This week's Reading Royals wrap-up

Photo by Tom Borland
Action from a recent Reading Royals game.
Photo by Tom Borland Action from a recent Reading Royals game.



1. The Royals won all three games the team played this past week (3-0-0-0), each of which was played at Santander Arena in Reading. The week started with back-to-back wins over the Toledo Walleye (5-2 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday) and finished the week with a 3-2 win over the Elmira Jackals in the team’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday matinee on Monday.

2. The Royals are riding a season-long seven game win streak (7-0-0-0) and are 12-3-0-0 in the last 15 games (12/30/13 -011/20/14), since snapping what was a season long five game winless streak (0-4-1-0) (11/29 – 12/15/13).

3. With the week’s three wins, Reading record is currently at a season high ten games over .500 (22-12-1-0) and are currently in sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

4. With the three home wins for this week, the Royals have stretched the team’s home win streak to a season long six games. Reading is currently 11-8-0-0 at Santander Arena. This week the team embarks on a season-long six game road trip (01/24 – 02/01/14) and does not return home until Feb. 8, when the team will face the Wheeling Nailers.


5. The 5-2 win over the Toledo Walleye at Santander Arena in Reading, PA, was the 250th home win in team history. The Royals are currently 252-157-42 in the 13 year history of the team on home ice. That translates into a.605 win percentage on home ice. (Reading is 208-196-44 on the road in team history.) Overall, the Royals are 460-353-86 in the 899 regular season games that the ream has played since the team’s inception in 2001.

6. The back-to-back wins over the Toledo Walleye pushed the Royals record back to .500 (7-7-0-0) against teams from the North Division. The next six games for the Royals are against teams from the North: (i) Kalamazoo (2); (ii) Toledo; (1) (iii) Cincinnati (1); and (iv) Evansville (2)

7. Reading’s 3-2 win over Elmira on Jan. 20 was the fifth consecutive regulation win for the Royals over the Jackals. After 10 games played between the two teams, Reading has compiled an 8-2-0-0 record against Elmira. The Jackals and Royals have six more games to be played during the regular season with the next one coming on Wednesday, February 12, in Elmira.

8. With Monday’s victory over the Jackals, the Royals have a record of 14-2-1-0 record against teams in the Atlatnic Division with 14 or more games to be played within the division. Although it is not relevant to earning a playoff spot, Reading is currently in first place in the Atlatnic.

9. Reading has scored the game’s first goal in each of the seven consecutive contests played during the current win streak. Reading has bagged the game’s first goal in 21 of the 35 games played and have compiled a record of 18-3-0-0 in those games. Reading is 10-2-0-0 when

scoring first on home ice.

10. Reading’s 18 wins when scoring first is tied with the Alaska Aces and South Carolina Stingrays for the most in the league. The Royals’ .857 win percentage when scoring first is fourth best in the league to South Carolina (.925), Alaska (.905) and Ontario (.889).

11. Monday’s game marked the secodn time in three games against the Jackals, and the third in the last five games played by the Royals that the team scored a goal on the game’s first shot. On Monday, Brandon Blandina scored 33 seconds into the win over the Jackals. The three quickest goals scored into the game this season have all come against Elmira: (i) 01/20/14 v Elmira (0:33, Brandon Blandina); (ii) 12/26/13 @ Elmira (1:05, Louie Caporusso); and (iii) 01/11/14 at Elmira (1:26, Matt Campanale).

12. The Royals led after one period of play in all three games played this week, and the team has compiled a record of 14-0-0-0 when leading after one. The only other team in the ECHL that has won every game they’ve played in which they have led after one period is the Wheeling Nailers (8-0-0-0).

13. Reading scored five goals in each of the first two games this week against the Toledo Walleye and have now scored eighteen total goals in four games against the Walleye this year (4.50 goals per game average) and have compiled a 3-1-0-0 record against Toledo with just one more game to played between the two teams—Saturday, January 25, in Toledo.

14. The Royals have scored four or more goals in five of the last seven games (and eight of the last 13 - and nine of the last 15 played). Reading is 14-0-0-0 when scoring four or more goals (and 9-0-0-0 when scoring five or more).

15. Overall, Reading has scored a total of 109 goals, which translates into a 3.11 goals per game average, which is seventh best in the league.

