Eastern Hockey League – EHLP Frozen Finals: Worcester Railers Rally From 2 Goals Down To Defeat NJ 87s, Stay Unbeaten In Round-Robin Play

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The Worcester Railers Junior Hockey Club is one step closer to Championship Saturday, earning their second win of the EHLP Frozen Finals, downing the second-seeded New Jersey 87s 6-4.

Worcester trailed 4-3 entering the third period, but put it away with three goals in the final stanza to seal the win.

It was Frankie Smith getting the start again in goal for New Jersey, and Chris Gingras, the EHLP Goalie of the Year, getting the nod  for the Railers.

It did not take long for the Railers to strike, and just like yesterday it was Jaymin Rolfe opening up the scoring. Nolan Tomczyk and Luke Castor, a couple of captains for the Railers would grab the assists. The response would come in the form of Nik Shoats for the 87’s, firing one home from the slot. Nick Hunter flipped it in to space, and Shoats made no mistake for his second of the post season. Both teams did a good job of limiting high danger chances in the opening 20 minutes. After one period of play it was 1-1. Smith stopped six of seven Worcester shots in the first, while Gingras had five saves.

Much like the first, it did not take long for the first goal of the middle frame. This time it was the 87’s potting the first goal of the period and taking their first lead of the day at 2-1.

Darren Tucker of the Worcester Railers JHC looks to break up Gabriel Santamaria of the New Jersey 87s. Railers rallied for 6-4 win to improve to 2-0 in round robin play.

Ivan Borisov scored just over three minutes in to the period. Less than a minute later it was Rolfe scoring his second of the day to level the playing field. The scoring didn’t stop there, Borisov would soon score his second of the day. Liam Pouliot would head to the box at 6:50 of the second period, and Shoats would pot his second of the day on a great feed from Ayden Georgiano to put New Jersey ahead 4-2.

The 87’s would head to their second power play of the day late in the second. The Railers would kill it off and shortly after cut in to the lead on a breakaway beauty from Zack Warner–Senee. A five goal second would come to an end with New Jersey leading 4-3.

There was a feeling the goal scoring wouldn’t stop in this one. About five minutes into the third period Brooks Wright hopped on a loose puck in front of the net and tied things at 4-4.

The goaltenders would slow down the scoring for quite some time. Chris Gingras made a phenomenal stop on Robert Calice in the slot with 7:40 to go. Just 37 seconds later Will Celli pulled a faceoff back to Sonny Arsenault who made no mistake firing it home, and the Railers jumped ahead, 5-4.

Gingras would shut the door the rest of the way and Warner-Senee would hit the empty net to secure a 6-4 win.  The Railers improve to 2-0 in round robin play, and the 87’s fall to 0-2.

“We started off a little slow, but still had no doubt we could come back in the third,” said Railers head coach John Fine Lease.

Rolfe had two goals and credited his linemates for his success.

“Our line played great, it’s easy to create with that much skill around you,” he said.

** Story by Mikey Basile

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