1. Home
  2. News
  3. Royals Fall to Thunder in Preseason Finale at Home, 3-1

Royals Fall to Thunder in Preseason Finale at Home, 3-1

Sunday, October 16th
Royals Fall to Thunder in Preseason Finale at Home, 3-1

Reading, PA –The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, fell to the Adirondack Thunder, 3-1, Saturday, October 15 at Santander Arena in the final game of the 2022 preseason. The Royals dropped both preseason games against the Thunder for the first time since beginning consecutive preseason series in 2017. Royals goaltender Nolan Maier saved 19 of 21 shots faced while Thunder goalie Jake Theut saved all 13 shots faced before Isaac Poulter stepped in as Adirondack’s netminder halfway through regulation. The Thunder goaltenders split playing time in net and Poulter earned the victory, saving 21 of 22 shots faced.


The Royals outshot the Thunder 35 to 22 in the game but failed to convert on any of their eight power play opportunities. Adirondack scored their first two goals in the game on the power play as the Thunder went two-for-five on the man advantage. Ryan Da Silva finished off a cross crease feed from Billy Jerry and beat Maier sprawling across his crease to put Adirondack ahead five minutes into the second period, 1-0.

The Thunder added onto their lead 5:15 into the third period on Ivan Chukarov’s first goal of the preseason. Chukarov received a pass at the blue line from Da Silva and blasted a one-timer past Maier. Da Silva earned the primary assist on the power play goal for his second point of the game.

Reading cut the deficit in half with 11:04 remaining in the third period. Kamerin Nault settled a rebounded shot put on goal by Mason Millman and shot the puck past Poulter while down on one knee. Nault’s first goal of the preseason led to a flurry of offensive opportunities in the minutes following the Reading’s goal. Two shots off the post in the final five minutes of regulation brought Reading inches away from tying the score late.

A tripping minor called on Adirondack forward Ryan Smith provided the Royals a man advantage opportunity with 59 seconds remaining in regulation. With their net empty, Reading failed to convert on the six-on-four man advantage. Billy Jerry solidified the preseason victory for Adirondack with a goal on Reading’s empty net for his second point of the game. 

The Royals open the 2022-23 regular season on the road against the Newfoundland Growlers on Friday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mary Brown’s Centre.-Upcoming Games:

  • Opening Night - Oct. 29 vs. Indy
    • Be at our pregame block party on Penn St.
    • Spin Doctors will perform at a FREE live pregame concert
    • Giveaway is a Royals Thunder Stick
  • Halloween Game / $1 Day presented by Prospectus Berco - Oct. 30 vs. Indy
    • Join us for Spooky season at Santander Arena with $1 deals at concessions around the concourse...this isn't a trick, just a treat!
    • Giveaway is a 2022-33 Royals Magnet Schedule
  • Oktoberfest - Nov. 4 vs. Wheeling
    • Celebrate German heritage and terrific food and drink at Santander Arena
    • Giveaway is a pretzel on the house

Five-Game Plan

Join the Reading Royals for FIVE of our biggest games of the year at home! Five-game plan ticket package includes tickets to the following specialty games:

Opening Night - October, 29th @7:00 p.m.

Affiliation Night - January 28th @7:00 p.m.

Pink in the Rink - February 4th @7:00 p.m.

St. Hattrick's Day - March 18th @7:00 p.m.

Fandemonium - April 15th @7:00 p.m.

In addition to a ticket to each game, you will get a burger and soda per ticket, as well as a Royals hat. Starting at $99.99 for silver zone tickets and $119.99 for purple zone tickets. Quantities are limited so reserve your seat now!2022-23 Season Memberships

Reading Royals season tickets, flex memberships and group tickets are available for the 2022-23 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 21st season in the ECHL. They won their first Kelly Cup championship in 2013 and have clinched playoff berths in 11 of the previous 12 seasons. They are five-time division champions and were the 2021-22 Eastern Conference champion. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena.