November 13, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) - Worcester Railers HC
Kyle McKenzie scored first pro goal for Worcester in loss
Manchester Monarchs at Worcester Railers HC
Meeting 3 of 15 vs. Manchester this season
Worcester is 2-1-0-0 vs. the Monarchs this season
Worcester, MA - The Worcester Railers HC (5-4-1-0, 11pts) closed out a five game homestand after a 6-3 loss to the visiting Manchester Monarchs (7-3-1-1, 16pts) in front 4,704 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. The two teams tangle again on Sunday at 3pm at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH.
Barry Almeida, Kellen Jones, and Kyle McKenzie scored for Worcester but Kevin Morris scored three for Manchester. Patrick McNally recorded a season high 10 shots on goal as the Railers ended 2-3-0-0 on their five game homestand.
A slew of penalties slowed down the first period as the Monarchs took a 2-0 edge into the first intermission with a pair of power play goals. Kevin Morris (4th) tapped home a centering feed at 9:59 followed up by Tony Cameranesi at 11:47 past goaltender Mitch Gillam. Shots were 15-10 Worcester through 20 minutes of play.
Manchester went ahead 4-0 as Kevin Morris (5th) finished off a 2-on-0 at 3:17 and Michael Doherty (3rd) kicked in a puck at 6:31 to put Worcester in trouble. The Railers would net the next two as Barry Almeida (3rd) first home a power play goal at 16:23 and Kellen Jones (3rd) scored the first shorthanded goal in Railers history with a terrific individual effort at 17:12. But Kevin Morris (6th) recorded a hat trick goal at 18:54 finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with another power play goal. The Railers trailed 5-2 after 40 minutes of play despite outshooting Manchester 28-20.
Kyle McKenzie (1st) scored his first professional goal at 2:07 of the third period as his shot from the point bounced through a sea of skates and past netminder Charles Williams to make it 5-3 Monarchs. Manchester was able to hold off a late charge and Monarchs captain Jordan LaVllee-Smotherman (6th) found an empty net at 19:09 to seal a 6-3 Manchester road victory.
Notes : Three Stars: 3rd star: Barry Almeida (1-1-2) 2nd star: Tony Cameranesi (1-2-3) 1st star: Kevin Morris (3-0-3) ...Final shots were 40-27 in favor of Worcester... Charles Williams (5-1-1) made 37 saves on 40 shots for Manchester.... Mitch Gillam (3-3-0) made 21 saves on 26 shots for Worcester.... Eamon McAdam served as the backup goalie for the Railers....Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Manchester went 3-for-5....Matt Lane, TJ Syner, Yanick Turcotte, Ryan Lannon, and Connor Doherty (inj) did not dress for Worcester...Boston Bruins Legends Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson drop the ceremonial first puck with First Sargant Adam Bryant...Worcester had allowed only three power play goals in the first nine games before allowing three power play goals tonigh Patrick McNally had a season high 10 shots on goal and added an assist .Woody Hudson was ejected early in the third period for a major penalty for boarding.
The Railers head to Manchester on Sunday for a 3pm rematch vs. the Monarchs at the SNHU Arena.
On Tuesday, November 14, the Railers host the Brampton Beast at 10:05am for the city\'s first ever pro hockey School Day Game . Over 4,000 students from the Worcester Public School System is expected to attend. The game is also open to the general public and Railers HC members. The game will be televised live on Charter TV3 with a replay at 7pm.
The Railers Tavern, located behind the DCU Center is now open and will provide hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop with Eric Lindquist and Tom Matthews. 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.