Reading Royals weekly update

Photo by Brad Drey of Perdon House of Photography Brandon Anderson won his first game for the Royals since December 7 (which was also a win over the Elmira Jackals), when he made 19 saves on 20 shots in a Jan. 19 6-1 win over the Jackals.

NOTES OF THE WEEK

1. The Royals went 2-1-1-0 over the past week. The team has compiled a record of 15-3-2-1 in the team’s last 21 games and 27-5-2-1 inthe past 35.

2. Reading’s 4-3 overtime loss on Jan. 16 in Trenton extended the team’s current road winless streak to three (0-1-1-1). The Royals are 11-6-2-

2 away in games played away from the Sovereign Center this season.

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3. The back-to-back wins at the SovereignCenter on Friday, Jan. 18 (4-1 over Cincinnati and 6-1over Elmira) extended the Royals’ home win

streak to ten. That established a new team record for consecutive wins at the Sovereign Center, surpassing the nine consecutive wins at home the team compiled from January 2through February 15, 2004. The team’s ten

game home win streak was snapped in Monday’s5-2 loss to Elmira.

4. The 6-1 win over Elmira on Saturday gave the Royals 60 points in the standings after 41 games played. That is the quickest the teamhas ever amassed 60 points in a single season,surpassing the 2005-06 (27-11-3-3) and2010-11 (28-11-2-3) teams which reached(or surpassed) the 60 point plateau in theteam’s 43rd game.

5. The Royals scored the game’s first goal in all four games last wee. Reading has scored the first goal in eight consecutive games and in 25 of the 42 games played so far this season. Only the Ontario Reign (27) and the Gwinnett Glacdiators (26) have scored first more than Reading. The Royals .840 win percentage when scoring first (19-2-2-2) is fifth best in the league.

6. Wednesday in Trenton, Reading trailed the Titans 2-1 entering the third period—and actually trailed twice in the period (at 1-2 and 2-3) before

coming back to pick up a point in the 4-3 overtime loss. The Royals have compiled a record of 3-7-1-1 when trailing the opposition as they entered into the third period this season.

7. Reading led entering the third period in the other three games played this week, including Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Elmira Jackals. In that game,

Reading led 2-1 after 40 minutes, and the Jackals rang off four unanswered goals to pull out the win. That marked the first time this season that the Royals entered the third period leading over the opposition and lost in regulation (18-1-1-1). Overall, Reading is playing to a plus-15 (+15) in

the third period this season, outscoring the opposition, 52-37 in the final fram.

8. The Royals held the opposition to just one goal in Jan. 18’s 4-1 win over Cincinnati and Jan. 19’s 6-1 victory over Elmira. Reading has held the opponents to one goal or less 10 times this year and have compiled a rcord of 10-0-0-0 in those games. ÐŽ Ž ŽÐŽ ŽÐÐŽŽ -37 in the final

9. Monday’s (Jan. 21) game marked the fifth time this year that Reading has allowed five goals or more. The Royals are 0-4-0-1 those games.

10. Overall, Reading has allowed 116 goals against—for a team goals against average of 2.76, which is fifth best in the league.

11. Saturday’s (Jan. 19) game marked the seventh time this season that Reading has scored six or more goals (7-0-0-0).The Royals, who are the leading scoring team in the EasternConference (151 goals scored—a 3.60 goals pergame average), are 20-0-0-1 when scoring four or more.

12. The Royals got touched up for 40 shots against in Wednesday’s (Jan. 16) 4-3 OTL in Trenton. That is only thefifth time this season that Reading has allowed 35 or more shots against. In the two home wins this week,Reading held the Cyclones to just 19 shots and the Jackalsto 20 shots—marking the eighth and ninth time this season that the Royals have held the oppostion to 20shot or less. Overall, Reading is allowing an average of26.79 shots against per game, which is fourth best in the

league.

MORE NOTES OF

THE WEEK

1. In all three home games this week, Reading generated 35 or more shots on goal. Reading averages 32.19 shots on goal per game, which is thirdbest in the league.

2. After outshooting Elmira, 25-10 in the first two periods of Jan. 21 loss, the Jackals outshot Reading 16-10 in the third period. Overallthis season, Reading has outshot the opposition, 414-360 (+54) in the third period. The best period in this regard for the Royals this season has been

the second, where Reading is a plus-95 (+95) with respect to shots taken when compared to the opposition )475-380).

