The Worcester Railers returned to New England to finish off a road stretch with the first of two weekend games on Friday. Railers took on their North Division rivals, the Manchester Monarchs for the tenth time this season, in a very close and entertaining matchup.

Manchester the first and their only goal of the game early in the first period, with Spencer Watson slipping the puck past goalie Mitch Gillam from the right side just under six minutes into the game. Railers’ Barry Almeida tied it up later in the period with a set up pass from Kellen Jones, which found its way past Monarchs’ netminder Charles Williams and into the corner of the net. After the first period it was tied with one goal a piece and Worcester leading in shots 13-9.

For the second and third period, neither team could find the back of the net to take the lead or secure the win. Monarchs outshot the Railers at the end of the second period, 10-6, and again at the end of the third, 10-9. The game went into overtime thanks to several great saves from both Charles Williams and Mitch Gillam.

Both teams made just two shots on goal in the overtime period before Matt Lane put the game away at 3:44 into the period. On a rush from the left side, Lane scored the game-winning goal that was too quick for Charles Williams. Lane’s game-winning goal was the first overtime goal in Railers’ history.
Friday night’s overtime win leaves the Railers with a 3-2 record on the six game road stretch. Railers will wrap-up the stretch with a game against Monarchs again on Saturday, puck drops at 6 PM.

RAILERS NOTES

Scratches for the Railers were Brian Bowen, Connor Doherty, Sean Gammage, Matt Gaudreau (21-day IR/foot), Josh Monk (21-day IR/undisclosed), and Ashton Rome (undisclosed injury). Eamon McAdam was dressed as the backup goaltender for Worcester.

Ashton Rome was placed on reserve on Friday, which was later revealed to be due to an injury. Rome was not dressed on Friday and isn’t expected to dress for Saturday’s game either. The extent of his injuries aren’t known at this time, but given that Rome has been on the ice far longer than any other player, it was only a matter of time before he needed a few games off. Chris Langkow wore the Captain’s ‘C’ in his place for Friday’s game and will for Saturday’s game. Kellen Jones and Mike Cornell have and will wear the alternate ‘A’s.
Sean Gammage was placed on reserve Friday for undisclosed reasons. Gammage did not dress for the game on Friday, either.

Mike Cornell was reassigned to Worcester on Friday. Cornell racked up an assist and was on the ice for both of the Railers goals. Cornell is expected to play in Saturday’s game and will return to Bridgeport before they go on the road next week. Bridgeport is currently playing with 6 active defensemen, which is something to keep an eye on.

Railers announced the signing of forward Brain Bowen on Thursday. Bowen joins the Railers after spending the last three seasons at the University of Vermont. Bowen was a healthy scratch for the Railers for Friday’s game, but travelled with the team to Manchester.

With a goal in Friday’s game, Barry Almeida has scored his eighth goal in nine games. Almeida is currently tied with Patrick McNally for second place in points for the Railers this season with 24. Chris Langkow is the current leader with 25.

The ECHL announced on Friday that Woody Hudson will participate in the All-Star Game’s hardest shot competition during the festivities next week. In addition, former Railer Willie Raskob will participate in the competition.
Manchester’s Colton Saucerman was assessed a ‘Illegal Check to the Head’ penalty in the second period. Supplementary discipline can be applied by the League Office at its discretion, which is something to keep an eye on if it is reviewed before Saturday’s game.

The three stars of the game were
1) Matt Lane (Worcester #10) – 1 GWG
2) Spencer Watson (Manchester #21) – 1 Goal
3) Matt Schmalz (Manchester #19) – 2 Shots, -2 Rating

The TWIW Player of the Game was Barry Almeida, who scored the Railers’ first goal.

BOX SCORE
Worcester Railers 2 (OT) at Manchester Monarchs 1 – Status: Final OT
Friday, January 12, 2018 – SNHU Arena
Worcester 1 0 0 1 – 2
Manchester 1 0 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Manchester, Watson 4 (Buckles, Marcinew), 5:50. 2, Worcester, Almeida 10 (Jones), 17:04. Penalties-Doherty Man (tripping), 11:44; Langkow Wor (slashing), 12:15; Iverson Man (boarding), 18:02.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Saucerman Man (illegal check to head), 0:36; served by Nemcik Man (bench – too many men), 11:11; Turcotte Wor (boarding), 19:29.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Lane Wor (tripping), 2:34.
OT Period-3, Worcester, Lane 3 (Cornell), 3:44. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Worcester 13-6-9-3-31. Manchester 9-10-10-2-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 4; Manchester 0 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 7-7-0-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Manchester, Williams 13-6-3-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-1,498
Referees-Andrew Bruggeman (25).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), AJ Potvin (78).

Playing in their fourth road game out of their last six, the Worcester Railers were thirsty for a win. Wednesday’s game was even through the first two periods, but Railers were unable to regain a lead in the third period.

It’s reached the point in the season where every every point earned from a win, overtime loss, or shootout can go a long way, especially against division rivals. With Wednesday’s 4-2 loss, the Railers are now ranked 5th in the North Division with 33 points (14-15-3-2), trailing behind the Wheeling Nailers in the division’s last playoff spot with 41 points (19-15-3-0).

Kellen Jones put the Railers on the board in the first after a deflected shot from Chris Langkow, Jones was able to tap it into the net behind netminder John Muse. Reading tied it up with a pass setup behind goalie Eamon McAdam. After the opening 20 minutes, the game was tied at one a piece. Royals outshot the Railers 13 to eight.

