NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. The Royals swept a three game home stand last week, beginning with a 6-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears on Wednesday, and then taking back-to-back one-goal decisions over the Kalamazoo on Friday (5-4) and Saturday (2-1).
2. This past week’s three straight wins stretched the team’s current win streak to five games (5-0-0-0).
3. Reading is 15-2-1-0 in last 18 games; 17-3-1-0 in the team’s last 21; and has gone 30-9-1-1 in the 41 games played by the team since January 8.
4. The 45 wins recorded by the Royals to this point in the season are the second most in team history. The team record (set last season) is 46 total wins in a single season regular season.
5. Friday’s win over Kalamazoo served to push Reading over the 90 point plateau in the standings for the fifth time in the 13-year history of the team. The team record in that category was also set in the 2012-13 season, during which the team finished with 99 points in the standings.
6. Reading currently has 93 points in the standings with three games remaining in the regular season. The Royals lead the Eastern Conference, and in fact, clinched the team’s second consecutive Eastern Conference regular season title with Saturday’s win over Kalamazoo (when combined with a loss by the South Carolina Stingrays to the Florida Everblades that same night).
7. The Royals’ 93 standings points is tied for second best overall in the ECHL. Alaska leads the league in the race for the best regular season record (and the Brabham Cup) with 94 points and a .691 win percentage (and, with four games still to play, Alaska has a game in hand on the Roayls.
8. The Royals finished the home portion of the 2013-14 regular season schedule with the three wins this past week at Santander Arena to stretch the team’s home win streak to five (5-0-0-0) and the Royals’ home unbeaten streak to a season-long 12 games (11-0-1-0).
9. Reading compiled a record of 24-10-1-1 in the 36 regular season games played at Santander Arena this season. Those 24 wins are the fourth most in team history on home ice. The team record in that regard was set last season with 26 home wins. Reading won 25 home games in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
10. The Royals will close out the regular season with three road games - two against the Florida Everblades at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida (on Wednesday and Friday) and one against the Orlando Solar Bears at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida (on Saturday). Reading currently has a 21-11-1-0 record on the road. The team record for road wins is 22, which was set in 2010-11.
11. Wednesday’s 6-2 win over Orlando at Santander Arena marked the first match-up of the year between Reading and the Solar Bears. That marked the third time that the Royals and Solar Bears have played in Reading over the two years that Orlando has been in the ECHL. Reading is 3-0-0-0 in those games. The Royals and Solar Bears will complete the two-game regular season series between the two teams this Saturday at Amway Center in Orlando, where the Royals went 1-1-0-0 last season.
12. The two-game set against the Kalamazoo Wings this past Friday and Saturday at Santander Arena completed the eight game regular season series between the Royals and K-Wings and, although the Royals won the last three games played between the two teams, Reading finished 4-4-0-0 against the K-Wings. Each team in the season series got the better of the other on their respective home ice, with Reading going 3-1-0-0 at Santander
Arena, and 1-3-0-0 in Kalamazoo.
13. Both of the games played against the K-Wings this past week were decided by one goal—and five of the eight games in the season series between Reading and Kalamazoo were one-goal decisions (Overall, Reading is 15-5-2-1 in games decided by one goal this season.)
14. The back-to-back games against Kalamazoo this past weekend completed the 28 game regular season series for the Royals against teams from the North Division. Overall, this season Reading went 16-11-0-1 against teams from the North.
15. The Royals’ final three games of the regular season are against teams from the South Division (Florida and Orlando). Overall, Reading has compiled a record of 6-4-0-0 against teams from of the South.
16. In both Wednesday’s win over Orlando and Friday’s victory over Kalamazoo, the Royals fell behind the opponent by a score of 2-0 but were able to mount a successful comeback to win. Friday’s game was actually the third come-back win in a row for Reading - and the 18th time this season that Reading has come-from-behind to win - and the fifth time this year that the Royals have come back from a two-goal deficit to win. Thirteen of the team’s come-back wins this year have come in the last 27 games played (i.e. since February 9, 2014).
17. Saturday’s game marked the 37th time this year that Reading has scored the game’s first goal. The Royals have gone 28-8-1-0G when scoring first, which is a .770 win percentage. The Royals went 16-3-1-0 when the team scored first on home ice this year, which is an .825 win percentage.
18. Reading once again tied the team season-high six goals scored in Wednesday’s win over Orlando. That marked the fifth time this season, and the second consecutive game??- in which the Royals scored six. Reading’s offense followed that up by scoring five against Kalamazoo on Friday. That marked the 17th time this year that the Royals have scored five or more (17-0-0-0). The team has compiled a record of 33-0-0-0 when scoring four or more goals.
