The Royals went 2-1-0-0 this past week, winning on Friday (March 8) in a shutout over Orlando (3-0) at Sovereign Center; losing to Wheeling (1-3) on Saturday
at home; and winning the final regular season game for Reading at First Arena in Elmira (3-1) over the Jackals.
2. The Royals record stands at 39-18-3-3=84, which places the team in first place in the Atlantic Division and second place in the Eastern Conference. This marks the fifth time this season that Reading has been 21 games over .500, which the high-water mark for the club this year.
3. Reading’s magic number with respect to clinching a playoff spot in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference is four with respect to the Kalamazoo Wings, and four to theWheeling Nailers, who are the two teams not currently within the Eastern Conference playoff cut line and who can still catch the Royals in the standings.
4. Reading’s magic number, with respect to clinching the Atlantic Division title is 10 with respect to the Elmira Jackals (and four with respect to the Wheeling Nailers). Any comination of 10 points gained by the Royals and/or loss by the Jackals will give the Royals the Atlantic Division title.
5. The Royals completed the regular season with respect to teams from the South Divisionwith a 3-0 win over the Orlando Solar Bears on March 8 at the Sovereign Center. In the 12 games played against the South this season, Reading went 10-2-0-0.
6. Saturday night (March 9) the Royals had the team’s 30th sellout (7,162) at the Sovereign Center in
the 12-year history of the team. It was the first sellout for Reading dating back to April 2, 2011. Reading has compiled a record of 11-13-6 in the 30 games in which the team hasplayed in front of a sellout crowd at home.
7. Sunday’s 3-1 win in Elmira was the eighth and final regular season game of the year at FirstArena in Elmira, New York, for the Royals. That game, which snapped a three-game losingstreak for the Royals at First Arena, ranthe team’s record to 4-4-0-0 in Elmirathis year. Overall, the Royals are 8-6-0-0 against the Jackals this year with two more regular
season games to be played between the two teams. Historically, Reading has faced off against Elmira 80 times in the regular season and compiled a record of 38-35-7 against the Jackals.
8. Sunday’s game was the 39th game this season that Reading has played against teams from the Atlantic Division. The Royals are 20-13-3-3 within the Atlantic with four more to go against teams within the Division.
9. In both games won by the Royals this week, Reading scored the game’s first goal. The Royals have scored first 33 times this season and have compiled a record of 26-3-2-2,which translates into a .848 win percentage—fifth best in the league when scoring first.
10. Wheeling scored the first goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Royals. Reading is 13-15-1-1 when the opposition scored first.
11. Reading’s 3-0 win over Orlando on March 8 marked the third shutout of the season for Reading, which held the opposition to just four goals (one of which was an empty netter) in three games this past week. Reading has held the opponent to one goal or less 17 times this year and is 16-6-0-0 in those games.
12. Overazll, the Roayls have allowed 169 goals against, which translates into a 2.68 goals against average, which is fifth best in the league.
13. After exploding for a season-high ight goals on March 2 in Orlando, Florida, the Royals have scored a total of seven goals (one of which was an empty netter)Ðin the three games this past week. On Saturday, Reading was held to just one goal by Wheeling. That marked the eighth time this year that Reading has been held to one goal or less. The Royals are 0-6-1-1 in those games.
14. Overall, the Royals have scored 212 goals, which translates into a 3.37 goals pergame average—sixth best in the league.
OF THE WEEK
1. Reading went 1-13 on the power play last week, with the lone PPG coming against the Orlando Solar Bears in Friday’s 3-0 win. The Royals wereblanked on the PP by Wheeling (0-6) on March 9 and are now just 3-for-43 on the power play (6.97% scoring ratio) in the 11 games that Reading has played against Wheeling. On March 10, the Royals PP (which included 1:37 of five-on-three) was held off the board as well by the Jackals. That
snapped a string of seven straight games againstElmira in which Reading had scored at least one power play goal.
2. Reading’s PP, which has been held off the board in six of the last nine games, is scoring ower play goals at a 16.5% ratio (47-for-285) (14th in the leauge).