Barry Almeida put the Railers up in the second, scoring his ninth of the season on a breakaway from center ice. Royals bounced back with a second one-timed setup from behind the Railers net. At the end of the second, the game was tied at 2. Royals led in shots at the end of the period with 11 to 5.
Royals’ Alex Krushelnyski gave the Royals’ their first lead of the night with 9:19 remaining in the game. With what initially looked like an off-sides play, Royals’ Brian Morgan snuck the puck into the Railers’ zone off a pass from Vinny Muto’s skate and back to Krushelnyski, where the puck reached the net with a shot just under the crossbar. Royals extended their lead with an empty net goal from former Worcester Shark Matt Willows with seven seconds remaining in the game. Railers made just 21 shots on goal, compared to Reading’s 33 shots.

With the road trip more than halfway done, the Railers will return to Worcester overnight. Railers will play again on Friday on the road against the Manchester Monarchs, with a puck drop at 7 PM.

RAILERS NOTES

Scratches for the Railers were Sean Gammage, Matt Gaudreau (21-day IR/foot), Josh Monk (21-day IR/undisclosed), and TJ Syner. Mitch Gillam was dressed as the backup goaltender for Worcester.

Chris Langkow was released from his PTO with the Hartford Wolf Pack and returned to the Worcester Railers this week. Playing in five games with the Pack, Langkow scored 1 goal and was credited with an assist. Langkow played in Wednesday’s game and picked up an assist on Kellen Jones’ goal.

Mike Cornell was a healthy scratch for Bridgeport’s game on Wednesday. Cornell has played in just one game since his recall on New Years day, and has been scratched for three of Bridgeport’s four games since being recalled. His lack of play time on his recall could indicate that he will be reassigned to Worcester in the coming days.

The three stars of the game were
1) Alex Krushelnyski (Reading #13) – 1 Goal
2) Chris McCarthy (Reading #3) – 1 Goal
3) Barry Almeida (Worcester #19) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

The TWIW Player of the Game was Kellen Jones.

BOX SCORE
Worcester Railers 2 at Reading Royals 4 – Status: Final
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – Santander Arena
Worcester 1 1 0 – 2
Reading 1 1 2 – 4
1st Period-1, Worcester, Jones 8 (Langkow, Almeida), 7:11. 2, Reading, Zajac 8 (Willows), 16:49. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-3, Worcester, Almeida 9 7:02. 4, Reading, McCarthy 12 (Wilkins), 15:38. Penalties-Muto Wor (slashing), 1:33; served by McCarthy Rea (bench – too many men), 9:02.
3rd Period-5, Reading, Krushelnyski 11 (Morgan, Hora), 10:41. 6, Reading, Willows 13 (Huntebrinker), 19:53 (EN). Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Worcester 8-5-8-21. Reading 13-11-9-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 1; Reading 0 / 0.
Goalies-Worcester, McAdam 8-8-3-2 (32 shots-29 saves). Reading, Muse 12-3-1-0 (21 shots-19 saves).
A-2,051
Referees-Andrew Bruggeman (25).
Linesmen-Judson Ritter (70), JP Waleski (51).

The Worcester Railers and Royals met for the eighth of fourteen meetings this season on Sunday. Railers came into the riding on winning momentum from Saturday’s win over Reading and Friday’s shootout win over Adirondack.

For the first 20 minutes it was all Reading, taking an early lead on the powerplay at 1:18 with Royals’ Chris McCarthy finding net from the left circle. Royals’ Ryan Penny extended their lead to two with 68 seconds remaining in the first, scoring off a bounced puck and a shot past Railers’ goalie Mitch Gillam. Royals outscored and outshot the Railers after 20 minutes, 2-0 with shots 13-5.

Railers looked to bounce back in the second period, outshooting the Royals 14-13. At the end of the period the Railers were unable to find the back of the net and fortunately the Royals couldn’t either. Reading held their 2-0 lead in goals and in shots 26-19 after 40 minutes.

Royals extended their lead to three goals with 14:50 remaining in the third period, with Royals’ Ryan Penny scored his second of the game and what would be the final goal scored. After 60, shots were tied at 28 a piece with the Railers making nine shots on goal with Reading making just two shots on Mitch Gillam in the third period.

With Sunday’s loss, the Railers fall back to .500 (14-14-3-2) on the season. They will stay in Reading with the next two days off for rest before facing-off against the Royals again on Wednesday, with a puck drop at 7 PM.

RAILERS NOTES
Scratches for the Railers were Sean Gammage (healthy), Matt Gaudreau (21-day IR/foot), Josh Monk (21-day IR/undisclosed). Eamon McAdam was dressed as the back-up goaltender for Worcester.

Railers played in their first 4 games in 5 days series, going 2-2-1 in those games.
Brock Beukeboom made his debut for the Railers on Sunday. Beukeboom had two shots on goal and was not on the ice for any of Reading’s goals. Beukeboom wore number 41.
Chris Langkow was in the lineup for the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday, racking up a single shot in Hartford’s 5-1 loss to Utica.
Former Worcester Sharks and Holy Cross College forward Adam Schmidt was a scratch again for Reading. Schmidt has not played since December 30th, suffering an injury in an incident with defenseman Mike Bergin of the Adirondack Thunder.

With a shutout loss on Sunday, it is the second time this season the Railers have been shutout, and is the second shutout loss in the last seven games. (December 23 vs Adirondack). It is the first time they have been shutout on the road.

The three stars of the game were

1) John Muse (Reading #1) – Shutout, 28 saves
2) Ryan Penny (Reading #9) – 2 goals
3) Chris McCarthy (Reading #3) – 1 goal
The TWIW Player of the Game was TJ Syner.

