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Cormier scores two goals in 6-2 win over Thunder

Thursday, January 13th
Cormier scores two goals in 6-2 win over Thunder

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, beat the Adirondack Thunder, 6-2, on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Santander Arena. Hayden Hawkey made 20 saves on 22 shots, while Brandon Kasel stopped 27 of 32 shots.


The Royals scored four unanswered goals to open the first half of the game. Dominic Cormier scored his first of two goals, a career-high for him, on the power play midway through the first period. He slotted himself in the low left circle and received a pass from Jacob Pritchard before slotting it by the surprised Kasel.

Anthony Gagnon scored his first goal with the Royals later in the period after a horrible giveaway by the Thunder directly in front of the cage.

Patrick Bajkov scored his sixth goal in four games five minutes into the second period off a ripper from the slot the bounced off Kasel’s glove and in, and Cormier completed a beautiful set of tic-tac-toe passes on the rush to make it 4-0.

Adirondack showed a spark of life after Shane Harper’s fly-by deflection beat Hawkey to make it 4-1 at the end of the second period. Trevor Gooch put the Royals back in front by four goals halfway through the third period, but Filip Virgili, playing in his first ECHL game, scored his first ECHL goal to make it 5-2.

Thunder head coach Alex Loh pulled Kasel with three minutes to play, but Patrick McNally wristed the puck from the Royals’ goal line into the cage to ice it, 6-2.

The Royals travel to Worcester, Mass. to play the Worcester Railers at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at the DCU Center.


  • Monday, Jan. 17 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Worcester – The annual MLK Day Game! Kids attending will receive a youth jersey giveaway and get free tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket. They can also get $1 candy bags.
  • Saturday, Jan. 22 at 4:00 p.m. vs. Trois-Rivieres – DC Superheroes Night! Meet Superman and get $1 superhero ice cream pops as you watch the Royals wear a specialty jersey during the game. Attend the Postgame Party presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Reading afterwards.
  • Sunday, Jan. 23 at 3:00 p.m. vs. Trois-Rivieres – It’s Undie Sundie/Country Night! Donate packaged underwear by throwing it on the ice after the Royals’ first goal of the game. All undergarments will be donated to charity. The first 2,000 fans will receive a puck giveaway presented by Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association. Get $1 popcorn, nachos and hot dogs all game. It’s also a Salute to Essential Workers Sunday presented by Visions Federal Credit Union for trades workers.

Buy tickets HERE: www.royalshockey.com/promotions

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.