Notes from the final week of the regular season
1. The Royals ended the regular season with a regulation loss at the Sovereign Center to the Trenton Titans (4-6) last Thursday; and a shootout lossto the Elmira Jackals at Sovereign Center (2-3) on Saturday. The team completed the season 8-1-0-1 in the final ten games of the regular season; 10-2-0-1 in the final 13.
2. Overall, in 72 regular season games, the Royals went 46-19-3-4, whichtranslates into 99 points in the standings.
3. The Royals won the Atlantic Division regular season title. This is the third season divisional title in the 12 year history of the team, joining the 2004-05 team (North) and the 2010-11 team (Atlantic).
4. This year’s club won the Eastern Conference regular season title. This is the first regular season conference title in team history.
5. The 2012-13 Royals set team records for most wins (46), fewest regulation losses (19), the highest win percentage (.688) and the most ever points in the standings (99). At 27 games over .500, this year’sRoyals also established the team’s high water mark with respect to games over .500 atthe conclusion of a regular season. (The Royals did reach 28 gameover .500 at one point in this regular season at 46-18-3-3.)
6. Reading completed the month of March with a record of 10-2-0-1. Thismarked the third calendar month this season that the Royals won ten (ormore) games. The other two were November of 2012 (12-2-0-0) and Decemberof 2012 (10-0-1-0). In the 74 regular season calendar months over the first 11 years of Royals’ hockey, the team had only won ten games in a single month one time previously: March of 2012 (10-4-1).
7. The two games this past week were played at the Sovereign Center, completing the home portion of the 2012-13 regular season with a record of 26-8-0-2, which; tied the fewest number of regulation losses on home ice (8 in 2004-05, the team went 25-8-3 at home); and set a team record for win percentage on home ice: (.750).
8. Both games this past week were played against Atlantic Division opponents. The Royals compiled an overall record of 22-14-3-4 in the 43 games within the division this year. Reading went 10-2-0-0 against the South; 12-3-0-0 against the North; and won both games the teamplayed against the Pacific Division’s LasVegas Wranglers (2-0-0-0).
9. Thursday’s loss to the Titans marked only the third time this season - out of 31 games—that the Royals failedto win when they scored four or moregoals (28-2-0-1).
10. Over the course of the regular season,the Royals scored a total of 246 goals,which translates into a 3.42 goals pergame, which was fourth best in theleague. That is the sixth most goals scoredin a single season for the Royals. The teamrecord in this regard was set in 2002-03with 261 goals (3.63 goals per game).
11. The Royals allowed 185 goals againstthis season, which translates into a 2.57team gaa, which was third best in theleague. That is the second best season inthe 12 year history of the team forReading with respect to team defense. In2004-05, Reading only allowed 161 goalsagainst, which is the team record in thatregard.
12. The Royals ended the regular seasonwith a plus-61 goal differential, which establishes a team record with respect to the ratio of goals scored to goals allowed. The 2004-05 team held theprevious team record in this regard at plus-59 (+59) (220-161).
More notes from final week
1.This season, the Royals scored 86 third period goals (and played to a +26 in the final frame), which is the most goals ever scored in the third periodin the 12 year history of the team.
2. Reading scored the game’s first goal in 41 of the 72 games played this season, which stands as the third most games in a single season in which the Royals scored first. Reading scored first 44 times in 2004-05, as well as last season, 2011-12). This year the team went 32-4-2-3 when scoring first, which translates into an .841 win percentage—thirdbest in team history. (In 2003-04, the team went 29-3-4 when scoringfirst, which is an.861 win percentage—the team record.)
3. Although the Royals were outshot in seven of the last eight games played, Reading outshot the opposition in 46 of the 72 games played this year. (Last Thursday’s 6-4 loss to Trenton and Saturday’3-2 SOL to Elmira marked the only time this season that Reading was outshot at the Sovereign Center and failed to win: 10-1-0-1.)
4. Overall, Reading generated 2,269 shots on goal this season (31.51 pergame—tenth best in the league), which is 231 shots on goal more thanthe team had lastseason.
5. Reading allowed a total of 1,936 shots this season (26.89 per game—second best in the league). That is the fewest shots on goal ever allowedby the Royals and the first time the team ever allowed less than 2,000 in a single season. It is fully 799 shots less than the team allowed last year(11.09 per game less than last year).
