Reading Royals Weekly
TOP NOTES OF THE WEEK
1. Reading is currently mired in a season long five game losing streak. This marks the fourth time in the eight year history of the team that the Royals have lost five (or more) consecutive games in regulation The team record in this regard is a six game losing streak, which has occurred twice: (i) February 1 - February 10, 2002 (0-6-0); (ii) March 19 - March 30, 2003 (0-6-0). (The other five game losing streak occurred at the start of the 2003-04 season: October 22 - November 6, 2003; 0-5-0).
2. The Royals are also currently riding a six game winless streak (0-5-1). The team record in this regard is nine games, which was set in the inaugural season: March 9 - March 29, 2002 (0-8-1). The last time the team went six consecutive games without a win was in 2006-07: January 27 - February 11, 2007 (0-5-1).
3. The Royals were shutout in back-to-back games last week: (i) Wednesday, November 26, 0-1 v Trenton Devils; and (ii) Friday, November 28, 0-4 v Florida Everblades. This marks the second time in team history that the Royals have suffered back-to-back shutouts. The other time this happened was on March 7 and March 9, 2004 when the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies and Wheeling Nailers blanked the Royals in succession. The Royals were actually held off the board for 142:42 worth of game time over four games in that sequence. When Kevin Harvey scored 5:05 into Saturday's game against the Dayton Bombers, he ended the most recent scoreless streak for the Royals at 141:28 (dating back to Brock Hooton's goal at the 3:37 mark of the third period in the 5-1 loss to the Elmira Jackals on Saturday, November 22).
4. Kevin Harvey scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in Dayton to break the Royals consecutive scoreless streak and to give the team a 1-0 lead 5:05 into the first period. (This marks the sixth time this season that Reading has scored the game's 'first goal,' and the team has compiled a record of 1-4-1 record in those games.) Harvey picked up at least one penalty in all four games played this past week to extend his 'penalty streak' to all twenty games that he has played for Reading this season. Harvey currently leads the ECHL with 106 PIMs and 23 minor penalties. Harvey engaged in his team leading eighth fight of the season against Dayton's Mike Looby on Sunday, which places Harvey tied for second in the ECHL in major penalties this season
5. Ned Lukacevic scored the Royals' second goal to give the Royals a 2-0 lead at the 11:13 mark of the second period in Saturday's game against Dayton. This marked Lukacevic's fourth goal of the year. Lukacevic also assisted on the Royals' other goal in that game to register his second multi-point performance of the season for the Royals.
6. Brock Hooton scored the Royals' first goal in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Bombers in Dayton. For Hooton that marked his sixth goal of the year. He also assisted on Reading's second goal of the game (by Kirk MacDonald) to register his second multi-point game of the year for Reading. Last season, Hooton tied with Danny Roussin for the most multi-point games in 2007-08 with fifteen.
7. Kirk MacDonald became the first Royal this season to score more than one goal in a single game when he bagged a pair of power play goals for Reading in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Bombers. This marked MacDonald's team leading fourth multi-point performance of the season (2g-0a). MacDonald is currently tied with Mac Faulkner for the team lead in goals scored with seven. MacDonald also engaged in his first fight of the season when he took on Doug O'Brien of the Florida Everblades in Friday's game.
8. Rob LaLonde became the first Royal this season to register three assists in a single game when he picked up a helper on all three goals scored by Reading in Sunday's game. LaLonde also engaged in his first fight of the season in Friday's 4-0 loss to Florida when he fought the Everblades' Jacob Micflikier.
9. The Royals allowed at least one power play goal in each of the four games played last week. (In Sunday's game, the Royals allowed a season low one power play opportu- nity against-but unfortunately for Reading, the Bombers scored on that chance.) The opposition has scored at least one PPG against Reading in eighteen of the twenty games that have been played this season. The Florida Everblades scored two PPG against Reading marking the seventh time this season that the Royals have given up more than one PPGA in a single game. The Royals have allowed 28 PPGA in 127 chances for the opponents, which is a 78.0% kill ratio, which is 22nd in the league.
1. The Royals bagged a pair of power play goals (in four chances) against the Dayton Bombers in Sunday's 4-3 loss. This marked the fourth time this season that the Royals have scored two power play goals in a single game. The Royals' PP was held off the board in the first three games played last week, going fifteen straight PP chances in those games without scoring. The Royals power play has been held off the board in ten of the twenty games played this year.
2.. Over the course of the season, the Royals have scored 14 power play goals in 100 chances with the man advantage, which translates into a 14.0% scoring ratio, which is twenty-first in the league.
3. Bryan Bridges got his first start as a Royal in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Dayton Bombers. (He played for Reading as an emergency back-up in Game 4 of the 2006 North Division Semi-Finals against the Wheeling Nailers, stopping 23 of 25 shots in 40:35 of game time in a hard-luck loss that ended the Royals sea- son.) This snapped a streak of eleven consecutive games in which Danny Taylor had played goal for Reading (Taylor started ten of those games).
4. Danny Taylor currently leads the ECHL in total saves made (492) and is sec- ond in total minutes played by a goaltender (965).
5. Saturday's game at Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio, marked the fifth time this season that Reading has led the game after one period (1-0). The Royals have compiled a record of 1-3-1 in those games.
6. The Royals compiled a record of 4-10-1 in the fifteen games played in November, which translates into a .300 win percentage, which is the lowest in team history for this month. (The prior low was in 2006-07: 4-7-1 = .375). Over the 8 year history of the Royals, the team is 41-42-7 in November (.494).
7. The Royals are 2-8-0 at the Sovereign Center and riding a 3 game home losing streak. The team record is 4 straight home losses (11/26/02 - 12/06/02).
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