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Swavely ties game in final minute, shootout friendly to Worcester, 3-2

Thursday, November 15th
Swavely ties game in final minute, shootout friendly to Worcester, 3-2

Worcester, MA – Reading native Steven Swavely (2g) registered his second career multi-goal game and tied the contest at two with 53 seconds left in the third, but Worcester Railers forward Ivan Kosorenkov scored the shootout-winning strike to hand the Reading Royals their fourth shootout loss of the season, 3-2, Wednesday the DCU Center.

With six Royals skaters on the ice seeking a tie, Swavely deflected a right-point shot by Steve Johnson over Evan Buitenhuis’ shoulder for his second goal of the game. Shane Walsh also pinballed the puck on its way by Buitenhuis (win, 33 saves). The Royals have scored three “6-on-5” goals this season.

Kosorenkov beat Redmond on the blocker hand in the top of the first round of the shootout. Reading’s Michael Huntebrinker, Swavely and Adam Schmidt failed to score in the skills competition.

Reading plays its next two games at home, starting Fri., Nov. 16 vs. Newfoundland at 7:00 p.m. On Sat., Nov. 17 in a 7:00 p.m. rematch vs. the Growlers, the Royals will wear hockey’s first-ever 3-D jerseys and hand out 3-D glasses on the Veterans Day Game. Plus, grab a rally towel, pres. by UGI Utilities.

Angus Redmond has points in three of five decisions this season (0-2-0-3, 32 saves).

Box ScoreSteven Swavely netted the game’s opening tally with 6:27 remaining in the first. Nick Luukko paddled the puck to the left half wall of the Railers zone. Worcester intercepted but left it free at the high slot. Swavely quickly turned to face the net and pounded it low and through Buitenhuis for his third of the season.

The Worcester man up netted the tying goal in the second. Mike Cornell powered it to the mid slot and the shot clicked off Tyler Barnes’ waving stick and in with 8:24 remaining in the second. Cornell and Tyler Mueller assisted.

Ivan Kosorenkov scored an unassisted goal to give Worcester a 2-1 edge at 15:51 of the third before Swavely’s tying marker.

Reading’s man up was 0-for-2, while the Railers went 1-for-4 on the power play.

Special Olympics Night vs. Newfoundland: Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m.

Veteran’s Day Game with rally towel giveaway vs. Newfoundland: Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m.First-ever 3-D hockey jersey. First 2,500 fans receive a rally towel, pres. by UGI Utilities. Double-amputee, Eagle Scout and Sixers anthem singer Ron C. Brooks will perform the Star Spangled Banner.

About the RoyalsThe Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are entering their 18th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

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