The Worcester Railers arrived in Reading, Pennsylvania after Wednesday night’s shoutout thriller over Adirondack. Railers took the bus trip and arrived in the early hours of the morning on Thursday.

Royals took no time to get on the board, with a goal from Steven Swavely at 4:25 in the first. A growing trend in many games this season, it was the fifteenth time this season where the Railers have allowed a goal early in the first period. Royals would score again with a top-shelf goal scored by Nolan Zajac that was deked through the legs of Tommy Kelley seconds before. Former Worcester Shark Matt Willows snuck the puck behind netminder Mitch Gillam just two minutes later. Brock Buekeboom got the Railers on the board in the last minute of the first period. Royals held a 3-1 lead at the end of the first, shots 13-7 Reading.

Reading’s Chris McCarthy scored after deking out Mitch Gillam with an open net for an easy goal. Chris Langkow scored his first power play goal on a 5-on-3 power play. Royals continued to hold a lead of 4-2 heading into the third period.

Brian Morgan and Steven Swavely scored for the Reading Royals, while Nick Saracino scored the Railers final goal. In the last few minutes of the game Yanick Turcotte dashed towards Matt Willows and was assessed a misconduct for Unsportsmanlike Conduct after attempting to continue an altercation that was broken-up by the linesmen.

With Thursday’s loss the Railers drop to .510 on the season and remain within eight points of the last playoff position in the North Division with 3 games in hand.

The Railers continue their road trip on Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.

Scratches for the Railers were Brian Bowen, Josh Monk (21-day IR/upper body), Aston Rome (21-day IR/upper body). Joe Spagnoli was dressed as the back-up goaltender.

Former Railers defensemen Anthony Calabrese and Sean Gammage were put on waivers by the Wheeling Nailers on Thursday. Gammage played in two games before his release and Calabrese was released before he could play in a game.

Railers have given up the first goal in the first six minutes in fifteen separate games this season. Coincidentally, the Royals have been the team to score most of these goals.
Ben Masella has seven points in his last six games with two assists in Thursday’s game.
Chris Langkow’s power play goal in the second period was the first 5-on-3 goal in Railers’ franchise history.

Former Worcester Shark Matt Willows extended his own streaks with a goal and an assist against the Railers, scoring 25 points in 14 straight games, and goals in eight straight games.

The three stars of the game were
1) Chris McCarthy (Royals #3) – 1 Goal, 2 Assists
2) Matt Willows (Royals #90), 1 Goal, 1 Assists
3) Steven Swavely (Royals #12), 2 Goals

The TWIW Player of the Game was Nick Saracino with a goal and as assist.

Even Strength Lines
Saracino / Langkow / Almeida
Syner / Kubiak / Hudson
DiChiara / Lane / Kelley
Masella / McKenzie
Hamonic / Doherty
Muto / Beukeboom

Worcester Railers 3 at Reading Royals 6 – Status: Final
Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Santander Arena

Worcester 1 1 1 – 3
Reading 3 1 2 – 6

1st Period-1, Reading, Swavely 8 (Brown), 4:15. 2, Reading, Zajac 14 (McCarthy, Wilkins), 13:55. 3, Reading, Willows 22 (McCarthy), 15:53. 4, Worcester, Beukeboom 2 19:11. Penalties-served by Turcotte Wor (bench – too many men), 6:35.

2nd Period-5, Reading, McCarthy 16 (Willows, Wilkins), 15:41. 6, Worcester, Langkow 14 (Masella, Saracino), 18:20 (PP). Penalties-Hora Rea (hooking), 16:20; served by Wilkins Rea (bench – too many men), 17:09; DiChiara Wor (slashing), 18:53.

3rd Period-7, Reading, Morgan 7 (Golightly), 2:22. 8, Worcester, Saracino 7 (Almeida, Masella), 8:55. 9, Reading, Swavely 9 (Bennett), 12:05. Penalties-Turcotte Wor (cross-checking, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:35; Kelley Wor (delay of game), 16:20.

Shots on Goal-Worcester 7-9-8-24. Reading 13-9-10-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Worcester 1 / 2; Reading 0 / 4.
Goalies-Worcester, Gillam 10-11-0-1 (32 shots-26 saves). Reading, Komm 11-7-2-0 (24 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Jeremy Tufts (6).
Linesmen-CJ Hallman (37), JP Waleski (51).

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