The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, fell to the Newfoundland Growlers, 3-2, Friday, Nov. 19th at Santander Arena. Royals goaltender Kirill Ustimenko saved 24 of 27 shots, while Growlers goalie Evan Cormier saved 20 of 22.
Ty Pelton-Byce got Newfoundland on the board first in a unique way. A loose puck around Ustimenko’s crease was flung past the Royals’ netminder by Pelton-Byce after McNally fanned on the clearing attempt, allowing Pelton-Byce to convert on the rebound. Isaac Johnson and Gordie Green were credited with assists on the game’s opening goal, coming on the Growlers’ first shot.
15:51 into the second period, the Growlers added insurance to their lead. Ryan Chyzowski emerged from a battle along the boards with the puck and dished a cross crease feed over to Orrin Centazzo who connected with twine on a wrist shot sent past Ustimenko’s glove. Centazzo’s goal gave Newfoundland a 2-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of play.
In the final period, Newfoundland lit the lamp one again. Ustimenko came out of his crease to play the puck behind his net and passed it into the corner where Gordie Green intercepted it and centered the puck for Marc Johnstone. Johnstone put a shot on net which Ustimenko saved but couldn't cover up. Green tapped in the rebound off Ustimenko's back to make it 3-0.
Late in the 3rd period, the Royals scored back-to-back goals, but it would too late for a Friday night comeback. Dominic Cormier’s one-timer goal that pinballed off multiple bodies was followed up by a second Royals’ goal from Thomas Ebbing just 2:57 later to bring the score to 3-2 where it remained until the end of regulation.
The Royals play their second of two-straight against the Growlers Saturday, Nov. 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena.
- Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Newfoundland – Hockey Fights Cancer Night! Paint the ice for Hockey Fights Cancer, get free souvenir cup refills and watch the Royals wear a specialty jersey.
- Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3:00 p.m. vs. Norfolk - $1 Day! Get $1 popcorn, $1 nachos and $1 hot dogs. Celebrate Healthcare Workers with our Salute to Essential Workers Sundays presented by Visions Federal Credit Union.
Reading Royals season, flex memberships and group tickets are available for the 2021-22 season by visiting the Royals’ box office at Santander Arena or by calling 610-898-7825.
About the RoyalsThe Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are entering their 20th season in the ECHL. They won their first Kelly Cup championship in 2013 and have clinched playoff berths in 10 of the previous 11 seasons. They are four-time division champions. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena.