The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, fell to the Adirondack Thunder, 3-2, Friday, Mar. 18 at Santander Arena. Royals goaltender Pat Nagle saved 11 of 14 shots while Thunder goalie Brandon Kasel saved 30 of 32 shots.
Reading jumped out to a first period lead eight minutes into the opening period. Grant Cooper tapped in his fifth goal of the season on a rebound that ricocheted off of Kasels’ left pad following a wrist shot from Garrett McFadden that set up the rebound opportunity. Thomas Ebbing earned an assist on the game opening goal along with McFadden for his single season ECHL career high 37th point.
Reading extended their lead on Patrick Bajkov’s 20th goal of the season in the middle period. Skating into the slot, Brad Morrison found Bajkov with a centering pass after forcing a turnover behind Adirondack’s net. Bajkov snapped a wrist shot past Kasel for Reading’s second and final goal of the game.
The Thunder responded with three unanswered goals to complete a come from behind win. The comeback began late into the second period when Jordan Kaplan received a blue line-to-blue line pass from Eric MacAdams. Kaplan skated in on a breakaway and beat Nagle with a dangle to his forehand side that put the puck in the back of Reading’s net for a 2-1 Royals’ lead after two periods.
Adirondack tied the game on Paul Meyer’s first goal of the season and took the lead for good with 1:40 remaining in regulation. From behind Reading’s net, Ryan Smith centered the puck from the right side of Nagle’s cage and bounced the puck off of the Royals’ netminder and squeaked the puck into the back of the net to put the Thunder ahead for the first time in the game. Adirondack’s comeback win snaps Reading’s twelve-game point streak and serves as their first regulation loss in the month of March for the Royals where they hold a record of 6-1-1.
The Royals host the Adirondack Thunder Saturday, Mar. 19th, at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena.
ST.HATTRICK’S NIGHT - 3/19/22
Retro lunchbox giveaway presented by Deibler Dental
$1 Day - 3/20/22
$1 Popcorn/$1 Nachos/$1 Hot Dogs
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Post-Game skate presented by T-Mobile
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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.