Reading Royals at Worcester Railers HC
February 1, 2020
Meeting 9 of 13 vs. Reading this season
Railers are 5-4-0-0 vs. the Royals this season
Royals Roll Past Railers 6-2
Barry Almeida and Arnaud Durandeau score goals for Worcester
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers HC (17-27-2-0, 36pts)closed out the weekend falling 6-2 on Saturday night to theReading Royals (25-14-5-0, 55pts)in front of 3,754 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night.The Railers hit the road for a Tuesday night game vs. the Maine Mariners in Portland at 7pm.
The first period was filled with 49 total penalties and a pair of goals as the teams were tied at 1-1 but then in the second period Reading scored a total of five goals in a 4:19 span to take a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes of play. Trevor Gooch (2-0-2) had his second straight multi goal game while Jeremy Beaudry (0-4-4) led all skaters in points. Kirill Ustimenko recorded his 18thwin of the season making 37 saves. Arnaud Durandeau and Barry Almeida each scored goals for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis made 26 saves in net for the loss.
Barry Almeida (12th) would get Worcester on the scoreboard at 5:43 of the first period after an initial shot from Jack Macnee from the right point that was blocked down and found the stick of the captain who sent it past Kirill Ustimenko to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. After Nic Pierog and David Drake got tied up in an altercation behind the Reading line Pierog was assessed 17 total penalty minutes receiving a game misconduct while Drake got nothing. Reading went on a seven-minute power-play and it would be Garrett Mitchell (10th) who tied the score at 1-1 at 11:18. The teams headed to the dressing room through 20 minutes of play as Reading outshot Worcester 12-11.
Trevor Gooch (10th) gave Reading a 2-1 advantage 2:52 into the second frame and then Brayden Low (11th) just 63 seconds would increase the lead to 3-1. After a shot attempt from Shane Walsh that was blocked Arnaud Durandeau (4th) came up with a free puck in the right circle and sent it by Kirill Ustimenko to decrease the deficit down to 3-2 at 4:21. The Royals would grab would score three unanswered goals first Matt Strome (4th) at 5:10 then Steven Swavley just 26 seconds later and it was all capped off by Trevor Gooch (11th) to make it a 6-2 Royals lead with 12:49 to play in the stanza. The second period featured just one power-play as Reading led 6-2 through 40 minutes of play.
The third period featured no scoring as the Railers had two power-play opportunities but could not convert as they outshot Reading 15-6 but would end up losing 6-2.
Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Kirill Ustimenko (37 saves, Win) 2nd star: Trevor Gooch(2-0-2, +3) 1st star: Jeremy Beaudry (0-4-4) …. final shots were 39-32 in favor of Worcester….Kirill Ustimenko (18-4-5) made 37 saves on 39 shots for Reading…. Evan Buitenhuis (11-15-1) made 26 saves on 32 shots for Worcester while Jakub Skarek served as the backup….Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Reading went 1-for-4…., JD Dudek (IR), Kyle Thomas (IR), Yanick Turcotte (IR), Tanner Pond (IR), Ivan Chukarov, and Kyle McKenzie, Dylan Sadowy (TRV) did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell, David Quenneville, Linus Soderstrom, and are all with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Jordan Samuels-Thomas was suspended by the club on Thursday as he has left to pursue opportunities in Europe…. Jack Macnee made his Railers debut and collected an assist…. Ross Olsson recorded his team leading sixth fighting major of the season…. Barry Almeida led all skaters with seven shots on net…. Nic Pierog led all skaters with 17 penalty minutes…. Worceser is just (1-8) in their last nine games…. the Railers are now 13-17-1-0 under GM/coach Cunniff…. The Railers are now 16-12-1 all-time vs. the Royals and 9-4-1-0 at the DCU Center….
What’s on tap – On the Road in Portland For Two Games!
On Tuesday, Feb 4 the Railers hit the road to take on the Maine Mariners at 7pm and then once again on Friday, Feb 7 vs. the Mariners at 7:15pm.
On Saturday, Feb 8 it is a BIG GAME SATURDAY as Ricky Duran from The Voice will perform the national anthem and meet with fans on PINK in the RINK Night to benefit the Cup Crusaders presented by Rampco Construction. The Railers will skate on pink ice and wear pink jerseys to raise money and awareness for breast cancer with a 7pm start vs. the Atlanta Gladiators. Score a VIP meet and greet package with Ricky Duran by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750. Individual tickets start at just $15!
On Sunday, Feb 9 the Railers host the Newfoundland Growlers on TRAX’s birthday with a KIDS GIVEAWAY SUNDAY! Make sure to catch the mascot Royal Rumble during the intermission and the first 1,000 kids 12 and under (including Cam) will receive Railers thunder sticks courtesy of Agnelli Law Offices. Score a SUNDAY FUNDAY ticket pack which includes four tickets and four beverages (beer or 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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