Lavallee-S Mothertman scores hat trick as Railers beat Mariners

WORCESTER, MA – These Railers-Mariners matches are so intense that the fans leaving the field are as tired as the players.

Saturday night is a case in point. Worcester beat Maine, 4-2, as Worcester captain Jordan Lavallee-Madam scored a hat-trick, the final goal going into an empty net. The team has played seven times this season and has four hat-tricks, three by the Mariners.

“We dropped three of the three games in their building,” says Lavallee-S Mothertman. “I feel like we owe them one.”

Though not credited with an assist, the captain helped credit Teddy Bear Toss after Brent Beaudoin scored the first goal of the game at 8:17 in the first half.

That first period was one of the best the Railers have played all season, the best at DCU Center. They beat Maine, 3-0, and overcame the visitors, 20-1, the Mariners’ first shot coming with 13 seconds left in the first half. Lavallee-S Mothertman had two goals behind Beaudoin’s.

The rest of the game was completely different as Maine scored twice in the second half – Jake Bricknell and Andrew Romano – and the Railers played hockey dangling for most of the final 40 minutes.

Coach David Cunniff said: “We didn’t handle the success well. “We didn’t play properly. The boys started trying to get the scoreboard instead of worrying about playing properly. We played really well in the first period – why did you change it? ”

Beyond the scores, Saturday’s game was a historic one, for both the Railers and the league. Laura Schmidlein made her debut as an ECHL athlete, the first official female in the tournament’s history.

She was recognized in the second half and received a standing ovation from the crowd, then finally gave everyone a wave after some urging from the players.

“I didn’t expect that. That’s great,” she said, “if you’re an official, you don’t want to be in the limelight. The players told me to give the crowd a wave. I didn’t even know it was happening.

“I was very worried. Is it different? I was calmer than I thought and in a really great way. My crew was amazing and so I got in – OK, this is a hockey game and I know how to skate a hockey game – sooner than I thought. ”

The head of ECHL officials, Stephen Thomson, watched the game from the press box and praised Schmidlein.

“Honestly, first impressions are guts,” he said. “All the weight was on her shoulders, the pressure she felt. It is not uncommon for officials to reach out to the media and she handled it all professionally and courageously.”

Lavalle-Sesyman’s hat-trick was only the fifth hat-trick in Railers history including the playoffs, the second hat-trick at the DCU Center. Most of the 5,060 spectators breathed a sigh of relief as Maine put pressure on Worcester’s rookie goalkeeper Jim Poreda.

“I think we thought it was going to be an easy game and they took advantage of it,” Lavallee-S Mothertman said.

The game is the first in the second quarter of the season. Railers are 7-10-1 for 15 points. Although the record was not good, this was the second best half in the four seasons that Worcester played. The best record was in the first season, 2017-18, when it was 8-7-3 for 19 points.

The roster continues unabated. The Railers released Ryan Cloonan after one game; Islanders return veteran Paul Thompson from Bridgeport; goalkeeper Corbin Kaczperski, who was signed to replace Colten Ellis when he arrived in Springfield, returned from a quick loan spell to Utica; guard Charlie Spetz was signed by Springfield; and 20-year-old rookie striker Reece Newkirk on loan from Bridgeport.

Worcester’s starting keeper, Poreda, was signed ahead of Friday night’s game in Springfield as Ken Appleby remains on the Covid list.

Both teams are understaffed. Railers go with 11 strikers and 5 defenders while Maine has only 15 players in uniform including 5 defenders. Worcester is without striker Grant Jozefek and defender Myles McGurty.

It was a set of circumstances that led to what had to be professional hockey first – Holden versus Holden on defense. Of course, the Mariners had Connor Doherty and Robert Roche, the native who had just signed with Holden, dressed for his second game for the Railers, the first at the DCU Center.

The Railers won’t play again until December 17 when they open three of their three-day weekend in Reading. It is the beginning of a period in which Worcester is expected to play Royal 11 times in 14 games, seven of which are en route.

Worcester’s next home game is against Maine on December 26.

CLOTHING: The special occasion jersey, auctioned for the Shine Initiative, has a Patriots theme and is arguably the best shirt in Worcester pro hockey history… Referee… is Sam Heidemann for the third game in a row. So is life in the Covid world… Poreda has the number 30, the first Railers player to have that number… The Railers have only four right-handers out of their 16 skaters… Newkirk, who has two assists ​, from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan , was only the third native of that province to play for the Railers… A shot on target allowed in the first game tied the Railers record for the fewest shots allowed over a period of time. … Callum Booth started against Maine and left the game due to injury in the second period, Jeremy Brodeur taking over.

Summary courtesy of Bill Ballou / Worcester Telegram & Gazette via Worcester Railers

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