6. The Royals shot differential of plus-333 (+333) is the best in team history, surpassing the +165 shot differential accomplished in the 2007-08 season.
7. Reading scoredat least one power play goal in nine of the final 15 games of the regular season, going 18-for-61 on the PP over that time period, which translates into a 29.5% scoring ratio.
8. Overall this season, Reading went 57 for 317 with the man advantage (18.0%, eleventh in the league)—sixth best in team history. (The teamrecord is 21.2%, which the Royals have accomplished twice: 2002-03 and 2005-06).
9. At home this season, the Royals scored power play goals at a 15.9% (27-170) clip. On the road, the Royals scored PPGs at a 20.4% ratio 930-147).
10. The Royals got touched up for the team’s tenth short-handed goal against on Thursday to the Trenton Titans (tied for eighth worst in the league). That is the sixth most SHGs the Royals have given up in team history.In 2002-03, Reading gave up a team record 13 SHGAs.
11. Reading’s penalty killers blanked the opposition’s power play in 11 of the final twelve games of the regular season (and a total of 41 timesover the course of the regular season). The Royals killed 50 of the final 52 opportunities with the man advantage for the opposition (which is a 96.2% kill ratio).
12. Overall, the Royals killed at an 84.9% ratio (44 of 292 chances for the opposition), which was third best in the league. That is the fourth best kill ratiois the team’s record established in 2005-06). Reading killed at an 89.7% rate at home (15 in 145)—best in the league.The Royals killed at an 80.3 clip on the road (29 in 147) (14th best inthe league).
13. The Royals’ shootout loss to Elmira in the regular season finale droppedthe team’s record to 5-7 in games that went beyond regulation time - and 3-4 in the shootout. The Royals were blanked in three attempts in the shootoutthat night and went 12-37 over the courseof the season—a 32.4% scoring ration, ighth in the league. Goaltender Riley Gillsustained the SOL in his first effort in theshootout for the Royals. The Jackals scored on three of their four attempts. Overall, Reading goaltender’s allowed 16 goals to the opposition in 36 attempts in the skills competition, which is a 44.4% scoring ratio for the opposition (last in the league - and the worst in team history.
NOTES FROM THE FINAL WEEK OF THE REGULAR SEASON (Players Notes)
1. Yannick Tifu led the Royals in goals (27), assists (45) and points (72), which placed him seventh in league scoring. It is only the third time in team history that a single player has led the team in goals, assists and points, joining Greg Hogeboom (2006-07) and Andrew Sarauer (2010-11). It marked the second consecutive year that Tifu has led the Royals in scoring. He joins Graig Mischler (2003-05) as the only player to lead the team in scoring in two consecutive seasons. Tifu also led the Roayls in power play assists (18), multi-point performances (22) and shots on goal (186).
2. In his last 25 games of the regular season, Tifu recorded 29 points (11g-18a)—seventeen of which came in the 13 games of March(8g-9a=17pts). In his last 25 games played over the past two seasons in the month of March (12 in March of 2012; and 13 in March of2013), Tifu has registered 31 points (15g-16a).
3. Tifu, who was the only Royal to play in all 72 regular season games this season, is only the eighth player in team history to play every game in the
regular season, joining Francois Drainville (2001-02), Ian Turner (2003-04), Jon Francisco (2004-05), Charlie Kronschnabel (2007-08), Dan Rudisuela(2008-09), Dinos Stamoulis (2009-10), and Denny Urban (2011-12).
4. In 124 total games over two seasons with Reading, Tifu has recorded 131 total points (47g-84a), which places him fourth in the all-time scoring list for the Royals. Tifu has 553 career points (174g-379a) in 557 regular season pro games. In 401 career ECHL regular season games, Tifu has record450 points (142g-308a).
5. David Vallorani registered 59 points (17g-42a) in 68 games with the Royals, which placed him second amongst first year pros in theleague. He led all rookies in the league with 42 assists. His 16 power play assists was also second amongst rookies. He recorded 15 points (4g-11a) in 13 games in March. Vallorani, who is only the second Royal in team history to be selected to the ECHL’s All-Rookie Team, was second on the team with 16 multi-point performances.
6. Joel Champagne was thid on the active roster in scoring with 49 points in 68 games with the team. He recorded ten points (5g-5a) and played to a plus-5 (+5) in the 13 games in March.