BOX SCORE
Worcester Railers 0 at Reading Royals 3 – Status: Final
Sunday, January 7, 2018 – Santander Arena

Worcester 0 0 0 – 0
Reading 2 0 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Reading, McCarthy 11 (Willows, Luukko), 1:18 (PP). 2, Reading, Penny 11 (Tanski), 18:52. Penalties-Rome Wor (interference), 0:59; Cleland Rea (tripping), 5:07; Hudson Wor (roughing), 7:20.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Turcotte Wor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:30; Kubiak Wor (roughing), 6:38; de Haas Rea (slashing), 6:38.

3rd Period-3, Reading, Penny 12 (Naclerio), 5:10. Penalties-Wilkins Rea (holding), 16:26.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 5-14-9-28. Reading 13-13-2-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 2; Reading 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 6-7-0-0 (28 shots-25 saves). Reading, Muse 11-3-1-0 (28 shots-28 saves).
A-3,042
Referees-Mike Sheehan (11).
Linesmen-Judson Ritter (70), JP Waleski (51).

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers played their first game of the 2018 on Wednesday against the Reading Royals.

The Railers outshot the Reading Royals in the first period, 10-6. The team took a bench minor with too many men on the ice during the period with both teams managing to keep the goal out of both nets and going 0-For-1 on the power play. At the end of the first 20 minutes the game was scoreless.

Reading scored the game’s first goal shorthanded, with Matias de Haas scoring off his rebounded shot past goaltender Eamon McAdam. Railers were given a controversial power play late in the period, as Kellen Jones took a high-stick to the face, drawing blood. This missed call from the referee gave the Railers a two minute power play which should’ve been a four minute double minor. Royals made an impressive effort in the second period, outscoring the Railers 1-0 and outshooting the Railers 17-8.

With the extra attacker on, the Railers jumped back late in the third period as Woody Hudson scored his eleventh goal of the season past a crowded Royals net with 51.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Worcester outshot Reading 29-25 in three periods of play.

Heading into overtime Railers’ Ashton Rome, Nick Saracino, and Jeff Kubiak all had chances to score but Royals netminder John Muse denying each shot. Former Worcester Shark Matt Willows scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway, deflecting off the posts and past the goal line.

The Worcester Railers will travel to Glens Falls, New York Thursday morning when the ‘bomb cyclone’ hits Massachusetts. They will face the Adirondack Thunder in the first of six road games on Friday, with a puck drop at 7 PM.

Railers Notes

Scratches for Wednesday’s game were Matthew Gaudreau (injury), Josh Monk (injury), and Curt Gogol (travel).

Justin Hamonic wore one of the alternate captain patches in Wednesday night’s game. It is the first time this season that Hamonic has worn the “A”, becoming the fourth player in Railers history to wear the letter.

Railers signed defenseman Vinny Muto to contact on Tuesday. Muto joins the Railers after playing for the Macon Mayhem of the SPHL this season. In 18 games, Muto scored 2 goals and 9 assists while keeping up a +7 rating. Muto, along with new signee Sean Gammage, did not score in their Railers debuts and both had one shot on goal during the game.

Defenseman Patrick McNally left the Worcester Railers on Tuesday to join Leksands IF of the Hockeyallsvenskan league in Sweden. McNally led all ECHL defenseman in goals at the time of his departure with 12 goals on the season. He also led all Railers players in goals was tied for first in points scored, accruing 24 along with Chris Langkow.

Railers traded Wade Murphy to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Tuesday in exchange for forward Curt Gogol. Gogol played three seasons with the Worcester Sharks, playing in 131 games, scoring 13 goals and seven assists. He is ranked tenth all-time n the Worcester penalty minutes list with 455 minutes. Gogol returns to Worcester after playing in 27 games for Greenville and is expected to join the team by Friday.

Chris Langkow is still signed to his PTO with the Hartford Wolf Pack, racking up a single assist in two games.

Mike Cornell is still on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Cornell was a healthy scratch in Bridgeport’s 3-2 Overtime loss on Wednesday.

With an assist on the only goal scored in Wednesday’s game, Kellen Jones extended his point streak to four points in four games.

The listed attendance of Wednesday’s game was 2204, which is now the lowest attendance for a Worcester Railers home game.

The three stars of the game were:

1) Matt Willows (Reading #90) – Game Winning Goal

2) John Muse (Reading #1) – 32 Saves, 1 GAA

3) Woody Hudson (Worcester #23) – 1 Goal

The TWIW Player of the Game was Kellen Jones with an assist on the Railers’ lone goal.

Even Strength Line

DiChiara/Kubiak/Hudson

Jones/Rome/Almeida

Saracino.Lane/Syner

Turcotte

McKenzie/Hamonic

Masella/Muto

Doherty/Gammage

Box Score

Reading Royals 2 (OT) at Worcester Railers 1 – Status: Final OT

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – DCU Center

Reading 0 1 0 1 – 2

Worcester 0 0 1 0 – 1

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Penny Rea (tripping), 0:45; served by Turcotte Wor (bench – too many men), 5:52.

2nd Period-1, Reading, de Haas 1 (Naclerio), 7:21 (SH). Penalties-Hora Rea (holding), 6:15; Rome Wor (hooking), 7:51; Naclerio Rea (high-sticking), 18:54.

3rd Period-2, Worcester, Hudson 11 (Jones), 19:08. Penalties-Lane Wor (tripping), 1:57; Morgan Rea (tripping), 6:00; Kubiak Wor (holding the stick), 7:30; served by Saracino Wor (bench – too many men), 13:10.

OT Period-3, Reading, Willows 12 (de Haas), 2:40. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Reading 6-17-3-2-28. Worcester 10-8-12-3-33.

Power Play Opportunities-Reading 0 / 5; Worcester 0 / 4.

Goalies-Reading, Muse 9-3-1-0 (33 shots-32 saves). Worcester, McAdam 7-7-3-2 (28 shots-26 saves).

A-2,204

Referees-Alex Normandin (26).

Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Nathan Frechette (30).

