NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. The Royals split the four games played this past week, with the two losses (to the Wheeling Nailers at Santander Arena on Wednesday, 4-1; and, in Greenville to the Road Warriors, 6-2), sandwiching a pair of wins in Gwinnett over the Gladiators (4-2 on Saturday and 2-1 on Saturday).
2. This was the second consecutive week in which Reading played four games in a five day span. Reading went 4-3-0-1 in the eight-game set over these two weeks. TlSG 3. Reading’s win in Gwinnett on Feb. 22 marked the team’s 13th win in the 50th game of the year. It marked only the fourth time in the 13 year whistory of the team that Reading has won 30 (or more) in the first 50 games of the year. The Royals’ best record through 50 games was established last season, when the team went 32-12-6 through the first 50.
4. The Feb. 22 win over Gwinnett pushed the Royals’ record to a season high 12 games over .500 (30-18-1-1). After the Feb. 23 loss in Greenville, Reading has dropped back to eleven games over .500 (30-19-1-1 = 62).
5. Reading currently has sixty-two points in the standings, which places the team tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with the Cincinnati Cyclones, who have an identical record as the Royals.
6. The .608 win percentage currently held by the Royals is tied for fourth best in the Eastern Conference with the Cyclones.
7. Although it has no impact on qualifying for or seeding in the playoffs, the Royals currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings.
8. Reading lost the team’s lone home game this week—on Wednesday to the Wheeling Nailers. That loss snapped a three game unbeaten streak (2-0-0-1) on home ice for Reading. Overall, Reading is 13-10-0-1 at Santander Arena, a .563 win percentage through twenty-four home games with 12 more to be played at home—two of which will come this week (Wednesday against Elmira and Friday against South Carolina).
9. The Royals won the first two games on the road this past week (4-2 on Friday in Gwinnett, and 2-1 on Saturday against the Gladiators); but were dropped in the only game that the team will play this season at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, 6-2 at the hands of the Greenville Road Warriors. Reading is 5-2-0-0 in the team’s last seven games on the road. Overall, the team is 17-9-1-0 (.648 win percentage) in the 27 games so far played away from Santander Arena. The team record for road wins in a single season is 22, which was set in 2010-11 (22-12-2).
10. Reading’s loss to the Wheeling Nailers last Wednesday dropped the team’s record to 16-5-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents. With nine of the 31 games within the division yet to be played,? the Royals Royals face the Elmira Jackals of the Atlantic on Wednesday at Santander Arena and once again take on the Nailers in Wheeling on Saturday.
11. The Royals went 2-1-0-0 last weekend against a pair of South Division opponents?(Gwinnett and Greenville). Overall, the Royals are currently 3-4-0-0 against teams from the South with five more (of the total 13 games) to be played against that division.
12. The opposition scored the game’s first goal in the first three games played this past week to extend that streak to seven consecutive games (and eight in a span of the prior nine) in which Reading failed to get on the board first. The Royals snapped that streak by scoring the game’s first goal on Sunday in Greenville.
13. Reading has struck first in 29 games this season—third most in the league to the Fort Wayne Komets (35) and the Stockton Thunder (32). The Royals .759 win percentage when scoring first (22-7-0-0) is ninth best in the league. The Royals have a .409 win percentage (8-12-1-1) when the opposition scores first.
14. The Royals pulled off back-to-back come from behind wins against the Gwinnett Gladiators over the weekend, and required a third-period tiebreaking game-winner (by Michal Cajkovsky) to pull out Saturday’s win. Reading has had nine come-from-behind wins this year and four of them have come in the team’s last nine games.
15. Michal Cajkovsky’s third-period tie-breaking GWG on Saturday was the Royals tenth ‘Late Game Goal For’ (a goal scored in the third period or overtime that either breaks a tie to lead to a Royals’ win, or tied the game and the Royals end up losing in OT or the shootout).
16. Sunday’s 6-2 loss marked the seventh game this season in which the Royals have blown a lead and ended up losing. Three of those games have come within the last 10 played.
17. The loss in Greenville on Feb. 23 marked the first time this season (in 18 opportunities) that the Royals have led after one period of play, but failed to win the game (17-1-0-0).
18. Saturday’s 2-1 win in Gwinnett marked the ninth time this season that Reading has entered the third period tied with the opposition and the fourthl?time that Reading has come away with two points (4-4-0-1). However?, all four of those wins when entering the third tied have come on the road (4-2-0-0).
19. The loss to Wheeling dropped the Royals record to 7-3-1-0 against the Nailers this season with four more games to be played between the two teams, including this Saturday’s game at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. The Royals started the season 6-0-1-0 in the first seven games between the two teams but have gone 1-3-0-0 in the last four.
