This week's Reading Royals update

Photo by Brad Drey of Perdon House of Photography The Royals leading scorer, Yannick Tifu, has been held off the board in the last four games. That ties a season long for games without a point for Tifu, who also went four straight without a point from Nov. 18-24.

1. All three games played by the Royals last week were resolved by the same score, 2-1; but each game had a distinctly different result: (i)a shootout loss to the Nailers; (ii) a regulation win over Wheeling; and (iii) a regulation loss to the Toledo Walleye.

2. After this week, during with Reading went 1-1-0-1, Reading has gone 5-3-1-2 in the team’s last 11 games. The Royals have gone 18-4-2-2 in the team’s last 26 games and 30-6-2-2 in the last 40.

3. The week Reading held the team’s position as the top team in the ECHL’s Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The Royals have the third most wins (31) and points in the standings (67)—and the third best win percentage (.713)—in the league. The Ontario Reign are the top team in the league in wins (33) and win percentage (.734); and the Alaska Aces are tied with the Reign for most points in the standings (69) and are second in wins (32) and win percentage (.719).

4. Reading completed the team’s schedule for January of 2013 with the shootout loss to the Wheeling Nailers last Wednesday. The Royals went 7-3-1-2 in the 13 games played during the month of January. That ties the second most wins (7) in team history in January (2002-03 and 2007-08). The most wins ever for Reading in the month of January is nine (2004-05) (9-3-2).

5. Each of the three games played by Reading this week were decided by one goal. Reading has compiled a record of 10-4-2-3 in one goal games, going 5-0-0-1 at home and 5-4-2-2 in one goal games on the road.

6. In Wednesday’s (Jan. 30) game, the Royals scored with 37.7 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at one. That marked the second time (in the last three games played between the Royals and the Nailers) in which the Royals scored within the last minute of regulation to tie things up. (The other

was on January 11 in Wheeling, when Reading scored with just 16 seconds left to tie the game at four.) Both of the late game-tying goals in these two games were scored by David Marshall. Reading lost both of those games in a shootout.

7. The Royals’ shootout loss marked the third SOL for the Royals this season—all three of which have come against theWheeling Nailers. The Royals, who are 3-3 in the skills competition this season, scored on two of their five shootout attempts on Wednesday. Reading shooters are 12-34 in the shootout this year (35.3%--seventh in the league). In his first shootout as a pro, goaltender Brandon Anderson stopped one of the four shootout attempts he faced on Wednesday. Overall, the Reading goaltenders have allowed 19 of the 32 shots they have faced this year—a 59.4% save percentage (19th in the league).

8. The Royals trailed the opposition as they entered the third period on Wednesday (and in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Toledo). The Royals are 3-8-1-2 when entering the third trailing the opponent, going 1-2-0-1 at home and 2-6-1-1 on the road in those circumstances.

9. Reading’s 2-1 win inWheeling on Friday snapped a three game road winless streak for the Royals (0-1-1-1). Reading entered the third period of that game tied with the Nailers at one. Reading has an 8-2-0-0 record with entering the third period tied with the opposition.

10. The Royals 2-1 victory over the Nailers on Friday was the 300th regular season game coached by Larry Courville for the Royals—and his 163rd regular season win—which is 84 games (and 51 wins) more than his closest compatriot in the Royals head coaching ranks (Karl Taylor, 2005-08). After Sunday’s (Feb. 3) loss to Toledo, Courville’s regular season coaching record with Reading stands at 163-110-28, which translates into a .588 win percentage. (The all-time coaching leader in that category for the Royals is Derek Clancey, 2003-05, 80-47-17 = .615).

MORE NOTES OF THE WEEK

1. Reading was held to a total of just four goals in the three games played this past week, tying the season-low for goals scored (at one) in two of those games. Reading has been held to one goal five times this season - and three of those games have come in the last ten. Reading has gone 0-3-1-1 when the team been held to one goal.

2. Trhee of the Royals’ four goals this past week were scored in the third period. Reading outscored the opposition 56-37(+19) in the third period.

