Monarchs Top Railers, 5-4By MATT JOHNSON
December 30. 2017 11:33PM
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Manchester Monarchs continued their dominance on the road, and defeated the Worcester Railers, 5-4, Saturday night at the DCU Center.
The Monarchs (20-10-1-1) came from behind twice against the Railers (12-12-2-2) to even up the season series at four games apiece.
Worcester opened the scoring at 9:40 of the first period on the 9th goal of the season for Woody Hudson. Monarchs goaltender, Branden Komm, cleared the puck from behind his goal up the right-side boards, where Mike Cornell stopped the puck at the point. Cornell wristed a shot toward goal that was tipped in front by Hudson, which beat Komm to the glove side to make it 1-0 Railers.
The Monarchs tied things up at 11:46 of the first period on the 11th goal of the season for Sam Kurker while on the power play. Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman sent a pass along the blue line to David Kolomatis at the left point, where Kolomatis took a one-timer that was tipped in front by Kurker that found its way past Worcester goaltender, Eamon McAdam, tying the score, 1-1.
The Railers regained their lead while on the power play at 1:38 of the second period on the second goal of the night and the 10th goal of the season for Hudson. Wade Murphy received the puck off a face-off win at the left point, where he slid a pass to Ben Masella at the top of the right circle. Masella fired a wrist shot on goal that was tipped in front by Hudson and over the shoulder of Komm to give Worcester a 2-1 lead.
Manchester tied the game again at 9:24 of the second period on a power-play goal by Michael Doherty, his 6th goal of the season. Kolomatis received a pass at the top of the left circle and passed it to Matt Buckles at the top of the crease. Buckles tipped a pass to the right side of the goal, where Doherty shot the puck into the open net to tie the score, 2-2.
The Monarchs took their first lead of the night on the 1st goal of the season for Francois Beauchemin at 13:26 of the second period. Matt Leitner won a face-off right back to Beauchemin in the right circle, where Beauchemin sniped a shot past the blocker of McAdam, to give Manchester a 3-2 lead.
The Railers responded at 19:03 of the second period on the 8th goal of the season for Barry Almeida. Ashton Rome received a pass at the top of the slot and sent a pass to T.J. Syner at the top of the right circle where he backhanded a shot on net. Almeida deflected the shot right before Komm made the save and the puck dribbled behind him and into the net to tie the game, 3-3.
Manchester took the lead at 2:58 of the third period on the 15th goal of the season for Zac Lynch. Lynch intercepted a pass along his defensive blue line and broke into the offensive zone on the left wing on a breakaway. Lynch pulled the puck below the hash marks and lifted the puck over the glove of McAdam and into the net to give Manchester a 4-3 lead.
The Monarchs extended their lead at 18:15 of the third period on an empty-net goal by Spencer Watson, for his 3rd goal of the season. Off a face-off win in the Monarchs defensive zone, Alexx Privitera wrapped the puck around the boards where LaVallee-Smotherman chipped the puck into the neutral zone. Watson collected the loose puck and took a shot from the red line into the empty net, to give Manchester a 5-3 lead.
Worcester battled back at 19:27 of the third period on the 6th goal of the season by Kellen Jones, to pull within one. Cornell sent a pass to the right corner for Patrick McNally where he centered a pass to the slot for Jones, who wristed a one-timer past the glove of Komm to end the scoring, 5-4, Monarchs.
The Monarchs return to action Sunday, Dec. 31, at 6:00 p.m., when return to SNHU Arena to play the second half of a home-and-home series with the Railers, for their final game of 2017. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a light-up glow stick or t-shirt, and the Monarchs will wear tuxedo jerseys on the ice. After the game, all in attendance will be treated to the much-anticipated Year-in-Review video, followed by the largest indoor fireworks display in New England, sponsored by Atlas Pyrotechnics.
Michael Doherty scored his 4th goal of the season against the Railers.
Zac Lynch is now tied with Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman for the team lead in goals (15).
Manchester went 2-for-2 on the power play.