20. The weekend two-game set in Gwinnett marked the Royals’ first games against the Gladiators this season. Reading Gwinnett will play one more time this year ?— at Santander Arena in Reading on Wednesday, March 19.
21. Sunday’s game completed the two game regular season series between the Royals and the Road Warriors. Greenville swept the two game set to become the second team this season to win all of its scheduled games against
Reading (The other was Cincinnati, 0-4-0-0).
22. In three of the four games played this week, Reading’s offense was held to two goals or less. In fact, in that past seven games, the Royals have been held to two or less five times. Over that seven game span, Reading has scored a total of 16 goals, which translates into a 2.29 goals per game average.
23. Reading has been held to two goals or less 23 times this year and has compiled a record of 5-17-0-1 in those games.
24. Reading’s four goal output in Friday’s win in Gwinnett marked the 20th time the Royals have scored four or more this year (20-0-0-0).
25. Overall this season, Reading has scored 153 goals in 51 games, which is a 3.00 goals per game average—ninth out of the twenty-two teams in the league.
26. In both wins this week, the Royals defense held the opposition to two goals or less, which the team has done 27 times this season (5-1-0-1). On Saturday, Reading held the Gwinnett Gladiators to just one goal, making the 12th time this year that the team has held the opposition to one or less (12-0-0-0).
27. Reading got touched up for four in last Wednesday’s loss to Wheeling and got torched for six on Sunday against Greenville. The Royals are 2-11-1-0 when allowing four or more goals. Sunday’s game was only the second time that Reading hassallowed six or more (0-2-0-0). (The team season high for goals against was established when the Fort Wayne Komets bagged seven on Dec. 7.)
28. Overall, Reading has allowed 136 total goals against, which translates into a 2.67 team goals against average—fourth best in the league.
29. Reading outshot the opposition in all four games played last week, including Saturday when the team generated 43 shots on Gwinnett. ?That was the fourth time this year that the Royals have had 40 or shots on net. The team season-high was established against the Elmira Jackals on October 26, when the team generated 47 shots.
30. The Royals have taken 1,600 shots so far this year, an average of 31.37 per game, which is sixth best in the league.
31. In last Wednesday’s loss, Reading held the Wheeling Nailers to just 22 shots. That is the 20th time this season that Reading has held the opposition to 25 or fewer shots. Reading is 14-6-0-0 in those games.
32. Overall, Reading has allowed 1451 shots against, which is an average of 28.45 shots per game—which is eighth best.
33. Reading’s power play scored one goal in 15 chances with the man advantage in the four games played this past week, but that one PPG proved to be important, as it was the game-winner (by Josh Brittain) on Feb. 21 against Gwinnett.
34. ?Over the last 17 games, the Royals’ power play has scored seven times in 72 chances with the man advantage, which translates into a 9.7 percent scoring ratio.
35. Overall, Reading has scored 30 PPGs in 205 chances with the man advantage, which is a 14.6 percent scoring ratio (14th best in the league). The PP has been better at home (17.0 percent)Y than on the road (12.1 percent in 181 opportunities), which is 20th out of 22 teams in the league.
36. The Royals’ penalty kill got touched up for a power play goal against in three of the four games played this past week, giving up a total of three PPGAs in 16 chances with the man advantage for the opposition. Nonetheless, over the last 15 games, Reading has given up just five PPGAs in 55 power plays for the opponents, which is a 90.9 percent kill ratio.
37. Overall, Reading is killing at an 86.2 percent? ratio (25 PPGA in 181 opportunities), which is fourth best in the league. The kill has been considerably better on the road (89.2 percent) than at home (83.0 percent).
38 . The Royals’ penalty killers touched up the Wheeling Nailers for Reading’s eighth short-handed goal of the year (by Brandon Blandina—his second SHG of the year) on Feb. 19. That is tied for fifth most SHGs in the league.
39. Friday’s win in Gwinnett marked the 14th time this year that the Royals have scored at least one power play goal and kept the opposition’s power play off the board. Reading is 14-0-0-0 in those games.
40. In Saturday’s win in Gwinnett and Sunday’s loss in Greenville, the Royals failed to score a power play goal, which the opposition broke through for a PPGA. That has happened 11 times this year for Reading and the tam is 2-8-1-0 when that occurs.
41. Ryan Cruthers leads the Royals with 35 points (11g-24a) in 33 games with the team. Cruthers picked up a pair of assists in Friday’s 4-2 win in Gwinnett for his team-leading tenth multi-point performance of the season. One of Cruthers’ helpers in that game was on the power play game-winner (by Josh Brittain). That was Cruthers’ team-leading 12th ?power play point of the season (2g-9a). Despite leading the team in scoring, Cruthers has gone seven consecutive games with a goal, and only has one goal in his last 14 played. Cruthers is the all-time leading scorer for the Royals with 202 points (66g-136a) in 192 career games with Reading.
