Manchester Monarchs at Railers HC
October 14, 2017
Meeting 1 of 15 vs. Manchester this season
Worcester is 1-0-0-0 vs. the Monarchs this season
Railers HC dazzle sellout crowd of 12,135 at DCU Center with 4-3 win
Biggest opening night crowd in DCU Center history watched Railers win first game
Worcester, MA – Rookie Frankie DiChiara broke a 3-3 tie at 12:12 of the third period to lift the Worcester Railers HC (1-0-0-0, 2pts) over the Manchester Monarchs (0-1-0-0, 0pts) by the score of 4-3 in front 12,135 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening.
Wade Murphy scored the first goal in franchise history for the Railers while captain Ashton Rome, Patrick McNally, and Frankie DiChiara also found the back of the net while Eamon McAdam made 33 saves in net for the win. Yannick Turcotte picked up 14 penalty minutes which included a pair of fighting majors as the Railers added two power play goals. The crowd of 12,135 was the largest ever to open up a season of pro hockey in 21 years.
Wade Murphy (1st) scored the first goal in franchise history on a breakaway score at 10:13 of the first period to give the Railers a 1-0 lead. Worcester led 1-0 after 20 minutes and led 11-9 in shots on goal.
Captain Ashton Rome (1st) made it 2-0 at 5:43 of the second period with a ripper from 30 feet past goaltender Evan Cowley. But the Monarchs scored three straight in under six minutes with a flurry of goals to give Manchester a 3-2 lead midway through the frame. Defenseman Patrick McNally (1st) scored a highlight reel goal with an end to end rush on the power play at 16:06 to tie the score at 3-3. Goaltender Eamon McAdam made 17 saves in the second period for the Railers to keep the score evened up.
Frankie DiChiara (1st) scored the only goal of the third period after he fired a loose puck from the right slot at 12:12 after Patrick McNally kept the puck in at the blue line on the power play. Worcester outshot Manchester 14-8 in the final frame and held on for an exciting 4-3 victory.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star Michael Doherty (2-0-2) 2nd star: Frankie DiChiara (GWG) 1st star: Patrick McNally (1-1-2)….Final shots were 37-31 in favor of Manchester… Evan Cowley (0-1-0) made 27 saves on 31 shots for Manchester….Eamon McAdam (1-0-1) made 33 saves on 37 shots for Worcester…. Mitch Gillam served as the backup goalie for the Railers….Worcester went 2-for-6 on the power play while Manchester went 0-for-7…. Yannick Turcotte picked up a pair of fighting majors… Ashton Rome had six shots on goal… Ryan Lannon, Justin Hamonic (travel), Woody Hudson, Nick Saracino (inj), and Connor Doherty did not dress for Worcester…. Governor Baker and LT Governor Polito dropped the puck before the game…internet sensation Joe Everson sang the national anthem before the game.
The Worcester Railers Hockey Club, a proud member of the ECHL, head to Manchester on Saturday, Oct 21 for a 6pm rematch vs. the Monarchs. Listen to the game live on 98.9 Nash FM. 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.