Despite losing two of last week's three contests, the Royals still picked up three points thanks to a shoot-out loss to the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies February 14.
By Tony Roberts:
Atlantic City's Stefan Rivard led the way for the Bullies with two goals, including a marker to tie the score 3:31 into the third period. He also scored the deciding goal in the shoot-out.
Jamie O'Leary opened the scoring 1:48 into the contest for Atlantic City, which improved to 3-1-1 versus Reading. Shawn Degagne turned away 31 shots, including six in overtime, for the win. Brendan Brooks scored a power-play goal midway through the second stanza and Dan Riva added a marker 6:37 later for the Royals, who have been outscored by their opponents, 25-10, over the last seven games. Alfie Michaud finished with 37 saves in the loss.
Frank Novock collected two goals and two assists to lead the Roanoke Express past the Reading Royals, 6-2. Novock netted his 15th and 16th scores 72 seconds apart late in the final stanza to cap the scoring. Daniel Berthiaume stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win, improving to 21-11-5. Defensemen Simon Tremblay and Francois Drainville each scored for Reading. Alfie Michaud turned aside 27 shots in defeat.
Bryan Forslund scored nearly two minutes into overtime to lift the Reading Royals over the Richmond Renegades, 3-2. Forslund put his third game-winner of the season past Curtis Cruickshank 1:50 into the extra frame to seal the win.
Steve Shirreffs and Tyler Prosofsky both scored for Reading, which snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1). Jeff Salajko stopped 23 shots, including one in overtime, to end a personal five-game losing streak.
Aaron Fox scored his third goal in his last two games and Garrett Prosofsky added his 20th for Richmond, which has lost five of its last seven contests. Cruickshank turned aside 32 shots in the loss, falling to 1-3-1 over his last five starts.
The Royals are 23-25-6 through Feb. 20. With 52 points, they are in sixth place in the Northeast Conference, and tied for tenth in the Northern Division.