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Royals seek redemption in second-straight game vs. Wheeling

Wednesday, February 23rd
Royals seek redemption in second-straight game vs. Wheeling

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, play the Wheeling Nailers Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7:10 p.m. at WesBanco Arena. This is the third of six meetings between the two teams this season. The Nailers have won six-straight games while the Royals have dropped four consecutive games.

Reading fell to Wheeling in their last meeting in overtime, 4-3, Tuesday, Feb. 22 at WesBanco Arena.

Patrick Watling’s overtime goal and a four-point night for Justin Almeida completed a come-from-behind win for the Nailers after trailing by two-goals with 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

Opening period goals from Garrett McFadden and Anthony Gagnon pushed the Royals in front early. A power play goal from Brandon Saigeon held the score with in a goal for Wheeling which would carry into the final period of regulation after a scoreless second period. Wheeling outshot Reading 19-3 in the middle frame and outshot the Royals by 35 in the game (41-16). 

Reading jumped back into the lead with some added cushion on a pair of wrist shots from Anthony Gagnon and Thomas Ebbing. The two goal lead diminished to one after Justin Almeida scored on the Nailers’ seventh of eight power plays in the game. Two minutes later, Almeida scored his second of the game to force overtime.

2:03 into the overtime period, Wheeling completed the comeback. Sam Houde threw a shot on net from the left face-off dot that went through traffic on the Nailers’ four-on-three power play and banked off of Hawkey’s left pad for Patrick Watling who was crashing in on the Royals’ net.  Watling tapped in the bouncing puck in stride as the OT hero for Wheeling’s second win against Reading this season in two meetings.

The Royals sit in second place in the North Division as they continue a five-game road trip against non-divisional opponents. Reading holds a 23-12-56-1 record with a .631 point percentage. They sit behind the Newfoundland Growlers who are in first with a .638 point percentage. The divisional standings follow with Trois-Rivières sitting in third with a .615 point percentage while Worcester and Maine both hoist .500 point percentages tied for fourth. Adirondack is in last place with a .419 point percentage in 43 games. 



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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.