February 26, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals
Bad wigs and drug-addled gun-waving misogynistic rages (allegedly) aside, Phil Spector is without question one of the most distinguished titans in the history of contemporary music. A musician, song writer, and record producer with a vast and varying body of work that is almost unparalleled when viewed in terms of the sheer number of influential and successful songs in his catalogue, Spector is probably best known for pioneering a production technique that is often referred to as the \'Wall of Sound\'-long before digitized music and computerized audio editing software made everyone a \'record producer\'. Essentially, Spector would employ large groups of musicians playing an equally large number instruments (and often times the same instrument) in orchestrated layers to create a dense and massive symphony of Wagnerian proportions for a stable of artists as varied as Ike & Tina Turner, the Beatles and, yes, even the Ramones. At it\'s best, Spector\'s sound has the power to swell from the depths of our human psyche, come thundering across our audio canal and crash on top of a listener like a mountainous sonic wave climbing out of Pacific Ocean and slamming into the North Shore of Oahu. At times during the four games played by the Royals this past week-if not for the full stretch of the team\'s current eight game unbeaten streak-it has felt as if Spector himself has been at the production board orchestrating a layered, multi-faceted, and thundering attack that has come in waves and produced considerable success. Perhaps more importantly, as with Spector\'s Wall of Sound, the Royals\' attack hasn\'t been dependent on just one instrument, one performer, or one player. To the contrary, everyone has gotten involved-quite literally, in fact. Every skater (except one who was only able to play in one game due to injury) registered at least one point on the score sheet over the four games played by the Royals this past week. And perhaps even more significantly, every goal scored within each of those four games (except in one instance) was bagged by a different player: (i) on Wednesday, the Royals picked up three goals from three different players, including an overtime game winner from Dany Roussin; (ii) on Friday, it was seven goals from six different players; (iii) on Saturday, each of the Royals\' six goals was scored by a different player; and (iv) on Sunday, the Royals picked up five goals from five different players, including another overtime game winner-this time from Shawn Collymore, who became the eighteenth different Royal to score a game winning goal this year. And maybe therein lies the lesson of what really made Spector\'s Wall of Sound a success: although his masterpieces were presented by individual performers who were (or would become) major \'stars\' on their own, the real star was just the sound itself...
TOP TEN NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. The Royals won all four games played this past week and are currently riding a season high eight game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) (02/09 - 02/24/08). Reading is 10-1-1 in the team\'s last twelve games and has compiled a record of 13-2-1 since January 13, 2008. Reading\'s 7-2 win over the Trenton Devils at the Sovereign Center last Friday extended the team\'s home unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1) (02./01 - 02/22/.08).
2. Over the course of the current eight game unbeaten streak, the Royals have scored a total of 39 goals, which translates into a 4.88 goals per game average. Over the course of the season, Reading has averaged 3.06 goals scored per game, which is tenth in the league.
3. During the past week, eleven different players for the Royals scored at least one goal. In Wednesday\'s win, Reading got three goals from three different players; Friday, the Royals got seven goals from six different players; Saturday, Reading got six goals from six different players; and on Friday, the Royals got five goals from five different players. Every skater who dressed for the Royals this past week (except defenseman Dave Pszenyczny who only played on Wednesday) picked up at least one point.
4. Two of the Royals\' wins this past week came in overtime. The Royals have now played thirteen games that have ended regulation time in a tie this season and the team has compiled a record of 9-4 in those games. The Royals are 5-3 in overtime and 4-1 in the shootout. Dany Roussin scored the overtime game winner against Elmira last Wednesday. That was his second career OT GWG for the Royals-his other coming on February 17, 2006 against the Dayton Bombers (5-4 ot win in Dayton). Shawn Collymore scored the OT GWG on Sunday. That was the first overtime game winner of Collymore\'s four year pro career.