The Worcester Railers took the trip to Manchester for their final game of 2017 against the Monarchs on Sunday.

As these games pass, the frustration from players becomes more and more evident. From scoring too few goals, poor puck control, too many turnovers, breakaways, and questionable calls are what seem to be the common denominator when looking into a Railers loss.

Sunday’s game started off tough for the Railers, with Manchester dominating in the shots department, outshooting Worcester 14-7. To the luck of the Railers’ defense, Gillam was on top of his game, stopping every puck that came his way. The game was scoreless after the first twenty minutes.

Worcester came out strong to begin the second period. Nick Saracino scored his third goal of the season, off a rebounded shot from Kellen Jones which he tapped past netminder Charles Williams. Manchester returned the favor with goal on a one-timer by Michael Doherty from the right circle. During the same play, Nick Saracino took a shot to the leg in the Worcester zone and struggled to get back to the Railers bench, giving Manchester the advantage allowing for an easier goal. Saracino returned to the game later in the period. Manchester took their first lead of the night two minutes later with a goal from Zac Lynch, off a rebounded shot in front of the Railers net. With Railers trailed 2-1 at the end of the second but outshot the Monarchs 13-9.

The third period was where the Railers became frustrated and the tone of the game took a dive off the deep end. McNally tied the game up with a shot from the right side of the net with an audible ding from the goal post and in with just over 7 minutes remaining in the period. With the game feeling like it would go into overtime, Monarchs were able to score with just 26 seconds remaining in the period with a controversial no-call where the Railers thought the play was off-sides. With an empty net and eight seconds remaining, the Monarchs scored another goal and finished the year with a 4-2 victory over the Railers.

Railers’ Patrick McNally was issued a misconduct with eight seconds in the game, as water bottles were thrown onto the ice in frustration with the supposed “no-call” on the off-sides play that resulted in the Monarchs third goal.

The Railers close out the year going 12-13-2-2 with 28 points on the season. They will go into 2018 facing the Reading Royals on January 3.

Railers Notes

Scratches were Matthew Gaudreau (injury), Josh Monk (injury), and Barry Almeida (Injury).

Railers signed defenseman Sean Gammage to contract on Sunday. Gammage has played 21 games for the Birmingham Bulls of the SPHL this season, scoring five points so far this season. Gammage did not play in Sunday’s game due to travel and is expected to join the team in Worcester on Monday. He has yet to be assigned a number by the team.

Railers wore their white jerseys on the road as the Monarchs wore ‘tuxedo’ specialty jerseys in honor of New Years Eve. Railers will begin wearing their blue jerseys at home and white jerseys at away games starting January 19.

With a goal tonight, Patrick McNally extends his lead on all ECHL Defenseman with 12 goals.

The three stars of the game were:
1) Matt Schmalz (Manchester #25) – 1 Goal
2) Michael Doherty (Manchester #24) – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
3) Zac Lynch (Manchester #16) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
The TWIW Player of the Game was Ashton Rome with assists on both Railers goals.

Even Strength Lines

Saracino/Rome/Jones
Hudson/Syner/Kubiak
Murphy/Lane/DiChiara
Turcotte
McNally/Cornell
McKenzie/Hamonic
Masella/Doherty
Gillam
McAdam
Box Score
Worcester Railers 2 at Manchester Monarchs 4 – Status: Final
Sunday, December 31, 2017 – SNHU Arena
Worcester 0 1 1 – 2
Manchester 0 2 2 – 4
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-1, Worcester, Saracino 3 (Jones, Rome), 2:31. 2, Manchester, Doherty 7 (Privitera, Kolomatis), 11:00. 3, Manchester, Lynch 16 (Doherty, Kurker), 13:23. Penalties-No Penalties
3rd Period-4, Worcester, McNally 12 (Masella, Rome), 12:51. 5, Manchester, Schmalz 9 (LaVallee-Smotherman, Wyszomirski), 19:34. 6, Manchester, Doherty 8 (Lynch, Wyszomirski), 19:52 (EN). Penalties-McNally Wor (high-sticking), 2:34; Rome Wor (tripping), 5:07; Lane Wor (slashing), 11:47; Watson Man (slashing), 11:47; McNally Wor (misconduct), 19:52.
Shots on Goal-Worcester 7-13-5-25. Manchester 14-9-16-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 0; Manchester 0 / 2.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 5-6-0-0 (38 shots-35 saves). Manchester, Williams 13-5-1-0 (25 shots-23 saves).
A-4,672
Referees-Steven Rouillard (13).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Dan Panciocco (59).

For the first time this season, the Worcester Railers took the seven hour bus trip to Reading, Pennsylvania to take on the Reading Royals. Coming off the Christmas Break and five straight losses, the Reading Royals brought their A game and were ready to avenge their 1-0 shutout loss from last Thursday.

Reading got on the board early which set the tone for the rest of the game. Michael Huntebrinker scored a power play goal at 4:28 and Jimmy DeVito scored the Royals’ second goal at 4:35. The two goals in seven seconds are the fastest that two goals have ever been scored against the Railers. The Royals continued their lead with a third goal from Chris McCarthy at 11:06. Woody Hudson scored his eighth goal of the season with a shot going five-hole past netminder John Muse. Railers trailed 3-1 at the end of the first and were outshot 14-12.

Former Worcester Shark and Holy Cross Graduate Adam Schmidt extended the Royals’ lead with a short-handed goal on a breakaway, scoring top-shelf past goaltender Eamon McAdam at 2:07. Worcester showed some promise with a goal from Jeff Kubiak at 13:25, however the Royals’ Nolan Zajac made a quick retaliation thirty seconds later to give the Royals a 5-2 lead.

