Oh Frankie…. Railers win late in Reading 3-2

Worcester Railers HC at Reading Royals

January 6, 2018

Santander Arena

Meeting 7 of 14 vs. Reading this season

Worcester is 4-2-1-0 vs. the Royals this season

Oh Frankie…. Railers win late in Reading 3-2

Frankie DiChiara wins the game with 22 seconds

 Reading, PA – The Worcester Railers HC (14-13-3-2, 33pts) began a three-game set in Reading with a come from behind 3-2 win over the host Reading Royals (18-15-2-0, 38pts) in front of 5,902 fans at the Santandar Arena on Saturday evening.  The Railers are now 2-0-0-0 on their six-game road trip which continues Sunday at 3pm in Reading against the Royals.

Kellen Jones, Matt Lane, and Frankie DiChiara scored for Worcester while Eamon McAdam was spectacular in net for the Railers with 34 saves.  Worcester trailed 2-1 with just over five minutes remaining in the third period before Lane tied the score and Frankie scored the game winner with 22 seconds left.

Worcester was outshot 13-2 in the first period but only trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. Ryan Penny (10th) was able to collect his own rebound and coral it around Eamon McAdam at 4:59 assisted by Matias Cleland and Mark Naclerio.

Worcester fired 15 shots in the second period and had a lot more pressure than we saw in the opening period.  On a delayed penalty call, the Railers would knot the score at 1-1 on a beautiful rush and tic-tac-toe passing by Connor Doherty and Barry Almeida to the eventual goal scorer Kellen Jones (7th) at 9:17 past goaltender Mark Dekanich.  The score was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play with shots 26-17 through two periods of play.

After a questionable off-sides call against the Railers, Chris McCarthy (10th) deflected a shot from the point past McAdam at 13:33 to give Reading a 2-1 lead.  Matt Lane (2nd) tied the score at 2-2 with a shot from 40 feet past Mark Dekanich at 14:58. With 22 seconds left, Frankie DiChiara (4th) zipped a rocket top shelf from the left circle on the rush to give Worcester the 3-2 road victory.

Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Eamon McAdam (34 saves, Win) 2nd star: Chris McCarthy (Goal) 1st star: Frankie DiChiara (GWG) …Final shots were 36-27 in favor of Reading… Mark Dekanich (8-11-1) made 24 saves on 27 shots for Reading…. Eamon McAdam (8-7-5) made 34 saves on 36 shots for Worcester… Mitch Gillam was the backup goalie …. Worcester went 0-for-1 on the power play while Reading went 0-for-1… the Railers are now 0-for-19 vs. the Royals on the power play this season…. Matty Gaudreau (inj), Josh Monk (inj), and Brock Beukeboom (travel) did not dress for Worcester…. Chris Langkow (HRT) and Mike Cornell (BRI) are currently in the AHL.  Connor Doherty picked up his first pro assist.

What’s on track?

The Railers six game road trip continues in Reading on Sunday at 3pm for the second of three straight vs. the Royals in Pennsylvania.

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