Reading Royals weekly wrap-up

Photo by Tom Borland Reading goalie Brandon Anderson was selected the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the week. He won both games he played during the week and had a 0.50 goals against average during that time.



1. The Royals swept the past three-game week, winning back-to-back games on home ice (4-1 over the Elmira Jackals on Wednesday; and 4-0 over the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday) and closing the week with a 4-1 win in Wheeling, West Virginia over the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday.

2. On Saturday, the Royals completed a sequence in the schedule during which the team played eleven games in a span of eighteen days. The team went 7-3-0-1 in that time span.

3. The three win week pushed the Royals record to a season high 14 games over .500 (33-19-1-1=68).

4. The sixty-eight points in the standings for the Royals places the team in third place in the Eastern Conference.


5. Through the first three-quarters of the regular season (54 of 72 games played) Reading has compiled a .630 win percentage, which is third best in the East, and fifth best in the league.

6. The three consecutive wins for the Royals this week marks the fifth time this season that they have won three or more consecutive games. The teams season-long streak stretched seven games from Jan. 8 through Jan. 24.

7. The back-to-back wins on home ice on Wednesday and Friday pushed the teams record to 15-10-0-1, which translates into a .596 win percentage at home with ten more regular season games to be played at Santander Arena.

8. Readings win in Wheeling on Saturday marked the teams 18th win of the year on the road, which is tied with the Florida Everblades for the most road victories in the Eastern ConferenceGY(Cincinnati leads the East with 19 wins on the road. Ontario also has 19 road wins out West). Readings 18-9-0-1 road record translates into a .661 win percentage.

9. Fridays win over South Carolina closed the Royals month of February with an 8-4-0-1 record, which was a 654 win percentage in the month. Reading will also play 13 games in the month of March (as well as six regular season games in April).

10. Two of the Royals wins this weekover Elmira and Wheeling by identical scores of 4-1 - were against Atlantic Division opponents. Overall, Reading is 18-5-1-0 through 24 games against teams within the Division. Reading has seven more to be played against teams from the Atlantic (four against Elmira and three against Wheeling).

11. Although it has no impact on qualifying for or seeding within the Eastern Conference playoff picture, Reading is currently the top team in the Atlantic Division.

12. Readings win over the South Carolina Singrays on Feb. 28 pushed the Royals record to 4-4-0-0 against teams from the South Division this season. Reading has five more games to be played against teams from the South (one against the Gwinnett Gladiators, two against the Florida Everblades, and two against the Orlando Solar Bears.

13. The Royals have compiled a record of 11-10-0-1 against teams from the North Division with six more games to be played against the North, including back-to-back games this weekend (on Saturday and Sunday) against the Evansville Icemen.

14. Wednesdays 4-1 win over Elmira pushed the Royals record this season to 10-2-0-0 against the Jackals. Reading has won the last seven consecutive that the team has played against Elmira. Reading will face the Jackals four more times ? all in the month of March.

15. Fridays 4-0 victory over South Carolina closed out the three-game regular season series between the Royals and the Stingrays. Reading went 2-1-0-0 against South Carolina with one of the teams wins (in the first game of the regular season) coming in a shootout.

16. Saturdays 4-1 win over Wheeling pushed the Royals record to 8-3-1-0 against the Nailers this season. Reading, who has gone 4-1-1-0 at WesBanco Arena this season (with one more game to play in Wheeling), started the season going 6-0-1-0 in the first seven games played between the two teams; but had lost two in a row and had gone 1-3-0-0 in the previous four against the Nailers going into Saturdays game. The Royals have three more games to be played against Wheeling, all of which will be played within the next seven on the schedule for Reading.

17. Two of the teams three wins this week (Wednesday against Elmira and Saturday against Wheeling) required come-from-behind efforts. Reading has had eleven comeback wins this season, six of which have come in the last twelve games played by the team. Reading has had 4 comebacks against Wheeling and 3 against Elmira.

18. In two of the three games played this weekand in six of the last eight (and eight of the last twelve)lthe opposition scored the games first goal. Reading has compiled a record of 10-12-1-1 (.458 win percentage) in the twenty-four games in which opponent has scored first.

