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Claeys Blanks Mariners in One-Goal Game in Maine, 1-0

Saturday, November 26th
Claeys Blanks Mariners in One-Goal Game in Maine, 1-0

Portland, ME - The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, defeated the Maine Mariners, 1-0, Friday, November 25th at Cross Insurance Arena. The Royals improved to 8-5-1 and earned their third win over the Mariners this season (3-1). Brody Claeys saved all 31 shots he faced in his season debut. The shutout win was the first to be captured by a Royals netminder this season. Mariners goalie Francois Brassard saved 27 of 28 shots faced and suffered his fourth loss of the season (1-4).


Without a goal scored for either side through the opening 39 minutes of play, Will MacKinnon broke the scoreless tie with 56 remaining in the second period. The Royals took a breakout pass into the offensive zone which was put to a brief halt by Brassard with a pad save. Fortunately for the Royals, Maine failed to clear the rebound which settled in the slot for MacKinnon to blast a shot top shelf on Maine’s net. Forwards Tyler Kirkup and Jacob Gaucher earned the assists on MacKinnon’s third goal of the season for their third and sixth assists on the season respectively.

Reading led the shot totals through the first period but were held shotless in the third period for Maine to take the larger margin of shots produced in the game. Neither of Maine’s 14 shots in the third period served as the equalizer as Claeys stood stellar in net until the final horn. The third year professional netminder earned his first shutout of his ECHL career and his second shutout win of his professional career.

Claeys is the first Royals goaltender to earn a regular season shutout victory since former Royal Hayden Hawkey earned the honor in the regular season finale last season against the Adirondack Thunder on April 16th, 2022.

The Royals conclude their three-game road-trip against the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Cool Insuring Arena.

The Royals return home on Friday, December 2nd to host the Norfolk Admirals at 7:00 p.m. in game one of a two-game weekend series at Santander Arena. Both games feature promotional games at the arena! Learn more about Pride Night and The Teddy Bear Toss/Margaritaville promotional games and see the full ~ promotional schedule ~ now!

Upcoming Games:

  • Pride Night - Dec. 2 vs. Norfolk 
    • The Royals are celebrating their first ever Pride Night with the help of LGBT.  Center of Greater Reading
    • Pride Dri-Fit headband giveaway.
  • Teddy Bear Toss / Margaritaville - Dec. 3 vs. Norfolk
    • Bring your stuffed animals to toss onto the ice after the first Royals goal to donate stuffed animals to local non-profits.
    • Speciality jersey debut with game worn jersey auction ending on 12/4 @ 9 p.m.
    • Deals on drinks + signature margarita.
    • $2 off craft draft beers 6-7:00 p.m.
    • Santa Claus appearance.
    • Beach Bum attire contest.
  • 6-1-0 Night - Dec. 7 vs. Allen
    • Celebrate the community and area code of Reading with deals on tickets and drinks around the concourse!
    • $6.10 for Green Zone tickets
    • College Students ONLY pay service fees for a ticket
    • $5 "Buy One, Get One" tickets for students with a valid .edu email address
    • $1 beers at select locations

Four-Game Plan

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

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. Contact the Royals front office for pricing details. 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 in 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.