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WORCESTER — The Worcester Railers HC gave up three third-period goals and fell to the Manchester Monarchs, 4-3, in front 606 fans at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in the first game of their ECHL existence.

Worcester outshot Manchester 29-23, and Josh Monk scored the first-ever goal for the Railers. TJ Syner and Kellen Jones also scored for Worcester and Ryan lannon added two assists in the loss.

Manchester broke a 3-3 tie with less than five minutes left in the third for the victory.

Manchester grabbed a 1-0 lead at just 1:59 into the opening period after Tommy Kelley found the top of the net past goaltender Joe Fallon. Just after the Railers’ first powerplay expired, defenseman Monk sent a shot through a screen to tie the score at 1-1 at 15:02.

The Railers dominated the second period with two goals to break out to a 3-1 lead. Kellen Jones ripped a shot off the post and into the net with a two-man advantage and Syner made it 3-1 with a hard slapshot past goaltender Charles Williams at 15:46.

Fallon came up with two big saves mid-way through the period to keep the Railers ahead by two goals.

Manchester came out strong in the third with two goals to tie it up at 3-3. The Monarchs scored the game-winner at 15:49 when Kopitar Gasper struck a slapshot from 15 feet out as a power play expired.

Final shots were 29-23 in favor of Worcester. The Railers will play on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Worcester.