3. The Royals’ first goal in Jan. 18’s 4-1 win over the Cincinnati (by Nikita Kashirsky) was scored while the Royals PP had been held off the board. Reading proceeded to score a PPG in each of the home games played this week (3 for 19 - 15.8%). The eight power play opportunities the Royals had on Jan. 21 against the Elmira Jackals tied a season high for chances with the man advantage.

4. Overall, the Royals have scored 28 PPGs this year in 188 chances with the man advantage,which is a 14.9% scoring percentage (nineteenth in the league).

5. The Royals power play unit gave up three short-handed goals against this past week—the only goal scored by Cincinnati on Jan. 18 (by David Pacan) and a pair to Elmira’s Louie Caporusso in Monday’s 5-2 loss, which included the Jackals’ first goal of the game (to tie the game at one) and the third period game-tying goal (at 2-2) with 8:21 remaining in regulation. That was Caporusso’s third short-handed goal this season against Reading (he also scored one in Reading’s7-4 win in Elmira on December 7). The Royals have now allowed seven short-handed goals against, which is tied for fifth best in the league.

6. The Royals penalty kill got touched up for three power play goals against inWednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Trenton. That was the fourth time this season that the Royals’ PK has given up more than one PPGA in a single game. Although the Jackals only goal in the 6-1 win for Reading on Jan. 19 was scored on the power play, Reading blanked Cincinnati’s PP on Friday, and Elmira’s on Monday. Overall this season, Reading’s PK has blanked the opposition’s PP in 23 of the 42 games played.

7. Over the last 13 games, the opposition has scored 11 power play goals in 50 chances, which is a 78% kill ratio. Overall this year, Reading is killing at an 84.5% ratio (27 of 174) which is sixth best in the league. K 8. Yannick Tifu is riding a three game point streak (3g-1a=4pts). Tifu, who has recorded atleast one point in 19 of the last 23 games (12g-18a=30pts), scored his teamleading 16th goal of the season on a penalty shot 15:11 into the third period of Saturday’s (Jan. 19) 6-1 win over Elmira. Tifu’s 26 assists also leads the team. His 42 total points is tied for 11th in the league scoring race.

9. Tifu’s penalty shot on Saturday was the twenty-third in the team’s history—and the secondthis season. Both of this year’s penalty shots for the Royals have been taken against the Elmira Jackals and goaltender Maxime Clermont, who stopped Dannick Paquette’s effort on January 5. For Tifu, that was his second penalty shot as a Royal. He scored on his other penaltyshot, as well, which was taken on December 16, 2011 against theWheeling Nailers PatrickKilleen. Tifu is one of four Royals who have taken more than one penalty shot for the Royals—the others being Greg Hogeboom (2), Brock Hooton (2) and Andrew Sarauer (3). However,Tifu is the only player in team history to take a penalty shot for the Royals AND a penalty

shot against the Royals. In fact, Tifu has taken 2 penalty shots against the Royals: (i) on December 1, 2007, he scored on his bid as a member of theDayton Bombers against Reading’s Danny Taylor; and (ii) on January 2, 2010, his bid as a member of the Elmira Jackals was rejected by Matt Dalton.

10. David Marshall is riding a four game point streak (2g-2a). Marshall, who is engaged in his eighth fight of the season (tied for the team lead with Bryant Molle) five seconds into Monday’s (Jan. 21) game (against Elmira’s Jordan Pietrus), has recorded apoint in eight of his last nine games (6g-3a=9pts). Marshall,who is second on the team in scoring with 37 points (14g-23a) in 42 games, has recorded 119 shots which is secondmost on the team.

11. Joel Champagne broke a seven game goal scoring droughtwith the first goal of Monday’s game—his 12th of the season, which was scored while the Royals were on a four-on-threepower play. That was Champagne’s fourth ‘first goal’ of the year, which is tied for the second most on the team, as well as his fifth power play goal, which is tied for the team lead (with David Marshall and Kirk MacDonald).

NOTES OF THE WEEK

1. Adam Comrie is riding a three game point streak (3g-1a). He registered his first multi-goal game of the season (2g) in Saturday’s (Jan. 19) 6-1 win overElmira, which extended his home goal scoring streak to a team season high six games. (That streak was snapped in Monday’s loss to the Jackals.)Comrie, who has had at least one point in 21 of his last 28 games with the Royals (13g-12a=25pts), scored back-to-back game winners on Friday and Saturday. He now has three GWGs, which is tied for the team lead. Comrie’s 15 goals and 29 points leads all defensemen in theleague. He also leads all defensemen in the league with 111 shots on goal. Comrie is playing to aplus-19 (+19) for Reading this season, which is tied for third best in the league.