16. The Royals held the opposition to two goals against in Friday’s win over the Toledo Walleye (5-2) and Monday’s victory over the Elmira Jackals (3-2). Reading has held the opposition to two goals or less 20 times this year, and have gone 19-1-0-0 in those games.

17. The Walleye scored four against Reading’s defense in Saturday’s win (5-4). That marked the second time the Royals have allowed four goals against and tone the game -?Gboth by 5-4 scores and both against the Walleye. Reading is 2-5-1-0 when allowing four or more goals against.

18. Overall, the Royals have allowed 90 goals against in the thirty-five games played, which translates into a 2.57 team goals against average, which is fourth best in the league.

19. In the three games played this week, the Royals outscored the opposition, 5-1 in the first period, and 7 - 1 in the second period. However, Reading was outscored 6-1 in the third period over the course of these three games.

20. Overall, Reading is playing to a plus-7 (+7) in the first period (30 – 23); and a plus-11 (+11) in the second (42 – 31); but a minus-2 (-2) in the third (33 – 35).

21. In Saturday’s 5-4 win over the Toledo Walleye, the Royals scored two of their goals while playing

with the man advantage (2-3). That marked the fifth time this season that Reading has scored two (or more) power play goals in a single game, and Reading has won all five of those games (5-0-0-0).

22. Saturday’s game also marked the tenth time this year that Reading has scored at least one power play goal and blanked the opposition’s power play. The Roayls have won all 10 of those games, as well (10-0-0-0).

23. Overall, Reading’s power play has scored 23 PPGs in 135 chances with the man advantage, which translates into a 17.0 percent scoring ratio, seventh best in the league. Reading’s power play has had far more success at home (16 for 81, 19.8%, fourth) than the road (7 for 54, 13.0%, seventeenth).

24. Reading’s penalty kill got touched up for a power play goal against in two of the three games played this week (one on Friday in three chances for Toledo; and one on Monday in sixchances for Elmira). Reading has given up at least one PPGA in five of the last nine games. Both of the PPGAs scored against Reading this past week came in the period. Overall, Reading is killing at an 85.1 percent ratio (18 PPGA in 121 chances for the opponent).

25. Thirteen of the 18 power play goals that have been scored by the opposition on the RoyalsGAthis year have come on Reading’s home ice, where the team has killed at an 81.9% clip (18th in the league). Reading is killing at an 89.8% clip on the road (third best in the league).

26. The Royals Sean Wiles scored the team’s sixth short-handed goal of the year (tied for fifth most in the league (15:41 into the second period to give the Royals a 4-0 lead in Friday’s win over Toledo. For Wiles, that was his second SHG of the year, which is tied for secondE most in the league.

27. Yannick Tifu is riding a five game point streak (4g-3a=7pts). Tifu, who has 23 points (8g-15a) in his last sixteen games, leads the Royals with 30 points (11g-19a) in 35 games. In Friday’s win over Toledo, Tifu scored on the game’s first shot for his team leading third ‘first goal’ of the season. Tifu, who is the second leading scorer in team history, has scored 161 points (58g-103a) in 159 career games with the Royals. His 159 games is fifth most in team history, behind Ryan Cruthers (177), Reagan Rome (176), Rob LaLonde (168) and Malcolm MacMillan (162).

28. Ryan Cruthers, who played in his team record 177th career game as a Royal on Monday, is riding a ten game point streak (7g-12a=19pts), which is the second longest active point streak (7g-12a=19pts), which is the second longest active point streak in the ECHL at this time.Y (Colorado’s Trent Daavetilla is currently riding a 14 game point streak.) Until Monday’s game (when he scored the game’s second goal), Cruthers was riding a nine game assist streak, which is tied for the longest assist streak in the league so far this season.l Cruthers, who is tied with Yannick Tifu and Sean Wiles for the most multi-point performances on the Royals this season (7), recorded his fourth three point game (0g-3a) in Reading’s 5-4 win over Toledo on Saturday. Cruthers

is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 193 pooints (64g-129a).

29. T.J. Syner is riding a three-game point streak (3g-2a) and has ten points in his last seven games with the Royals (5g-5a). On Friday, in his first game back with the Royals after having missing six games due to injury, Syner recorded his sixth multi-point game of the year (2g-1a) which was also his third two-goal game of the year. He also scored what proved to be the game winner in the back-to-back wins over the Walleye on Friday and Saturday, and is currently tied with Sean Wiles and Yannick Tifu for the team lead with two GWGs. Syner has also scored two shootout winners for Reading.

