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Royals Swamp Greenville, 5-1

Saturday, November 7th
Royals Swamp Greenville, 5-1

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Teams     Per: 1          2          3

GRN:              0          1          0 =1

REA:              1          4          0 =5


GRN: 3-6-0-0 = 6 (5th South Division)

REA: 4-3-0-0 = 8 (t-2nd East Division)


GRN: York (loss) 0-4-0-0 (24/29)

REA: Knapp (win) 2-2-0-0 (30/31)

Power Play:

GRN: 0-3

REA: 2-4

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals (­­­­­­­­­win, 4-3-0-0=8) of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, defeated the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (loss, 3-6-0-0=6), affiliate of the New York Rangers of the NHL, 5-1, at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Despite facing a season-high thirty-one shots against, Reading goaltender Connor Knapp put on an exhibition against his former team in Greenville, giving his current teammates enough time to put together a four goal second period explosion and pull away from the Swamp Rabbits, who have lost five in a row. Reading got five goals from five different players including mirror image power play goals from Adam Comrie and Robbie Czarnik in the second frame to win the team’s first game ever against the Swamp Rabbits. Knapp made any number of big saves, which included rejecting a series of Grade-A chances for Greenville when the game was still scoreless in the first period.

Reading got out of the gates quickly, but the Swamp Rabbits regained their footing in relative short order and created the bulk of the first period scoring chances. But it was the Royals who broke through first, 14:27 into the opening frame, when defenseman Kevin Young sent a seemingly harmless floater from the right point that forward Joe Crandall redirected in a downward direction behind the hapless Greenville goaltender, Allen York.

Six minutes into the second, the Royals got what proved to be the game winner when defenseman Maxim Lamarche fired a wrist pass from the top of the right circle that Mike Pereira, who was floating across the top of the crease, re-directed behind York for his third of the year.

Reading hit pay-dirt on the team’s first power play chance of the night, when Young put one on a tee at the top of the right circle for left-shooting Adam Comrie, who uncorked a one-time weak-side rocket that bulleted by everyone including York for Comrie’s fifth of the year—and his twenty-ninth career goal as a Royal, making him the all-time team leader in career goals by a defenseman.

2:29 after that, however, the resilient Swamp Rabbits broke through to make it 3-1 when defenseman Sean Escobedo fired a shot from the right point that snuck through a mass of humanity in front of the Royals’ net. Knapp stopped that original bid, but Brian Hart was on the door-step for a quick put-back to record his fourth goal of the year.

Undaunted, the Royals rebuilt the three goal advantage sixteen seconds later, when Matt Hatch took a drop feed from Joe Rehkamp, carried into the offensive zone and snapped a hot rivet between two Greenville defenders—and then through York—for Hatch’s first of the year.

17:52 into the second Reading capped the scoring with a five-on-three power play goal by Rob Czarnik, who ripped a weak-side one-timer—from a right shot on the left side this time—to make it 5-1 with his third of the year.

Greenville did not go quietly into the night, out-shooting Reading 9-5 in the third period, but the Royals—and particularly Knapp—held strong to record the team’s second victory of the year on home ice.

The Royals and Swamp Rabbits go at it again tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon (5:00 pm) at Santander Arena in Reading. The first 1000 kids fourteen years of age and younger will receive a puzzle courtesy of Metro Bank. There will also be a post-game skate with the players presented by the Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex. Please note that fans must bring their own skates to participate in the post-game skate.

The game night broadcast for Sunday’s matchup can be heard live on CBS SportsRadio 1240 am and 98.5 in Reading, Pennsylvania, starting with the pre-game warm-up show presented by Highmark Blue Shield at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. Streaming audio is available free of charge on the Royals’ website (follow the ‘headset’ icon); and streaming video is available on a pay-per-view basis through ECHL.TV. Remember, you can always listen to the game night broadcast inside Santander Arena on the Diebler Dental In-Arena broadcast system at 99.3 fm.

Season Tickets for the 2015-16 Reading Royals ECHL season are currently available. For more information about the Royals, call 610-898-7825 or log onto www.royalshockey.com.

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