19. Saturdays win over South Carolina marked the 30th time this year that Reading has scored the games first goal. Only two teams have scored first more frequently than the Royals: (i) Fort Wayne (37); and (ii) Stockton (33). (Alaska and Evansville have also scored first 30 times). Reading has gone 23-7-0-0 when scoring first, which translates into a .767 win percentage.

20. Readings offense generated four goals in each of the three games played this week (As an interesting side note, in each of those games, the Royals got the teams four goals from four different players, i.e, there were no multi-goal performances in the week.) Reading has scored four or more goals 23 times this season and has gone 23-0-0-0 in those games.

21. Overall, Reading has scored 165 goals in 54 games, which translates into 3.06 team goals per game averageseventh best in the league.

22. In the three games played this past week, the Royals defense allowed just two total goals against, a 0.67 team goals against average for the week. Reading has held the opposition to one goal (or less) in four of the last five games and have allowed one goal or less 15 times this season (15-0-0-0).

23. Reading has held the opposition to two goals or less in seven of the last nine games played, and 30 of 54 games played this season (28-1-0-1).

24. Overall, the Royals have allowed 138 total goals against this season, which translates into a 2.56 team goals against average, which is fourth best in the league.

25. In the three games played this week, the Royals outscored the opposition, 3-0 in the second period and 6-0 in the third period. With respect to goal differential, overall this season the Royals are a playing to a plus in all three periods: (i) plus-6

(+6) in the first; (ii) plus-18 (+18) in the second; and plus-1 (+1) in the third.

26. All sixteen skaters who dressed and played for the Royals in the teams 4-0 win over South Carolina on Friday played to a plus (led by Julien Cayer, Brett Flemming, Bryant Molle and Ethan Cox all of whom played to a plus-2). In Saturdays 4-1 win over the Wheeling Nailers, every skater in the line-up played to a plus-1 (+1) with the exception of Brandon Blandina, who played even in the game.?

27. Reading bagged a pair of power play goals, one of which proved to be the game winner, in Wednesdays win over Elmira. The Royals have scored multi-power play goals seven times Othis season and have compiled a record of 7-0-0-0 in those games.

28. During the three games this past week, the Royals went 3 for 10 on the power play and over the last 20 games have gone 10 for 82 with the man advantage, which is a 12.2 percent scoring ratio. Overalllthis season, Reading is 33 for 215 on the power play, which is 15.3 percent scoring ratio (tied for 12th in the league). Readings power play has performed better at home (17.5 percent) than on the road (12.9%).

29. On Wednesday and Friday, Readings penalty killers blanked the Elmira Jackals (4-4) and South Carolina Stingrays (3-3) on the power play?. The PK has kept the oppositions power play off the board in 32 of the 54 gamesO played this season. (The team has gone 25-6-0-1 in those games).

30. In the last eighteen games, Reading has killed 58 of the last 64 chances that the opposition has had with the man advantage, which is a 90.6 percent kill ratio.

31. Ryan Cruthers, who leads the Royals with 39 points (and 27 assists) in 36 games with the team, is riding a four-game point streak (1g-3a). Cruthers power play goal on Wednesday, which gave Reading a 4-1 lead over Elmira, snapped a seven game goal scoring drought. That goal was also Cruthers team-leading 13th power play point of the year (3g-10a). Cruthers, who is the all-time leading scorer for the Royals (67g-139a=206pts), played in his team career-leading 195th game with the team on Saturday in Wheeling.

32. T.J. Syner, who snappped a nine-game goal scoring drought with the teams first goal (which tied the game at 1-1, 14:19 into the first period) on Wednesday against Elmira, is riding a three-game point streak (2g-1a). Syner has 35 points (15g-20a) and is playing to a plus-9 (+9) in 43 games for the Royals this season.

33. Sean Wiles scored a goal for the second consecutive game, and picked up an assist in Wednesdays 4-1 win over Elmira. That was Wiles tenth multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the team lead with Ryan Cruthers. Wiles also recorded seven shots on goal in that game to tie his personal season game-high.

