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G McCollum, F Zerter-Gossage reassigned to Reading

Thursday, February 20th
G McCollum, F Zerter-Gossage reassigned to Reading

Reading, PA - The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced the following roster moves Thursday.1) Goaltender Kirill Ustimenko has been reassigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley by Philadelphia.2) Goaltender Tom McCollum and forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage have been reassigned to the Royals from Lehigh Valley. McCollum and Zerter-Gossage join Reading after Lehigh Valley acquired the pair Thursday from Hartford for future considerations.Ustimenko is 9-1-1-0 over his last 11 ECHL decisions, improving to sixth in the league in wins (19-4-5-0 record) and goals against average (2.40). He generated his second North American shutout Sunday vs. Worcester with 33 saves, improving his save percentage to .919. The 21-year-old is 1-0-0-0 with the Phantoms this season.McCollum is a veteran of 11 professional seasons and has played for Hartford, Maine and Florida this campaign. In his ECHL stops of Florida (3 GP) and Maine (11 GP), McCollum is 8-5-0-0 with a shutout, 3.23 goals against average and .896 save percentage. Detroit selected McCollum in the first round, 30th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Level Draft.In seven AHL games this season with the Wolf Pack, the 30-year-old has a 2-2-2 record, 2.37 goals against average and .906 save percentage. In 322 AHL games, the Sanborn, NY native has recorded a 149-119-25 mark with 11 shutouts, a 2.71 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. McCollum won the 2013 Calder Cup with Grand Rapids and is 15-12-0 (2.67 GAA, .911 sv.%) in 32 career Calder Cup Playoff contests.Zerter-Gossage has split his rookie season between Maine and Hartford. With the Mariners, the 24-year-old native of Montreal, QC has scored one goal and six points in 13 games. In the AHL, Zerter-Gossage has tallied two goals and three points (25 GP). The 6-foot-2, 195-lb. pivot completed a four-season NCAA career at Harvard in 2019 and Zerter-Gossage led the Crimson with 18 goals (24 pts.) as team captain last campaign. He generated double-digit goals in each of his last three seasons on campus.

Upcoming Home Games: royalshockey.com/promotionsFri., Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Newfoundland (Trading card giveaway, Flyers alumni at game)Beer Tasting (Free Beer fans 21+ with purchase of a game ticket) | Meet Flyers alumni Brad Marsh, Jim Watson and Riley Cote ahead of the  Mar. 28 Royals Alumni vs. Flyers Alumni Game | Trading Card Giveaway presented by Outten |  Purple Goes Green Presented by Berks Nature | $1 Frozen Treats | Kid’s Report Card: Bring by your report card that has an ‘A’ on it and earn a free kids ticket for a future gameSat., Feb. 22 at 7:00  p.m. vs. Brampton (Marvel Night)Spider-Man Meet-and-Greet | Marvel Poster giveaway for the first 1,000 fans| Girl Scout Night  | Abilities in Motion Night | Special Spider-Man Theme Jerseys | One fan has a chance to win four first-class flight tickets and a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando if a Royals player gets a hat trick (pres. by Berkshire Travel)Wed., Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Maine Free Souvenir Cup Refills at the concession standsSun.,  Mar. 8 at 4:00 p.m. vs. Brampton (First Responders Game, Pres. by Met-Ed)Game pres. by Met-Ed - the Reading Fire/Police squads face the Allentown squads before the game at 12:30 p.m. - 1 ticket includes admission to both games |  $1 Hot Dogs, Sodas and Nachos | Touch a Truck Event for Kids | Faith & Family Night - Church Group Rates Available | Heaven’s Thunder music performance | Last Postgame Party of the season with players at Cheers! Restaurant at the DoubleTree Hotel.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.