3. The Royals have been held to two or less in four of the last six games, scoring a total of 14 goals in that time span, which is an average of 2.33 goals per game. Overall, Reading has scored a total of 163 goals in the 47 games played so far this year, which is a 3.47 goals per game average, which is the second highest goals per game average in the Eastern Conference—and tied for fourth (with the Colorado Eagles) overall.

4. Overall, Reading has been held to two goals or less 13 times this season, compling a record of 4-6-1-2 in those games.

5. The Royals held the opposition to two goals or less in all three games games played this week—and in five consecutive games. During that time span, Reading has allowed a total of eight goals against, which translates into a 1.60 goals against average in that time span. In fact, Reading’s defense has held the opposition to two goals or less in 10 of the last 13 games, allowing a total of 28 goals in those 13 games, which is 2.15 team goals against average during that time span.

6. Overall this season, Reading has alllowed a total of 124 goals against, which is a 2.64 team goals against average, tied (with the Toledo Walleye) for third best in the league.

7. The Royals generated 40 shots on goal in Wednesday’s shootout loss. That marked the thrid time this season that Reading has had 40 or more shots on goal (and the 15th time the team has had 35 or more shots). Reading averages 32.19 shots per game, which is sixth best in the league.

8. The Toledo Walleye (who average 33.06 shots per game—second best in the league) generated 40 shots on the Royals’ net in Saturday’s 2-1 loss for Reading. (Drew MacIntyre’s 38 saves that night was a team season high.) That marked the third time this year that Reading has allowed 40 or more shots in a time (and the sixth time this year that the Royals have allowed 35 or more). Overall, Reading averages 27.19 shots against per game, which is fifth in the league.

9. After getting held off the board in the first two games this week, Reading’s power play broke a string of 13 straight power play chances without a PPG with a six-on-three power play goal with 15.6 seconds left in regulation in Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Toledo. Reading’s power play has scored at least one goal in six of the last eight games, going 7-for-43 in that time period (16.3% scoring ratio).

10. Overall this season, Reading has gone 32-for-212 on the power play, which is a 15.1% scoring ratio (19th in the league).

11. The Royals gave up the a short-handed goal against (to Travis Novak of the Toledo Walley) with 20.2 seconds left in the second period of Saturday’s

game. That goal proved to be the game-winner in Toledo’s 2-1 victory that night. That was the eighth SHGA that Reading has given up this year, which is tied for sixth most in the league.

12. The lone goal scored by the Wheeling Nailers last Wednesday was given up while the Nailers were playing with the man advantage. With that goal, the Royals PK had been touched up for at least one PPGA in six of the team’s prior nine games, allowing eight PPGAs in 34 chances with the man advantage for the opposition in that time span (a 76.5% kill ratio). However, Reading’s PK killed all six PP opps the Nailers had on Friday (Feb. 1), as well as both of Toledo’s chances on the power play in Saturday’s (Feb. 2) game.

13. Overall, the Royals PK is killing at an 85.1% kill ratio, third best in the league.

14. Reading racked up a team season high 80 penalty

minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Toledo. That is the third most team penalty minutes in a single game in the ECHL this year. Reading and Toledo combined for a team season high 134 penalty minutes that night.

MORE NOTES OF

THE WEEK

1. The Royals gave up back-to-back penalty shots 3:57 apart in the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Toledo—both of which were rejected by Reading goaltender Drew MacIntyre. That is the first time in team history that the Royals have given up two penalty shots against in a single game — much less a single period. Toledo’s Adam Hobson was awarded a short-handed penalty shot 9:52 into the third period on Saturday; and Andrej Nestrasil was awarded an even strength penalty shot at 13:49 of that same period. Those are the third and fourth penalty shots against the Royals this season and the 22 of the 26 penalty shots the team has faced.

2. The Royals leading scorer, Yannick Tifu, has been held off the board in the last four games. That ties a season long for games without a point for Tifu,

who also went four straight without a point from Nov. 18 - 24, after which he preceeded to go on a team season-long 10 game point streak.

