be back at the DCU Center tomorrow night as they take on the Maine Mariners. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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