Mitch Gillam came into the game to start the third period. It is the first time in the Railers’ season (and franchise) history that a goaltender has been replaced mid-game. Gillam’s relief came too late in the game to change the momentum for the Railers. Another Former Shark, Matt Willows, scored the game’s final goal mid-way through the third period.

The Railers’ 6-2 loss is their 11th regulation loss of the season. Their point percentage is now 0.519, the lowest in the North Division and 17th overall in the league. The six goals allowed in Thursday’s game is the most the Railers have allowed in a single game.

Railers will return to Worcester early on Friday morning and will take on the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, puck drops at 7 PM.

Railers Notes

Scratches for Thursday’s game were: Matt Gaudreau (injury), Josh Monk (injury), and TJ Syner.

Railers forward Chris Langkow signed a PTO with the Hartford Wolf Pack on Thursday morning. Langkow traveled with the Railers to Reading and will meet with his new team on the road in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

With Chris Langkow off the roster for the foreseeable future, Kellen Jones will continue to wear the second “A” as he has for a majority of the season when one of the alternate captains is unavailable.

Reading’s Adam Comrie, who is a former Worcester Shark, signed a PTO with the Utica Comets on Wednesday and was not in the lineup for the Royals.

Railers wore their home white jerseys on the road for the second time this season. Reading wore a specialty jersey inspired with Philadelphia Flyers colors. Railers will begin wearing their white jerseys on the road for the rest of the season beginning on January 19.

Even Strength Lines

Jones-Rome-Almeida
DiChiara-Kubiak-Hudson
Saracino-Lane-Murphy
Turcotte

Masella-Cornell
McNally-Hamonic
McKenzie-Doherty

McAdam
Gillam

The three stars of the game were:

Matt Willows (Reading #90) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Chris McCarthy (Reading #3) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Jimmy DeVito (Reading #23) – 1 Goal

The TWIW Player of the Game is Kellen Jones.

Box Score

Worcester Railers 2 at Reading Royals 6 – Status: Unofficial Final
Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Santander Arena

Worcester 1 1 0 – 2
Reading 3 2 1 – 6

1st Period-1, Reading, Huntebrinker 8 (Willows, McCarthy), 4:28 (PP). 2, Reading, DeVito 7 (Penny, Hora), 4:35. 3, Reading, McCarthy 8 (Willows, Hora), 11:06. 4, Worcester, Hudson 8 (Rome, Almeida), 17:03. Penalties-Murphy Wor (interference), 3:10; Cornell Wor (tripping), 14:34; Hora Rea (hooking), 17:47.

2nd Period-5, Reading, Schmidt 6 (Luukko), 2:07 (SH). 6, Worcester, Kubiak 3 (Murphy, Jones), 13:25. 7, Reading, Zajac 7 (Naclerio, Penny), 13:55. Penalties-Tanski Rea (holding), 1:50; Almeida Wor (hooking), 2:42.

3rd Period-8, Reading, Willows 11 (Schmidt), 8:03. Penalties-McCarthy Rea (hooking), 1:05; Zajac Rea (tripping), 18:54.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 12-13-14-39. Reading 14-9-7-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Reading 1 / 3.
Goalies-Worcester, McAdam 7-6-2-2 (23 shots-18 saves); Gillam 5-5-0-0 (7 shots-6 saves). Reading, Muse 7-3-1-0 (39 shots-37 saves).
A-4,093
Referees-Peter Schlittenhardt (23).
Linesmen-Judson Ritter (70), JP Waleski (51).

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers looked to extend their win streak to three games in Wednesday night’s tilt against the Reading Royals. Reading traveled to Worcester after two tough home losses to Adirondack and Wheeling. Worcester came into the game off two consecutive wins over the Adirondack Thunder last weekend.

The Railers and Royals faced-off for the fourth of fourteen games this season. Mitch Gillam earned his second shutout of the season, the highest of any goaltender in the ECHL so far this season. Worcester also won their third straight game, which is surprisingly their highest win streak this season.

Wednesday night’s game was probably one of the least thrilling night’s the Railers will have all season. Other than the Railers’ goal there just wasn’t a whole lot going on. Jeff Kubiak scored the lone goal of the game with deflected shot from Barry Almeida, finding its way past netminder Mark Dekanich late in the first period. Worcester made 10 shots on goal and Mitch Gillam stopped 6 Reading shots.

Other than a few penalties in the second period, the second period was a pretty uneventful period. Reading’s Nick Luuko took a puck to the head but remain unscathed and finished his shift. Both teams did not have many chances to score, resulting in nothing other than an increase to their shots on goal. Barry Almeida took a high-sticking penalty late in the second period, but the Railers managed to hold onto the one goal game and outshot the Royals, 11-7.

Reading attempted a comeback in the third period, coming into the period with 1:38 remaining on a power play before going on another one at 4:55. Royals pulled netminder Mark Dekanich with 2:12 remaining in the game, but were unable to find the back of the Railers net with the extra attacker. Railers forwards Nick Saracino and Chris Langkow had chances to secure an insurance goal, but were unable to take control of the puck outside of the Railers zone. At the end of the third, Royals outshot the Railers, 13-8, and Mitch Gillam secured his second shutout of the season.

Railers face-off against the Adirondack Thunder on Friday in Worcester. Puck Drops at 7:05.

Railers Notes

Scratches for Wednesday’s game were: Connor Doherty, Matt Gaudreau (injury), Matt Lane, Josh Monk (injury), and Wade Murphy.

Connor Doherty was scratched again on Wednesday. Doherty, who came off the Railers’ reserve list on Sunday along with Ashton Rome, has played in just one game this season due to injury.

Ashton Rome and Nick Saracino returned to the ice after missing last week’s games due to injury. Rome announced via Instagram that his family had welcomed a new baby into the family earlier in the day. Mother and baby are said to be doing well.

