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Royals begin back-to-back with Railers at home

Tuesday, March 22nd
Royals begin back-to-back with Railers at home

The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, play the Worcester Railers Tuesday, Mar. 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena. This is the tenth of twelve meetings between the two teams this regular season. The Railers have won five of their last six games while the Royals have won three of their last five games.

Reading defeated Worcester in their last meeting, 5-3, Friday, Mar. 4 at the DCU Center. A three-goal first period and multi-point games from Patrick Bajkov, Anthony Gagnon and Dominic Cormier pushed the Royals past the Railers on the road. Reading is 7-2-0-0 this season against Worcester and have won seven of the previous eight meetings.

After goals from Cormier, Bajkov, and Jackson Cressey in the opening period of play,  Reading extended their lead to four goals 14:46 into the second period. Bajkov earned an assist on Brad Morrison’s 10th goal of the season, tallying his second of two points in the game. Bajkov, like Cormier, collected a goal and an assist through the opening two periods of play for multi-point games. 

Worcester answered with their first goal of the game on the power play. Mitchell Balmas ripped a slap shot past Logan Flodell from the left face off dot to cut the Railers’ deficit to three goals. With 17 seconds remaining in the middle period, Garret Cockerill scored on a feed from Brayden Low and Anthony Gagnon’s second assist of the game to put Reading back up with a four goal lead, 5-1.  

Worcester scored the only goals in the third period, however not enough to complete a home ice comeback. Blake Christensen scored two goals in a span of 5:18 for his 11th and 12th goals of the season to cut the deficit to two goals. The Royals’ defense didn’t allow another shot on net in the final 5:22 of play to earn the road victory.

The Royals hold first place in the North Division as they play their fourth of five-straight games against divisional opponents. Reading hoists a 34-14-6-2 record with a .679 point percentage. They sit ahead of the Newfoundland Growlers who are in second with a .657 point percentage. The divisional standings follow with Worcester in third holding a .536 point percentage while Trois-Rivières jumps to fourth place with .509 point percentages and Maine falls to fifth place with a .500 point percentage. Adirondack is in last place with a .448 point percentage in 58 games.



  • A portion of ticket sales will benefit organizations that support mental health


  • Presented by Members 1st Federal Credit Union

  • Philipp Grubauer bobblehead giveaway presented by Savage Auto Group

  • Barbers on the concourse

  • Specialty jersey

  • Slapshot's birthday/Mascot Madness

  • Post-Game Party presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Reading  


  • Badges Game - 11:30 a.m.

  • First Responders Night

  • Faith and Family Night

  • $1 Popcorn/$1 Nachos/$1 Hot Dogs

  • Team trading cards giveaway

  • Specialty jersey

  • Salute to Essential Workers Sundays presented by Visions Federal Credit Union (First Responders)

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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 Royals

The 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.