42. T.J. Syner, who is currently second in scoring for the Royals (13-g-19a=32pts in 40 games) picked up an assist on the first goal for Reading (by Brett Flemming) in Friday’s 4-2 win in Gwinnett. Despite generating 102 shots, and numerous quality scoring opportunities, Syner has gone nine games without a goal. He leads forwards on the team with 54 penalty minutes.
43. Sean Wiles snapped a four game goal-scoring drought when he bagged the first goal of the game Feb. 23 in Gwinnett. That was the first ‘first goal’ of the year for Wiles, who has 31 points (14g-17a) in 36 games for the Royals.
44. Rookie forward Domenic Monardo scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season 7:36 into the second period to give the Royals a 2-1 lead in Friday’s 4-2 win over Gwinnett. Those 16 goals stand fourth best amongst first pros in the ECHL. He is tied for 13th in rookie scoring with 28 total points (16g-12a) in 50 games for Reading. Monardo’s 153 shots leads the Royals, as well as topping all first year players in the league.
45. Defenseman Marvin Degon picked up a pair of assists this week, including one on the power play game-winner by Josh Brittain in Friday’s 4-2 win in Gwinnett. Degon now has 26 total points (5g-21a) in 47 total games this season, which is tied for 12th in defensemen scoring with GReading, Degon has 21 points (5g-16a) in 35 games.
46. Defenseman Michal Cajkovsky scored the third-period tie-breaking game winner in Reading’s 2-1 win in Gwinnett on Feb. 22. For Cajkovsky, that was his 10th goal of the season - sixth most on the team and tied for fourth amongst d-men in the league. That goal was also his third game-winner of the year, which is tied with Sean Wiles and Josh Brittain for the team lead - and is tied for the third-most amongst defensemen. Cajkovsky generated a personal season-high eight shots in Saturday’s win. He has accumulated 127 total shots on goal, which is fourth most amongst d-men in the league.
47. After putting together a five-game point streak. Ethan Cox has gone six consecutive games (from Feb. 14) without registering a point until he won the face-off that resulted in the third period tie-breaking game-winner by Michael Cajkovsky on Saturday in Gwinnett.
?48. Josh Brittain recorded his fourth multi-point performance and his first three-point game (1g-2a) in Friday’s 4-2 win over Gwinnett. That night, Brittain bagged his second power play goal as a Royal, and it proved to be his third game-winner of the year (tied for the team lead). Brittain, who generated a personal season-high seven shots on goal in Sunday’s 6-2 loss in Greenville, has 16 points (8g-8a) in 17 games with Reading.
49. Brandon Blandina scored the Royals’ lone goal in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Wheeling while the team was playing a man short. That was his second short-handed goal of the year. Blandina also scored the Royals’ fourth goal in Friday’s win in Gwinnett and assisted on the games’s first goal (by Sean Wiles) on Sunday in Greenville. Blandina, who has 16 points (5g-11a) in 35 games with the Royals, has played to a team-leading
plus-9 (+9) in his time with Reading.
50. Defenseman Matt Campanale scored the Royals’ second goal (to draw the team within one at 3-2) 15:50 into the second period in Sunday’s matchup against the Greenville Road Warriors. In Saturday’s 2-1 win in Gwinnett, Campanale generated a personal season-high five shots on goal.
51. Brett Flemming scored the Royals’ first goals on Friday and Saturday in Gwinnett - each of which tied the respective game at one. Those two goals give Flemming five on the season, which tied his personal career season-best. (He had two goals with Reading last season. In his rookie year, 2011-12, he had two with the Hershey Bears in the AHL, and three with South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL.)
52. Kevin Walrod picked up an assist on the third-breaking GWG by Cajkovsky on Saturday. Walrod has ten points (2g-8a) in 20 games with the Royals, and he is playing to a plus 7 (+7) in his time with the Royals (and a plus-10 overall, which includes five games with the Evansville Icemen).
53. Julien Cayer had a season high five shots in Friday’s 4-2 win at Gwinnett. Although Cayer has gone eight games without registering a point, his 10? points (5g-5a) in 27 games is more than he had in 49 games with Reading last year (3g-6a=9pts).
54. Defenseman Bryant Molle leads d-men on the team at plus-8 (+8) through 46 games. His 72 penalty minutes also leads the team.
55. Goaltender Brandon Anderson’s three game win streak was snapped in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Wheeling, but he bounced back to make 32 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Gwinnett. That was Anderson’s 11th win in his last 13 decisions for the Royals. It also marked the sixth time in 25 appearances for Reading that Anderson has held the opposition to one goal or less. Anderson has compiled 15-8-1-0 record with a 2.49 goals against average (tenth best in the league) and .905 save percentage.