Royals return home to host Thunder on four-game winning streak
Reading, Pa. — The Reading Royals, proud affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, open a two-weekend series against the Adirondack Thunder tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena.
Tonight’s game is La Noche de Los Reales presented by Anewalt Landscape Contracting. Celebrate the Latin American community of Reading during the game which will feature a Spanish-speaking co-host, a performance by the WH Dance Academy as well as Latin and reggaeton music. $5 from every ticket sold will benefit the ConPRmetidos Hurricane Relief charity for Puerto Rico. Additionally, specialty Puerto Rico-themed jerseys are available for pre-order HERE. 50% of the proceeds from the jerseys sold will also go to ConPRmetidos. Tickets for the match are available at royalshockey.com/promotions.
Reading improved to 5-4-1 this season after beating Worcester in their previous game, 6-2, on Wednesday November 16 at the DCU Centre. Multi-point games from forwards Max Newton, Trey Bradley and Charlie Gerard propelled the Royals past the Railers in the first of eight meetings between the two teams this season.
The Royals are preparing to meet the Adirondack Thunder for the first time this regular season after facing each other in two preseason games.
Reading fell in the preseason opener to the Adirondack Thunder, 4-1, at Cool Insuring Arena on Friday, October 14. The Royals and Thunder faced off again in the pre-season final on Saturday October 15 at Santander Arena where Reading fell to Adirondack, 3-1. Forwards Shane Sellar and Kamerin Nault scored Reading’s goals in games one and two respectively. Goaltenders Justin Kapelmaster and Nolan Maier shared the preseason games in goal. Kaplemaster stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in Game 1 while Maier saved 19 of 21 shots faced in Game 2.
Reading holds third place in the North Division with a winning percentage of .550. Reading has two fewer games played than Worcester and Newfoundland who rank above the Royals in the divisional standings. Worcester sit second in the North Division with a winning percentage of 0.833 and suffered a loss to Reading in their last game. Newfoundland sits atop the North Division and Eastern Conference as the Growlers are yet to lose in regulation with an 11-0-1 record and .958 winning percentage. Trois-Rivières and Maine rank fourth and fifth, respectively, with records below .500. Adirondack has the fewest games played in the division (9) with a .389 winning percentage in sixth place. Norfolk sits at the bottom of the division with a 1-12-0 record.
Adirondack is 2-4-2-1 this season and hasn’t lost in regulation in its last five games (2-0-2-1). In their previous game on Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Thunder lost in overtime to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 4-3. The Thunder opened the season without a win in their first five games and come to Reading with a win in four road games (1-2-1).
Adirondack enters tonight with the fourth-best penalty kill in the league on the road with only one power-play goal allowed on 14 power-play chances by the opposing team. The Thunder are 2-0 this season when leading after the second period, but 0-4-2-1 when trailing after two periods.
Reading leads the ECHL in shots against per game (25.9 average) and ranks 6th in the league in power play (25%).
A few Royals are on streaks and captured milestones in the road trip finale against the Railers:
Forward Trey Bradley is on a five-game point streak (2 G, 6 A).
Forward Jacob Gaucher is on a three game streak with at least one point (2 G, 2 A).
Forward Tyler Kirkup is on a three game streak with at least one point (2 G, 1 A).
Defenseman Will MacKinnon is on a two-game point streak (1 G, 1 A).
Defender Colin Felix is on a two game streak with at least one point (2 A).
Forward Brendan Hoffmann scored his first professional goal.
Defender Ryan Romeo earned his first point as a Royal with an assist.
Today’s game will be shown on the Royals Broadcast Network available on the following platforms:
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