7. Stan Galiev scored a team second-best 23 goals and assisted on 24 others (47 points) in 46 games with the Royals. He finished the regularseason on a seven-game point streak (6g-3a=9pts)—and a three-game goal scoring streak. Galiev, who led all first year pros with 14 power play goals (tied for third overall in the league), led the Royals with 23 power play points (14g-9a), which was second most amongst first year pros. Galiev, who had atleast one point in 11 of the 13 games in March (8g-6a=14pts, +6), finished third amongst first year pros with 172 shots on goal.
8. Nikita Kashirsky recorded forty-four points (17g-27a) in just 41 games. His seventeen goals came on just 92 shots—an 18.5% scoring ratio. Kashirsky, who tied Yannick Tifu for the most ‘first goals’ on the Royals with six, registered at least one oint in 10 of the 13 games playued in March (6g-11a=17pts, +3). He registered forty-one points (17g-24a) in his last thirty-four games of the regular season.
9. Kirk MacDonald scored 15 seconds into Thursday’s 6-4 loss to Trenton on Thursday. That was the second quickest goal scored into a game this year. (Scott Wietecha set a team record for the quickest goal ever scored into a road game for the Royals when he scored 11 secods into Reading’s3-2 shootout loss in Wheeling on October 27, 2012.) MacDonald finished the regular season on a 5 game point streak (3g-4a=7pts). MacDonald, who had nine multi-point games in 47 played with Reading, had 19 points (7g-12a) in his final his final 18 regular season games with the Royals.
10. Ethan Cox recorded an assist in three of his final four regular season games with the Royals. He had seven points (1g-6a) and played to a plus-4(+4) in the 12 games that he played in the month of March.
11. Barry Almeida scored a goal and picked up an assist to record his sixth multi-point game as a Royal (and second in six games in March). He registered 24 points (10g-14a) in 27 games played with Reading.
12. Alex Berry assistedon the Royals’ first goal (scored by Kirk MacDonald) 15 seconds into last Thursday’s 6-4 loss to Trenton. That was Berry’s first point with the Royals since Feb. 15. (He missed 14 consecutive games from Feb. 21 to March 22 due to injury).
13. Mark Mitera recorded nine assists and played to a plus-10 (+10) in 13 games in March. Mitera is the leading scoring defensemen on the Royals’ active roster which 16 points (2g-14a) in 35 regular season games with the Royals.
14. Dustin Stevenson, who led the Royals on the active roster with nine fighting majors, led everyone on the active roster with 103 penalty minutes.
15. Julien Cayer scored his third goal of the year—all three of which were scored in the month of March—to give the Royals a 2-1 lead 15:14 intothe second period of Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Elmira.
16. Defenseman Bryant Molle broke a 14 game pointless streak when he recorded an assist on the Cayer goal scored 15:14 into the secondperiod of Saturday’s game. Molle, who played to a plus-6 (+6) in 13 games in March, led players on the Royals’ active roter in plus-minus, playing to a plus 18 (+18 in 54 games with the team.
17. Defenseman Brock Shelgren picked up five (1g-4a) of his seven points recorded with the Royals in the month of March, which included recording an assist on the Royals’ fourth goal (by Barry Almeida) with just 27.2 seconds left in regulation in Thursday’s 6-4 loss to Trenton.
18, Defenseman Bobby Shea picked up his first point as a pro in his third game with the Royals when heregistered an assist on Almeida’s goal latein last Thursday’s loss.
19. Goaltender Riley Gill had his seven game win streak with the Royals snapped when he was saddled with the loss last Thursday. GoaltenderBrandon Anderson started that game and allowed four goals against in 18 shots from Trenton in the first two periods. Gill came on in substitution for Anderson in the final period and made 15 saves on 15 shots. Unfortunately the lone goal given up by Gillgave Trenton a 5-3 lead and proved to be the game winner. Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Elmira on Saturday, marked the eleventh consecutive game for Gill in which he kept the opposition to two goals or less. He kept the opponent to one goal or less eight times in that span. Gill, who becamethe fourth goaltender in team history to be named as the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month in March, went 10-3-0-1 with a 1.26 goals againstaverage and a .952 save percentage in 14 regular season appearances for the Royals.