Wheeling, WV - The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, fell to the Wheeling Nailers, 5-2, on Wednesday, January 11th at WesBanco Arena. The Royals fell to 20-10-1 and had their three-game win streak snapped in the road defeat. Nolan Maier suffered his first loss in his last nine starts for Reading as he earned 23 saves on 27 shots faced (8-3-1). Nailers goalie Bailey Brkin earned the win in his fourth appearance in goal for Wheeling this season (4-2). Brkin turned aside 32 of 34 shots faced in his fourth consecutive win.
Reading converted on their lone power play six minutes into regulation to carry a one-goal lead into the second period, 1-0. Shane Sellar redirected a wrist shot from Charlie Gerard past Brkin’s glove to net his 10th goal of the season. Gerard earned the primary assist for his team-leading 10th power play assist of the season while Zayde Wisdom collected the secondary helper for his first ECHL career point.
The Nailers responded in the second period with two goals in the final nine minutes of the middle frame. Bobby Hampton deflected a puck past Maier to even the score 11:19 into the period off of a saucer pass from Cédric Desruisseaux. Hampton’s goal set up the Nailers for their first lead of the game on Justin Addamo’s first of two goals in the contest. The rookie forward lifted a loose puck past Maier following a shot from Josh Maniscalco from the blue line for his team leading 15th goal of the season.
Wheeling scored an insurance goal 5:55 into the third period to take a two-goal lead courtesy of Davis Bunz’ second goal of the season. The rookie forward blasted a one-timer into the back of Reading’s net off of a feed from Louie Roehl at the top of the zone.
Charlie Gerard beat Brkin with eight minutes remaining in regulation to draw the game within a goal, 3-2. Wisdom intercepted a puck from Wheeling at their own goal line and threw a shot on net that rebounded off of Brkin’s left pad to Gerard in the slot. Gerard’s 12th goal earned the forward his 7th multi-point game of the season while the assist earned Wisdom his second helper of the game for a multi-point game in his Royals debut.
Addamo answered nine seconds after Gerard’s goal to improve the Nailers lead back to two-goals with 7:50 remaining in the third period. Addamo’s second goal of the game swung momentum back over to the Nailers after Reading scored their third period goal on one of their 12 shots in the final frame of play.
An empty net goal scored by Carter Johnson in the final 1:06 of regulation sealed the home victory for Wheeling as the Royals dropped their first game of the new year.
The Royals fall to 2-4 in the season series against Wheeling and dropped the 200th all-time meeting between the two clubs (112-88 all-time). Reading fell to 15-4-1 when scoring the game’s first goal and 11-2-1 when leading after the first period.
The Royals return home on Friday, January 13th to host the Adirondack Thunder at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena for the Wizards Night promotional game. The home game opens a four-game homestand for the Royals with promotional games at the arena including Flintstones Night (1/14), MLK Day (1/16) and Craft Beer / Puck and Putts Night (1/20). Order tickets and see the full ~ promotional schedule ~ now!
- Wizards Night - Jan. 13 vs. Adirondack
- Royals Players' house competition
- Chase the snitch on the concourse
- $2 off domestic drafts 6-7:00 PM
- 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
- Fruity Pebbles eating contest
- MLK Day - Jan. 16 vs. Maine
- FREE admission for kids ages 14 and under
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.