34. Domenic Monardo, who leads the Royals with 18 goals (in 53 games played) is riding a three-game point streak (2g-1a). On Wednesday, Monardos power play goal proved to be his third game-winner of the year. His goal on Saturday (which tied the game at one, mid-way into the first period) was also scored while Reading was playing on the man advantage. That was his team-leading fifth power play goal of the year. Monardos 18 goals is third amongst first-year pros in the league; his 31 points (17g-13a) is tied for 13th amongst rookies in the league. His 162 shots on goal is second amongs first-year pros in the league.

35. Defenseman Marvin Degon picked up a pair of assists in Wednesdays win over Elmira. For Degon, that was his foruth multi-point performance of the year. His second assist that night came on Ryan Cruthers power play for Degons eighth power play assist (and 12th PP point). Overall, Degon has 28 total points (23 of which have been recorded in 38 games with Reading), which places him tied for 12th in ECHL defensemen scoring this season.

36. Defenseman Michal Cajkovsky, who picked up the primary assist on the game-winning goal (by Josh Brittain) in Readings 4-0 win over South Carolina on Friday, is tied for the top spot amongst first-year d-men in scoring with 26? points (10g-16a) in 49 games with the Royals. Cajkovskys ten goals tie him for fourth amongst D-men in the league. His 137 shots on goal is fifth most amongst defensmen in the league.

37. Ethan Cox, who scored a critical third period goal in Saturdays win in Wheeling, is tied for the team lead in plus-minus (with Brandon Blandina and Bryant Molle) at plus-eleven.

38. Josh Brittain, who is riding a four-game points streak (2g3a=5pts), has scored back-to-back game-winners in the last two wins for the Royals (on Friday over South Carolina and on Saturday in Wheeling). In fact, he has scored the GWG in three of the last five wins for

Readingand leads the team with five game winners this season, which means that fully half of his goals this year have been GWGs. He also has ten assists (20 total points) in 20 games this season. Fourteen of his points (6g-8a) have come in his last 12 games.

39. Matt Campanale recorded his sixth multi-point game of the year (which leads defensemen on the team) when he recorded goal and an assist in Saturdays win in Wheeling.

40. Kevin Walrod picked up the primary assist on the Royals second goal (by Brett Flemming) in Fridays 4-0 win over South Carolina and then picked up a helper on the game-winner by Josh Brittain in Saturdays win in Wheeling. Walrod has 12 points (32g-10a) and is playign to a plus-9 in his 23 games with Reading. (Including his five games with Evansville this season, Walrod is playing to a plus-12 overall.)

41. Mike Banwell sprang SeanWiles on a breakaway with a stretch pass from the defensive blue line to give Reading a 3-1 lead over Elmira on Wednesday. Banwell has 14 points (2g-12a) in 49 games this season, which is by far a personal career season-high.

42. Defenseman Brett Flemming scored this third goal in a span of five games when he bagged the Royals second goal in Fridays 4-0 win over South Carolina 35 seconds after Josh Brittain has given the team a 1-0 lead 19 seconds into the second period. Flemmings goal that night was his sixth of the year, which establishes a new career season high for him.

43. Julien Cayer racked up his fourth multi-point game of the season (1g-1a) in Fridays win over South Carolina. His goal that night was his sixth of the season (in his 30th game with the team), which doubles his goal output last season in 49 games with the Royals.

44. Jesse Todd picked up an assist on Friday against South Carolina and on Saturday against Wheeling. Todd has six assists and is playing to a plus-4 (+4) in 29 games with the Royals.

45. Bryant Molle, who is tied for the team lead at plus 11 (+11), leads the Royals with 74 penalty minutes.

46. Goaltender Brandon Anderson, who has won 13 of his last 15 decisions with the Royals (and six of his last seven decisions), is riding a three-game win streak. Anderson made 21 saves in Wednesdays 4-1 win over Elmira and then recorded his third shutout of the year with a 33 save performance against South Carolina on Friday. Anderson, who has held the opposition to one goal or less in four of his last five decisions, has compiled a record of 17-8-1-0 with a 2.33 goals against average (seventh best in the league) and a .911 save percentage.

47. Goaltender Riley Gill made 27 saves in the 4-1 win over Wheeling on Saturday. That marked the seventh time this season that Gill has held the opposition to one goal or less. In 27 appearances for the team, Gill has compiled a 14-11-0-1 record with a 2.49 goals against average (11th best in the league), and a .918 save percentage.