Railers can’t sweep Royals on Sunday in Worcester

Reading Royals at Worcester Railers HC

November 5, 2017

DCU Center

Meeting 3 of 14 vs. Reading this season

Worcester is 2-1-0-0 vs. the Royals this season

Railers can’t sweep Royals on Sunday in Worcester

Eamon McAdam turned aside 33 shots in 3-1 loss

Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers HC (5-3-1-0, 11pts) two game winning streak came to an end after a 3-1 home loss to the visiting Reading Royals (5-2-0-0, 10pts) in front 3,502 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. The Railers host the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, November 11 at 7:05pm on Military Appreciation Night with a ceremonial puck drop by Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson presented by Rectrix Aviation.

Eamon McAdam made 33 saves for Worcester while Matty Gaudreau scored the only Railers goal in the loss.  Mark Dekanich turned aside 25 shots while Nick Luukko scored the game winner midway through the third period.

The Royals controlled the first period of play which included nine minutes worth of power play time but it was an even strength goal by Matt Willows (3rd) at 11:49 that was deflected off a Worcester stick that ended up for the only score.  Eamon McAdam was spectacular in net as Worcester was outshot 14-5 in the opening frame that saw Mike Cornell (3rd FM) get ejected for dropping Ryan Penny with a series of uppercuts. Reading led 1-0 through 20 minutes.

Shots were 10-7 in the middle frame but the score would remain 1-0 headed into the second intermission.  Royals goaltender Mark Dekanich had 16 saves while Eamon McAdam had 20 for Worcester through 40 minutes of play.

Nick Luukko (1st) made it 2-0 Reading after he found a loose rebound at the side of the net and flipped it past McAdam at 4:39.  Matty Gaudreau got the Railers on the board at 13:46 after a Yanick Turcotte centering feed from behind the net went off Matty and into the net.  With McAdam pulled for the extra attacker, Mark Naclerio (3rd) found an empty net to seal the Royals 3-1 road victory.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Eamon McAdam (33 saves) 2nd star: Mark Dekanich (25 saves, Win) 1st star: Alex Krushelnysk (0-1-1, +2) …Final shots were 36-26 in favor of Reading… Mark Dekanich (3-1-0) made 25 saves on 26 shots for Reading…. Eamon McAdam (2-1-1) made 33 saves on 35 shots for Worcester…. Mitch Gillam served as the backup goalie for the Railers….Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play while Reading went 0-for-3….Wade Murphy, Frankie DiChiara, Nick Saracino, Ryan Lannon, Josh Monk (inj), and Connor Doherty (inj) did not dress for Worcester… Matt Lane now has a three-game point streak (0-3-3)….with his 17 penalty minutes, Mike Cornell now has 47 penalty minutes this season which leads all ECHL defenseman

 Coming up…. 
On Saturday, November 11, the Railers conclude their five game homestand on Veteran’s Day Appreciation Night with a 7:05pm start vs. the Manchester Monarchs. It is another BIG GAME SATURDAY as Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson will drop the ceremonial puck before the game presented by Rectrix Aviation!

The Railers Tavern, located behind the DCU Center is now open and will provide hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop. Full season memberships, mini plans, and group tickets are on sale now by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting www.RailersHC.com.