Worcester, MA - The Reading Royals (25-11-2-0), proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, earned a point in an overtime loss to the Worcester Railers (21-17-3-0), 7-6, on Friday, January 27 at the DCU Center. Collin Adams’ third overtime goal of the season propelled the Railers over the Royals 53 seconds into the extra stanza for Worcester’s fourth overtime win of the season. Nolan Maier suffered the loss in Reading’s second overtime loss this season with 29 saves on 36 shots faced (11-4-2). Brent Moran earned his first ECHL career win in net for Worcester with 31 saves on 37 shots faced (1-2-0).
Both teams scored goals in the opening four minutes of play with goals from rookie skaters. Will Mackinnon scored the game’s opening goal 1:43 into regulation on a loose puck in Worcester’s crease. The puck settled beside Moran after he fended off Tyler Kirkup’s initial shot, however failed to corral the rebound. MacKinnon drove the puck into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season. Nick Fea evened the score less than two minutes later on a wrap-around attempt that beat Maier glove side for the forward’s fourth goal of the season.
Reading took a one-goal lead into the second period with a shorthanded goal on a Railers’ power play. After intercepting a pass from Myles McGurty, Brendan Hoffmann raced into Worcester’s zone on a breakaway and snapped a forehand shot past Moran for his sixth goal of the season and first shorthanded goal of his professional career. Reading’s fifth shorthanded goal of the season provided them a one-goal advantage after the first period, 2-1.
The Royals and Railers each notched two goals in the second period on the first of two goals in the game for Reading’s Max Newton and Wprcester’s Liam Coughlin. Blake Christiensen evened the score for the Railers with his eighth goal of the season that tied the score up until Reading’s second power play goal of the game. Garrett McFadden snapped a shot on goal from the high slot that picked the top-left shelf of Moran’s net in the final nine seconds of the period. The captain’s fourth goal of the season and second power play goal in his last three games provided the Royals a one-goal lead entering the third period, 4-3.
Reading improved their lead to two goals on Newton’s second goal of the game scored 25 seconds into the third period. Newton chased down a loose puck behind Worcester’s net and beat Moran on a wrap-around that squeaked in between the netminder’s left pad and post. Newton's second goal of the game earned the rookie his team-leading seventh multi-goal game of the season and third multi-goal game against the Railers.
Down by two goals, Worcester mounted a three-goal third period to take a one-goal lead up until the final 15 seconds of regulation. With an extra attacker on the ice, Charlie Gerard handled a bouncing puck off of Newton’s stick in the slot and snapped a shot over the left shoulder of Moran to tie the game, 6-6.
Gerard’s 17th goal of the season forced overtime for the second time this month between the Royals and Railers. Adams scored the game-winning goal 53 seconds into the extra frame for Worcester after he had his cross-crease pass attempt blocked by McFadden, but returned right back to his stick to lift past Maier on the second effort.
The Royals dropped their first game to the Railers this season to fall to 3-0-1 in the season series (31-15-5-1 all-time). The Royals fall to 2-2 in overtime games this season and hold a 20-5-2 divisional record for the best win percentage among North Division teams against divisional opponents (.740%).
The Royals return home on Saturday, January 28th to host the Railers at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena. The home game features the Flyers Affiliation / Women in Sports Night promotional game presented by Enersys. Order tickets and see the full ~ promotional schedule ~ now!-Upcoming Games:
- Flyers Affiliation Night / Women in Sports Night - Jan. 28 vs. Worcester
- Game presented by Enersys
- Women in sports night with pre-game Q&A featuring professionals from the Phillies, 76ers, FOX 29, and more!
- Appearance from Gritty
- Specialty jersey available for auction
- Girl Scout Night tickets!
- Pre-game photo on ice with Slapshot from 6:00-6:15 below section 109
- $2 off craft draft beers 6-7:00 PM
- Pink In The Rink Night - Feb. 4 vs. Adirondack
- Breast cancer survivor charity shoot + on ice recognition
- Health Professionals Night - 1 complimentary ticket and discounted rates for all Reading area healthcare workers! Presented by St. Luke's.
- Earmuff giveaway!
- Slapshot Saturdays: $2 off craft draft beers 6-7:00 PM
- Slapshot Saturdays: pre-game photo on ice with Slapshot from 6:00-6:15 below section 109
- Education Day - Feb. 7 vs. Worcester
- Special 10:30 a.m. morning game presented by Customers Bank
- Educational learning packet provided
- In-game entertainment tailored to students
- Career Fair
- Bus parking provided
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign your classroom up today
Join the Reading Royals for FOUR of our biggest games of the year at home! Four-game plan ticket package includes tickets to the following specialty games:
Affiliation Night - January 28th @7:00 p.m.
Pink in the Rink - February 4th @7:00 p.m.
St. Hattrick's Day - March 18th @7:00 p.m.
Fandemonium - April 15th @7:00 p.m.
In addition to a ticket to each game, you will get a burger and soda per ticket, as well as a Royals hat. Contact the Royals front office for pricing details. Quantities are limited so reserve your seat now!2022-23 Season Memberships
Reading Royals season tickets, flex memberships and group tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting the Royals’ box office at Santander Arena or by calling 610-898-7825.
About the Royals
The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are in their 21st season in the ECHL. They won their first Kelly Cup championship in 2013 and have clinched playoff berths in 11 of the previous 12 seasons. They are five-time division champions and were the 2021-22 Eastern Conference champion. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena.