By Stephen Ur –
Maine Mariners 6, Worcester Railers 4
It was a back-and-forth game between the two East Coast Hockey League teams as Worcester led 3-1 at one point in the first period, scoring two goals in a 29 second span. Maine took over the next two periods, however, outscoring the Railers 5-1 the rest of the way.
“We just decided that we weren’t going to play the game anymore”, Railers head coach Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman said postgame on blowing a 3-1 lead. A highlight for the Railers is Liam Coughlin scored two of the team’s four goals.
As far as moving forward, Lavallee-Smotheran simply said “you just forget about it.”
Hartford Wolfpack 3, Bridgeport Islanders 2
Bridgeport got the early 1-0 lead when Cole Bardeau scored less than a minute into the game. Hartford would go on to score the next three goals, all in the second period.
Jonny Brodzonski scored twice for Hartford in the period. Bridgeport added a goal in the third, but it wasn’t enough as they fell 3-2.
New York Islanders 4, San Jose Sharks 1
San Jose scored the first goal of the game, but it was all Islanders the rest of the way. Four different players scored for New York, including goals from Jean Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Palmieri in the second period.
Goalie Ilya Sorokin stopped 29 shots in the game. The win for him was his 25th of the season. The Islanders also take a two-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with the win.