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Swavely wishes fans ‘happy new year’ with 2 goals in 5-3 win

Wednesday, January 1st
Swavely wishes fans ‘happy new year’ with 2 goals in 5-3 win

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Reading, PA – Ten players recorded points, Steven Swavely scored twice (3 pts.) and the Reading Royals (18-10-4-0, 40 points, 2nd North Division) finished 2019 with a 5-3 win over the Maine Mariners (16-12-0-1, 33 points, 5th North Division) Tuesday at Santander Arena.  Swavely, in his first ECHL game since Dec. 14, scored the game-winning goal in a tremendous turning-point moment midway through the second frame. The Royals killed off a Mariners 5-on-3 opportunity (75 seconds) and Captain Garrett Mitchell charged out of the penalty box to make it even strength hockey. Mitchell collected the puck in front of the Reading bench and passed to Swavely who banged it in stride from the slot for his second of the game to make it 4-2.Before the momentum change, the Royals had to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Five seconds into an early-game, first-period power play, Taylor Cammarata put the Mariners on the board. Ty Ronning aimed a slap pass from the right side into the slot where Cammarata redirected to score his first goal against the Royals this season.Garret Cockerill tied the score with a shot from the blue line with fewer than four minutes to play in the first period. Three minutes later, Frank DiChiara brought the puck through the right wing and unleashed a wrist shot on Mariners goaltender Connor LaCouvee (loss, 5 GA, 26 Saves). LaCouvee made the first save, but Swavely swept in to stash the rebound. Brayden Low started the second period where the Royals left off. Trevor Gooch sent a pass from the top of the zone to Cockerill (1g, 2a) with Low skating in alongside. Cockerill received the puck in the right circle and pushed it to Low, who forced the puck past LaCouvee’s left toe. Near the middle of the second period, Ted Hart poked the puck past Kirill Ustimenko (win, 3 GA, 26 Saves) to make it a one-goal deficit for Maine.Three minutes after Swavely scored the fourth Royals goal of the game, and with Reading on a man-advantage, Matthew Strome made his way to the middle of the slot, joining Swavely to screen LaCouvee. DiChiara slid back in the left circle to open a passing lane, then sent the puck to Strome for a tip-in. Halfway through the final period, Maine forward Eddie Matsushima created a wrap-around opportunity for his first goal of the season. Box ScoreRoyal ReturnsSwavely spent most of the past month with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but returned to score for his second straight ECHL game. He also scored Dec. 14 vs. Brampton. Swavely was named the Deibler Dental first star. Matthew Strome and James de Haas also returned to the Royals lineup after time in the AHL. Strome’s power-play goal marked his first in the ECHL.A Pain for Maine Forward Matthew Gaudreau has recorded more than a point-per-game in six matchups against the Mariners this season (1g, 8a). Gaudreau added an assist today. Eight of his 20 helpers have been vs. Maine. His goal came in the Royals’ first meeting with the Mariners on October 19. The next day, he recorded five shots on net and had three assists. The Royals continue their five-game homestand Jan. 3 against the Worcester Railers on 2020 Kickoff Night. Kids will be able to enjoy a bouncy house and face-painting, and popcorn will be sold for $1. Grab four tickets for $20.20 at the box office.Reading finishes a two-game weekend series on Jan. 4 against Worcester with Craft Beer Night presented by Deibler Dental. Attendees 21-and-older can participate and a free beer festival, college students can purchase $5 tickets, and fans will be able to attend a Postgame Party with players at Cheers! Restaurant at the DoubleTree Hotel.Single-game tickets and mini-plans are on sale by visiting royalshockey.com/promotions, calling 610-898-7825 and visiting Santander Arena and The Weidenhammer Box Office at 700 Penn Street, Reading, PA.About the RoyalsThe Royals are in their 19th ECHL season and are proudly affiliated with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, have made the playoffs 14 times, and are four-time division champions. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena and the Santander Arena Performing Arts Center.Listen to all Royals broadcasts at Mixlr.com/ReadingRoyals or by downloading the Mixlr App from the App Store or Google Play. All Royals away games are broadcasted on BCTV (Ch. 15 Comcast, Ch. 19 Service Electric) and Mixlr.