This week's Reading Royals notes

Photo by Tom Borland Ryan Cruthers, who leads the Royals with 51 points (15g-37a) in 48 games, recorded his third multi-goal game (2g-0a) (and team-leading 14th multi-point performance) in a win over Elmira on March 28.

NOTES OF THE WEEK

1. This past week the Royals won both ends of a home-and-home with the Elmira Jackals, defeating them, 4-1 at Santander Arena in Reading on Friday, and following that up with a 6-3 win over the Jackals at First Arena in Elmira on Saturday.

2. The two wins this past week pushed the Royals’ record to a season-high 21 games over .500 (42-21-2-1=87).

3. After Friday’s win over Elmira, Reading re-took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference for the third time this season. After 66 games played, the Royals have 87 points in the standings, which leads the East and is third best overall. The Alaska Aces lead the league with 94 points in the standings (after 68 games played). The Ontario Reign are second in the league in that category with 91 points after 66 games.

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4. Reading’s .659 win percentage leads the Eastern Conference and is third best in the league to Alaska (.691) and Ontario (.689).

5. Reading became the first team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff spot with Friday’s win over Elmira (when combined with a regulation loss sustained that evening by the Florida Everblades to the Cincinnati Cyclones). On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Wings also clinched a playoff spot in the East.

6. The Royals are 12-2-1-0 in the team’s last 15 games; 14-3-1-0 in the last 18; and have compiled a record of 27-9-1-1 in the last 38 games since January 8.

7. Reading compiled a record of 10-2-1-0 in the month of March. That marks just the fifth time in team history that Reading has won ten or more games in a single calendar month. All five of those months have come in the last three seasons - including three times last year (November, 2012; December, 2012; and March, 2013). It is the third consecutive March (2012, 2013 and 2014) in which the Royals have won 10 or more games in the month.

8. Reading’s 4-1 win over Elmira on Friday stretched the Royals current home unbeaten streak to a season long nine games (8-0-1-0). Friday’s game was the 21st home win of the year for Reading (21-10-1-1) with three more regular season games yet to be played at Santander Arena—all three of which will be played this week (Wednesday against the Orlando Solar Bears and back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against the Kalamazoo Wings). The team record for home wins is 26 (26-8-0-2), which was set last season.

9. The team’s 6-3 win in Elmira on Saturday was Reading’s 21st road win of the year (21-11-1-0), which ties the second most road wins in? team history. The team record for away victories is twenty-two, which was established in 2010-11 (22-12-1-1). Reading will finish the regular season with a three-game road trip to Florida, where the team will face the Florida Everblades twice and the Orlando Solar Bears in the final game of the regular season on April 12.

10. Over the last four seasons, the Royals have compiled a regular season record on the road of 84-45-12,which is a .638 win percentage.

11. The back-to-back wins by the Royals over Elmira this week completed the Royals’ 31 game regular season series within the Atlantic Division. Reading compiled a record of 23-6-2-0 within the Atlantic this season.

12. Reading has two games remaining against the North Division—both against Kalamazoo this week. So far, Reading has compiled a record of 14-11-0-1 against teams from the North this year.

13. The Royals still have four games to be played against teams from the South Division - two against Orlando (one at home and one on the road) and two against Florida (both at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida). So far, the Royals have compiled a record of 5-4-0-0 against teams from the South.

14. The Royals completed the sixteen game regular season series against the Elmira Jackals this past week. Reading finished the season 14-2-0-0 against the Jackals, winning the last 11 consecutive games played against Elmira, from Dec. 26, 2013, in Reading, which outscored the Jackals, 60-28, in the 16 game series this season, won all seven games the team played at First Arena in Elmira this season.

15. Reading scored the game’s first goal in Friday’s 4-1 win over Elmira, marking the fifth time in a span of six games that the Royals have scored the FG (Elmira scored the game’s first goal on Saturday). Over the course of the season, the Royals have scored first 36 times and have compiled a record of 27-8-1-0 (.764 win percentage) in those games. Reading has compiled a record of 15-13-1-1 when the opposition? has scored first.

16. Saturday’s 6-3 victory in Elmira marked the 16th come-from-behind win of the year for Reading. Eleven of those come-back victories have come since February 9 - in the team’s last 24 games played. Five of Reading’ s come-from-behind wins this year came against Elmira.

17. In both wins this week, Reading’s offense generated four (or more) goals. Reading has scored four or more 31 times this season and has gone 31-0-0-0 in those games.

