Steve Shirreffs and Francoise Drainville were the biggest beneficiaries of the Royals' point spree. Sherrieffs finished with a goal and four assists. He assisted on two first-period markers, set up both of Drainville's scores in the second and scored on a power-play feed from Drainville in the third. Drainville finished with two goals and two assists.
Brad Rooney recorded his team-leading 13th and 14th scores, and Simon Tremblay chipped in three helpers for Reading, which posted the highest offensive output by any team in the ECHL this season. Alfie Michaud stopped 31 shots for the victory, which upped his record to 4-2-0.
The Royals' week began on a more subdued note, when the Toledo Storm handed tham a 5-3 defeat. Reading jumped out to a 3-1 lead when Brendan Brooks scored 55 seconds into the third period, but the rest of the stanza was all Toledo. The Storm's Shawn Maltby scored two to finish a hat trick, and also added an assist in the period, as Toledo stormed to a come-from-behind victory at the Soveriegn Center.
The Royals jumped out to an early lead again Friday, Jan. 11, against the Johnstown Chiefs at the Sovereign Center. This time, they did not look back, beating Johnstown 6-2. Rookie Brad Rooney recorded a pair of goals and an assist and Simon Tremblay added a goal and an assist. Rooney, a University of Lowell product, opened the scoring just 1:10 into the first period and tallied his 12th goal of the season shorthanded midway through the third. Tremblay scored a power-play goal midway through the first and fed Tyler Prosofsky later in the the frame for Reading, which snapped a three-game home losing streak. Both Scott McCallum and Lorne Toews chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Royals.
In their lone away game of the week Saturday, Jan. 12, the Royals were shut out by the Cincinnati Cyclones. Don Biggs and Jason Baird both scored in the third for Cincinnati, which has won four of its last five (4-1-0). Alfie Michaud surrendered all three goals on 22 shots for the loss.
The Royals signed a forward and a defenseman during the week of Jan. 9-16. The Kings' ECHL affiliate signed Forward Sean Austin and defenseman Kelly Selix. The Royals have been playing shorthanded over the past few weeks because of injuries and call-ups to their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. Currently, forward Dean Stock, goaltender Dave Marlin and defenseman Scott McCallum have been placed on the injured list. In addition, Royals forwards Dan Riva, Ryan Flinn and Nate Miller are playing in Manchester.
The Royals recently placed forward Tommi Degerman on the suspension list. Degerman refused to report to Roanoke, the team he was traded to by the Royals in exchange for the rights to suspended Roanoke Express forward, Alain St. Hilaire. Hilaire had been traded to Roanoke from the Trenton Titans earlier in the season but failed to report to Roanoke. He scored a shootout goal in Reading in the first-ever game in the Sovereign Center to give the Trenton Titans a 3-2 win over Reading October 13.