Portland, ME - The Reading Royals proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, continue a best-of-seven series for the second consecutive season against the Maine Mariners on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Cross Insurance Arena. The Royals hold a 2-0 series lead over the Mariners after victories in games one and two at home on Friday, April 21, 2-1, and Saturday, April 22, 5-3.Game four of the North Division Semifinal series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Cross Insurance Arena. The Royals will be holding a Playoff Watch Party in Reading at the Saucony Creek Franklin Station Brewpub.Enjoy great food, drink and a live feed of the playoff action amongst the best fans in the league! For times and dates of the full first round playoff schedule, visit royals hockey.com/playoffs.
Royals vs. Mariners Game 3 Preview:
The Royals converted on their home-ice advantage earned as the second place team in the North Division in the regular season with victories in game one and two on home ice. Reading prevailed in a defensively dominated game one on Friday, April 21, 2-1, before defeating the Mariners on Saturday, April 22, 5-3. The Royals boast an all-time record of 24-11-1 against the Mariners, including their 6-2 playoff record over Maine. Reading defeated Maine in six games in their lone playoff series played out in the North Division Semifinal series of the 2022 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Regular Season Recap:In the regular season, the Royals held a 4-2-0 record against Maine and outscored the Mariners 21-16 in their six meetings. Reading fell to Maine in their season series finale on January 16 at Santander Arena, 4-2 after having previously edged out a 6-5 victory over the Mariners at home on December 21.The Royals earned their first of two shutout victories over an opponent this season against Maine on November 25 at Cross Insurance Arena. The shutout win for Pat Nagle was the finale of a two-game series which the Royals and Mariners split.Jacob Gaucher led the Royals in the regular season series with four goals and Mason Millman had a team-leading eight points (1g-7a). Patrick Shea was the Mariners top scorer against Reading with seven goals and 10 points and a hat trick earned in the season series finale on January 16.
Reading (88 pts) became the second team in the Eastern Conference and sixth team in the ECHL to secure a Kelly Cup Playoff berth this season on Friday, March 31. The Royals clinched second place in the North Division with a one-point lead over the Maine Mariners (87 pts) in the standings. Maine finished in third in the North Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 42-27-2-1 record.
A few Royals hold distinguished rankings in the Kelly Cup Playoffs through the opening two games of the series:
- Player Rankings (Kelly Cup Playoffs):
- Forward Max Newton is third in shots on goal (11)
- Captain Garrett McFadden is tied for second among defenseman in points (2)
- Goalie Pat Nagle is tied for lead in wins (2) and sixth in goals-against average (2.00)
The game will be streamed live on the Royals Broadcast Network available on the following platforms:
2022-23 & 2023-24 Season Memberships
Reading Royals season tickets, flex memberships and group tickets are available for the 2022-23 & 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 12 of the previous 13 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.