Muse Stars with Career-High 47 Saves in Come-From-Behind Shootout.
Reading, PA - Reading Royals forward Brian Morgan tied the game early in the third, Michael Huntebrinker scored the winner in the shootout and John Muse made a professional-high 47 saves to boost the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Brampton Beast Saturday at Santander Arena.
Huntebrinker and Nick Luukko scored in the shootout and Muse made two stops to end the skills competition a round early. Chris Leveille missed the net on Brampton's final shootout attempt. Muse made a low save on Cody Donaghey to begin the shootout.
In the second, third and overtime frames, the seventh-year professional Muse made 36 saves on 37 shots. He kicked aside three shots in overtime. The native of East Falmouth, MA is 8-1-0-0 with a 1.87 goals against average and .945 save percentage since returning from Lehigh Valley on Dec. 27. Andrew D'Agostini allowed two shootout goals and denied 31 shots in defeat.
The Royals drew 5,720 fans, the second-biggest crowd of the campaign at Santander Arena. The Royals helped raise money for pediatric cancer on THON Night.
The Royals scored the first two goals in the opening 5:55. Derek Whitmore sniped his sixth of the season on a turnover by Brampton. Matt Willows (2a) flung it from the right circle to the slot for Whitmore, who slammed it to the top shelf at 3:42.
Next, Wilkins fell to one knee but maintained possession. He tossed to de Haas at the right point. The rookie was wide open, walked to the right circle and delivered it to the top of the left shelf and in for his second of the season. Willows had the secondary assist at 5:55 of the first.
Scott Jacklin and Vincent Dunn helped equalize on goals separated by 1:43. Dunn tied the game at two with 7:59 to go in the first on a shot from the left post. He snuck it by Muse.
Brampton's Daniel Ciampini scored the go-ahead goal to the top right shelf at 3:05 of the second to make it 3-2 Beast. David Ling and Paul Cianfrini earned the assists.
Reading tied the game at 2:08 of the third. Morgan received the puck from Zajac and Mark Bennett had the secondary assist on the shot that came low and to the right post.
Both teams had power plays in overtime. Reading was 1-for-4 on the man up and is 3-for-9 on the power play over the last games. Brampton went 0-for-2 on power-play chances.
About the Royals: The Royals have been owned by serial entrepreneur Jack Gulati since 2014 and are in their 17th ECHL season. Proudly affiliated with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers and AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Reading plays in the Santander Arena, located in downtown Reading, PA at 700 Penn Street. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs in eight straight seasons and are four-time division champions.
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