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.
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
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).
Referees-Steven Rouillard (13).
Linesmen-Kyle Richtelle (73), Dan Panciocco (59).