NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. The Royals won both games the team played this week (2-0-0-0). The team has compiled a record of 17-3-2-1 in the team’s last 23 games and 29-5-2-1 in the past 37.
2. Reading’s record of 30-10-2-2-64 leads the Atlantic Divisionand the Eastern Conference of the ECHL. The team’s .727 winpercentage is third in the ECHL behind the Ontario Reign (31-10-1-2=65, .739) and the Alaska Aces (32-11-1-2=67, .728).
3.Sunday’s win over Las Vegas was the Royals 30th victory of theyear. Reading is the first team in the Eastern Conference to reach 30 wins. The Royals picked up the team’s 30th win in the 44th game of the year. That is the quickest Reading hasever reached the thirty win plateau in the twelve year history ofthe team, surpassing the mark established in 2010-11 when Reading picked up the team’s 30th win on Feb. 11, 2012 in its 47th game of the season (30-12-2-3).
4. Both of Reading’s wins this week came on home ice. The Royalslead the league with nineteen home victories (19-4-0-0). TheRoyals have gone 18-2-0-0 in the last twenty games played at theSovereign Center.
5. The two games played this past weekend against the Las VegasWranglers, who play in the ECHL’s Pacific Division of theWestern Conference, are the only games this season (during theregular season at least) in which the Royals will face an opponent from theWest. With the two wins this weekend, in the twelve year history of theRoyals, the team is 5-0-0 against the Wranglers, 11-0-1 against teams from the Pacific Division, and 14-2-1 against teams from the Western Conference.
6. The Royals scored the game’s first goal in Saturday’s 4-2 win over theWranglers. That marked the ninth consecuvegame (and 26th time this season) that Readinghas scored the game’s first goal. That streak was
snapped in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Las Vegas. Only the Ontario Reign, Gwinnett Gladiators and Cincinnatti Cyclones have scored first more than Reading, who has the fifth best win percentage in the league (20-2-2-2, .846)when scoring first.
7. Reading scored four goals in both of the games playedthis week. The Royals are the leading scoring team in theEastern Conference, averaging 3.61 goals per game—which is third best in the league (behind Idaho, 3.88; andOntario, 3.73). Reading has compiled a record of 22-0-0-1when scoring four or more goals.
8. The Royals scored six of the team’s eight goals in the two games played this week in the secodn period. Reading’s most productive period this season has been the second, scoring 59 of the team’s 159 total goals in the second. (Reading has scored 42 in the first; and 52 in the third). Reading is outscoring the opposition, 36-20 (+16) inthe second period at the Sovereign Center this year.
9. The Royals held theWranglers to just two goals on Saturday and one goal on Sunday. The Royals have compiled a record of 20-1-1-0 when holding the opposition to two goals or less. Reading os 11-0-0-0 when allowing one goal or less. Reading has the fifthbest team goals against average in the league, allowingon average 2.70 goals per game.
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1. The Royals andWranglers each had 31 shots on goal on Saturday; and Las Vegas outshot Reading 31 -25 on Sunday. That is only 12th time this year that Reading has been outshot by the opposition - and the Royals are 9-1-2-0 in those games. Reading has gone 7-0-0-0 when outshot athome.
2. Overall, Reading is averaging 32.00 shots on goal per game (fifth best in the league) and has given up an average of 26.98 shots per game (fourth best in the league).
3.Reading scored at least one power play goal in both gamesplayed this week, and have now scored at least one PPG in five consecutive games (after getting blanked on the PP in a strong of the five prior games). The Royals bagged a pair of power playgoals on Sunday—which is only the seventh time this year that Reading has scored more than one PPG in a single game. In thelast five games, the Royals are six for thirty on the power play, which is a 20% scoring ratio on the PP in that time span.
4. Overall, Reading is scoring power play goals at a 15.6% clip (31-199), which is tied with the Gwinnett Gladiators for 19th out of the 23 teams in the league.
5. The Royals’ penalty killers gave up one power play goal against in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Las Vegas. Up to and including that game, the Royals PKhad been touched up for at least one PPGA in five of the team’s
previous seven games—and, looking back a fit farther, had given up 123 PPGA in 54 chances for the opposition (77.8% kill ratio) in the prior 14 games.
6. Reading’s PK did, however, kill a pivotal full-two minute five-on-three power play for Las Vegas early in the second period onSaturday night. The PK also blanked theWranglers’ power playon four chances with the man advantage on Sunday, which includeda third period 5-on-3. That is the 14th time that Reading’s PK has held the opposition off the board this season.
7. Overall, the Royals have allowed 28 PPGA in 182 PP Opps for the opposition, which is an 84.6% kill ratio - third best in the league. Reading is killing at an 88.5% ratio at home - 11 PPGA in 96 PP Opps—which is fourth best in that category.
