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November 24, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals News Release

NOTES OF THE WEEK

1. The Royals stretched the team's current season-long unbeaten streak to six games this week aEer picking up a point in an over- Fme loss in Elmira on Friday (2-3), coming from behind to defeat the Indy Fuel on Saturday (4-3), and front-running from the opening moments to hold off the Fuel for a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

2. The 2-0-1-0 performance this past week pushed the Roy- als overall record to three games over .500 (8-5-1-0) for the first Fme this season. The Royals are currently in fiEh place in the East Division of the Eastern Conference of the ECHL.

3. Friday's OTL in Elmira marked the fourth Fme this season that Reading has ended regulaFon Fme in a Fe with the op- posiFon. All four of those games have been on the road. This was the first game of the year to be resolved in overFme, with the Jackals bagging the OT GWG 1:44 into the sudden death session. (The other three games to go beyond regula- Fon Fme for the Royals this season were all resolved in the shootout-with Reading winning all three.)

4. The 3-2 OTL loss in Elmira on Friday marked the second consecuFve game in which the Royals scored a relaFvely late third-period game-tying goal to go beyond regulaFon. In fact, on Sun- day, November 16, in Toledo, Reading scored two third period game-tying goals (the second coming 11:28 into the final frame) to ulFmately get to a shootout and win. On Friday in Elmira, Cam Reid bagged a game-tying goal 11:38 into the third period to salvage the Fe.

5. Friday's game in Elmira completed a four-game road trip, during which Reading compiled a 3-0-1-0 record. Overall, Reading is 4-2- 1-0 on the road this season. The Royals kicked off the longest home stand in team history at ten straight games with the back-to-back games at Santander Arena this past Saturday and Sunday against the Indy Fuel. This upcoming week the Royals have three home games (i) Wednesday, November 26, v Elmira; (ii) Friday, November 28, v Greenville Road Warriors; and (iii) Saturday, November 29, v Greenville.

6. Saturday's game against Indy was the Royals first game in team history against the Fuel.

7. Reading trailed 3-0 entering the third period on Saturday against the Fuel before running off four straight goals to win in regula- Fon Fme. That game marked the first Fme in team history that the Royals trailed by three goals in the third period and came back to win in regulaFon Fme. It was only the tenth Fme in team history that Reading has come back from a three goal deficit (at any point in the game) and rallied to win in any form or fashion (regulaFon, overFme or a shootout).

8. The four goal third period against the Fuel marked the fiEy -first Fme in team history (forty-five in the regular season and six in playoffs) that Reading has scored four or more goals in a single period (and the eighteenth Fme the team did it in the third period-most recently a five goal third period against the Orlando Solar Bears on April 2, 2014). The Royals have compiled a record of 46-3-1-1 when scoring four or more in any period of the game.

9. Saturday's come-from-behind win marked the fourth Fme this year that the Royals have trailed at some point within the game and come back to win-and the first Fme the team took the two points in regulaFon. (The other three come- back wins were all resolved in a successful shootout.)

10. The Royals four goals in Saturday's win over the Fuel came in a span of 12:50 in the third period (from 4:28 through 17:18). On Sunday, Reading scored on the team's first two shots of the game (at 1:50 and 2:27 of the first period) in the team's 2-1 victory over Indy. Thus, the Royals scored six goals against the Fuel in a span of 17:59 within the 120 minutes of hockey played between the two teams this week.

11. Sunday's 2-1 victory for Reading over Indy at Santander Arena was the 950th game played in the fourteen year history of the Royals. Read- ing has compiled a regular season record of 492-368-90 in the team's history. That translates into a .565 win percentage. (Reading is 269-162- 44 on home ice-a .613 win percentage; and 223-206-46 on the road- a .518 win percentage).

12. With the two wins over the Indy Fuel this past weekend, the Royals ran the team's win streak over North Division teams to five straight.

Reading is 6-4-0-0 overall against the North this season with twenty- eight more games to be played against teams from that Division.

13. The last four games played by the Royals-and nine of the fourteen so far played by the team-have been one goal decisions. Reading has compiled a record of 5-3-1-0 in one-goal games this year.

14. In two of the three games played this week (Friday and Sunday), the Royals offense was held to just two goals. Reading has been held to two goals or less four Fmes this year and has compiled a record of 1-2-1-0 in those games-with Sunday's 2-1 win over Indy being the first Fme the team has scored two or less and won.

15. Overall, Reading has scored a total of forty-eight goals in fourteen games, which translates into a 3.43 goals per game average (Fed for eighth best in the league).

