Royals’ Valentine’s Day sweetness is 3-1 win at Brampton
Brampton, ON – The Reading Royals remained in sole possession of second place in the North Division with their fifth straight victory, slinging by the Brampton Beast, 3-1, Friday at the CAA Centre. Reading has won four consecutive on the road and the Royals are four points ahead of Brampton and Maine for second in the North.Felix Sandström won his third straight game, blocking 22 shots. Alex Dubeau took the defeat despite 27 saves (3 GA). The Royals scored the first three goals. Brampton cut it to two in the final seven minutes on David Vallorani’s power-play marker.Jeremy Beaudry bagged his third goal of the season series to provide Reading with the opening goal in the final five minutes remaining in the first. Matthew Strome walked to the high slot and it was poked back to Beaudry. He cannoned a low-and-deflected wrist shot through the five hole.Matthew Strome and Matthew Gaudreau scored in the second period for the Royals, while Sandström denied 16 straight in the first 40 minutes.The Royals are home Sun., Feb. 16 at 4:00 p.m. vs. Worcester for $1 Deals ($1 kids tickets, $1 hot dogs, $1 nachos and $1 sodas) plus the last free postgame skate of the season, pres. by Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex.Box scoreBeaudry the “Beast slayer”Defenseman Jeremy Beaudry has four goals this season, three of which have come against Brampton. He scored the game’s first goal Friday, the third time in the series Reading has netted the opening goal.He scored his first Royals multi-goal game Dec. 29 at Brampton, a 3-2 Reading win. The third-year defenseman is in his first season with Reading. Last campaign, he scored six goals and 24 points for Wichita.Second frame fireFriday’s two-goal middle period marked the 14th straight game the Royals have scored at least one goal in the second frame.Over the last five games, the Royals have outscored foes, 15-2, in the second period. That included a five-goal frame vs. Worcester on Feb. 1.In this second period, Reading struck early (6:43, Matthew Strome) and late (5:28 left, Matthew Gaudreau).First since the endingThe five-game winning streak is the longest Reading has had since a six-game streak to end the 2018-19 season.Upcoming Home Games: royalshockey.com/promotions Sun., Feb. 16 at 4:00 p.m. vs. Worcester (Kids Club Game)Last free postgame skate of the season, presented by Body Zone | $1 Hot Dog, $1 Soda & $1 Nacho Concession Special Pricing | Game Included Kids Club Packages presented by Applebee’s, Schuykill Valley Sports and YMCA of Reading and Berks County (Sign Ups Available)Fri., Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Newfoundland (Trading card giveaway, Flyers alumni at game)Beer fest: free beer at tasting stations on concourse until 8:00 p.m. | 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)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.