January 3, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Manchester Monarchs
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Two late goals from Matt Schmalz and Michael Doherty helped drive the Monarchs past the Worcester Railers on New Year's Eve in the final game of 2017 at SNHU Arena.
The Monarchs (21-10-1-1) outshot the Railers (12-13-2-2), 39-25.
After a scoreless first period, Worcester opened the scoring at 2:31 of the second period when Nick Saracino scored his 3rd goal of the year. Saracino gained control of a rebound off the stick of Kellen Jones, and fired the puck past Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, to give the Railers a 1-0 lead.
The Monarchs tied things up when Michael Doherty scored his 7th goal of the year at 11:00 of the second period. After receiving a cross-ice pass from Alexx Privitera while on a 3-on-2 rush, Doherty fired a one-timer just under the glove of Railers goaltender, Mitch Gillam, to tie the score, 1-1.
Manchester took the lead after a goal by Zac Lynch, his 16th goal of the year, at 13:23 of the second period. Doherty started the scoring play with a shot on Gillam that the Worcester goaltender stopped, but the rebound fell under him, where Lynch found the puck and buried the puck into an open net to make the score, 2-1.
The Railers tied up the game at 12:51 of the third period when Patrick McNally scored his 12th goal of the year during 4-on-4 play. After receiving a pass from Ben Masella just inside the blue line, McNally skated the puck down to the hash marks where he fired a wrister past the blocker of Williams, to make the score 2-2.
The Monarchs took the lead yet again at 19:34 of the third period off a goal from Schmalz, his 9th goal of the year. After a battle along the boards, Schmalz gained control of the puck, skated in on Gillam and was able to capitalize on his own rebound, to give the Monarchs the 3-2 go-ahead goal.
The Monarchs put the icing on the cake at 19:53 of the third period when Doherty scored into an empty net for his 8th goal of the year, to end the scoring, 4-2.
The Monarchs are back on the ice Wednesday, Jan. 3 (7 p.m.), when they visit the Adirondack Thunder at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, N.Y.