Reading, PA- For the first time in the season series, the Reading Royals earned a point when allowing the first goal to the Worcester Railers; Kirill Ustimenko made 28 saves, but the team fell, 3-2, in overtime Monday at Santander Arena. Five minutes into the extra frame, Worcester defenseman Jack Stander beat Ustimenko on a breakaway.Corey Mackin scored for the third straight game and Garret Cockerill also tallied, giving the blueliner points in five of six games.Railers forward Shane Walsh opened the scoring 10:06 into regulation. Barry Almeida passed along the boards to Cody Payne from the Worcester zone. Payne fed Walsh on a two-on-one and Walsh finished glove-side on Ustimenko.
In the second frame, Mackin scored at 3:36 to even the score on a doorstep-feed from Garrett Mitchell (2a). After a successful penalty kill, Cockerill scored at 17:12 of the middle frame to give the Royals their first lead of the night, 2-1. Forward Frank DiChiara fed Cockerill in the high-slot and he beat Evan Buitenhuis (42 saves, W). In the third period, Worcester cashed in the overtime-forcing goal on a power play at 11:55. Forward Kyle Thomas dished the puck from the right circle to Drew Callin who finished in the crease. Reading continues a five-game home stand with a Friday-Saturday set against Newfoundland Jan. 24-25. On the 24th, Reading will give away 1,000 coozies, courtesy of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. Saturday features postgame autographs and a team photo night with $1 cotton candy as the Royals raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Single-game tickets and mini-plans are on sale by visiting royalshockey.com/promotions, calling 610-898-7825 and visiting Santander Arena and The Weidenhammer Box Office at 700 Penn Street, Reading, PA.Box ScoreMack stays on track Corey Mackin’s second-period strike extended his points streak to six games (6g. 4a). Mackin tied the game at 3:36 of the middle frame. He has four goals in three games and 15 overall. Mackin had a seven-game goalless drought prior to his last five games. He has six goals and four assists in five games since the drought. The Ferris State graduate is leading the team in goals since Ralph Cuddemi signed a PTO with Laval. Mackin currently sits top-five in the ECHL for goals by a rookie. Listen to all Royals broadcasts at Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals or by downloading the Mixlr App from the App Store or Google Play. All Royals away games are broadcasted on BCTV (Ch. 15 Comcast, Ch. 19 Service Electric) and Mixlr.
Upcoming Home Games: royalshockey.com/promotions Fri., Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Newfoundland (Meet Greater Reading Night): First 1,000 fans will get a free koozie compliments of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance | Barber Appreciation Night | Meet Greater Reading Night at the Reading Royals presented by Greater Reading Chamber Alliance | Free Souvenir Cup Refills | Postgame Party with players at Cheers! Restaurant at the DoubleTree HotelSat., Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Newfoundland (Pediatric Cancer Awareness) Raising Pediatric Cancer Awareness | Survivor Walk on Ice | I Fight For Wall | Postgame Autographs | Team Photo Night | $1 Cotton Candy TubAbout the RoyalsThe Royals are in their 19th ECHL season and are proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs 14 times, and are four-time division champions. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena and the Santander Arena Performing Arts Center.Listen to all Royals broadcasts at Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals or by downloading the Mixlr App from the App Store or Google Play. All Royals away games are broadcasted on BCTV (Ch. 15 Comcast, Ch. 19 Service Electric) and Mixlr.