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Royals Open Two-Game Series with Railers in Divisional Clash

Friday, January 6th
Royals Open Two-Game Series with Railers in Divisional Clash

Worcester, MA - The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, open a two-game series with the Worcester Railers tonight on the road at 7:05 p.m. at the DCU Center Arena.

The Royals take on the Railers on the road before returning home on Saturday, January 7th for their first home game of 2023. The game features the Star Wars and Pediatric Cancer promotional game which includes appearances by Star Wars characters, youth padawan training classes, Chewbacca voice and costume contests as well as the debut of specialty Star Wars themed jerseys worn by the Royals in the game.

Star Wars replica jerseys are available for purchase in the Lions Den team store as well as on the Royals team store site here! Specialty game worn jerseys by Royals players are available in a live auction post-game auction following the conclusion of the game.

Five dollars from each ticket ordered through one of the links below will go towards that selected local organization which supports families affected by pediatric cancer.

See the full promotional game schedule at royalshockey.com/promotions.

Reading hoists a 18-9-1 record after defeating Norfolk in their previous game, 5-2, on Wednesday, January 4th. Charlie Gerard (2 G, 2 A) and Trey Bradley (1 G, 3 A) led the Royals with four points each. Gerard scored two goals for his second multi-goal game of the season while Bradley tallied a goal and three assists for his eighth multi-point game of the season. Newton scored a goal and two assists for his team leading ninth multi-point game of the season. Josh Boyko earned his second win in his second start as a Royal to improve to 3-1-1 on the season.

The Royals boast an all-time record of 29-13-5 against Worcester and have won 11 of their last 13 face-offs with the Railers dating back to the start of the 2021-22 season. The Royals defeated the Railers in their previous meeting, 6-2, on Wednesday, November 16th which was their first matchup of the season. The Royals have taken three of the last five games played at the DCU Center.Reading stands in third place in the North Division with a .661 win percentage. The Royals have one game fewer played than Newfoundland and four games fewer played compared to Worcester. The Growlers (20-8-1-0) and Railers (19-12-1-0) sit atop the North Division and hold first and third place in the Eastern Conference standings respectively. Behind Reading, Maine (16-11-1-1) stands in fourth and Trois-Rivières (13-15-1-1) holds fifth place in the standings. Adirondack lands in sixth with a .393 win percentage while Norfolk ranks at the bottom of both the North Division and Eastern Conference with a 5-24-1-1 record.Worcester stands above Reading by two points with 39 on the season for a (.609 win percentage). The Railers won their previous game in a shootout, 4-3, over the Maine Mariners. The Admirals are 1-5 in their last six games and have dropped four of their last six games at home. Captain/forward Bobby Butler leads the Railers in goals (13) while forwards Quin Ryan and Reece Newkirk tie for the team lead in points, each posting 24 on the season. 

A few Royals are on streaks and captured milestones in the stand alone game in Norfolk: 

  • Streaks:           

    • Forward Charlie Gerard is on a three-game point streak (3 G, 3 A)
    • Captain Garrett McFadden is on a three-game point streak (3 A)
    • Forward Alec Butcher is on a two-game point streak (1 G, 1 A)
    • Forward Trey Bradley is on a two-game point streak (2 G, 4 A)
    • Forward Max Newton is on a two-game point streak (2 G, 2 A)
  • Milestones:
    • Forward Charlie Gerard matched his single game multi-point career high of four-points (2 G, 2 A) for the second time in his professional career
      • Also earned his 75th point of his professional career
    • Forward Trey Bradley matched his single game multi-point career high of four-points (1 G, 3 A) for the third time in his professional career
    • Forward Max Newton matched his single game multi-point career high of three points (1 G, 2 A) for the fourth time in his professional career
    • Captain Garrett McFadden earned his 25th ECHL career point in his 50th ECHL career game
    • Defenseman Mike Chen skated in his 100th ECHL career game
  • Player Rankings:
    • Forward Max Newton is tied for 12th in the league  in points (31)
      • Among rookies, Newton is tied for second in goals (15) and is third in points.
    • Forward Trey Bradley is tied for 15th in the league in points (30)
    • Defenseman Colin Felix is second among rookies in penalty minutes (65), tied for first in fighting majors (5).
    • Defenseman Mason Millman is tied for second among defensemen in game-winning goals (2).


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

-Upcoming Games:      

  • Star Wars / Pediatric Cancer Night - Jan. 7 vs. Worcester
    • Join the Royals and your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far, away at Star Wars night!
    • Youth padawan training classes
    • Costume contest
    • Chewbacca impression contest
    • Specialty jersey debut
    • $2 off craft beers 6-7:00 PM
  • Wizards Night - Jan. 13 vs. Adirondack
    • Royals Players' house competition
    • Chase the snitch on the concourse
    • $2 off domestic drafts 6-7:00 PM
    • Butterbeer
    • Wizard-themed games
    • 4 for $60 deal including 4 tickets, hot dogs, drinks, and thundersticks presented by Deibler Dental
    • Job fair
  • Flintstones Night - Jan. 14 vs. Adirondack
    • Yabba dabba doo! Join the Royals for Flintstones night, and bid on their game-worn specialty jerseys!
    • Double Tree post-game party
    • $2 off craft draft beers 3-4:00 PM
    • Yabba-Dabba-Doo voice contest
    • Flintstone costume contest
    • Rubble pudding eating contest

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.