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Monarchs open season Saturday at Worcester

October 13. 2017 12:25AM

Ice crew member David Duarte helps paints the Monarchs lion at center ice at SNHU Arena in Manchester on Thursday. Their home-opener is Oct. 21 when they open up against the Worcester Railers. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

The Manchester Monarchs will begin their third ECHL campaign Saturday night at 7:05 when the puck drops for their season opener against the Worcester Railers at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

The contest will mark the first of 15 contests between the Monarchs and Worcester this season. The second meeting between the two teams will be Manchester's home opener at SNHU Arena on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

This season is the first for the Railers, who joined the league as an expansion franchise this year.

Manchester will open the season with familiar faces like forwards Matt Leitner, Zac Lynch, Kevin Morris and Gasper Kopitar and defensemen like David Kolomatis, Justin Agosta and Colton Saucerman, who all played for the team last year. The Monarchs will also feature new faces like rookies Tommy Kelley, Sam Kurker, Eric Schurhamer and Evan Cowley.

Kelley, a 23-year-old forward, logged eight points (four goals, four assists) over his four-year career at Boston University. Kurker, a 23-year-old forward, registered 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) over his time at both BU and Northeastern University.

Schurhamer, a 23-year-old defenseman, tallied 43 points (10 goals, 33 assists) over his four years at the University of Maine. Cowley, a 22-year-old goaltender, recorded a .955 save percentage and a 1.13 goals-against average over 11 games for the University of Denver last season.