With Wednesday night’s shutout win, Mitch Gillam now leads the ECHL with 2 shutouts on the season. 13 goaltenders are tied for second with 1 shutout. Gillam is now tied for tenth on the all-time in Worcester pro hockey shutouts.

A number of notable hockey players were in the arena on Wednesday. Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano (cousin of Worcester Railers’ TJ Syner and Barry Almeida) made the trip from Boston. A few Worcester Hockey Alum were in the building on Wednesday, Patrick Wellar was behind the bench as an assistant coach for Reading, Lance Brady was seen in the audience watching the game, and Marty Reasoner (involved within the Islanders’ organization) was seen at the game. (Credit to TWIW’s Darryl Hunt and T&G’s Bill Ballou for pointing these out earlier in the night.)

Chris Langkow’s streak was ended tonight after scoring nine points in five games. Patrick McNally and Woody Hudson’s streaks have also ended after having multiple points in the last two games.

Frankie DiChiara is now on a point streak after picking up two pairs of assists in the last two games.

Goaltender Eamon McAdam was recalled to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after last Saturday’s game. McAdam was recalled in place of Kristers Gudlevskis, who left Bridgeport’s game on Saturday with a lower-body injury and is said to be day-to-day, according to CT Post’s Michael Fornabaio. McAdam dressed as the team’s back up goaltender for last Sunday’s game.

Goaltender Joe Spagnoli was signed as the Railers emergency back-up goaltender on Monday and was dressed as the back-up goalie for Wednesday’s game.

Forward Patrick Cullity was recalled to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Monday, and was returned to the Railers before Wednesday’s game. Cullity is expected to return to the Sound Tigers on Thursday.

Even Strength Lines

DiChiara-Kubiak-Hudson
Saracino-Rome-Syner
Jones-Langkow-Almeida
Turcotte

McKenzie-Hamonic
McNally-Cornell
Masella-Cullity

Gillam
Spagnoli

The three stars of the game were:

  1. Mitch Gillam (Worcester #35) – 26 Saves, Shutout
  2. Jeff Kubiak (Worcester #16) – 1 Goal
  3. Mark Dekanich (Reading #31) – 29 Saves, 1 GAA

The TWIW Player of the Game is Mitch Gillam with his second shutout win of the season.

Box Score

Reading Royals 0 at Worcester Railers 1 – Status: Final

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – DCU Center

Reading 0 0 0 – 0

Worcester 1 0 0 – 1

1st Period-1, Worcester, Kubiak 3 (Almeida, DiChiara), 19:36. Penalties-Saracino Wor (interference), 3:43; Leduc Rea (hooking), 12:38.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Morgan Rea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:08; Jones Wor (tripping), 12:55; Almeida Wor (high-sticking), 19:37.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Cullity Wor (interference), 4:55.

Shots on Goal-Reading 6-7-13-26. Worcester 10-11-8-29.

Power Play Opportunities-Reading 0 / 4; Worcester 0 / 2.

Goalies-Reading, Dekanich 8-7-1-0 (29 shots-28 saves). Worcester, Gillam 5-4-0-0 (26 shots-26 saves).

A-2,511

Referees-Kenny Anderson (16).

Linesmen-Dan Panciocco (59), Kyle Richtelle (73).

The Worcester Railers and Adirondack Thunder faced-off for the first of three games this week on Wednesday. The Railers took the bus trip on Wednesday morning for the second of 12 meetings between the North Division rivals this season. Railers came off a three-game loss streak and hoped to turn that trend around.

Both Goaltenders Eamon McAdam and Drew Fielding brought their ‘A’ games, keeping the game scoreless until halfway through the second period.

In the first 20 minutes, both teams had many chances to get on the board. The Railers had two power plays and were short-handed once during the period. Goaltender Eamon McAdam stopped 18 saves in the first period, passing his previous records on the season for 16 shots saved in a single period, previously set on October 14th vs Manchester and again on December 1st vs Adirondack.

What triggered a flurry of goals by both teams was a goal from Connor Riley at 10:52 in the second period, thirty feet out from the Railers net. The Railers rebounded with a goal a minute later from Kellen Jones. Adirondack retaliated with another goal at 15:22 by Adirondack’s Eric Neiley, which was setup behind netminder McAdam and shot from inches away from the net.

Worcester tied up the period for good with three minutes remaining with a screened shot from TJ Syner. With the score tied up after two periods, Adirondack outshot the Railers, 36-24.

In the final minute of the second period, Mike Cornell dropped the gloves with Eric Neiley. Neiley through the first punches but Cornell came up on top with a few right punches. Both players were issued fighting majors and Cornell was issued a rare misconduct for continuing the alteration after linesmen broke up the fight.

Adirondack took their third lead of the night at 5:03 in the third period. With a 3-on-2 play, Terrence Wallin found the back of the net from about 30 feet out. Railers could not counter and lost in Adirondack, 3-2.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Worcester Railers have a 0.476 winning percentage on the season. They currently have the lowest goals scored with 54 goals (Quad City Mallards are next with 49 goals scored), but are currently tied for third with the least goals allowed so far this season.

They are now sixth in the North Division and ranked 22nd overall in the ECHL.

Railers and Thunder face-off again for game two of the three game series on Friday in Adirondack. Puck drops at 7 PM.

Railers Notes

Scratches for Wednesday’s game were: Connor Doherty (lower body inj), Wade Murphy, Josh Monk (undisclosed inj), Ashton Rome (undisclosed inj), and Yannick Turcotte.

Ashton Rome and Josh Monk were scratched from Wednesday’s game and are expected to Friday and Saturday’s games.

