The third time proved to be no charm for the Railers Thursday night, as they fell once again to the Brampton Beast, this time at home on College Night in a 5-2 loss.
The two teams will meet for the fourth time this year on Sunday in Ontario.
Lindsay Sparks, David Pacan, Jackson Leef, Daniel Leavens and David Vallorani all scored for the Beast (8-5-0), while goalie Alex Dubeau stopped 24 shots to pick up his fourth win of the season.
The Railers (4-8-0), meanwhile, got goals from Barry Almeida and Cody Paine. Goalie Jakub Skarek, who had been on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, posted 16 saves for Worcester.
In a game that saw Kyle Thomas receive a five-minute major and game misconduct, the Railers got on the scoreboard first on a shorthanded goal by Almeida with just 7 seconds left in the first period for a 1-0 lead.
The Beast took a lead in the second on two power play goals: one from Sparks at 2:53, the other just 58 seconds later from Pacan at 3:51. Down, 2-1, the Railers tied things up on Payne’s score at 5:39.
That, as they say, was that for scoring on the night for the Railers, who couldn’t capitalize on a power play just 75 seconds into the final frame. In fact, Brampton scored the short-handed goal on a turnover, with leaf finishing it off for a 3-2 lead. Leavens, who had been in the penalty box for the Beast, came out and scored quickly, with a shot at 8:44 for a 4-2 Brampton lead. Capping things off was Vallorani, who guided a back-hand shot through Skarek for the final, 5-2, score.
The story of the night for Worcester was its futility on the power play (0-for-seven). They out-shot the Best, 26-21, but couldn’t beat them where it counts – on the scoreboard.
The two rivals meet again Sunday. One week later, Sunday, Nov. 24, the Railers return home to host the Adirondack Thunder at 1:35 for the first Kids Giveaway Sunday of the season. The first 1,000 children 12 and under will receive a Railers blue jersey.