April 7, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals
TOP NOTES OF THE WEEK FROM FINAL WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON
1. The Royals went 0-1-1 last week and finished the season on a four game winless streak (0-2-2), which was the longest winless streak of the year for the team. In the last seven games of the season, Reading went 1-4-2. Reading finished the regular season with a record of 38-26-8 = 84, which placed the team third in the North Division of the American Conference of the ECHL. The 84 points in the standings tied for the third most in team history; and the 38 regular season wins is the third highest total for a Royals\' team. (Those records are held by the 2004-05 Royals, who won 43 regular season games and accumulated 93 points in the standings).
2. The Royals final five games of the regular season were played at the Sovereign Center, where the team finished the regular season 22-9-5 = 49. The forty-nine points earned at home is the third most in team history; while the 22 home wins is tied for third highest total in the seven years that the Royals have been in Reading. (The 2003-04 and 2004-05 Royals each won 25 games at home; and the 2003-04 team amassed fifty-four points in the standings at the Sovereign Center.)
3. The Royals lone goal in the 4-1 loss to Johnstown last Wednesday was scored by Kevin Saurette while the team was playing short-handed. For Saurette that was his third SHG of the season, tying him with Brock Hooton and Chris Blight for the team lead in that category. For the Royals, that was the team\'s fourteenth SHG of the year, which tied the team for third in the league in that category. The team record for SHGs in a season was set in 2004-05 with 16.
4. The Royals\' 4-3 overtime loss on Friday to the Cincinnati Cyclones marked the third consecutive loss sustained by the Royals in games resolved in overtime. The team finished the season 5-6 in overtime and 4-2 in games resolved in the shootout. Overall, Reading went 9-7 in games that went beyond regulation time, marking only the second time in the team\'s seven year history that the Royals have had a winning record in games that were resolved in OT or the shootout. (In 2004-05, the Royals went 11-10 in such games: 5-3 in overtime and 6-7 in the shootout). Reading\'s 4-2 record in the shootout this year is the only time the team has had a winning record in the SO.
5. Last Friday, the Royals entered the third period trailing the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-1. That game marked the seventh time this season that Reading entered the third period trailing the opposition and came back to earn at least one point (3-22-4). The Cyclones were the only team that Reading faced this season against whom the Royals finished with a losing record (2-6-2).
6. Although Dany Roussin had his seven game point streak snapped against Johnstown last Wednesday, he returned to the score sheet with his thirteenth multi-point game (1g-1a) of the year against Cincinnati on Sunday. Roussin\'s goal on Sunday was his fifty-third in his three seasons in Reading, tying him with Brad Rooney (2001-03) as the all-time career leader in goals scored by a Royal. In his last 54 games, Roussin registered 55 points (22g-33a=55pts). Roussin ended the regular season as the team leader in assists (34) and was tied with Shawn Germain for the team lead in plus/minus, playing to a (+15).
7. Although Vladimir Dravecky had his four game assist (and point) streak snapped on Wednesday, he picked up his sixth multi-assist game (0g-2a) against Cincinnati on Friday (in a total of 26 games played). In Dravecky\'s last eight games, he picked up ten assists.
8. The Royals were blanked on the power play on Wednesday (0-4) and scored two power play goals against Cincinnati on Friday. Over the course of the regular season, Reading\'s PP was held off the board twenty-two times, and the team compiled a record of 7-14-1 in those games. Reading had 23 multi-PPG games over the course of the season and went 15-5-3 in those games. Over the final 27 games of the year, Reading went 41 for 172 on the PP (23.8%). Over the course of the season, the Royals were 81 for 425 with the PP (19.1%) (8th in the league).
9. The Royals gave up a power play goal against in each of the two games played last week. Over the course of the regular season, Reading\'s PK blanked the opposition 24 times and the team went 16-7-1 in those games; the Royals\' PK gave up multiple PPGAs 22 times and went 7-12-3 in those games. Over the course of the season, Reading\'s PK allowed 79 PPGA in 410 chances for the opposition (80.7% kill ratio) (18th in the league).
SPECIAL NOTES FROM 2007-08 REGULAR SEASON
1 Coach Karl Taylor became the all-time leader for wins by a Royals\' coach with his seventh win this year (11/10/07 @ Johnstown, 6-2), which was regular season victory number 81 for him. He picked up his 100th win with the Royals on February 9, 2008 (7-1 v. Elmira). His current record with the Royals is 112-82-22, which translates into a .569 win percentage.
2. Chris Blight became the second player in team history to score four goals in a single game and the fifth player in Royals\' history to register five points in a single game on November 10, 2007 in Johnstown when he scored four consecutive goals and picked up an assist in Reading\'s 6-2 win over the Chiefs.
3. Joe Zappala became the first player in team history to register an eight game goal scoring streak. Zappala went from February 22 through March 8, 2008, scoring a total of nine goals in that eight game span.
4. Jon Quick became the first goaltender in team history to score a goal when he was credited with a goal-and his first pro shutout-in his second game with the Royals, a 3-0 win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots, on October 24, 2007, in Pensacola
5. John Murray became the twelfth goaltender in team history to register a shutout, when he blanked the Elmira Jackals on March 21, 2008, stopping all 38 shots he faced in his first pro game. That was the 27th shutout in team history for Reading.
6. Jon Quick and Danny Taylor became third and fourth players, respectively, in
team history to play for the Royals and play in the NHL (all four for the LA
Kings) in the same season. They joined Ryan Flinn (2001-02) and Yutaka Fukufuji
(2006-07) in completing that feat. Thirteen different Royals have now gone on
from the team to play in the NHL after playing for Reading.