Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Worcester Derails Jacksonville Icemen with 6-3 Victory

WORCESTER, MA – The Worcester Railers HC (13-19-2-0, 28pts) skated to their third straight victory and their fourth straight game with a point to kick off a four game homestand with a 6-3 win vs. the Jacksonville Icemen (10-18-4-0, 24pts) in front of 2,520 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Icemen will close out the seven-game road stretch on Friday at Atlanta. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m.

Ross Olsson (2-0-2) registered his first-multi goal performance and added a fighting major while Nic Pierog scored his team leading fourteenth score and league leading fourth short-handed tally.

Drew Callin, Shane Walsh, and Barry Almeida also scored for Worcester while Ian Milosz made a career high 40 saves in net for his second win of the season.

Pierre-Luc Mercier scored two goals for Jacksonville while Griffen Outhouse made 21 saves in net for the loss.

Jacksonville would score first for the fifteenth time this season when Mercier (4th) was able to capitalize on a rebound effort on the far side post at 7:43. Jacksonville had three-power plays while Worcester had two but neither team would convert on the man advantage.

The Icemen took a 1-0 lead into the locker-room after 20 minutes of play and Jacksonville led in shots 11-7.

Worcester headed into the second period short-handed and it took just 18 seconds for Pierog (14th) to score his league leading fourth short-handed score of the season coming down on a breakaway firing one past the shoulder of Outhouse to tie the game at 1-1.

After an initial shot from Ben Thomson from the top of the right circle, Outhouse left a juicy rebound at the top of the crease where Callin (7th) back handed one into the back of the net to give the Railers a 2-1 lead at 16:05. Just 64 seconds later the former Jacksonville Icemen, Walsh (11th), found a rebound after the initial point shot from Ivan Chukarov and Walsh blasted it home making it a 3-1 lead which the Railers took to the dressing room through 40 minutes of play.

Olsson (5th) scored two goals in a 17 second span in the third period beginning at 12:40 when he found a loose rebound after a blast from the point by Ryan MacKinnon to give the Railers a 4-2 lead. Olsson (6th) again at 12:57 cashed in on another rebound to give the Railers a three-goal lead.

Mercier (5th) cut the deficit down to 5-3 at 13:20. Barry Almeida (9th) notched an empty net tally to secure the victory for Worcester 6-3.

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