In the opening seconds of overtime, Reading defenseman Trevor Gooch took the puck in his own zone and skated straight for the Worcester goal.
Gooch moved quickly into the offensive zone, evading a pair of defenders before firing a wrist shot. The puck sailed straight into the back of the net, giving Gooch the game-winning goal just 16 seconds into overtime to lift the Royals to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Railers Friday night at Santander Arena.
“They gave me a lot of ice and I just took advantage of it,” Gooch said. “(I) faked left and then just threw it on net, and luckily it went in.”
Gooch, in his second stint with the Royals, was acquired in late December and has scored three goals in four games this season. His goal in Friday’s win was his first game-winner of the season.
“That goal is sick,” Royals coach Kirk MacDonald said. “Credit to him. He’s been a big addition.”
After trailing for the majority of the third period, Reading tied it with a goal from Garrett Cecere with 2:28 remaining in the third period. The goal was Cecere’s first as a member of the Royals.
“You’re happy to see a guy rewarded in a situation like that, because he’s had opportunities to score this year and it hasn’t happened,” MacDonald said about Cecere. “It was big time.”
Source: Berkshire mont