WORCESTER, MA– After going a perfect 4-0 during October, the Reading Royals begin the month of November on their first road trip of the season as they are up in Worcester, Massachusetts to take on the Worcester Railers. Friday night marked the first-ever meeting between the Royals and the Railers and the first of 14 throughout the 2017-18 season. It was also the beginning of a three-and-three set between the two North Division foes this weekend.
On the Railers bench, there are four names that should be familiar to Royals fans. Including Chris Langkow who only played in nine games with the team during the 2012-13 season and T.J. Syner and Barry Almeida who also played on the Royals from 2012-14. All three guys were teammates of Royals head coach Kirk MacDonald and assistant coach Patrick Wellar. Except for Langkow, the other four guys were all part of the Royals Kelly Cup Championship team back in 2013. The lesser known former Royal on the Railers is Chris Saracino. Chris played in only four games with the team during the 12-13 season after his college career at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).
For the Royals, forward Adam Schmidt is making his return to Worcester for the first time in three seasons as he signed with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League after wrapping up his college hockey playing days at Holy Cross. Also on the Royals bench, forward Matt Willows and defensemen Adam Comrie make their returns to Worcester. Willows played in 11 games with the Worcester Sharks during the 14-15 season after his college hockey days at the University of New Hampshire. As for Comrie, he was a member of the Sharks from 2012-14. While there, he played in 80 games and contributed 34 points. Only six of those points were goals.
The Royals sent Mark Dekanich out to get the start for the team. As for Worcester Railers, head coach Jamie Russell he went with Eamon McAdam between the pipes. With 2:53 to go in the first, the Railers found the scoreboard thanks to an unassisted goal by Woody Hudson. For Hudson, the goal was his second of the young season. With 31 seconds to go in the first, the Royals would tie the game at one apiece thanks to a power-play goal by Ryan Penny. Reading, PA native Steven Swavely was credited with the lone assist on Penny’s fourth goal of the season.
Less than six minutes into the second period, the Railers would get the lead once again thanks to Patrick McNally. Matt Lane and Matthew Gaudreau would pick up the helpers on McNally’s fifth of the season. The Railers would strike again with 12:01 to go in the middle frame thanks to Frankie DiChiara. Jeff Kubiak and Patrick McNally with the assists on Dichiara’s second goal of the season.
The Railers weren’t done as Matthew Gaudreau would capitalize on his first professional goal to give his team a three-goal cushion. His linemate Chris Langkow was awarded the only assist. The Royals would fight back as with 12:08 to go in the game Mark Naclerio would score Reading’s second power-play goal of the game making the deficit two once again. Alex Krushelynski was credited with the only assist on Naclerio’s second of the season.
When the final horn sounded the Worcester Railers defeated the Reading Royals tonight by the score of 4-2 snapping Reading’s four-game winning streak. Friday night was the first time in the regular season coach MacDonald lost a game as he went 3-0 last season an interim basis.
Next up for the Royals: the Worcester Railers again tonight from the DCU Center. Puck drop is at 7:05 PM EST.