Reading, PA – The Reading Royals recently completed their 17th season in the ECHL. To honor 17 seasons, here are “17 Skinny Stats” from the 2017-18 regular season.
17 seasons, 17 skinny stats
Reading made the playoffs for the ninth straight season, the third-longest active streak in the ECHL (South Carolina, Idaho).
The Royals took 658 PIM during the regular season, the fewest by any team in ECHL history (9.14/game).
Five home crowds during the regular season topped 5,000 fans. On the final game of the regular season vs. Norfolk, Reading drew 6,317 fans.
Five players from Pennsylvania played on the Royals this season – Steven Swavely (Reading), Chris McCarthy (Collegeville), Adam Schmidt (Warrington), Dillan Fox (Hummelstown) and Nick Luukko (Westchester). All were on Reading’s postseason roster.
The Royals inducted Yannick Tifu to the Diamond Credit Union Wall of Honor on Mar. 17, 2018.
The Royals won 24 games at Santander Arena, the fifth-most in team history. Over the last nine seasons, Reading has won roughly 58% of its home games (189 home victories).
Matt Willows joined Brian McCullough (2002-03) as the only Royals to rank in the top-three of the league in points. Willows had 74 to lead Reading in the regular season.
The Royals scored the first goal of the game 46 times (32-9-5-0 record), the most ever by the club in a regular season.
Reading started the campaign 4-0-0-0, tying the best four-game start in team history.
The Royals opened the season with seven straight home wins, tying a team record.
The squad endured one losing streak longer than three games (5 games – Dec. 16-23).
The Royals won 31 games against the North Division, the most by any team in the North against the division. Only four ECHL teams had more than 31 wins against a divisional opponent.
Michael Huntebrinker went 4-for-4 in the shootout with three game-winning shootout goals, the best ever by a Royals player. The Royals were 4-0 in shootouts during the regular season.
Reading allowed 199 goals, the sixth time the Royals have yielded fewer than 200 in a campaign.
Derek Whitmore scored seven seconds into overtime vs. Adirondack to in the season opener, the second-fastest in league history (5 seconds, Kent Davyduke, 2002).
Matt Willows attempted 306 shots in the regular season, second in the league and the most in a single season by a Royals player.
MVP: Matt Willows
Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Willows
Fan’s Choice Award: Matt Willows
Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Luukko
Rookie of the Year: Michael Huntebrinker
Heart Award: Adam Schmidt
Unsung Hero: Tyler Brown
Community Service: Scott Tanski
2017-18 In Review: 39-24-9-0, 87 points | Home: 24-10-2-0 | Away: 15-14-7-0:
3.22 GF/gm (12th) | 2.76 GA/gm (6th)
Power play 16.0% (20th) | Penalty Kill 84.4% (8th)
Miniplans available for 2018-19! Call 610-898-7825 to learn more about 9, 12 and 18 game mini-plans for the 2018-19 season!
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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 nine straight seasons and are four-time division champions.