Reading Royals weekly wrap-up

Photo by Tom Borland Ethan Cox (No. 28) scored the gameís fourth goal (and his fourth of the season) 39 seconds after Domenic Monardo had given the Royals a 3-0 lead early in the second period of Fridayís 4-1 win in Elmira.
Photo by Tom Borland Ethan Cox (No. 28) scored the gameís fourth goal (and his fourth of the season) 39 seconds after Domenic Monardo had given the Royals a 3-0 lead early in the second period of Fridayís 4-1 win in Elmira.

NOTES OF

THE WEEK

1. The Royals won all four games the team played this past week (4-0-0-0). The four-games-in-five day stretch started with a 6-2 win over the Wheeling Nailers at Santander Arena in Reading on Wednesday. The team then swept a three-game-in-three-days mid-season series with the Elmira Jackals, winning back-to-back games in Elmira on Friday and Saturday (4-1 and 4-2) and then returning home to close the week out with a 3-0 shutout win over the Jackals in Reading on Sunday afternoon.

2. The Royals are riding a season-long four game win streak for the second time this year. The team also won four straight from Nov. 1 through Nov. 15.

3. Since suffering through a season-long five game winless streak (0-4-1-0)from November 29 through December 15, 2013, Reading has compiled a record of 9-3-0-0 in the team’s last twelve games (12/20/13 – 01/12/14).

4. This week’s four wins pushed the Royals record to a season high seven games over .500 (19-12-1-0=39).

5. The two home victories for Reading this week (on Wednesday against the Nailers and Sunday over the Jackals) stretched Reading’s current home win streak to three games, dating to the 5-2 win over the Kalamazoo Wings on Dec. 28. Reading is 8-8-0-0 on home ice this year.

6. Reading has compiled a 11-4-1-0 record on the road this season after the two victories in Elmira this weekend. THe Royals have outscored the opposition on the road this year by a total of 54-37 (+17). (Reading is a minus-3 in goal differential on home ice (42-45).

7. All four wins this week were against Atlantic Division opponents. The Royals have compiled a record of 13-2-1-0 record against teams in the Atlantic so far with 15 more games to be played within the division. Although it is not relevant with respect to the playoff picture, the Royals did take over the top slot in the Atlantic Division after Saturday’s win in Elmira.

8. The 6-2 victory onWednesday over the Nailers pushed the Royals record to 6-0-1-0 against Wheeling this year with eight more games to go in the regular season series.

9. With three consecutive wins over Elmira this week, the Royals’ season record against the Jackals currently stands at 7-2-0-0 with seven more to be played in the series. After the two wins in Elmira, the Royals have compiled a record of 4-0-0-0 at First Arena and have outscored the Jackals 17-6 on their home ice.

10. The Royals scored the game’s first goal in all four contests this week and have scored first in seven of the last twelve games. Overall this season, Reading has scored first in 18 of the 32 games played and has compiled a record of 15-3-0-0 in those games. The Royals are 8-1-0-0 when scoring first on the road.

11. On Saturday in Elmira, the Royals scored on the team’s second shot 1:26 into the first period. That is the second quickest that Reading has scored into a game this season. The fastest goal of the year to start a game also came against the Jackals on Dec. 26, when Louie Caporusso scored 1:02 into the a game that the Royals eventually won 6-2.

12. Reading scored four (or more) goals in three of the four games played this week and in six of the last ten games—and seven of the last twelve. Reading has scored four or more 12 times this year and are 12-0-0-0 in those games.

13. Overall, the Royals have scored 96 goals through 32 games played, an average of 3.00 goals per game which is tenth best in the league.

14. The Royals’ defense held the opposition to two or fewer goals in all four games this week, which included registering the team’s second shutout of the year. Reading has held the opponent to two goals or less in 18 of the

32 games played this year and are 17-1-0-0 in those games. The Royals’ defense has held the opposition to one goal or less eight times this season (8-0-0-0).

15. Overall, the Royals have allowed 82 goals against, which translates into a 2.56 team goals against average, which is fourth best in the league.