3. The Royals penalty kill was perfect this past week, killing all six chances the opponents had with the man advantage. The Royals PK has kept the opposition off the board in foru of the last five games - and in33 of the 63 games played this season.
4. Overall, Reading’s PK, which is killing at an 87.8% clip at home (third best in the league), is tenth best in the league (83.1 kill ratio). On the road, the PK is killing at a 78.6% clip (eigtheenth in the league).
5. Yannick Tifu recorded his second power play goal in as many games (and second of the season) against Orlando on Friday. He also recorded ahelper on the first goal of Sunday’s game (by Nikita Kashirsky). Tifu, who has nineteen points in his last 16 games (7g-12a), currently leads theRoyals with 23 goals and 39 assists (61 points), which places him seventh in league scoring. Tifu is tied with Stan Galiev for
the team lead in power play points with 18 (2g-16a). He is the only player to have played all sixty-three games with Reading this year. Tifu, who is tied with Dustin Stevenson in plus-minus (+15) for players on the team’s active roster, leads all Royals with 170 shots.
6. David Vallorani scored the Royals lone goal on Saturday against Wheeling (with just 1:18 remaining in regulation) and assisted on the game-winner (by T.J. Syner) on Sunday. Vallorani, who has 24 points (5g-19a) in his last 24 games, is currently tied for third in rookie scoring (14g-35a=49pts). His 35 assists is tied for the league lead amongst first year players.
7. Stan Galiev picked up a helper on the Royals’ only goal on Saturday,as well as the team’s first goal on Sunday. Galiev, who is the Royals only‘point-a-game’ player with 37 points (17g-20a) in 37 games this year, has the highest shots-per-game average for the Royals
at 4.12 shots per game (152 total shots). Galiev, who leads all first year pros with 11 power play goals, is currently tied for 12th in the ECHL rookie scoring race.
8. Nikita Kashirsky recorded hiss eighth multi-point game of the year (1g-1a)against Orlando on March 8 in his 30th game the year for Reading.He also scored the game’s first goal on Sunday for his fourth ‘FG’ of the year. Kashirsky, who has sixteen points (8g-8a) in his last fourteen games, isplaying to a plus-3 (+3) in four games in March.
9. Ethan Cox recorded a pair of assists this past week. After recording just one point in eight games in February, he has three (1g-2a) in the four games so far played in March.
10.T.J Syner, who went pointless for two consecutive games (Friday and Saturday) for the first time during his time with the Royals, followed that up with the first pro two-goal performance as a pro in Elmira on Sunday. His goals that day included his first game
winning goal as a pro, as he became the 18th different player to record a GWG forReading this season. He also scored his first short-handed goal as a pro with 23 seconds left on Sunday to ice the Roayls’ victory in Elmira.
11. Defenseman Mark Mitera picked up a power play assist on Friday against Orlando, aswell as a helper on the game winner on Sunday in Elmira. Mitera, who has five points in his last four games, currently leads active defensemen on the Royals’ rost with 12 points (2g-10a).
12. Defenseman Dustin Stevenson, who played to a plus two in Friday’s 3-0 win, as well as Sunday’s 3-1 victory, is currently tied for the team lead amongst players on the active roster by playing to a collective plus 15 (+15) through 59 games with the Royals.
13. Defenseman Bryant Molle recorded a season high three shots on goal in Saturday’s loss to Wheeling. Molle has played to even or better in eight of the nine games he’s played with the Royals since returning from injury in the latter stages of February.
14. Julien Cayer scored his first goal as a pro in Friday’s 3-0 win over Orlando.That was not only the game’s first goal, but also proved to be the game winner.
15. Goaltender Riley Gill played all three games for the Royals this past week. Herecorded a 26 save shutout in his first appearance as Royal ever at SovereignCenter in Friday’s 3-0 win in Orlando. Gill, who only allowed three total goals in three games played this past week, has held the opposition to two goals or less in five of his six starts with the Royals. He has compiled a 4-2-0-0 record witha 1.51 goals against average and a .938 save percentage with Reading.