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Gooch, Hawkey propel Royals over Walleye in chippy road win

Sunday, February 27th
Gooch, Hawkey propel Royals over Walleye in chippy road win

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, defeated the Toledo Walleye, 4-1, Saturday, Feb. 26 at Huntington Center. Royals goaltender Hayden Hawkey saved 39 of 40 shots while Walleye goalie Kaden Fulcher saved 21 of 24 shots.


After two scoreless periods of play both teams found the back of the net in the final period of regulation. Hawkey and Fulcher each provided strong netminding performances for both teams as Fulcher stopped 18 shots through two periods of play while Hawkey saved 27 shots to keep the game scoreless after two periods.

Reading broke the scoreless tie 6:41 into the third period on the penalty kill. Trevor Gooch skated with the puck across the Toledo blue line and snapped a wrist shot past the glove of Fulcher for Reading’s third shorthanded goal of the season. Toledo responded less than a minute later to tie the game back up. Brandon Schultz deflected in a pass from Mitchell Heard past Hawkey’s right pad to score the lone goal of the game for the Walleye. 

Reading took back the lead on Mason Millman’s first game winning goal of the season. Millman crashed towards Toledo’s net behind Jacob Pritchard who fed the puck backwards to the rookie defenseman. Millman put the puck past Fulcher and propelled Reading back into the lead for good, 2-1.

Dominic Cormier scored 16:23 into the third period with a wrist shot that trickled across the goal line and into the back of Fulcher’s net after bouncing off of his body. Brayden Low earned an assist for his third point in consecutive games while Pritchard earned his second assist of the game and team leading 27th point of the season. Trevor Gooch sealed the commanding road victory for Reading with an empty net goal for his second goal of the game on the Royals’ third-straight win.

The Royals stay in Toledo to take on the Walleye Sunday, Feb. 27th, at 5:15 p.m. at Huntington Center.



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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.