8. Yannick Tifu extended his personal point streak to four games(3g-2a) whenhe recorded anassist on AdamComrie’s gamewinner on Saturday
against Las Vegas. That was his team-leading tenth power play assist of the year. Tifu’spoint streak was snapped on Sunday. Tifu, who has recorded at least one point in 20 of hislast 25 games (12g-19a=31pts), leads the Royals with 27 assists in 44 games. Tifu’s 43 points now places him tied for 13th in the league’s scoring race. Tifu, who now has 102 points (36g-66a) in 96 career games over two seasons with Reading, is the 10th player in team history to surpass the ‘century mark’—and is now one point ahead of GregHogeboom on the all-time scoring list.
9. David Marshall scored a pair of goals and recorded an assist in Saturday’s 4-2 win over theWranglers. He followed that up with a two assist game on Sunday, which included a helper on the game winner by Adam Comrie. Marshall, who now has three multi-goal games, and 10 multi-pointperformances this season, has thirteen points (7g-6a) in his last eleven games. Sunday’sssist on the game winner wasMarshall’s eleventh power playpoint (5g-6a) of the year, whichleads the team.Marshall, whose 122 shots is tied for the team lead (with Kirk MacDonald),
is playing to a plus-15(+15), which leads all forwards
on the Royals.
MORE NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. Adam Comrie scored the game winner in both games played this past weekend. Comrie leads the team (and all defensemen in the league) with five game winning goals. In fact, Comrie has now scored the GWG in the Royals’ last four consecutive wins (over a span of five games). That ties a team record established by Colin Pepperall in the 2002-03 season when he scored the game winner in four consecutive wins for Reading (over aspan of nine games) (11/22 – 12/13/02). Only one othe player has scoredas many as three consecutive GWGs for the Royals and thatwould beOlivier Labelle, who accomplished that feat over a spanof seven total games (02/20 – 03/05/11). Twenty-five other times in the 12 year history of the Royals has a single player scored consecutive GWGs for Reading.
2. Comrie is riding a five game point streak (5g-2a=7pts)—and has at least a point in twenty-three of his last 30 games with the Royals. He recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday’s (Jan. 26) win for his sixth mult-point game of the season. His goal on Sunday was his teamleading 17th of the year, which also leads alldefensemen in the league. Comrie’s 32 points(17g-15a) is currently second amongst defensemen inthe league. His 114 shots on goal leads also leads d-menin that category. Comrie is playing to a team-leadingplus-19 (+19) which places him tied for fourth in the league in that category.
3.David Vallorani is riding a five game point and assist streak (0g-6a). His two assist performance on Saturday was his seventh multi-point game of the year. Valloriano has played to even or better in all 11 of his games that he has played in the month of January, collectively playing to a plus-6 (+6) during that time span. Valloriani’s 31 points (9g - 22a) places him tied for ninth in rookie scoring.
4. Kirk MacDonald recorded a pair of assists—including one on the GWG by Adam Comrie—in Sunday’s 4-1 win. McDonald, who is tied for the team lead with 122 shots on goal, has seven multi-point games with the Royals this year. He has eleven points (4g-7a) in his last 11 games.
5. Ethan Cox scored the Royals first goal on Sunday. That was his third goal in his last four games played. Cox, who has played to a plus-nine (+9) in his last 10 games, is playing to a collective plus-14 (+14) this season, which is second best amongst forwards for Reading.
6. Stanislave Galiev recorded his fith multi-point game (1g-1a) of the year for Reading in Sunday’s win. Galiev, whohas recorded at least one point in 11 of his 18 games with Reading, has seven points (1g-6a) in his last five games with the team. His goal on Sunday (Jan. 27) was his fith power play goal of the year, which tied him for the team lead in that category.
7.Nikita Kashirsky scored the game’s first goal (his second‘FG’ of the year) in Saturday’s 4-2 win. He also registereda pair of assists for his second three point—and third multi-point—game in a span of four games. Kashirsky alsoscored the Royals final goal of the weekend on Sunday—8:41 into the 3rd period to give the team a 3 goal cushion.Kashirsky has 10 points in his last six games (4g-6a).
8. Julien Cayer, who ordinarily plays as a forward for the Royals, saw significant time as a defenseman in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Las Vegas because the Royals were down to three regular (and one newlysigned, James Sanford) defenseman for the game. Cayer played to a personal season high plus-3 (+3) in Saturday’s game.
9. James Sanford, playing in his second game as a Royal, picked up an assist on the power play goal by Stan Galiev that gave the team a 3-1 lead latein the second period.
10. Goaltender Brandon Anderson won his third consecutive game for the Royals when he made 29 saves on 31 shots on Saturday. That was Anderson’s
ninth appearance for the Royals this year and marked the fourth time that he has held the opposition to two goals or less. Anderson has compiled a record of 6-3-0-0 with a 3.08 goals against average and a .886
11. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre tied his personal season high with 30saves on 31 shots in the 4-1 win over Las Vegas on Sunday. That marked the third time—in six appearances for the Royals—that MacIntyre has held the opposition to just one goal. He has held the opposition to two goals or less in five of his six games with Reading. MacIntyre has compiled a record
of 4-2-0-0 with a 1.89 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.