Railers EHL – Weekly Roundup September 28-October 4, 2021

The Worcester Railers Jr. Hockey Club’s EHL team hosted the first EHL Showcase of the season this past week at the Worcester Ice Center and came away with two huge wins in the process.

The Railers took two out of three contests they played in the showcase and continued their hot start to the season proving they are one of the EHL’s teams to beat. The Railers now stand 5-1-0 after six games. 

Worcester started off the showcase Thursday losing their first game 3-2 to the Walpole Express in a tough battle. The Railers rebounded taking game two with a 7-1 win over the New England Wolves and knocked off the undefeated East Coast Wizards Sunday morning, 2-1, to end the weekend on a high note. 

In Thursday’s game, the Railers started off strong scoring a little over two minutes in the game on a goal by Drew Olivieri (Swampscott, MA) quickly taking a 1-0 lead. 

Colin Roe

Mid-way through the first half, the Railers doubled their lead on a goal by Colin Roe (Hyde Park, MA).

Walpole got on the board shortly after that cutting the Railers lead in half at 21:08 of the first half.

The second half was all the Express as they tied the game at the beginning of the second half on a power play game setting up for a battle the rest of the way. 

With a little over a minute to play in regulation, Walpole took advantage of another penalty by the Railers and cashed in, scoring the winning goal and handing Worcester its first loss of the season. 

The Railers had everything working in game two Friday as they prepared to take on the New England Wolves for the second time this season. 

Damon Dulac

At the end of the first half, the Railers got on the board with two goals. The first a short-handed goal by Roe and the second by Damon Dulac (Mascouche, QUE) to put Worcester on top 2-0.

They kept the offense rolling in the second half in a big way opening the game wide-open scoring five unanswered goals. 

Daniel Schnack (Ringoes, NJ) scored his first of the season to put the Railers up 3-0. Minutes later Roe added his second of the game and third in the last two games making it a 4-0. 

After Dulac’s second of the game made it 5-0, the Wolves got one back. The Railers continued to keep it moving and scored two more late in the second half on goals by Mike DiMascolo (Cranston, RI) and Conor Donovan (Nahant, MA) sending the Railers to their fourth win of the season. 

In their final game of the Showcase on Sunday morning, the Railers were going up against the East Coast Wizards, who came into the game undefeated but they were up for the challenge. 

The game lived up to the hype as the first half remained scoreless as both goalies came up with some keys saves. 

Ben McGlashing

The Railers broke through in the beginning of the second half on a huge power play goal by Ben McGlashing (Arlington, MA) to put the Railers on top 1-0.

Minutes later, they scored again. This time on a goal by Olivieri to give the Railers a huge 2-0 advantage. 

The Wizards cut the lead in half shortly after, but that is all they would get as the Railers would hold on for the huge win. 

In goal, Stefan Kulhanek (Wein, AUT) came up with some huge saves and finished with 24 saves overall. 

It will be a quiet week for the Central Division leading Railers, with only one game on the schedule, a Tuesday morning battle (10:30am) at Tony Kent Arena against the Seahawks Hockey Club.

The Railers JHC teams hosted the first showcase of the season for the EHL and EHLP leagues at the Worcester Ice Center.

Alexis Demopoulos