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Game 5 Preview: Reading at Worcester

Friday, November 3rd
Game 5 Preview: Reading at Worcester

First road game and first-ever meeting between Royals and Railers

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals (4-0-0-0, 8 pts., 3rd North) look to continue their best start in team history at the Worcester Railers (3-2-1-0, 7 pts., T-4th North) Friday at 7 p.m. The Royals are beginning a five-game road trip and swept their opening four home games at Santander Arena. Reading punctuated the strong start with a 9-4 win Sunday against Adirondack.

The Royals play the next three days in Worcester and have a day off before a pair of games at South Carolina. The Railers are in their first ECHL season and dropped their last game, 3-2, against Toledo on Tuesday.

Fans can listen to tonight’s game on “Rumba 1340” on the iHeartRadio App and watch on BCTV! Royals pregame is live at 6:50 p.m.

The next Royals home game is Sat., Nov. 11 vs. Jacksonville at 7 p.m. for Veteran’s Appreciation Night and a Royals rally towel giveaway to the first 2,500 fans, courtesy of U.G.I. Utilities. Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Reading-Royals-tickets/artist/838174

Call the Royals office at 610-989-PUCK (7825) and ask for your ticket guys to learn about the best deal in sports! It’s a five-game pack to Reading’s five-biggest games for $69.95, plus we’ll buy you dinner.

In roster news, the Royals have released Emil Romig.

Best start updateThe Royals need at least a point Friday to match the team’s best five-game start ever. In 2005-06, the Royals started the season 4-0-1-0 (9 points). That same season, the Royals got off to their best ten-game start (7-2-1-0).

Reading won the first three games of the season in overtime and sacked Adirondack for nine goals in game four. The 9-4 win tied the second-highest single-game goal total in the club’s history. The team record for goals in a game is 10, accomplished against Greensboro in Jan. 2002.

All those multi-point games

Alex Krushelnyski leads the Royals with three multi-point efforts and had two points (1g, 1a) last time out against Adirondack. In his first two seasons with Utah, Krushelnyski had 24 combined multi-point games. In 15 games with Wichita and Allen last season, Krushelnyski recorded a point in 12 contests.

This season, he’s had a goal and two points in all of his multi-point games. Eight Royals are coming off multi-point efforts Sunday against Adirondack.

The former Colorado College standout is in his fourth professional season and suited up for the Binghamton Senators last season (43 GP, 3g, 4a).

Muse on the board

Goaltender John Muse recorded his fifth professional assist Sunday, earning the secondary helper on the Royals’ second goal. Muse had last recorded a point in 2015-16 with the Texas Stars.

The native of East Falmouth, MA is one of three goalies to earn a point this season; Fort Wayne’s Michael Houser and Orlando’s Matt Hackett also have points.

Last season, Reading goalies Mark Dekanich (2a) and Martin Ouellette (1a) found the scoresheet. Dekanich has six career assists, including two in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with South Carolina in 2016.

Muse is 2-0-0-0 this season with a 2.48 goals against average and .940 save percentage. The former Boston College netminder had four assists during his collegiate career.

Scouting Worcester

The Railers are playing their third home game and are 1-1-0-0 in Worcester. The club won their first-ever game, 4-3, over Manchester on Oct. 14 at the DCU Center in front of 12,135 fans. Last time out, the Railers allowed a third-period goal and dropped, 3-2, against Toledo.

Patrick McNally (4g, 3a) leads the club in scoring and is in the top-five of points by a defenseman. McNally spent the last two seasons with the San Jose Barracuda and had four goals and 14 points in 94 games.

Wade Murphy and Kellen Jones are tied for second on the squad with six points.

Mitch Gillam (4 GP) and Eamon McAdam (2 GP) have each seen time in net. Gillam is 2-2-0-0 with a 2.26 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Worcester is averaging 29 penalty minutes a game, second in the league to Jacksonville.

The best deal in sports!Call the Royals offices and ask for your ticket guys to learn about the best deal in sports. Get tickets to Reading’s five-biggest games for $69.95, plus we’ll buy you dinner. Call 610-898-7825 for more information.

About the RoyalsThe 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 eight straight seasons and are four-time division champions.

Reading Royals Mobile App

Head to the App Store and Google Play to download the new Reading Royals app on your smartphone! Stay up-to-date with team news, receive notifications and purchase tickets for your next experience at Santander Arena.

Broadcast Coverage

All Royals game can be heard on Rumba 1340 AM and the iHeartRadio app by searching “Rumba 1340”. The pregame show starts 15 minutes before puck drop. Watch Royals games on ECHL.tv. Reading away games locally on BCTV.