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March 30, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals News Release

TOP NOTES OF THE WEEK

1. The Royals snapped a thirteen game winless streak (0-11-2) against the Johnstown Chiefs, dating back to February 1, 2008, with the 2-1 win at the Sovereign Center on Sunday. Reading compiled a 1-8-1 record against the Chiefs this season.

2. The Royals finished the month of March with a 6-5-1 record-which makes it the only month this season that Reading has compiled a winning record (with three games to play in April). This marks only the third time in the eight year history of the team that the Royals have had a winning record in the month of March. (Reading went 8-4- 2 in March of 2005; and 8-6-0 in March of 2006). Overall, Reading is now 43-59-11 in March.

3. In both wins registered by the Royals this week, the team held the opposition to one goal: (4-1 v Elmira on Wednesday; and 2-1 v Johnstown on Sunday). Reading has held the opponents' offense to one goal or less 7 times this year and has compiled a record of 6-1-0 in those games. The Royals have held the opposition to two goals or less twenty times this season and are 18-2-0 in those games

4. Sunday's win marked the first time this year that Reading has scored two goals (or less) and won the game. The Royals' offense has been held to two goals or less twenty-seven times this year, and the team has compiled a record of 1-24-2 in those games. Overall, the Royals have scored a total of 205 goals in sixty-nine games played, which translates into a 2.97 goals per game average (16th in the league).

5. In the team's lone loss this week, Reading allowed six goals to the Johnstown Chiefs on Friday (4-6). This marked the seventh time that the Royals have allowed six or more goals to the opposition, and Reading has compiled a record of 0-7-0 in those games. Overall, Reading has allowed 256 goals against, which translates into a team goals against average of 3.71 (21st in the league).

6. Tyler Doig is currently riding seven game point (5g-7a=12pts) and four game assist (6a) streaks. Doig, who leads the Royals with 39 assists and 56 points (in 59 games played), has played to a plus-9 (+9) in that seven game stretch. Doig, who registered his team leading eighteenth multi-point game in Friday's 6-4 loss to Johns- town (1g-2a), has racked up forty points (13g-27a=40pts) in his last thirty-five games.

7. Ben Gordon is riding seven game point (4g-8a) and six game assist (8a) streaks. Gordon, who has had at least one point in eight of the nine games he's played for Reading, scored his first game winner for the Royals (and fourth GWG of the season) in last Wednesday's 4-1 win over Elmira. Gordon, who has played to a plus-5 (+5) in his time in Reading, is playing to a plus-18 (+18) in 60 games played this year. Gordon is currently eleventh in rookie scoring in the ECHL (19g=34a=53pts). In his last thirty-one games, Gordon has racked up forty-three points (14g-29a=43pts).

8. Dan Rudisuela scored his second game winner for the Royals in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Johnstown Chiefs. (His other game winner was also scored in the third period in the second game of the season against the Trenton Devils). Rudisuela, who is currently seventeenth in rookie scoring (21g-26a=47pts), registered his thirteenth multi- point game of the year with Reading in last Wednesday's 4-1 win over Elmira. Ten of those multi-point games have come in his last twenty-six played, during which time he has racked up thirty-one points (14g-17a=31pts).

9. The Royals went 1-17 on the power play in the three games played this week and are 13-105 in the last twenty-one games played (12.4%). Reading's power play, which was held off the board in two of the three games played this week, has been blanked in 30 of the 69 games played this year. Overall, the power play has scored 57 goals in 351 chances with the man advantage which is translates into a 15.4% scoring ratio (14th in the league).

10. In both wins this week, the Royals' penalty killers blanked the opposition's power play (4-4 against Elmira last Wednesday; and 3-3 against Johnstown on Sunday). Reading's PK has held the opponents' PP off the board in fifteen games this season. In the team's loss on Friday to Johnstown, the Chiefs' power play scored a pair of power play goals, marking the 23rd time this year, the opponents have scored 2 or more PPGA v Reading. Overall, the PK is killing at 78.1% (84 in 383) (21st in league).

CLOSING NOTES

1. Beau Erickson registered his first win as a pro when he stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in the Royals 2-1 win over the Johnstown Chiefs on Sunday. Erick- son, who lost in a shootout to the Wheeling Nailers in his pro debut on March 21, has now stopped 75 of the 80 shots he's faced as a pro (.938 save percentage).

2. Michael Ouzas registered his twentieth win of the season last Wednesday against Elmira. (Ouzas has compiled a record of 10-15-0 with the Royals). In Wednesday's win, Ouzas allowed just on goal on 37 shots faced. This game marked the sixth time this season that Ouzas has held the opposition to one goal or less (three times with the Royals-which includes one of his three shut- outs this year).

3. Ben McLeod had his three game goal scoring streak (3g) snapped against the Chiefs on Sunday. In nine games with the Royals, McLeod has scored seven points (4g-3a) and played to a plus-8 (+8). He's playing to a plus-11 (+11) in 64 total games this season.

4. Danick Bouchard scored a goal in his first game as a Royal when he scored the game's first goal in Sunday's win over Johnstown. Bouchard, who had scored only two goals in his last 20 games prior to coming to Reading, has scored nineteen goals this year-three of which have been first goals. Bouchard also picked up a fighting major in his debut performance for the Royals.

5. Scott Langdon registered his first multi-point game as a pro when he picked up a pair of assists in last Wednesday's win over Elmira.

6.. The Royals scored first in Sunday's win and are now 13-10-4 on the season when scoring the game's first goal. Reading also held a one-goal in lead into the third period on Sunday, and the team is now 15-0-2 when leading after two peri- ods. The Royals are 9-10-5 in games decided by one goal this season.


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