5. With the game winners scored by Dany Roussin and Shawn Collymore this past week (as well as GWGs picked up by Patrick Jarrett on Friday and Brock Hooton on Saturday) 18 different Royals have scored a game winning goal for the team this season.
6. Dany Roussin is currently riding a four game goal scoring streak (4g) and a five game point streak (4g-4a=8pts) for the Royals. Roussin registered back-to-back multipoint games on Friday and Saturday this past week and has had eight multi-point performances over the course of the season. In his last thirty-four games, Roussin has picked up thirty eight points (16g-22a=38pts).
7. Joe Zappala and Shawn Collymore are currently riding a three game goal scoring streaks for Reading. Zappala (4g) scored two power play goals on Friday (and another power play goal on Saturday), to register his first multi-goal game (and seventh multi-point performance) of the year. Zappala has scored seven goals in his last eight games for Reading. Collymore scored in his season debut for Reading on Friday, had a four point game on Saturday (1g-3a), and then scored the OT GWG on Sunday.
8. Both Brock Hooton and Marc Cavosie started and extended point streaks this past week. Cavosie racked up a point in all four games played. He scored a goal and assisted on seven others during the week. His four point performance on Saturday in Wheeling (1g-3a) marked his sixth multi-point game of the year for Reading (in 24 played). Cavosie has 16 points in his last 11 games (6g-10a=16pts). For Hooton, who leads Reading with 45 points (17g-28a=45pts), he\'s racked up at least a point in each of the last 3 games for Reading (1g-4a=5pts). Hooton\'s goal on Saturday (his 5th game winner-tied for the team lead) snapped an 11 game goal scoring drought.
9. Goaltender Jon Quick won the first three games of the week for the Royals. Saturday\'s game was Quick\'s 15th consecutive game for Reading, and the 25th game that he had started for Reading out of the last 26 played by the team. Saturday\'s game also proved to be Quick\'s 23rd win of the year, which ties him for the league lead. He has now played 2257 minutes (1st in league) and has made 1005 stops (1st in league).
10. Reading\'s power play has scored at least one goal in six consecutive games-and in nine of the last ten-and has scored multiple PPG in five of the last eight games. Over the last 18 games, the Royals PP has scored 29 goals in 124 chances, which is a 23.4% scoring ratio. Over the course of the season, Reading has scored 57 PPG in 317 opportunities, which translates into an 18.0% scoring ratio (eleventh in the league).
1. Over the past 16 games, the Royals penalty kill has allowed just ten goals against in 84 chances with the man advantage for the opposition, which is an 88.1% kill ratio. In the last 22 games, Reading\'s PK has held the opposition\'s PP off the board eleven times. Overall, the Royals\' kill ratio is 81.6%, which is 16th in the league.
2. Scott Parse has registered at least one point in five of his last six games with the Royals (2g-5a=7pts). Parse, who picked up the primary assist on the game tying goal with just 57 seconds remaining in Sunday\'s game, scored his first goal as a pro last Wednesday against Elmira-and registered his first multi-point game as a pro in that same game.
3. Patrick Jarrett scored what proved to be his second game winner for the Royals last Friday night. He also registered a pair of assists in that game for his second three point performance with Reading-and his ninth multi-point game (in 25 played). Since returning to action with the Royals on February 1, Jarrett has picked up 13 points (4g-9a=13pts) in ten games.
4. Shawn Germain scored his second goal (and registered his second multi-point game) for the Royals on Friday. Both of Germain\'s goals this year have come on the power pay. Germain currently leads the Royals in the plus/minus category, playing to a (+14) through forty-seven games.
5. Vladimir Dravecky picked up the primary assist on the Royals\' overtime game winner on Sunday. Dravecky has registered an assist in four of his first seven games with Reading.
6. The Royals faced the team\'s third penalty shot against this season (and
tenth in team history) on Sunday. Goaltender Terry Denike stopped Kelly Miller\'s
bid at the 6:53 mark of the second to become the first Royals\' goaltender this
season to stop a penalty shot.