NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. The Royals split a pair of road games this week, losing 2-
2. Friday’s loss was the first set back on the road this season for Reading and snapped a four game win streak for the team.
3. The 2-1 loss in Kalamazoo was also the first loss in the month of November for Reading. After Sunday’s 5
4. Sunday’s win pushed the Royals’ record to a season-high three gamesover .500 (7-4-0-0 record isthe second best record in team history through eleven games. The 2005-06 Royals started 8-2-0-1.
5. Reading scored the game’s first goal in both games played this week and has now scored first in ten of the eleven games played, which translates into a league leading 91 percent ratio of scoring first. The Royals have gone 7-3-0-0 in those 10 games, which is a .700 win percentage when scoring first—which is
6. The 2-1 loss in Kalamazoo marked the seventh time in 10 games that the Royals held the opposition to two goals or less; but the first losss for the team under those circumstances (6-1-0-0). Sunday’s 5-4 win marked the first time
7. Friday’s game marked the third time that Reading’s offense has been held to just one goal (0-3-0-0). AFter Sunday’s game, the Royals have also scored five or more three times (3-0-0-0). Overall, Reading has scored a total of 31 goals, which is a 2.82 goals per game (14th in the league).
8. Reading outshot the opposition in both games played this week and have now had more shots than the opponent in ten of the 11 games played. Overall, the Royals our outshooting the opposition 344-261, which translates into a +83 in shots (on average 7.55 shots per game more than the opponent).
9. In Friday’s loss, the Royals held Kalamazoo to a season-low 18 shots against. Reading averages giving up just 23.73 shots per game, which is second best in the league.
in Friday’s 2-1 loss in Kalamazoo, the Royals tied the season high with 18 shots in the first period alone of Sunday’s win. The Royals average 31.27 shots per game, which is seventh best in the league.
11. Reading led 1-0 entering the third period on Friday, but gave up two third period goals against to fall 2-1. That was the first time this year the Royals have lost when entering the third period with a lead. That game also marked the third time this season that the Royals have ‘blown’ a leadand lost. The other two were: (i) the 3-2 loss to South Carolina on October 20; and (ii) the 3-1 loss to Greenville on October 30.
12. Reading also led (4-2) entering the third period in Sunday’s win. Despite giving up two goals to Toledo in the third, the Royals scored one oftheir own and held on for Sunday’s win. Reading has a 6-1-0-0 record when entering the third period with a lead.
13. The worst period so far for the Royals with respect to allowing goals (and goal differential) has been the third, during which the Royals haveallowed ten goals against and scored eleven (+1). Reading is a plus-3 in the first period (scored eight and allowed five); and a plus-three in the second (scored eleven and allowed eight).
14. The Royals power play was held off
15. Reading’s PP has been blanked in six of the eleven games played so far this season. The team has compiled a record of 2-4-0-0 in those games.
16. The Royals became the first team to score a power play goal on the home ice of the Toledo Walleye in Sunday’s 5-4 win. In that game, Reading went 1-4 with the man advantage. That was just the second power play goal of the year on the road for the Royals (2-17 =1.9%).
17. Overall, the Royals have now gone 9-for-47 on the power play, which translates into a 19.1 percent scoring ratio (fifth best in the league).
MORE NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. Reading’s penalty killers were perfect on the weekend, killing all seven power play chances that the opposition had (3-for-3 in Kalamazoo) and (4-for-4 against Toledo). Reading is the only team in the league that has not given up a power play goal against on the road this season, killing all 18 chances the opposition has had with the man advantage on their home ice.
2. The Royals’ penalty kill has now knocked off 23 consecutive power play chances for the opposition over a span of the last seven games. Overall, Reading has allowed five PPGA in 42 chances for the opponent, which is an 88.1 percent kill ratio, sixth best in the league.
3. Although Stanislav Galiev’s four-game point streak was snapped in Kalamazoo on Friday, he bounced back with the first multi-point performance of the season for the Royals in Sunday’s 5-4 win. In that game, Galiev scored the game’s first goal (his team-leading third ‘first goal’ of the year) and the fourth. That was the fifth multi-point game of the year for Galiev, who leads the team with 13 points (5g-8a) in 11 games. Galiev also leads the Royals with 40 shots on goal. He has had at least one point in eight of the eleven played so far with Reading.
4. Louie Caporusso tied the team-high this season with his three-assist performance in Toledo on Sunday. In that game, he assisted on both goalsfor Galiev (the first of the game and the fourth for Reading), as well as the game third period game-winner (by Domenic Monardo). That was the third multi-assist game of the season for Caporusso, who is tied with Galiev for the team lead with eight total assists. His 11 points places him second in team scoring.
5. Dustin Gazley scored his team-leading second power play goal of the season in Friday’s 5-4 win in Toledo. Gazley, who has seven points (2g-5a) in six games in November, leads the Royals with six power play points (2g-4a).
6. Although Domenic Monardo’s four game goal scoring and five game point streaks were snapped on Friday in Kalamazoo, Monardo scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season on Sunday in Toledo. That goal proved to be his first game-winning goal as pro. Monardo also assisted on the first goal of the game on Sunday (by Stanislav Galiev) to record his first pro multi-point performance.
7. Yannick Tifu scored the lone goal in Reading’s 2-1 loss to Kalamazoo. That was the first goal of the season for Tifu, who led the Royals with 27 goals in 72 games last season. Tifu also assisted on the game’s first goal in Toledo on Sunday.
8. On Sunday in Toledo, Ned Lukacevic scored his first goal as a Royal since Nov. 29, 2008, in his last stint with the team (That night, his goal gave the Royals a 2-0 lead in a game that the Dayton Bombers eventually won, 3-2.) His goal on Sunday, which came 14:41 into the first period gave the Roayls a 3-1 lead over the Walley.
9. Tyler Ruegsegger and Ethan Cox picked up their respective first points of the season for Reading in Sunday’s 5
10. Mike Banwell engaged in his second fight of the season when he took on Yannick Veilleux of the Kalamazoo Wings last Friday night. That was the 11th fight of the year for the Royals, which is tied for 12th most in the league.
11. Goaltender Brandon Anderson had his two game win streak snapped when he was saddled with the hard-luck loss on Friday in Kalamazoo. Hemade 16 saves on 18 shots that night. Anderson’s 1.77 goals against average would place him third in the league; but he is credited withhaving played 238 minutes and the cut-off line to register on goaltending statistics in the ECHL right now is 240 minutes. Anderson has a .934 save
12. Goaltender Riley Gill made 17 saves on 21 shots to record his third straight win in Toledo on Sunday. Gill’s 2.14 GAA is seventh best in the league. Sunday’s game was the first time in seven starts for the Royals this season that the opposition has scored more than three goals on Gill.