19. The Royals scored five third period goals in the come-back win over Orlando on Wednesday in Reading. That is only the sixth time in team history that Reading has scored five (or more goals) in a single period—and two of those have come against the Orlando Solar Bears (in only five games played between the two organizations over the last two years). Last season, the Royals also scored five third period goals in an 8-3 win at Amway Center in Orlando on March 2, 2013. The team record for goals in a single period was also set last season—on March 20, 2013 when the Royals scored six in the first period in an 8-2 win over the Fort Wayne Komets in Fort Wayne.
20. Over the course of the season, Reading has scored 224 goals, which is an average of 3.25 goals per game, which is fourth best in the league.
21. Saturday’s’ win over Kalamazoo marked the 20th time this year that Reading has held the opposition to one goal or less (20-0-0-0). The Royals held Orlando to just two goals in Wednesday’s win. Reading has compiled a record of 36-1-0-1 when holding the opposition to two goals or less.
22. Overall, Reading has allowed 176 goals against through 69 games played, which translates into a 2.55 team goals against average, which is fourth best in the league.
23. During the team’s current five game win streak, Reading has out-scored the oppostion, 23-11, which translates into an average of 4.60 goals scored per game and an average of 2.20 goals against per game.
24. Overall, the Royals’ goal differential of plus 48 (+48) (224-176) leads the Eastern Conference. The Alaska Aces lead the league in goal differential at plus 76 (+76), (232-156).
25. The Royals streak of three straight games with a power play goal was snapped in Wednesday’s win over Orlando (0-4), but the team bounced back to record a PPG on both Friday (the game winner by Marvin Degon) (1-5) and Saturday (the first goal of the game by Degon) (1-5).
26. Reading has scored at least one power play goal in thirteen of the last sixteen games, a span during which the team has gone 15 for 62 with the man advantage, which is a 24.2% scoring ratio.
27. Overall this season, the royals are scoring power play goals at a 17.2 percent scoring ratio (47-for-273), which is sixth best in the league. Reading’s PP has performed better at home (19.9 percent - third best in the league) than on the road (13.7%).
28. Although Kalamazoo capitalized on the power play on Friday, scoring their fourth goal of the game (to make it 5-4, Reading), the Royals penalty kill was perfect in the other two games this game (to make it 5-4, Reading), the Royals’ penalty kill was perfect in the other two games this past week, and have blanked the opposition’s power play in 10 of the last 12 games, killing 30 of the last 32 chances for the opposition with the man advantage (93.8 percent kill ratio).
29. Reading’s PK has blanked the opposition in 42 of the 69 games the team has played, and the team has compiled a record of 32-8-1-1 in those games.
30. Ryan Cruthers’ leads the Royals with 56 points (16g-40-a) in 51 games, which is tied for the 13th in the league scoring. Cruthers, who is riding a five-game point streak (3g-4a), scored his 71st goal as a Royal 5:03 into the second period of Friday’s game against Kalamazoo (to give Reading a 4-3 lead), tying him (with Olivier Labelle) for the all-time lead for career goals scored by a Royal. On Firday, Cruthers recorded this team-leading 15th multi-pointw game of the season (1g-1a). Cruthers, who received his third career nod as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year (2009-10, 2010-11, & 2013-14) after Saturday’s game, is the all-time leading scorer in Royals’ history with 223 points (71g-152a)?in 210 games as a Royal.
31. Yannick Tifu is riding three game point streak (1g-4a). He recorded his 12th multi-point game of the year in Friday’s 5-4 win over Kalamazoo. Tifu, who for the third consecutive season received the teams’ Fan Choice Award’ after Saturday’s game, has 178 points (66g-112a) in 181 career games with the Royals.
32. Domenic Monardo recorded back-to-back multi-point games on Wednesday (1g-1a) and Friday (0g-2a) to extend his point streak to eight straight games (6g-5a=11pts). That streak was snapped in Saturday’s win over Kalamazoo. Mondardo’s goal on Friday (which tied the game at two, 10:57 into the first period), was his team leading twenty-seventh goal of the year, which also leads all first year pros. Monardo, who is tied for ninth in rookie scoring (27g-19a=46pts), leads all rookies in goals scored (27), power play goals scored (10), and shots taken (205). With 27 goals, Monardo, who received the team’s Rookie of the Year Award after Saturday’s game, has scored more goals than any first-year pro in the history of the Royals, surpassing the 26 scored by Brad Rooney in the inaugural year of the team (2001-02).