30. Sean Wiles, who has registered eighteen points (6g-12a) in his last 11 games, scored his team-leading second short-handed goal of the season in Friday’s 5-2 win over Toledo. Wiles has recorded at least one point in 11 of his last 15 games with the Royals. He leads the Royals in plus-minus at plus-10 (+10) in 20 games with the team.

?31. Domenic Monardo scored his team-leading 18 points (6g-12a) in his last 11 games, scored his team-leading second short-handed goal of the season in Friday’s 5-2 win over Toledo. He also assisted on the game winner by Syner in that game to record his fourth multi-point performance of the year. Monardo’s 12 goals is tied for fourth amongst first year pros in the ECHL.YHis 105 shots on goal leads the team.

32. Defenseman Michal Cajkovsky scored his third power play goal of the season to give the Royals a 2-0 early in the second period of Saturday’s 5-4 win over Toledo. Cajkovsky, who leads all Reading defenders with 17 points (7g-10a) in thirty games, has twelve points (6g-6a) in his last 15 games. Cajkovsky leads all defensemen on the team with 82 shots on goal.

33. Defenseman Marvin Degon recorded a pair of assists in Reading’s 5-4 win over Toledo on Friday, which included picking up a helper on the game’s first goal (by Ethan Cox). That was Degon’s second multi-point game of the year. Degon, who has 11 points (2g-11a) and is playing to a plus-4 (+4) in nineteen total games with the Royals, has eight points (2g-6a) in his last 11


34. Aaron Gens, who is riding a three game point and assist streak (0g-3a), picked up the primary assist on Reading’s first goal (by Ethan Cox) in Friday’s win. Gens did not play in Monday’s matinee due to injury.

35. Matt Campanale recorded a pair of assists in Friday’s win over Toledo (including one on the first goal—on the game’s first shot - by Yannick Tifu). That was his fifth multi-point game of the year, which leads all defensemen on the team. Campanale, who has five points (1g-4a) in his last seven games, is playing to plus-6 (+6) through 34 games with Reading.

36. Brandon Blandina had his four game point streak (1g-5a) snapped on Saturday, but he bounced on Monday to score his third goal with the Royals—and his first ‘first goal’ of the season—when he scored 33 seconds into the game against his former team, the Elmira Jackals, on the game’s first shot.

?37. Ethan Cox bagged his first multi-goal game of the season (2g-0a) and second multi-point performance of the year, when he scored the first and third goals of the game in Reading’s 5-4 win over Toledo on Saturday. That day he recorded a personal season high seven shots on goal.

38. Defenseman Brett Flemming is riding a four game point streak (1g-3a=4pts) and a three game assist streak. His assists this weekend included the primary helper on the game winner (by T.J. Syner) in Saturday’s victory and the primary assist on first goal 33 seconds into Monday’s win.

?39. Defenseman Mike Banwell, who picked up an assist on the game-winner (by Josh Britton) in Monday’s 3-2 win over Elmira, is playing to a plus-3 (+3) in nine games in January.

40. Julien Cayer had an assist in each of the last two games for Reading, picking up a helper on the game-winner in Saturday’s win over Toledo and assisting on the games’s first goal on Monday.

41. Bryant Molle, who has played to a plus in six of the last seven games, leads defensemen on the Royals in plus-minus at plus-11 (+11) in thirty-one games with the Royals.

42. Josh Britton scored the game-winner in his first game as a Royal in Monday’s 3-2 win over the Elmira Jackals. He is the 54th player in team history to score a goal in his first game with the team, and the fifth player in team history to score a GWG in his first game with the team.

43. Goaltender Brandon Anderson, who picked up the victories on Friday (over Toledo) and Monday (against Elmira) is riding a personal six game win streak. Anderson, who has allowed only nine goals against during the streak (1.50), has held the opposition to two or fewer goals in each of those games. He has stopped 150 of the 159 shots he has faced for a .943 save percentage. Overall, Anderson has compiled a record of 10-6-1-0 with 2.64 GAA and .900 save percentage.

44. Goaltender Carsen Chubak was loaned to the Royals by the Adirondack Phantoms on January 15. He made 26 saves—including several huge stops in the third period—in Saturday’s game against the Toledo Walleye to record the win in his only appearance for the Royals prior to being recalled to the Phantoms on Tuesday (January 21).