3. David Marshall scored the game-tying goal for the Royals with 37.7 seconds remaining in Wednesday’s game against the Nailers. That was his second last minute game-tying goal against the Nailers this season. Wednesday’s goal gave Marshall a team-leading fourteen points (8g-6a) in January, during which he recorded at least one point in ten of the thirteen games played by the Royals. Marshall played to a plus-8 (+8) in the month of January.

4. Adam Comrie recorded 39 penalty minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Toledo. That is the most penalty minutes ever assessed against a Royal in a

single game. With 106 penalty minutes, Comrie is the first Royal to cross the century mark this season in PIMs. Comrie, who had his five game point streak snapped in Wednesday’s shootout loss, recorded an assist in the Royals’ first goal in Friday’s 2-1 win in Wheeling. Comire, who leads defensemen in the ECHL (and the Royals) with seventeen goals, is second in d-man scoring with 33 points (17g-16a). Comrie, who also leads defenseman in the league with 127 shots on goal, is playing to a team leading plus-22 (+22), which is fourth best in the league.

5. Kirk MacDonald recorded an assist on the Royals game-tying goal with 37.7 seconds left in Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss; he also recorded an

assist on Reading’s lone goal in Saturday’s 2-1 loss, which was scored with just 15.6 seconds left in Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout loss; he also recorded an assist on Reading’s lone goal in Saturday’s (Feb. 2) 2-1 loss, which was scored with just. 15.6 seconds left. MacDonald, who leads the Royals with 134 shots ongoal, has 13 points (4g-9a) in his last fourteen games.

6. David Vallorani broke an eleven game goal scoring drought with the six-on-three power play goal with 15.6 seconds left in Saturday’s loss.. That was Vallorani’s tenth goal of the season, and his first power play goal of the year. He is the eighth player on the Royals this season to reach double digits in goals scored. Vallorani, who had his five game assist streak snapped in Wednesday’s shootout loss, has seven points (1g-6a) in his last eight games. Vallorani’s thirty-two points (10g-22a) is ninth amongst rookies in the league.

7. Joel Champagne recorded an assist on the Royals game winning goal in Friday’s 2-1 win in Wheeling. Champagne, who had five shots on net that night, has scored one goal in his last 13 games with the Royals.

8. Stan Galiev is riding a four game point streak (2g-3a). Galiev’s third period tie-breaking game-winner was his third GWG of the season. He is one of four Royals with three or more game winners this year. Galiev who also picked up an assist on Reading’s late game-tying goal onWednesday and the team’s only goal on Saturday, has had at least one point in seven of the team’s last eight games (2g-8a). Galiev is the only Royal playing at a ‘better than a point-a-game’ average - with 23 points (8g-15a) in 21 games.

9. Nikita Kashirsky scored the game’s first goal in Friday’s 2-1 win in Wheeling. That was Kashirsky’s third ‘first goal’ of the year. He is one of six

Royals with three or more FGs this year. Kashirsky has eleven points (5g-6a) in his last nine games.

10. Joe Sova picked up his first point as a Royal when he picked up a primary assist on the Royals third period tie-breaking game-winner on Friday night in Wheeling.

11. Goaltender Brandon Anderson made 24 saves on 25 shots in 63:53 in Wednesday’s 2-1 SOL. That was the second time in three appearances since Anderson rejoined the Royals in mid-January after taking a personal leave in early December that he has held the opposition to just one goal. Anderson, who has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his ten appearances for Reading this year, is currently riding a four game unbeaten streak (3-0-0-1) and

has a 1.31 goals against average and .947 save percentage in his last three games played.

12. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre made twenty-four saves on 25 shots in Friday’s 2-1 win for the Royals. That marked the fourth time (in seven appearances to that point) that he held the opposition to just one goal. MacIntyre, whomade a team season high 38 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Toledo, has compiled record of 5-3-0-0 with a 1.80 goal against average and .938 save percentage in his eight appearances for the Royals.

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