Chris Langkow wore the Captain’s C in Wednesday’s game. He is expected to continue to wear the letter in Rome’s absence. Kellen Jones wore an Alternate Captain’s ‘A’ in place of Langkow wearing the C.

Nick Saracino left the game in the second period after going into the boards with Stephen Johnson, Saracino did not return to the game.

Connor Doherty is considered day-to-day, coming off a groin injury. Doherty has played in just one game this season on October 27.

With an assist tonight, Chris Langkow extends his point streak to five points in three games.

Matt Gaudreau has three assists in his last two games.

Even Strength Lines

Jones/Langkow/Gaudreau

Lane/DiChiara/Saracino

Syner/Almeida/Kubiak

Hudson

McNally/Cornell

McKenzie/Hamonic

Masella/Cullity

The three stars of the game were

1) Connor Riley (Thunder #44), 1 Goal, 1 Assist

2) Andrew Radjenovic (Thunder #27), 2 Assists

3) Kellen Jones (Railers #9), 1 Goal

The TWIW Player of the Game is Eamon McAdam with 37 saves.

Box Score

Worcester Railers 2 at Adirondack Thunder 3 – Status: Final

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Cool Insuring Arena

Worcester 0 2 0 – 2

Adirondack 0 2 1 – 3

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Henry Adk (tripping), 8:34; McNally Wor (interference), 13:28; Riley Adk (holding), 18:32.

2nd Period-1, Adirondack, Riley 1 (Radjenovic), 10:52. 2, Worcester, Jones 5 (Gaudreau, Langkow), 12:10. 3, Adirondack, Neiley 8 (Henry, Cote), 15:22. 4, Worcester, Syner 3 (Hamonic, Almeida), 16:54. Penalties-Cullity Wor (interference), 3:09; Cornell Wor (fighting – major, misconduct – continuing altercation), 19:14; Neiley Adk (fighting – major), 19:14.

3rd Period-5, Adirondack, Wallin 7 (Radjenovic, Riley), 5:03. Penalties-Riley Adk (delay of game), 10:18.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 9-15-7-31. Adirondack 18-18-4-40.

Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 0 / 3; Adirondack 0 / 2.

Goalies-Worcester, McAdam 5-5-2-2 (40 shots-37 saves). Adirondack, Fielding 4-2-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).

A-

Referees-Alex Garon (9).

Linesmen-Chris Provost (50), Matt Brady (42).

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers and Manchester Monarchs faced-off for the seventh of 15 regular-season meetings on Saturday evening.

It seemed like the first twenty minutes were some of the best minutes the Railers have played all season. The Railers scored early with TJ Syner’s second goal of the season, which was set up behind the net by cousin Barry Almeida just under five minutes into the game. Railers’ Josh Monk took a penalty with just under five minutes remaining in the period. With 23 seconds remaining in that penalty, Monarch’s Kevin Morris scored off a deflected shot past McAdam to tie it up. Worcester outshot Manchester in the period, 10 to 4.

One of the biggest takeaways from the first period was that when everything goes right the Railers can be the better team. Railers had plenty of chances to score a goal and did. Defenseman Patrick McNally managed to keep the puck in the Monarch’s zone several times in the period which paid off with Syner’s goal.

The second period was quiet in the goals department for the Railers but were given their (un)fair share of penalties. Five penalties were issued during the period and depending on how you saw it, there were a few obvious ones that weren’t called and ones that shouldn’t have been called in the first place.

Captain Ashton Rome was called for slashing at 11:46 in the second and Manchester capitalized on the opportunity with another power play goal ten seconds later. McNally and Monarch’s Tony Cameranesi were issued penalties later in the period but neither team could find net. Goaltender Eamon McAdam made 11 saves and Worcester made just 8 shots on goal in the second.

The period ended with players from both sides exchanging words and Worcester being dealt with the shorter end of the stick. Yannick Turcotte was given a ten minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct going into the third period.

Monarchs extended their lead to two with their third power play goal of the night at 10:43 in the third period. The Railers tried to rally against the two-goal deficit late in the second, and did seconds after pulling Eamon McAdam with a goal on an open net by Chris Langkow. With poor puck control in the remaining two minutes of the second period, the Railers could not keep the puck in the Monarchs zone and could not capitalize on their extra man advantage.

With Saturday’s loss, the Railers are now 0.500 (8-8-2-1) on the season. They have the next week off with their next game against Brampton on Sunday, December, 10 at 2PM.

Railers Notes

Scratches for the Railers were and Connor Doherty (21-day IR), Frankie DiChiara, Matt Gaudreau, and Wade Murphy. Mitch Gillam was the back-up goaltender.

Matt Lane was activated from reserve on Saturday. Wade Murphy was placed on reserve.

With an assist in Saturday’s game, Nick Saracino is now on a three-game point streak.

Barry Almeida is now on a four-game point streak with an assist on TJ Syner’s goal.

Railers have allowed a power play goal in six straight games. They have also been outscored on the powerplay, allowing nine goals in those six games.

The three stars of the game were:

#1 Matt Leitner(#17 Manchester) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

#2 Charles Williams (#1 Manchester) – 32 Saves, 2 GAA

#3 TJ Syner (#14 Worcester) – 1 Goal

The TWIW Player of the Game was Ben Masella with two assists and a +2 rating.

Even strength lines

Jones/Saracino/Langkow

Lane/Rome/Hudson

Syner/Kubiak/Almeida

Turcotte

McKenzie/Hamonic

McNally/Masella

Monk/Cornell

Box Score

Manchester 1 1 1 – 3

Worcester 1 0 1 – 2

1st Period-1, Worcester, Syner 2 (Almeida), 4:22. 2, Manchester, Morris 9 (Saucerman, Cameranesi), 16:54 (PP). Penalties-Wyszomirski Man (slashing), 10:05; Monk Wor (hooking), 15:31.

