Woody scores late but Railers fall 2-1 in overtime on home ice

Reading Royals at Worcester Railers HC
January 3, 2018
DDCU Center
Meeting 6 of 14 vs. Reading this season
Worcester is 3-2-1-0 vs. the Royals this season
Woody scores late but Railers fall 2-1 in overtime on home ice
Eamon McAdam made 26 saves in overtime loss
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers HC (12-13-3-2, 29pts) kicked off 2018 with a 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting Reading Royals (17-14-2-0, 36pts) in front of 2,204 fans at the DCU Center on Wednesday evening. Worcester heads on a six-game road trip beginning on Friday night at 7pm in Glens Falls, NY vs. the Thunder.
Woody Hudson scored his 11 th goal of the season in the final minute with the extra attacker to force overtime for Worcester, but Matt Willows ended the game on a 3-on-1 rush at 2:40 of the overtime session to give Reading a 2-1 win. Eamon McAdam made 26 saves in net for Worcester as the Railers dressed five rookie defensemen and dropped their 4 th straight game (0-3-1-0).
Just 16 total shots were taken in a scoreless first period with each team going 0-for-1 on the power play. Eamon McAdam made six saves for the Railers while John Muse made 10 saves for the Royals.
Reading would strike first with a shorthanded goal at 7:21 as Matias de Haas (1 st) broke down the left-wing side and was able to pick up his own rebound and fired the puck off the post and in to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Shots in the second period were 17-8 Royals in the second period as Worcester headed into the second intermission down 1-0.
Shots were 11-3 in the third period and Worcester was finally able to get on the board in the final minute with the extra attacker on the ice as Woody Hudson (11 th) fired from the left lot through a screen assisted by Kellen Jones at 19:08. Shots were 29-25 Worcester through 60 minutes.
Ashton Rome almost scored in overtime, but after John Muse made the save, Matt Willows skated down on a 3-on-1 and buried a shot off both post and past McAdam at 2:40 for the Royals overtime game winner.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Woody Hudson (Goal) 2nd star: John Muse (Win, 31 saves) 1st star: Matt Willows (GWG) …Final shots were 32-28 in favor of Worcester… John Muse (9-3-1) made 31 saves on 32 shots for Reading…. Eamon McAdam (7-7-5) made 26 saves on 28 shots for Worcester… Mitch Gillam was the backup goalie …. Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Reading went 0-for-5…. Matty Gaudreau (inj), Josh Monk (inj), and Curt Gogol (travel) did not dress for Worcester…. Chris Langkow (HRT) and Mike Cornell (BRI) are currently in the AHL…. defensemen Sean Gammage and Vinny Muto made their Railers debuts after signing earlier in the week from the SPHL…. Justin Hamonic wore an A for the Railers….Kellen Jones (1-3-4) extended his point streak to four games with an assist…the Railers are now 0-5 in games decided past regulation…..Ashton Rome had a game high nine shots on goal.
What’s on track?
The Railers hit the road for six straight games beginning on Friday at 7pm in Adirondack vs. the Thunder. Worcester returns home for a season long 11 game homestand on Jan 19 vs. the Jacksonville IceMen.
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