16. Reading held the Fuel to a season-low one goal against in Sunday's win. That marked th fourth Fme this season that Reading has held the opposiFon to just one goal, and the team has compiled a record of 4-0-0-0 in those games.

17. The Royals defense has allowed a total of 44 goals against this season, which translates into a 3.14 team goals against, which is sixteenth out of the twenty-eight teams in the league.

18. The Royals outshot the Elmira Jackals 31-23 on Friday and the Indy Fuel 36-26 on Saturday; but were outshot by the Fuel 40-32 on Sunday. Overall, Reading has out- shot the opposiFon eight Fmes this year and has compiled a rec- ord of 4-3-1-0 in those games.

19. The Royals average generaFng 31.50 shots per game, which is seventh best in the league.

20. The Royals held Elmira to a season low 23 shots in Friday's 3-2 overFme loss; but gave up a season-high forty shots to the Fuel on Sunday. Nineteen of those shots against on Sunday came in the second period, establishing a new season high for Reading for shots against in a single period.

21. Overall, Reading is averaging 31.29 shots against per game, which is twenty-second out of the twenty-eight teams in the league.

22. Sunday's game marked the third Fme in the last five games that the Royals have scored the game's first goal-and all three of those 'FGs' have been scored by Cam Reid. Overall, Reading has scored first in seven of the fourteen games played this season and have com- piled a record of 5-2-0-0 in those games.

23. The Royals generated at least one power play goal in each of the three games played this past week-and scored a pair of third period PPGs in Saturday's 4-3 win over Indy. Reading has bagged at least one power play goal in ten of the fourteen games played this season-and has scored more than one PPG in four of those games.

24. Despite scoring a power play goal in all three games last week, over the course of the last five games, Reading has gone four for thirty with the man advantage, which is a 13.3% scoring raFo.

25. Overall, Reading has scored fiEeen power play goals in seventy-eight chances with the man advantage, which translates into a 19.2% scoring raFo (Fed for ninth best in the league).

26. Reading went five straight games without giving up a power play goal against unFl the Fuel touched up the Royals' penalty kill on their first chance with the man advantage in Sunday's 2-1 win. Over the past seven games, Reading's penalty killers have knocked off eighteen of the nineteen power play chances they have faced, which is a 94.7% kill raFo over that span.

27. Overall, the Royals have given up ten power play goals against in fiEy-two chances with the man advantage for the opposiFon, which translates into a 80.8% scoring raFo.

28. Adam Hughesman is riding a five game point and assist streak (1g-5a=6pts). Hughesman, who leads the Royals with eighteen points (5g-13a), is currently Fed for fiEh in the ECHL scoring race. Hughesman, who leads the Royals with five mulF-point perfor- mances, has had at least one point in twelve of the fourteen games played by the Royals-and has had at least one assist in eleven of those games. His thirteen assists Fes him for the league lead in that category. Hughesman, who is Fed for the team lead (with Cam Reid) with six power play points (2g-4a), leads the team with forty-seven shots on goal.

29. AEer scoring a late third-period game-tying goal in Elmira on Friday, Cam Reid's eleven game point streak (6-g-8a) was snapped on Saturday against the Fuel. That is Fed for the longest point streak in the league this season (with Jack Combs, who is currently riding an eleven game point streak for the Allen Americans). Reid bounced back on Sunday against Indy by scoring the game's first goal-his third first goal in the last five games played by the Royals.

That goal on Sunday was also his team-leading seventh of the sea- son. Reid's fiEeen points (7g- 8a=15pts) places him Fed for fiEeenth in the ECHL scoring race.

Reid's seven goals have come on just 33 shots which is a 21.2% scoring raFo, which is second (to Pat Mullane) on the team. Reid is also second on the team (to Bry- ant Molle) with twenty-four penal- ty minutes.

30. Olivier Labelle scored the late- third period Fe-breaking game winner in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Fuel. That was Labelle's fourth goal of the season-and his all- Fme team career leading seventy- fiEh goal as a Royal. It proved to be his fiEeenth career game win- ner as a Royal, which is also the team all-Fme record. Labelle, who played in his 170th game as a Royal on Sunday (fourth all-Fme) has 142 career points with the team (75g-67a), which currently stands fourth behind Ben Gordon (144), Yannick Tifu (179) and Ryan Cruthers (234). Labelle is cur- rently playing to a plus-5 (+5), which leads the team.

31. Ryan Cruthers picked up the primary assist on an offensive zone face-off win on the Royals' first goal 4:48 into the third period (by Maxim Lamarche) in Saturday's come-from-behind win over Indy. For Cruthers, who was playing in his 225th game as a Royal that night, that was his eleventh point of the season (2g-9a) and his all-Fme career leading 234th point as a Royal (73g-161a).

