If there’s been one weakness to nitpick with to date this season for the Manchester Monarchs, it’s their inconsistency in seven earlier appearances against the Worcester Railers. So, it goes without saying that Saturday night’s 5-4 win in Worcester was a quality end to the Monarchs’ successful 17-day road trip.
Both teams were tied after two periods of play, with the first 40 minutes’ momentum swinging back and forth across the DCU Center ice.
Just seconds before the second intermission, Worcester got Barry Almeida’s second goal of the year against the Monarchs, adding to a pair of earlier goals from Woody Hudson.
Almieda’s backhand deflection from the top of the slot past Monarchs netminder Brandon Komm evened the contest for a third time, with Manchester grabbing earlier goals from Sam Kurker, Michael Doherty and Francois Beauchemin.
That would be the final deadlock of the contest, with Manchester taking the lead for good 2:58 into the third period as Zac Lynch transformed an interception near the Monarchs’ defensive blue line into an unassisted fast break goal.
After that point, the Railers would record 11 of the game’s next 12 shots before pulling goalkeeper Eamon McAdam.
Spencer Watson would use McAdam’s absence to seal Manchester’s victory with just two minutes left in the contest.
Kellen Jones what would be a consolation goal 90 seconds later, as the Railers didn’t have enough time to discover one final goal during McAdam’s second departure over the game’s closing moments.
Two of Manchester’s goals came on the power play, putting them at just under 25 percent on their 6-3 road trip across the Atlantic seaboard.
Ending the evening, they’re tied for the league lead in goals scored with the Colorado Eagles at 125 and their 89 goals allowed is just 17 more than the league leading Florida Everblades.
Both teams return to Manchester on Sunday for a 6 p.m. matchup to close out the calendar year.