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.
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.
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).
Referees-Mike Sheehan (11).
Linesmen-Judson Ritter (70), JP Waleski (51).