Reading, PA - The Reading Royals (28-17-3-0), proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, fell to the Newfoundland Growlers (35-13-1-0), 4-2, on Monday, February 20 at Santander Arena. The Royals split the two-game series with the Growlers, taking two of four possible points against Newfoundland who possess first place in the Eastern Conference. Nolan Maier suffered the loss with 19 saves on 23 shots faced (12-8-3). Luke Cavallin earned the win in net for Newfoundland with 33 saves on 35 shots faced (18-7-0).
Newfoundland notched three goals to Reading’s one in the first period to take a two-goal lead into the second period, 3-1. Isaac Johnson scored his second goal of the series on a cross-crease pass from Zach O’Brien to put the Growlers on the board 2:33 into regulation.
The Growlers tacked onto their lead with a shorthanded goal 13:13 into the period. On Reading’s second power play of the game, Keenan Suthers beat Maier with a dangle from his backhand to his forehand to net his 11th goal of the season. The shorthanded goal was the eighth allowed by the Royals this season and the fourth allowed in the clubs last seven games.
Alec Butcher put the Royals on the board less than two minutes later at the end of an offensive zone sequence around Newfoundland’s net. Butcher deflected a rebound off of Cavallin’s left pad over the netminder’s right shoulder for his 11th goal of the season to cut the deficit in half for the Royals. The one-goal score lasted until the final 1:37 of the period when Newfoundland scored to take their two-goal advantage back. Adam Dawe led an odd-man rush into Reading’s zone with Todd Skirving and elected to keep the puck himself as he raced down the left wing. Dawe snapped a wrist shot past Maier for his fourth goal of the season and Newfoundland’s third goal in the first period on nine shots on goal.
Reading brought the score within one on Charlie Gerard’s 23rd goal of the season 48 seconds into the second period. The Royals, however, failed to even the score or beat Cavallin again for the remainder of play. The rookie netminder saved the final 22 shots he faced in regulation to earn his second win over the Royals this season (2-0-0).
The Growlers scored the lone power play goal in the game for either team with 5:54 remaining in the third period. Todd Skirving beat Maier on a third chance effort after Maier made two saves moments prior to the goal being scored. The Royals pulled Maier to bring on the extra attacker in an attempt to tie the score with 1:13 remaining in regulation. Cavallin made two saves and the Growlers blocked two shots in the final minute of the third period to preserve the two goal lead and earn the series finale victory.
Reading fell to a 1-3-1 season series record against the Growlers and a 16-13-8 record all-time. The Royals are 2-14-1 when trailing after two periods and fell to a 23-11-3 record against divisional opponents (.662%).
The Royals open a two-game series against the Adirondack Thunder on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Cool Insuring Arena. The Royals close out their series against the Thunder at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25. The Royals return home on Friday, March 3 to host the Trois-Rivières Lions at 7:00 p.m. at Santander Arena. The home game features the Career Ready Berks Night promotional game. Order tickets and see the full ~ promotional schedule ~ now!-Upcoming Games:
- Career Ready Berks Night - Mar. 3 vs. Trois-Rivières
- Career Ready Berks Night Job Fair presented by Mitsubishi Chemical Group
- $2 off domestic drafts 6-7:00 PM
- 4 for $60 deal including 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks, and 4 pairs of thundersticks. Presented by Deibler Dental
- Autism Acceptance Night & Slapshot's Birthday - Mar. 4 vs. Trois-Rivières
- Slapshot Saturdays: $2 off craft draft beers 6-7:00 PM
- Slapshot Saturdays: pre-game photo on ice with Slapshot from 6:00-6:15 below section 109
- Slapshot's birthday party with visiting friends!
- Sensory room
- Scout Night
- Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues Night - Mar. 5 vs. Trois-Rivières
- Specialty jersey
- $1.00 kid ticket with purchase of adult ticket (box office only)
- $1.00 hot dogs, popcorn, chips at select locations
- Post-game skate
- Post-game party at Cheers American Bistro at the DoubleTree
2022-23 & 2023-24 Season Memberships
Reading Royals season tickets, flex memberships and group tickets are available for the 2022-23 & now 2023-24 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.