Eastern Hockey League – EHLP Championship Game: Worcester Railers Roll To First-Ever EHLP League Title

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WORCESTER RAILERS Captains (l to r) Luke Castor, Nolan Tomczyk and Liam Pouliot accept EHLP championship trophy from EHL Commissioner Joe Bertagna and EHLP Associate Commissioner Neil Ravin after 9-2 win over Boston Jr. Rangers

In Saturday’s EHLP championship game, it was a Boston Division Finals rematch between the at-large bid Boston Junior Rangers and top-seeded Railers Junior Hockey Club.

The Railers won the season series between the two teams, two games to one.

This one would be all Railers, as Worcester won its first-ever EHLP championship with a 9-2 win over the Rangers at Providence College’s Schneider Arena, led by a hat trick from captain Nolan Tomczyk and two goals from Brooks Wright.

The Worcester Railers Junior Hockey Club celebrates the program’s first-ever EHLP title after a 9-2 win over the Boston Jr. Rangers.

For the finals it was EHLP Goalie of the Year Chris Gingray getting the nod for Worcester, while for the Rangers it was Luciano Chinappi who has been lights out in Providence.

Not even a minute in to the game the Railers would get their first power play of the day. Wright sent one towards goal that would take a Railers bounce into the net for an early 1-0 lead. Zack Warner-Senee and Aiden Owen would get the helpers.

The Railers fed off the goal and pushed the pace in the early going.. Will Celli rang a one-time blast off the cross bar trying to extend the lead. Carter Amidon would come back the other way on a breakaway against the pace of play, but was denied by the glove of Gingras.

Adam Vorce would throw a shot on goal through a screen in front that Chinappi never saw to extend the Worcester lead to 2-0 just past the ten-minute mark. With 4:15 to go in the first PJ Sweeney would gain O-zone ice and make a cross crease feed to Omer Petrin who potted his first of the postseason to put the Rangers on the scoreboard.

Boston Jr. Rangers defenseman Jacpb Lopes battles the Tailers Thomas Malhouitre during the EHLP championship game won by the Railers, 9-2.

The Railers would answer right back with another first goal of the post season. Aiden Owen threw a pass in front that hit a Ranger stick and bounced home. Liam Pouliot would sit for a hook shortly after the goal and Max Wretsell made the Railers pay with a power play goal, his tenth of post season. Jaymin Rolfe would respond for the Railers, however potting his tenth of the playoffs off a faceoff. After one period of play it was 4-2 Railers.

 Just over a minute in to the middle frame Chris Gingras robbed Harrison Flaacke on a rebound on the doorstep keeping the game at 4-2. The pace slowed down as the grade “A” chances went quiet for a bit.

With 12:22 to go in the second Carter Amidon would make a great move to get free, but his backhand bid was denied by Gingras. The physicality ramped up through the second as bodies were flying around the arena. The pace really slowed down… just past 14 minutes into the middle frame the shots on goal were 4-3 in favor of the Rangers. With under five to go in the period Chinappi made a huge save on a one-time blast from Luke Castor.

In a key moment, the Railers would get a power play goal from Tomczyk late in the second period to extend the lead to 5-2 heading to the third.

The Railers wasted no time taking control in the third.

Zack Warner-Senee stayed red hot firing one off the post and in. Wright was called for a rough a few minutes after the Warner-Senee goal. The Railers penalty kill would go to work. Tomczyk was sprung free on a breakaway and scored short-handed.

It was back to the kill for Worcester, and they once again got the job done behind a couple of saves from Gingras. Tomczyk and Wright would each bury one more late in the third for the 9-2 final.

Zack Warner-Senee was named MVP of the Tournament with 12 points, an EHLP Record! Tomczyk had high praise for Zack

“He is a great player, no surprise he broke the record.”

Head Coach John Fine-Lease knew he had a special group from the start. “This is an unbelievable feeling, these guys worked so hard for this all year.”

Danny Ferri, head coach of the Rangers was proud of his group and their effort all season long. “It’s tough to see the guys who give everything like that.”

** Story by Mikey Basile

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