Worcester, MA - The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, defeated the Worcester Railers, 6-2, Wednesday, November 16th at the DCU Center. The Royals improved to 5-4-1 and captured their fourth consecutive win behind a four-goal first period and Nolan Maier’s 30 save performance on 32 shots faced. Maier improved to 2-2-1 on the season with his second win of his professional career while Railers goalie Henrik Tikkanen suffered the loss after he allowed four goals on nine shots in the first period. Ken Appleby came in net for Worcester out of the first intermission and saved nine of 11 shots faced in the final two periods.
Reading outshot the Railers through the first two periods of play and took a four-goal lead into the third period that prevailed after a 20 shot barrage by Worcester’s offense in the final 20 minutes of play. Maier and the Royals held Worcester scoreless for the final 37 minutes of regulation to hand the Railers their first loss at the DCU Center this season.
The Royals produced a four-goal first period on the shoulders of forward Max Newton who scored two goals in his return to Worcester against his former hockey club. Alec Butcher and Brendan Hoffmann scored for Reading as well in the first period while Collin Adams put Worcester on the board 9:26 into the period. Hoffmann’s first professional career goal put the Royals up heading into the second period, 4-1.
Both teams scored goals in the opening three minutes of the second period. Tyler Kirkup netted his second goal of the season off of a rebound from Colin Felix’s shot which landed on Kirkup’s stick off of Appleby’s left pad. Forward Blake Christiensen scored less than two minutes later his first goal of the season and the final goal of the game for Worcester.
Trey Bradley scored Reading’s season-high sixth goal of the game for the second power play goal of the game. Charlie Gerard’s slapshot from the right faceoff circle ricocheted to Bradley for the forward’s second goal of the season. Gerard earned assists on both Reading power play goals as he along with Bradley (1 G, 1 A) and Newton (2 G) each earned multi-point games. While Reading was outshot 20-2 in the third period, the Royals killed off two Railers' power plays to prevent any comeback start for Worcester. Reading went 2/3 on the power play while the Railers were held scoreless on four power play chances in the game.
Reading returns home on Friday, November 18th to host the Adirondack Thunder in game one of a two-game weekend series at 7:00 p.m. against the Thunder at Santander Arena. Both games feature promotional games at the arena! Learn more about La Noche de Los Royales and We Hate the Royals Night promotional games and see the full ~ promotional schedule ~ now!
- La Noche de Los Royales presented by Anewalk Landscape Contracting - Nov. 18 vs. Adirondack
- Celebrate Latin American culture with Latin dance groups and music at Santander Arena
- Specialty Latin America themed jerseys
- 4 for $60 Ticket Deal
- We Hate the Royals Night - Nov. 20 vs. Adirondack
- We celebrate everything that the haters can't stand about the Reading Royals! Get your dislikes at the ready.
- Players reading mean tweets!
- Take your holiday photo on the ice post-game.
- Join us after the game at our Post-Game Party at the Doubletree across from Santander Arena. All are welcome!
- 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.
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.