November 13, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals
Reading, PA - James de Haas had a professional-best four assists and the Reading Royals (6-3-1-0, 13 points) swerved away from the Jacksonville Icemen, 5-1, Saturday at Santander Arena. Reading honored veterans on Veterans' Appreciation Day, collecting clothing for vets in need and handing out rally towels. The Royals scored twice in the second and poured in two more in the third.
Matt Wilkins gave Reading a 2-0 edge five minutes into the second. Jacksonville scored at 12:42 of the second, but Adam Schmidt (1g, 1a) potted his first ECHL goal 43 seconds later. In the third, Matt Willows and Alex Krushelnyski (ENG) tallied. Steven Swavely (1g, 1a) tallied in the first period.
Krushelnyski and de Haas are tied for a team-best seven assists.
John Muse had 25 saves in victory and is 3-1-0-0 this season. Colton Phinney (0-1, loss, 4 GA) had 31 saves.
Swavely potted the first goal on a deflection at the center slot with 3:44 to go in the first. de Haas fired it from the left point and it ricocheted off of Swavely. Schmidt earned the secondary assist.
The Royals held a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes. At 5:19 of the second, Wilkins smacked in a rebound from the right slot, assisted by de Haas. The second-year forward has one goal this season and had ten tallies last campaign.
After a man-up goal from Jacksonville's Emerson Clark, the Royals continued to press and found daylight less than a mi seconds later. Starting from the defensive zone, de Haas dished to Frank Hora. Next, Schmidt received a pass from Hora and walked to the right slot. Because Schmidt is a left-handed shot, he had the long post open and fired it in.
Willows opened the game up and made it 4-1 Reading with 11:29 left. He back-handed it in from the slot and the puck hit the right top pocket. Krushelnyski iced the game with an empty-net goal with 1:01 to go. The Royals power play was 0-for-7 and allowed one power-play goal (1-for-1).
Reading embarks on a three-game road trip and plays at Manchester at 10 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 15. The Royals are in Brampton for two games against the Beast on Fri., Nov. 17 and Sun., Nov. 19.
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