If there’s nothing like home cooking, the Worcester Railers could use one heck of a good meal when they return to the DCU Center next week.
The Railers (4-9-0) dropped their fourth straight game – and eighth in their last nine – in an 8-3 loss on the road to the Brampton Beast (9-6-0) on Sunday in a game that saw the Beast jump out to an early lead en route to their fourth win in as many meetings with Worcester this year.
First-year Railers goalie Jakub Skarek struggled mightily, yielding four goals on 12 shots before being replaced by backup Evan Buitenhuis for the final two periods.
Brampton took a 2-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game on goals by David Pacan and Francois Beauchemin. The Railers’ Ross Olsson put his team on the board at 4:19 on a feed from JD Dudek to beat goalie Joey Daccord (22 saves on 25 shots), but the Beast got their two-goal lead back at 17:14 on a Daniel Leavens goal, making it 3-1 Brampton.
The lead increased to 4-1 with just 14 seconds left in the first, when David Vallorani fired one in from the left circle.
The Beast went up 5-1 at 6:44 of the second period on Beauchemin’s second goal of the game. Vallorani made it 6-1 with his second score of the game.
Bo Brauer made it 6-2, to close the gap a bit, on goal with less than a minute to go in the middle frame. After the period, Railers assistant coach Derek Army and Beast head coach Spiros Anastas got into a beef, which ultimately yielded the ejection of Worcester’s Yanick Turcotte.
The Railers scored again at 15:42 or the third and final period on a Jordan Samuels-Thomas goal, to make it 6-3. That was all she wrote for the Railers in this one.
Beauchemin finished off the hat trick on a score with 63 seconds left, while Rob Mann added a late goal for the final, 8-3, margin.
While Sunday’s loss was their fourth straight, it was also the Railers eighth defeat in nine games. They have been outscored 47-20 in that span.
Worcester returns home Sunday, Nov. 24 to take on the Adirondack Thunder at the DCU Center for the team’s first Kids Giveaway Sunday. The first 1,000 kids 12 and under will receive a Worcester Railers blue jersey courtesy of Energy Monster.