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Gooch, Low propel Royals over Lions in first-ever meeting at Santander Arena

Sunday, January 23rd
Gooch, Low propel Royals over Lions in first-ever meeting at Santander Arena

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, beat the Trois-Rivières Lions, 2-1, Saturday, Jan. 21 at Santander Arena. Royals goaltender Hayden Hawkey saved 25 of 26 shots, while Lions goalie Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo saved 27 of 29. 


Reading got on the board first and did so 56 seconds into the game on the power play. A hooking call against Cedric Montminy put the Royals on a power play out of the gate and Trevor Gooch converted on the man-advantage, beating Pagliarulo with a backhand shot to give Reading an early lead, 1-0.

After a scoreless middle period, the final frame included both teams lighting the lamp. Brayden Low extended the Royals’ lead to two with a forehand shot ripped top-shelf into the back of the Lions’ net. 

Over a minute later into the third period, the Lions tallied their one and only goal of the game as a scrum in front of the net left a loose puck in Hawkey’s crease to be tapped in by Olivier Archambault, setting the score at 2-1 where it remained.

Hayden Hawkey saved the final six shots he faced, earning his fifth win of the season in six starts.

The Royals host the Trois-Rivières Lions Sunday, Jan. 23, at 3:00 p.m. at Santander Arena.


  • 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/promotionsReading 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.