2nd Period-3, Manchester, Lowry 9 (Watson, Leitner), 11:56 (PP). Penalties-Agosta Man (slashing), 1:40; Rome Wor (slashing), 11:46; McNally Wor (high-sticking), 12:48; Cameranesi Man (slashing), 18:43; Turcotte Wor (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.

3rd Period-4, Manchester, Leitner 3 (Kolomatis), 10:43 (PP). 5, Worcester, Langkow 4 (Saracino, Kubiak), 17:51. Penalties-Nemcik Man (boarding), 3:39; Lane Wor (slashing), 10:08; Turcotte Wor (roughing), 12:40.

Shots on Goal-Manchester 4-11-7-22. Worcester 10-8-16-34.

Power Play Opportunities-Manchester 3 / 5; Worcester 0 / 4.

Goalies-Manchester, Williams 8-3-1-0 (34 shots-32 saves). Worcester, McAdam 5-4-2-1 (22 shots-19 saves).

A-4,248

Referees-Stephen Thomson (27).

Linesmen-Dan Panciocco (59), Brent Colby (38).

WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers fell 4-3 to the Brampton Beast in the city’s first-ever school day game.

The Railers took on the Beast in one of the four school day games the ECHL hosts on Tuesday morning. With a crowd of over 6,000 fans, about 4,000 elementary school students were bused in from area schools to experience the game of hockey.

Worcester got the ball rolling on the power-play early in the first, with a wrister from Mike Cornell at 4:25. Brampton returned the favor with a goal through a screened pass just five minutes later. Railers’ Wade Murphy was able to get a few good chances on a breakaway late in the first but was unable to find the back of the net. The game was tied at 1 with Brampton leading in shots, 9-6.

Playing a stronger game in the first period, they hoped to continue the trend but struggled to find the net throughout the period, with several iron pings audible throughout the arena. Brampton’s Reggie Traccitto regained the lead a short-handed breakaway at 7:42 for the lone goal of the period. Worcester out shot Brampton 15-12 but trailed by 1 at the end of the second period.

Brampton continued their lead into the third, with Brandon Mariano scoring their third goal at Worcester’s crease after several attempts at 5:31. Two minutes later, TJ Syner scored his first goal of the season off a pass by Barry Almeida from behind the Brampton net.

The Railers tied it up again with seven minutes remaining. With a pass from Cornell on the left side, Jeff Kubiak was able to tie the game up with a backhand tap and finding net. With less than three minutes remaining in regulation and 12 seconds remaining on a powerplay, Brampton secured a victory with a goal on the breakaway past goaltender Eamon McAdam.

With a loss on Tuesday morning, the Railers have lost five out of their last seven games. They take on Manchester Friday evening at the SNHU Arena.

Railers Notes

Matthew Gaudreau, Ryan Lannon, Nick Saracino, Chris Langkow, Connor Doherty (undisclosed injury), and Mitch Gillam (illness) were the scratches for the Railers.

Kellen Jones wore the second alternate captain letter in Chris Langkow’s absence.

Joe Spagnoli dressed as the Railers’ backup for the game in Gillam’s absence. He will continue to serve as the Railers’ emergency back-up goaltender (EBUG) as needed throughout the season.

Mike Cornell, TJ Syner, and Jeff Kubiak all scored their first goals of the season. Kubiak’s goal was his first goal as a pro.

Barry Almeida is on a three game point streak.

The three stars of the game were:

#1 Kevin Dufour (#21 Brampton) – 1 Goal, 1 Assist

#2 Jeff Kubiak (#16 Worcester) – 1 Goal

#3 Chris Leveille (#48 Brampton) – 2 Assists

The TWIW Player of the Game was Mike Cornell with a goal and a assist.

Even Strength Lines:

Turcotte – Rome – Hudson

DiChiara – Kubiak – Murphy

Almeida – Syner – Jones

Lane

McNally – Hamonic

McKenzie – Cornell

Masella – Monk

Box Score

Brampton Beast 4 at Worcester Railers 3 – Status: Final

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – DCU Center

Brampton 1 1 2 – 4

Worcester 1 0 2 – 3

1st Period-1, Worcester, Cornell 1 (Syner), 4:25 (PP). 2, Brampton, Dufour 5 (Henry, Jacklin), 9:58. Penalties-Petgrave Brm (slashing), 2:26; Cornell Wor (holding the stick), 4:36.

2nd Period-3, Brampton, Traccitto 3 (Leveille), 7:42 (SH). Penalties-Foster Brm (interference), 0:31; served by Murphy Wor (bench – too many men), 2:46; Jacklin Brm (slashing), 6:35; Marino Brm (hooking), 13:06; Fournier Brm (boarding), 19:25.

3rd Period-4, Brampton, Marino 6 (Leveille, Foster), 5:31. 5, Worcester, Syner 1 (DiChiara, Almeida), 7:26. 6, Worcester, Kubiak 1 (Cornell, Murphy), 13:14. 7, Brampton, Petgrave 5 (Dufour, Henry), 17:22 (PP). Penalties-Marino Brm (slashing), 2:52; Jones Wor (hooking), 8:40; Jacklin Brm (interference), 10:28; Petgrave Brm (tripping), 15:10; McNally Wor (hooking), 15:34.

Shots on Goal-Brampton 9-12-11-32. Worcester 6-16-6-28.

Power Play Opportunities-Brampton 1 / 4; Worcester 1 / 8.

Goalies-Brampton, D’Agostini 4-2-0-1 (28 shots-25 saves). Worcester, McAdam 2-3-1-0 (32 shots-28 saves).

A-6,088

Referees-Alex Garon (9).

Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Dan Panciocco (59).