Royals Take Finale In Cincy, 4-2December 13, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) Reading Royals
In contrast to last night, the Royals struck early when Ben Gordon slid a perfect pass from the right corner into the mid-slot, where Daniel Steiner found a seam and considerable space to receive the pass. Steiner's one-timer slid into the low left corner of the net for his ninth of the year 1:04 into the first. 1:50 later, Reading took a 2-0 lead when Rob LaLonde fired a pass from the left point that went diagonal-down through the slot and into the right corner, where it ricocheted off the wall and back-up to the top of the right circle. Eric Werner stepped up to that point on the ice and uncorked a blast that beat Smith high to the short-side for his third goal of the year.
Cincinnati cut the Royals' lead in half with a short-handed goal early in the second. Mike McLean took possession in defensive zone and led the Cyclone's short-handed rush through the neutral zone into Reading's defensive end where he dished to Dwayne Zinger, who was trailing the play. Zinger settled at the top of the right circle where he unloaded a bomb that blew by Dalton for his third of the year 5:49 into the second.
The Royals re-took the two goal lead 2:56 into the third, when Stefano Giliati was the beneficiary of a neutral zone turnover by the Cyclones. Giliati carried deep into the left circle where he teed it up and ripped a rocket by Smith for his ninth of the year. Cincinnati drew within one (3-2) again at the 7:25 mark of the third, when Ryan Del Monte carried with speed into the offensive zone off a transition rush. As Del Monte attempted to feed the puck to the top of the Royals' crease, the Royals' Rob LaLonde who was coming back hard on into the defensive end, deflected Del Monte's pass attempt into the Reading's goal. LaLonde made amends for that on the Royals' next power play chance at the 12:49 mark of the third with his second goal of the year. LaLonde fired a wrister from the left point that appeared to deflect off a body out in front of the net and ricochet into the Cyclones' net to give Reading their third two-goal lead of the game. The Cyclones pressed from that point forward; but Dalton made a number of excellent stops, including a flaring glove save on a point blank opportunity for Barrett Eghoetz that put an exclamation point on the Royals seventh road victory of the year (7-6-0-1).
The Royals complete the team's current five game road trip on Wednesday (December, December 16 @ 7:00 pm) at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the Royals will take on the Johnstown Chiefs. Reading's game night broadcast on Wednesday on the Royals Radio Network presented by Transmissions by Arbogast will kick off at 6:30 pm.
ECHL Stories from December 13, 2009
- Another Aces Comeback Comes Up Just Shy - Alaska Aces
- Puska on Pucks Discusses H1N1, Features McRae - OSC Original by Denis Puska
- Clarke's Two Goals Lead Wheeling Win - Wheeling Nailers
- Jackals Battle Back To Earn Point - Elmira Jackals
- Pearce Stellar in Net; Walleye Win Third Straight, 2-1 Over Elmira Jackals - Toledo Walleye
- Kashirsky's Hat Trick And Ford's Shutout Give Stingrays 4-0 Victory Over Charlotte - South Carolina Stingrays
- Checkers Run Out Of Gas, Fall To Stingrays - Charlotte Checkers
- Royals Take Finale In Cincy, 4-2 - Reading Royals
- Gladiators Stumble Against Nailers - Gwinnett Gladiators
- Cyclones Five Game Win Streak Ends, 4-2 - Cincinnati Cyclones
- ECHL Transactions - ECHL
- Game Preview: Stockton Thunder At Alaska Aces - Stockton Thunder
- Stingrays Gameday: Stingrays Put Winning Streak On The Line Against Charlotte Today - South Carolina Stingrays
- ECHL Today - ECHL
- Alaska Rally Falls One Goal Short - Alaska Aces
- Robinson's Two Goals Against Former Team Lifts Thunder To Fourth Straight Win - Stockton Thunder
- Regan's OT Goal Extends Condors Win Streak - Bakersfield Condors
- Salmon Kings Down Wranglers In Overtime - Victoria Salmon Kings
- Chiefs Felled By Gladiators - Johnstown Chiefs
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.