18. The six goals scored on Saturday tied the team season high, which the Royals have accomplished four times. - the first since a 6-2 win over Wheeling on January 8. Saturday’s game marked the second time this season that the Royals scored six against Elmira.

19. Reading has scored a total of 211 goals in 66 games this season, which translates into a 3.20 goals per game average, which is tied ?for fourth best in the league.

20. Friday’s game marked the 19th time this year that Reading has held the opposition to one goal or less, and the Royals have compiled a record of 19-0-0-0 in those games. Reading held Elmira to one goal or less seven times this year, including four of the last five games between the two teams.

21. The Royals have allowed 169 total goals against this season, which translates into a 2.56 goals per game average, which is fourth best in the league.

22. The Royals are playing to a plus-42 (+42) goal differential over the course of the season (211-?169), which leads all teams in the Eastern Conference.

23. The Royals outscored the Jackals by a total of 4-0 in the second period in the two games played this week, including three scored in the second to pull away on Saturday in Elmira. The second period has been the most prolific period for the Royals over the course of the season, outscoring the opposition, 76-50 to this point of the season.

24. The Royals scored at least one power play goal in both games played this week and have scored a PPG in eleven of the last 13 games played by the team. The PP has gone 13-for-47 during that time span, which is a 27.7 percent scoring ratio.

25. Reading scored a pair of power play goals in Friday’s 4-1 win over Elmira. That marked the ninth time this season that the Royals have scored two or more power play goals in a single game. Reading is 9-0-0-0 in those games.

26. Overall, the Royals are scoring power play goals at a 17.3 percent clip (45-for-260), which is fifth best in the league. The PP has been better at home (20.3 percent) than on the road (11.3 percent).

27. Reading’s penalty kill stretched the team’s string of perfect games to eight straight by blanking the Jackals power play on (3-3) on Friday. That string of 17 straight kills was broken on Saturday when Elmira bagged a five-on-three power play goal with 2:49 remaining in regulation.

28. Overall the Royals’ PK is killing at an 86.0% clip (31 PPGA in 222 chances), which is fourth best in the league. The kill has been better on the road? (88.7 percent - second best in the league) than at home (83.6 percent).

29. Ryan Cruthers, who leads the Royals with 51 points (15g-37a) in 48 games, recorded his third multi-goal game (2g-0a) (and team-leading 14th multi-point performance) in Friday’s win over Elmira. Cruthers’ goals that night included the game’s first goal (his first ‘FG’ of the season) and his fourth power play goal of the season to give Reading a 4-0 lead early in the third period. Cruthers also picked up a helper on the Royals power play goal on Saturday in Elmira to record his team leading 19th power play point of the season. The two goals by Cruthers this week now gives him 70 career goals as a Royal, which is one shy of the all-time team record held by Olivier Labelle (71). In 207 career games with the Royals, Cruthers has 219 points (70g-149a).

30. Domenic Monardo is riding a six game point streak (5g-2a=7pts). He has at least one point in eleven of his last 14 games. Monardo, who has scored ten goals in the last 14 games, scored his team leading 26th goal of the season 18:08 into the second period on Saturday night in Elmira. That proved to be his fifth game-winning goal of the year, which is tied for second most on the team. Monardo, who did not play in Friday’s game due to illness, has 42 points (26g-16a) in 64 games, which places him tied for 11th in rookie scoringI. His 26 goals leads all first year pros in the ECHL, as does his ten power play goals. Monardo has fired 197 shots on goal, which leads the Royals and all rookies in the league.

31. Sean Wiles recorded his 12th multi-point game of the year (1g-1a) in Friday’s 4-1 win over Elmira. His goal that night was scored while Reading was playing with the man advantage for his fifth power play goal of the year, which is tied for second most on the team. In Friday’s game, Wiles also recorded the primary assist on the game’s first goal (by Ryan Cruthers) and generated a personal season high eight shots on goal.

32. T.J. Syner, who has ten points in his last ten games (5g-5a), recorded his tenth multi-point game of the year on Saturday in Elmira (1g-1a). Syner’s goal that night gave the Royals 3-1 lead 7:22 into the second period, and his assist that night was came on the game winner by Domenic Monardo.

33. Defenseman Michael Cajkovsky recorded his seventh multi-point game of the year (0g-2a) on Saturday in Elmira. His first assist that night came on the team’s second goal by Marvin Degon to give the Royals their first lead of the game at 2-1. Cajkovsky also picked up a helper on the goal scored 42 seconds later by T.J. Syner. Cajkovsky has 35 points (13g-22a) in 61 games, which places him fifth in defensemenwGscoring in the league—and leads all first year D-men. His 13 goals is third most amongst defensemen. Cajkovsky leads all defensemen in the league with 175 shots.

34. Defenseman Marvin Degon recorded an assist on Ryan Cruthers’ power play goal (to give Reading a 4-0 lead) on Friday in Reading. He followed that up with lhis fifth multi-point game of the year (1g-1a) on Saturday in Elmira. His goal that night was his fifth power play goal of the year, and 16th PP point, which is second most on the team. Degon has 34 total points (6g-28a) (which includes five points he recorded in 12 games with the Elmira Jackals prior to joining the Royals) which places him tied for seventh amongst defensemen in the league.

35. Ethan Cox is riding a five game point streak (1g-5a=6pts). On Friday, Cox picked up an assist on the game winner (by Kevin Walrod). He also recorded a helper on Walrod’s goal on Saturday, which tied that game at one, 18:08 into the first period. Cox, who has played to at least a plus-on (or better) in four of his last five games, leads all forwards on the team in plus-minus at plus 18 (+18).

36. Kevin Walrod is riding a five game point streak (2g-4a). His goal on Friday proved to be his first game winner as a pro. He followed that up by scoring the Royals’ first goal 18:08 into the first period to tie Saturday’s game at one. Walrod, who has 12 points (4g-8a) in his last 14 games, is playing to a plus 18 (+18) overall, which includes five games with the Evansville Icemen prior to joining the Royals. In 35 games with the Royals, he has 22 points (6g-16a) and is playing to a plus 15 (+15).

37. Defenseman Matt Campanale, who has eight points (2g-6a) in his last 13 games, picked up an assist on the power play goal (by Sean Wiles) to give Reading a 3-0 lead on Friday, and followed that up by recording the primary assist on the game-winner by Domenic Monardo on Saturday. Campanale’s 24 points (6g-18a) establishes a new personal career scoring best.

38. Brandon Blandina recorded his fourth multi-point game of the year on Saturday in Emira. That night he picked up the lone assist on the Royals’ fifth goal (by Jesse Todd) to give the Royals a 5-1 lead 6:51 into the third period. Blandina thenb snapped a nine-game goal-scoring drought and iced the game with a short-handed empty-netter with 50.9 seconds left in regulation. For Blandina, that was his third short-handed goal of the year which is tied for fourth most in the league.

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games, is playing to a plus-18 (+18) overall, which includes five games with the Evansville Icemen prior to joining the Royals. In thirty-five games

with the Royals, he has twenty-two points (6g-16a) and is playing to a plus-15 (+15).

?39. Aarn Gens picked up the primary assist on the power play goal (by Sean Wiles) with 41 seconds left in the second perid to give Reading a 3-0 lead on Friday. Gens has five points (1g-4a) in his last seven games.

40. Jesse Todd is riding a six game point streak (5g-3a). Todd, who did not score a goal in his first 33 games with the Royals, has five goals in his last six games. Todd recorded his second multi- point game in a span of three games (and his third multi-point performance of the season) when he recorded a pair of assists in Friday’s win. His assists that night included a helper on the first two goals of the game that night, which included one on the game-winner (by Kevin Walrod). Todd also scored the Royals’ fifth goal on Saturday (to give them a 5-1 lead) 6:51 into the third period. Todd, who also played to a plus in nine of the ten games he played in March (+10) and is playing to plus-13 (+13) over the curse of the season.

41. Bryant Molle, who picked up the primary assist on Reading’s first goal (by Kevin Walrod) in Friday’s win, played to personal season best plus-3 (+3) on Saturday. Molle leads the team in plus-minus at plus-19 (+19) and penalty minutes with 96.

42. Goaltender Riley Gill stretched his personal unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1-0) when he made twenty-six saves on 27 shots in Friday’s 4-1 win over Elmira. That marked the ninth time this season that Gill has held the opposition to just one goal, In 34 appearances for the Royals this season. Gill compiled a record of 18-12-1-1 with a 2.51 goals against average (11th best in the league) with a .917 goals against average.

43. Goaltender Brandon Anderson ran his record to 9-0-0-0 against the Jackals this season with the 6-3 win over Elmira on Saturday. For Anderson, that was his

22nd win of the year (22-9-1-0), which is tied for second most in the league. Anderson, who has won eight of his last nine (11 of his last 13 and 18 of his last 21 decisions) has a 2.39 goals against average (seventh best in the league) and .911 save percentage.