Reading Royals at Worcester Railers HC
January 12, 2020
Meeting 5 of 13 vs. Reading this season
Railers are 4-1-0-0 vs. the Royals this season
Railers Finish Three in Three Weekend With 5-3 Win Over Reading
Railers have won five of their last six games
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers HC (15-20-2-0, 32pts) ended their four game homestand with a 5-3 win over the Reading Royals(20-12-4-0, 44pts) in front of 2,591 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. The Railers are on the road for the next five games beginning Tuesday vs. the Maine Mariners at 7pm.
Nic Pierog (2-1-3), Ben Thomson (2-1-3), and Arnaud Durandeau (1-1-2) all recorded multi-point games while Ian Milosz made 29 saves in net for his third straight win on Sunday. Former Worcester Railer Frank DiChiara (2-0-2) snapped a 14-game goal-less drought with a pair of goals while Corey Mackin also scored for Reading. Felix Sandstrom made 32 saves in the loss for the Royals.
The Railers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Arnaud Durandeau from the side of the cage tucked one by Felix Sandstrom at 1:39 to give Worcester an early 1-0 lead. On the power-play Frank DiChiara (11th) snapped a laser by the right shoulder of Ian Milosz from the right circle to tie the game at 1-1 at 4:37. Worcester went down short-handed for the second time of the frame but just 10 seconds in Nic Pierog (16th) picked off a pass from his own blueline and went down on a breakaway snapping one low glove to give the Railers a 2-1 lead. Worcester led 2-1 through 20 minutes of play and outshot the Royals 12-9.
Reading would tie the game at 2-2 when Corey Mackin (11th) buried home a rebound after a heavy shot from the point courtesy of Garrett Cockerill at 8:10 of the second period. The Railers went on the power-play for the third time of the afternoon and just six seconds in Nic Pierog with a no look pass from the left circle found Ben Thomson (2nd) below the right circle who sent it into the back of the net to hand Worcester a 3-2 lead. In the dying minute of the period the Royals came down three on two and a pretty passing play was finished off by Frank DiChiara (12th) with 50 seconds left to tie the game at 3-3. The team headed into the dressing room tied at 3-3 through 40 minutes of play.
Worcester would grab their fourth lead of the game which would be the eventual game winner at 10:59 of the first period with Ben Thomson (3rd) standing on the top of the crease redirectred a shot from the right point courtesy of Bo Brauer to give the Railers a 4-3 lead. Nic Pierog (17th) tacked on the insurance goal with 64 seconds left to give the Railers a 5-3 victory.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Frank DiChiara (2-0-2) 2nd star: Nic Pierog (2-1-3, +4, 6 shots) 1st star: Ben Thomson (2-1-3, +3, 7 shots) …. final shots were 37-32 in favor of Worcester…Felix Sandstrom (6-9-0) made 32 saves on 36 shots Reading… Ian Milosz (3-2-0) made 29 saves on 32 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup…. Worcester went 1-for-3 on the power play while Reading went 1-for-6…. Kyle McKenzie (inj,), Jordan Samuels-Thomas (inj), JD Dudek (IR), Tanner Pond (IR), Connor Doherty, and Cody Payne did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell, David Quenneville, Linus Soderstrom, Jakub Skarek are all currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Nic Pierog (7-3-10) extended his point streak to six games…. Pierog scored his league leading fifth short-handed goal of the season…. Pierog now has 12 goals in 15 games vs. the Royals…. Ben Thomson (3-5-8) now has points in six of seven games he has played with Worcester and led all skaters with seven shots…. Ivan Chuakrov recorded an assist and now has points in six of his last seven games…. Ryan MacKinnon wore an “A” for Worcester…. Connor Doherty missed his first game of the season…. The Railers are now 11-10-1 under Coach Cunniff…. Worcester is now 15-9-1-0 vs. the Royals all time and 9-2-1-0 at the DCU Center.
What’s on tap –Five Game Road Stretch!
The Railers are on the road for the next five games starting on Tuesday Jan. 14 vs. the Maine Mariners at 7pm. Then the Railers will take on the Adirondack Thunder Saturday Jan. 18 before a pair of games Sunday and Monday in Reading. The five game road stand will close on Friday Jan. 25 vs. the Maine Mariners.
On Saturday, Jan 25 the Railers host Maine Mariner at 7pm on a BIG GAME SATURDAY on MARVEL SUPER HERO NIGHT! The Railers will wear an IRON MAN themed jersey on Diocese of Worcester & Catholic Schools Night presented by Assumption College. Saturday Night Signings will feature a Railers player(s) signing autographs during the first intermission in the Fallon Health Pavilion. Tickets are as low as $15!
On Sunday, Jan 26 the Railers host the Adirondack Thunder at 3pm on a KIDS GIVEAWAY SUNDAY with the first 1,000 kids 12-and-under receiving a Railers drawstring backpack presented by PEPSI Worcester. Railers HC members are encouraged to bring their skates to the game for a skate with the team event right after the game (more details to follow via a member email). Score a SUNDAY FUNDAY ticket pack which includes four tickets and four beverage vouchers (beer/soda) for just $60!
Bring a group of 10 or more people to the game and save BIG $$$$ off Box Office pricing and receive a Railers hat for everyone in your group! Plus, score a Railers experience…Zamboni rides, High-Five Tunnel, post-game photo on ice, and more! Call 508-365-1750 for your customized group experience!
Still and Stir located behind the DCU Center provides hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Watch all road games broadcast live on ECHLTV.com for a small fee. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop with Eric Lindquist and Cam McGuire. 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.
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