2. Kirk MacDonald had a three game point streak (1g-2a) snapped in Monday’s loss. MacDonald,who has recorded at least on point in seven of his last nine games (4g-5a), leads the Royals with120 shots on goal.

3. David Vallorani is riding a three game point streak (0g-3a). He is currently 11th inrookie scoring (9g-19a=28pts).

4. Ian O’Connor recorded his first multi-goal game of the year in Wednesday’s (Jan. 16) 4-3 overtime loss to Trenton. He tied a personal season high with seven shots on goal in that game. O’Connor also engaged in a tilt (with Trenton’s Aaron Schmidt) in Wednesday’s (Jan. 16) game. O’Connor fought for the fourth time this season when he took on Elmira’s Alexandre Beauregard in Monday’s matinee.

5. Ethan Cox scored the Royals first goal in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Elmira. That was the third timethis year that he has scored the game’s first goal.

6. Stanislav Galiev is riding a three game point streak (0g-5a). Galiev, who has recorded at least one point in 11 of the sixteen games he’s played forReading, recorded back-to-back two-assist nights on Jan. 18 and 19. Galiev has six multi-point games with the Royals this season.

7. Patrick Wellar, who recorded an assist on the Royals’ third period game-tying goal (by Ian O’Connor with 11:17 remaining in regulationJan. 16 in Trenton, is currently the second leding active defenseman in scoring for the Royals (2g-13a-15pts).

8. Brett Flemming recorded the lone assist on the Royals’ first goal (by Ian O’Connor) Jan. 16 in Trenton. Flemming was recalled by the Washington Capitals of the NHL and reassigned to the Hershey Bears of the AHL for the fifth time this season on Jan. 22.

9. Nikita Kashirsky had his three game point streak (2g-4a) snapped in the loss to Elmira. Kashirsky, who scored the Royals second goal on Jan. 16 in Trenton (to tie the game at two 1:34 into the third period), recorded back-to-back multi-point games on Friday and Saturday, which included a three-assistgame in Reading’s 6-1 win over Elmira on Saturday night.

10. Bryant Molle recorded an assist on the Royals third period game tying (atthree) goal (by Ian O’Connor) in Wednesday’s 4-3 OTL in Trenton. On Friday against the Cyclones, he engaged in his eighth fight of the year (tied for the team lead) with the Cyclones’ Andrew Conboy. Molle sustained an injury to his hand in that tilt and has been placed on the 21-day injured reserve.

11. Defenseman Mark Mitera registerd his first multi-point game of the year (0g-2a) and played to a season best plus-3 (+3) in Saturday’s 6-1 win over theElmira Jackals.

12. Julien Cayer set up the breakaway goal for Kirk MacDonald(the Royals’ fifth of the game) in the 6-1 victory over Elmira. That was Cayer’s

fourth assist in his 25th game with the team. He is playing to a plus seven (+7) in that time span.

13. Goaltender Sergey Kostenko extended his personal unbeaten streak to three (1-0-1-1) when he made a career high 36 saves on 40 shots inWednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to trenton. In four appearances for the Royals this year, Kostenko has a 4.43 goals against average and a .863 save percentage.

14. For the second time this season, goaltender Drew MacIntyre held the opposition to one goal, making 18 saves on 19 shots in the Royals’ 4-1 win over Cincinnati on Jan. 18. That was the third win of the season for Reading. MacIntyre sustained his second loss for theRoyals, allowing 4 goals on 25 shots, in Monday’s 5-2 loss toElmira. In five appearances this season for Reading, MacIntyrehas compiled a 3-2-0-0 record with a 2.07 goals against averageand a .925 save percentage.

15. Brandon Anderson won his first game for the Royals sinceDecember 7 (which was also a win over the Elmira Jackals), whenhe made 19 saves on 20 shots in Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Jackals. That is the third time this season that Anderson has held the opposition to one goal or less. In eight appearances for the Royals, Anderson has compiled a record of 5-3-0-0 with a 3.22goals against average and a .878 save percentage.