16. The Royals scored two power play goals this week in 15 total chances with the man advantage (i) the team’s first goal of the week (12:42 into the first period of Wednesday’s win over the Wheeling Nailers scored by Michal Cajkovsky); and (ii) the a five-on-three PPG by Sean Wiles with just 1.3 seconds left in the second period in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Elmira. Both of those goals were scored on home ice, and Reading is now 13-for-72 at Santander Arena on the power play (18.1%, sixth best in the league).

17. Reading’s power play was blanked in both games played on the road this week (0 for 5). The team’s power play has been held off the board in ten of the sixteen away games played so far and has gone 7-for-54 in the opposition’s building (13.0 percent, 16th in the league).

18. Overall, the Royals are scoring power play goals at a 15.9% clip (20 for 126, 9th best in the league).

19. Reading’s penalty kill was touched up for a power play goal against inWednesday’s win over Wheeling. That extended a sequence during which the PK had given up at least one goal against in five of six games played (12/27/13 – 01/08/14) (during that time span the Royals gave up six PPGA in 16 chances for the opposition, which translates into a pretty abysmal 62.5 percent kill ratio.

20. The Royals PK did kill all nine power play chances awarded to the Jackals in the three game series this weekend—and has now kept Elmira’s power play off the board for seven straight games (and 22 consecutive chances with the man advantage). Overall, Reading’s PK has blanked the opposition in 19 of 32 games played this year and has gone 16-3-0-0 in those games.

21. Overall, Reading’s PK has killed 90-of-106 power play chances awarded to the opposition, which is an 84.9 percent?kill ratio, 13th best in the league.

22. Sunday’s game marked the ninth time this year that the Royals have scored at least one power play goal and held the opposition’s power play? off the board. Reading is 9-0-0-0 in those games.

23. Yannick Tifu, who leads the Royals with 27 points (9g-18a) in 32 games, has 20 points (6g-14a) in his last 13 games. Tifu, who is playing to a plus-6, has recorded seven mult-point performances this year (tied with Sean Wiles for most on the active roster). Five of those multi-point games have come in the last eight games. Tifu scored his second game winner of the year in Saturday’s 4-2 win in Elmira. He also assisted on the game winner on Sunday. Tifu, who is the second all-time leading scorer for the Royals, has 158 career points (56g-102a) in 156 career games with Reading. He is only the second player in team history (the other being Ryan Cruthers) to have more than 100 career assists with the team. His 156 career games played is tied for fith with Olivier Labelle.

24. Ryan Cruthers is riding a team-season-long seven game point and assist streak (6g-8a). He has had four multi-point games in that span and has six multi-point performances in this 15 games with the team. Since joining the Royals for his latest stint, he has recorded 21 points(8g- 13a) and has played to a plus-8 in 15 games. Cruthers, who is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 188 points ?(63g-125a), played in his 174th game with the team on Sunday. He is two games short of becoming the all-time team leader for regular season games played (a spotOwcurrently held by Regan Rome at 176). Cruthers’ 63 career goals is 8 short of Olivier Labelle, who holds the team’s all-time record with 71 career goals with ReadingO (in 156 games).

25. Sean Wiles has 17 points (5g-12a) in his last eight games since returning to Reading from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. Wiles recorded the team’s first hattrick of the season (3g-1a) (and the 35th hattrick in Royals’ hockey history) on Wednesday against the Wheeling Nailers. His second goal that night proved to be his second game winner of the year, and he played to a plus-5 in that game, which is tied for the best in the league this season in that category. (He currently leads the team in plus - minus playing to a plus-10 (+10) in seventeen games with the team.) Wiles, who has had at least one point in 10 of his last 12 games with the Royals, has recorded seven multi-point games in that span.

?26. Domenic Monardo recorded his third multi-point game of the year (1g-1a) in Friday’s 4-1 win over Elmira. His goal in that game—the Royals’ third - was his team-leading 11th of the year, which is fifth amongst rookies in the league. Monardo leads the Royals with 96 shots on goal.

27. Michal Cajkovsky, who leads the Royals defensemen with 16 points (6g-10a) in 27 games, has eleven points (5g-6a) in his last 12 games. He scored his second power play goal of the year (and his first ‘first goal’ as a pro) in Wednesday’s win over the Wheeling Nailers. Cajkovsky leads

defensemen on the Royals with 75 shots on goal.

