Reading, PA - The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, begin a five-game homestand with a two-game series against the Norfolk Admirals tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena.Tonight's game is the Pride Night promotional game celebrating Pride with the LGBT Center of Greater Reading. The game features a Pride Dri-Fit headband giveaway. Food and drink deals include $2 off domestic drafts from 6-7:00 p.m. as well as a 4 for $60 deal including 4 tickets, hot dogs, drinks, and thundersticks presented by Deibler Dental. Tickets to the game and a list of the full promotional game schedule is available at royalshockey.com/promotions.Reading improved to 9-5-1 on the season after defeating Adirondack in their previous game, 3-2, on Saturday, November 26th at Cool Insuring Arena. Mason Millman's game winning goal seven seconds into overtime provided the Royals their first post-regulation win of the season to close out their third three-game road-trip of the season.
Saturday's victory was the third win for the Royals against the Thunder this season (3-0-0). The Royals previously split the opening two games of the road-trip with the Maine Mariners on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd (5-3 L) and Friday, Nov. 25th (2-0 W). The Royals have won eight of their last nine games and have scored 33 goals to their opponet's 20 along the stretch.The Royals hoist an all-time record of 29-7-3-1 against Norfolk and were 5-2-2 against the Admirals last season. Norfolk joined the North Division ahead of this season after having previously played four seasons in the South Division. The Admirals transitioned from the AHL to ECHL in 2015 where they played their inaugural ECHL season in the East Division with the Royals. As divisional opponents, Reading leads the head-to-head series with a record of 8-0-0-1.Reading stands in third place in the North Division with a .633 win percentage. Reading has two games less played compared to Worcester and Newfoundland who rank above the Royals in the divisional standings. Worcester and Newfoundland rank first and second respectively in both the North Division and Eastern Conference standings. The Railers are currently on a five-game point streak (4-0-1-0) and post a 14-2-1-0 record and .853 win percentage. The Growlers have dropped three of their last four games and post a 13-3-1-0 (.794 win percentage). Behind Reading, Trois-Rivières and Maine rank fourth and fifth respectively in the standings while Adirondack holds sixth place with a .429 win percentage. Norfolk ranks at the bottom of both the North Division and Eastern Conference with two wins in 18 games this season.Norfolk holds a 2-15-1-0 record and enters the series on a two-game point streak. The Admirals went 1-1-1 in their previous series with the Worcester Railers with a regulation and overtime loss on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd and Saturday, Nov. 26th respectively. The Admirals defeated the Railers in game two of the three-game series on Friday, Nov. 25th in overtime, 5-4. Forwards Tag Bertuzzi (12) and Cody Milan rank first and second on the team in points respectively. Bertuzzi leads the Admirals in goals (5) and ties with Milan for the team lead in assists (7).The Admirals enter the series opener last in the league in goals for (2.2), goals against (4.8), and shots for (25.4) per game. The Royals are second in the league in shots against per game (26.9) and rank 9th overall on the power play. Reading has scored a power play goal in six of their last seven games, eight of their last 10.
A few Royals captured milestones in the road-trip finale against the Thunder:
- Defenseman Max Balinson scored his first goal as a Royal.
- Defenseman Mason Millman's overtime goal tied the record for fastest overtime goal (seven seconds) in franchise history- tied for fourth fastest all-time in the ECHL.
- Player Rankings:
- Forward Max Newton ties for fifth in the league in points, leads all rookies in points (20).
- Defenseman Colin Felix is tied for second among rookies in penalty minutes (48), tied for first in fighting majors (4).
Today's game will be streamed on the Royals Broadcast Network available on the following platforms:
- 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
- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Dec. 9 vs. Allen
- Post-game LIVE auction for specialty jerseys
- Ugly sweater contest
- Acoustic Christmas sing-a-long with Matt Pless
- Bring your stocking for early presents from the Royals, at info desk
- 4 for $60 deal including 4 tickets, hot dogs, drinks, and thundersticks presented by Deibler Dental
- Post-Game Party at the DoubleTree
- $2 off craft beers 6-7:00 PM
- Santa Claus appearance
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.