Tuesday notes/Railers Exit Interviews

Texas and Ontario obviously don’t enjoy scoring goals. At this writing, Game 4 is scoreless after two periods, so that’s one goal in the past 94:06. If Texas wins a period tonight, it’ll move on. Edit: Denis Gurianov’s goal and Mike McKenna’s shutout let the Stars win 1-0, finishing off a 3-1 series win.

On the other hand, it’s the 10th anniversary of the longest game in AHL history, so maybe there’s something in the water. (Jason Chaimovitch pointed out you can watch it on YouTube.)

Our Dan Tepfer reports that the Sound Tigers dropped the A-Lot lawsuit against the city.

And RIP, Bob Dorough.


As noted yesterday, spent a few minutes in the Worcester room Monday night annoying a few Railers who’d played in Bridgeport. Didn’t catch all before I had to run (but at least saw Yanick Turcotte on the way out the door; hopefully catch up more with him on the Island in June) but a few, and the results follow as sorta the Exit Interviews We Never Had (with apologies for asking 15 minutes after they were eliminated):


“(We had) a ton of character, resiliency, compete level off the charts.” (Note: sounds kinda familiar.)

“We got a good boost when we had Josh Holmstrom, Eamon McAdam and Kellen Jones come down. … We got a great game from Mike Cornell (who’d been out injured). That guy, he’s a warrior. Compete level off the charts.”


On the power play: “It was a tough game. We didn’t have a lot of good chances. It would’ve been nice to be able to capitalize (on the power play). Their PK did a good job stopping us.”

On his year: “There’s a lot to it this year, kind of being in both spots there. I was kind of, whatever role they needed. I just kind of took it on. I came to the rink every day and did my best to compete daily.”

On the Railers: “This is a hard-working group. To be a part of it was a lot of fun, playing in the playoffs here. It was a lot of fun to be a part of it, a good experience.”


“I’m thankful for the opportunity to come here and play in the playoffs, to get to experience it. It’s tough to talk about right now, especially feeling we had a team that could do some damage. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

EAMON McADAM (in the media scrum: see yesterday for more)

“I think this team has come a long way. … Unfortunately — well, fortunately for myself — I was up when we really turned the corner.”

“They really pulled together as a team. All in all I think it’s as good as a first year as you could expect.”

On fellow Railers goalie Mitch Gillam: “If anyone’s kind of earned a shot at the next level, I’d say him. … He’s an unbelievable goalie. I think all the credit to him. Last game, he’d probably like to have some back, but he comes off (the ice) and he’s the loudest guy cheering for us.”

MIKE CORNELL (who was acting captain with Chris Langkow out)

“It was kind of a unique experience, because in reality we’ve kind of been playing playoff hockey for the last month. It’s kind of a cliche, but we had a lot of ground to make up. With all the coming and going … ‘young, dumb and stupid’ was kind of the best thing for us. We didn’t get too high or too low. We came to the rink every day, and the results took care of themselves.”


On the playoffs with Worcester: “It sucks to lose twice. (In Bridgeport) we don’t make the playoffs, to be a part of both teams, it’s disappointing. I thought we had a good chance, but it didn’t go our way. We came out a little flat. It’s disappointing, for sure.”

On his year: “I’ll go back through it in a couple of weeks and think about what the season was. I thought I did well up there. I enjoyed my time here. They treated us great in Worcester.”

Michael Fornabaio