32. Pat Mullane is riding a three game point streak (2g-2a). On Friday, he scored the Royals' first goal to Fe the Elmira Jackals at one 6:15 into the second period. On Saturday, he scored Reading's second goal while the team was playing with the man advantage to make it 3-2, Indy, with 11:40 remaining in regulaFon. He also assisted on the Royals power play goal (by Adam Comrie) to Fe the game at three with 6:17 remaining in regulaFon. That was his first mulF-point game (1g-1a) as a Royal. On Sunday, he recorded the primary assist on the game winner (by Andrew Johnston) on the team's second shot of the game. Mullane is currently second on the team with six goals-two of which have come on the power play. He has scored those goals on just 28 shots, which translates into a team-leading 21.4% scoring raFo.

33. David Marshall engaged in his second Flt of the season when he took on Indy's GarreL Klotz 9:40 into the third period of play (aEer Klotz' quesFonable hit on Bryant Molle in the neutral zone) in Sunday's 4-3 win over Indy. That fight, which occurred with Reading sFll trailing 3-2, seemed to propel the Royals' come-back efforts in that game. For Marshall, that was his eleventh career fight as a Royal-he was Fed for the team lead with nine fighFng majors in his first sFnt with the Royals in the 2012-13 champion- ship season. Marshall Fed his personal season high with six shots on goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over Indy.

34. Defenseman Mike Marcou is riding a team season-long six game assist streak (0g-6a). He picked up the primary assist on Reid's third-period game-tying goal last Friday in Elmira; the primary assist on Olivier Labelle's third-period Fe-breaking game winner on Saturday; and the secondary assist on Cam Reid's 'first goal' on Sunday. Marcou currently has ten points (2g-10a), which is Fed with Zach Davies for the team lead amongst defenseman, and places him (and Davies) Fed seventh in overall D-man scoring in the league.

35. Defenseman Zach Davies recorded a pair of assists in Saturday's third period come back-picking up the primary helpers on both power play goals (by Pat Mullane and Adam Comrie) that turned a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 Fe within a span of 5:23. Davies also picked up an assist on the game winner scored by Andrew Johnston on the Royals' second shot of the game on Sunday. Davies is Fed with Mike Marcou with ten points (2g-8a) for the team lead in D-scoring, which places them both Fed-seventh in scoring amongst de- fensemen in the league.

36. Defenseman Adam Comrie scored his team-leading third power play goal of the year 13:43 into the third period of Saturday's 4-3 win to Fe that game at three. His three PPGs is Fed for the league lead amongst defensemen. For Comrie, that was his twenFeth career goal as a Royal in his fiEy-fiEh game with the team over two seasons. Comrie leads defensemen on the team with thirty- seven shots on goal.

37. Defenseman Maxim Lamarche scored his first goal as a Royal 4:48 into the third period of Saturday's game, spurring the come- back effort. Lamarche, who leads all defensemen on the team in plus-minus at plus-4 (+4), also picked up an assist on the power play goal by Pat Mullane 3:52 aEer his own goal to record his first mulF-point game in two seasons as a pro.

38. Defenseman and Captain Bryant Molle engaged in his team leading third Flt of the season when he fought Elmira's Andrew Conboy thirty-five seconds into Friday night's game. Molle, who had a personal season-high three shots on goal in Saturday's win, leads the Royals with twenty-five penalty minutes.

39. Andrew Johnston, playing in his second game for the Royals, scored on his third shot for the team-the second shot of the game-in Sunday's 2-1 win over Indy. That goal, which came just 2:27 into the contest, proved to be the game winner. With that goal, Johnston became the fiEeenth different Royal (in the first fourteen games) to score a goal for the team.

40. Goaltender MarFn OuelleLe stretched his personal unbeaten streak to four straight (3-0-1-0) with the OTL in Elmira on Friday and the 2-1 win over Indy on Sunday. In that game, he recorded a team season-high thirty-nine saves. That marked the second game this year that OuelleLe has held the opposiFon to just one goal. In Friday's OTL, the Jackals scored their second goal on a penalty shot. That was the second penalty shot faced by OuelleLe as a pro-both of which have come in Elmira (in just two career ap- pearances in First Arena) and both of which were scored upon. In eight appearances this year with the Royals for OuelleLe, he has compiled a record of 4-3-1-0 with a 3.04 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

41. Goaltender Connor Knapp recorded twenty-three saves to win his fourth game for the team on Saturday over Indy. Knapp, who has won his last two decisions with the Royals, has a record of 4-2- 0-0 with a 2.90 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.


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