28. Defenseman Marvin Degon picked up his fifth power play point as a Royal (2g-3a) when he recorded an assist on Cajkovsky’s PPG against Wheeling last Wednesday. Degon, who played to a plus-2 (+2) in Saturday’s win in Elmira tied his season high with four shots on goal in Sudnay’s 3-0 win for Reading.

29. Aaron Gens, playing as a forward this past week, scored the first goal of the game in Reading’s 4-1 win in Elmira on Friday. That was his first goal in a span of sixteen games for Reading. Gens also recorded the primary assist with a beautiful set-up pass on the Royals’ third goal (by Brandon Blandina) in Sunday’s win over Elmira.

30. Matt Campanale recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season when he assisted on two of the three goals scored by Sean Wiles last Wednesday against Wheeling. Campanale also scored the game’s first goal (on the team’s second shot) 1:26 into Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Jackals. Campanale, who is playing to a plus-5 (+5) in 31 games, has ten points for Reading (3g-7a).

31. Ethan Cox scored the game’s fourth goal (and his fourth of the season) 39 seconds after Domenic Monardo had given the Royals a 3-0 lead early in the second period of Friday’s 4-1 win in Elmira.

32. Brandon Blandina is riding a three game point streak (1g-3a=4pts). He recorded his first multi-point performance of the season (0g-2a) in Reading’s 4-1 win over Elmira on Friday. His second assist that night came on the game winner recorded by Julien Cayer. Blandina also assisted on the game winner (by Yannick Tifu) in Saturday’s win. He scored his second goal as a Royal with a highlight reel back-hand 5:22 into the third period to give the Royals a 3-0 lead in Sunday’s win over Elmira.

33. Brett Flemming recorded his first game-winning goal as a Royal in his 73rd career regular season game over the past two seasons with the team when he scored the game’s first goal (7:26 into the second period) in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Elmira. That was the second goal of the year for Flemming, who also scored two in the regular season last year for Reading—but led all defensemen with five in 22 games in the 2013 playoffs.

34. Defenseman Bryant Molle, who has three assists in his last five games, picked up a helper on the game winner (by Sean Wiles ) in Wednesday’s win over Wheeling, as well as the GWG (by Yannick Tifu) in Saturday’s victory in Elmira. Molle, who played to a collective plus-7 (+7) last week, leads defensemen on the Royals in plus-minus at plus-9 (+9) in 28 games. Molle also leads the team with 46 penalty minutes.

35. Kevin Walrod picked up his first point as a Royal (and his third helper in 8 ECHL games) when he assisted on the team’s third goal (by Brandon Blandina) in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Elmira.

36. Julien Cayer, playing in his seventh game of the season, scored his first goal of the year—which proved to be the game winner—in Friday’s 4-1 win over Elmira. (Cayer scored three goals in 49 games for the Royals last season—and one of those was a GWG, too—on March 8, 2013 in Orlando). Cayer also recorded an assist on the Royals’ third goal (by Domenic Monardo) that night for his first multi-point game of the season (and his first multi-point game as a Royal).

37. Jesse Todd picked up his first point of the season when he assisted on the first goal of the game (by Aaron Gens) in Friday’s win over the Jackals. Todd also assisted on Reading’s fourth goal in that game (by Ethan Cox) to record his first multi-point game as a Royal—and his multi-point game as a pro since he had a 1g-1a night against Reading (as a member of the Trenton Titans) on March 28, 2013.

38. Goaltender Brandon Anderson won all four games for the Royals last week. His win to start the week on Wednesday, snapped a three game losing streak and a five game winless streak (0-4-1-0) for Anderson, who recorded only allowed five total goals against the past week (1.25 GAA) and is riding a career long four game win streak. Anderson stopped all 30 shots he faced on Sunday to record his second shutout of the season—and fourth of his two-year pro career. Anderson, who has started six straight games for the Royals, has compiled a record of 8-6-1-0 in 15 games with the Royals. His 2.73 overall goals against average is 15th in the league. He has stopped 337 of the 376 shots he has faced for an .896 save percentage.