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Royals Open Regular Season Against Growlers in St.John's

Friday, October 21st
Royals Open Regular Season Against Growlers in St.John's

Reading, PA –The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, open the regular season against the Newfoundland Growlers on Friday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. EST at the Mary Brown’s Centre. Today is the first of three-straight games in St.John's, Newfoundland between both teams. The Royals and Growlers face off at 5:30 p.m. EST Saturday and then close out the series at 2:30 p.m. EST Sunday.

The Royals hold a 9-8-3-0 record all-time in season openers. Against the Growlers in the 2019-20 season opener series in Newfoundland, Reading won the first game, 6-5, before dropping the second game in overtime, 3-2, and the third game in regulation, 7-3.  

Reading fell to Newfoundland in their last meeting, 4-2, in Game 7 of the North Division Final series on Monday, May 16. Five players on the Royals current roster competed in the seven-game series against the Growlers. Goaltender Pat Nagle, and defensemen Dominic Cormier, Garrett McFadden and Mason Millman played the entirety of the series. Defensemen Mike Chen appeared in six of the seven games.

The Royals finished the 2022 preseason 0-2 for the first time since the 2016 preseason against the Elmira Jackals. Reading fell in the preseason opener to the Adirondack Thunder in game one, 4-1, at Cool Insuring Arena on Friday, October 14. The Royals and Thunder faced off again in the preseason finale on Saturday, October 15 at Santander Arena where Reading fell to Adirondack, 3-1. Forwards Shane Sellar and Kamerin Nault scored Reading’s goals in games one and two respectively. Goaltenders Justin Kapelmaster and Nolan Maier split the preseason games in net. Kaplemaster stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in game one while Maier saved 19 of 21 shots faced in game two.The Royals scored on one of fifteen total power play opportunities while the penalty kill unit killed off seven of Reading’s nine penalties across both preseason games.

In the 2021-22 regular season, the Royals finished as the first place in the North Division with a 45-17-7-2 record and a .697 point percentage. Newfoundland finished second in the North Division and the Eastern Conference, behind Reading in both standings. The Growlers posted a 42-20-4-1 record and a .664 point percentage in the regular season. The Growlers 2021-22 season came to a close in the Eastern Conference Finals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs where they fell to the Florida Everblades four games to one.

Today's game will be streamed on the Royals Broadcast Network available on the following platforms: 

-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.