33. T.J. Syner recorded his second consecutive multi-point performance (1g-1a) - and his 11th multi-game of the year — on Wednesday against the Solar Bears. Syner’s goal against Orlando was a highlight reel speeding spinning move in the offensive zone that gave the Royals a 6-2 lead 17:18 into the third.
34. Defenseman Marvin Degon is riding a five game point streak (3g-5a). In Friday’s game, Degon picked up his second three-point game (1g-2a) and sixth multi-point game of the year. Degon’s goal that night, which was scored on the power play, proved to be his second game winner of the season. He followed that up with the first goal of the game on Saturday (his first FG of the year),
which was also scored on the power play. In fact, seven of Degon’s eight goals have been scored while the Royals were playing with the man advantage, which is tied for second most in the league. Degon has 39 points (8g-31a) which is fourth in defenseman scoring in the league. His 31 assists are third most amongst d-men in the ECHL.
35. Ethan Cox is riding an eight game point and assist streak (1g-8a). That is the longest currently active assist streak in the league - and tied for the longest currently active point streak in the league. Cox, who received the team’s Unsung Hearo Award after Saturday’s game, leads the Royals in plus-minus playing plus-20 (+20).
36. KevinWalrod extended his personal point streak to six games (4g-4a-8pt) with his first multi-goal game as a pro (2g-0a). His goals that night, which came in a span of 4:33 in the third period of Wednesday’s game, included his second game winner in the past three games for the Royals. Walrod, who is playing to a plus 16 in 37 games, has played even or better in nine straight games, playing to plus-6 (+6) in that span.
37. Matt Campanale tied his career high with his seventh goal of the season 34 seconds into the third period in Wednesday’s win over Orlando to give the Royals a 4-2 lead over the Solar Bears. Campanale, who has played in 68 of the Royals’ 69 games this year, received the team’s Ironman Award after Saturday’s game. Campanale’s 25 points this season (7g-18a) establishes a new career single-season personal best.
38. Brandon Blandina, who assisted on the Royals’ game winner (which was scored by defenseman Mike Banwell) in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Kalamazoo, received the team’s Heart Award after the conclusion of the game.
39. Defenseman Mike Banwell is riding a three-game point streak (1g-3a), and he’s played to a collective plus-7 (+7) in those games. In Friday’s win over Kalamazoo, Banwell recorded a season-high six shots on goal. On Saturday, in his 147th game as a pro, Banwell recorded his first pro game winning goal, when he bagged the Royals’ second goal 8:29 into the second period of the 2-1 win. Banwell received the team’s Scrapper of the Year Award after Saturday’s game.
40. Jesse Todd extended his personal point streak to seven games (5g-4a) when he assisted on the Royals’ first goal (by Greg Wolfe) in the team’s 6-2 win over Orlando. That streak was snapped in Saturday’s win over Kalamazoo Todd has played to a plus-10 in his last 8 games.
41. Bryant Molle leads the Royals defenders in plus-minus at plus-19 (+19) and also leads the team with 98 penalty minutes. Molle was recognized with the team’s Defensive Player of the Year Award after Saturday’s home finale.
42. Greg Wolfe, who joined the Royals after completing his senior season at Michigan State, scored his first goal as a pro in his second game with Reading 18:43 into the second period of Wednesday’s 6-2 win over Orlando. That goal ignited a goal scoring spree during which the Royals scored five goals over a span of just 7:35, which came to a close with Wolfe’s second goal of the game (6:18 into the third period). Wolfe scored his third goal as a pro to give the Royals a 3-2 lead in Friday night’s game against Kalamazoo 17:31 into the second period.
43. Goaltender Riley Gill extended his personal win streak to three games (and his unbeaten streak to four, 3-0-1-0), when he made 26 saves on 28 shots in Wednesday’s win over Orlando. Gill also started Saturday’s game against Kalamazoo and made all six saves he was called upon to make in the first 20 minutes. However, he came out of that game after the first period for pre-cautionary reasons, due to a collision he had with a Kalamazoo forward about half-way into the period. (Brandon Anderson took over and finished—and won—the game.) In 36 appearances with the Royals so far this season, Gill has compiled a record of 19-12-1-1 with a 2.47 goals against average (eleventh best in the league) and a .917 save percentage.
44. Goaltender Brandon Anderson stretched his current win streak to three with back-to-back wins over Kalamazoo this weekend. On Friday, he made 33 saves on 37 shots in the 5-4 victory; and, on Saturday, he came on in substitution of Riley Gill after the first period and made 15 saves on 16 shots in 40 minutes of action.?