Reading, PA - The Reading Royals (11-13-1-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, earned the win in overtime against the Worcester Railers (12-11-3-2), 4-3, on Saturday, December 30th at Santander Arena. Parker Gahagen (2-2-0-0) earned the win in net with 30 saves on 33 shots faced. Kaden Fulcher (0-0-1-0) suffered the loss in goal with 34 saves on 38 shots in his first start for the Railers.
Within the first 5:55 of the opening frame, Daylan Kuefler took a cross crease pass from Zach White and beat Gahagen for a second-straight game-opening goal by Worcester. White and Joey Cipollone earned the helpers on Kuefler’s fourth goal of the season. Reading responded 3:26 later with Tag Bertuzzi’s seventh goal of the season scored from the right faceoff circle. Ryan Chyzowski and Mason Millman earned the assists on Bertuzzi’s equalizer, 1-1.
Opening up the middle frame for the Railers at 15:07, John Copeland scored his first professional career goal on a top-shelf shot past Gahagen. Blade Jenkins and Keeghan Howdeshell earned the helpers on the rookie’s milestone goal. At 19:03, Shane Sellar took a back-door pass from Nicolas Ouellet on a power play and beat Fulcher to tie the score, 2-2. Ouellet and Matt Brown earned the assists on Sellar’s third power play goal and 10th goal overall this season.
Reading their first lead of the game 5:58 into the third period. Brown snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle past Fulcher blocker side. Sellar and Chyzowski earned the helpers on Brown’s first of two goals in the game. With 5:50 remaining in regulation, Jenkins tapped in a deflection past Gahagen to even the score, 3-3. Anthony Repaci and Anthony Callin earned the assists on Jenkins’ goal to force overtime.
At the 3:18 mark of overtime, Brown led a two-on-one rush with Bertuzzi into Worcester’s zone. Bertuzzi delivered a cross crease pass back to Brown for the rookie forward’s second overtime game-winning goal in 10 days. The goal was Brown’s 10th of the season and earned the Wood Ridge, New Jersey native his second multi-goal game of his professional career.
The Royals host the Railers in the finale of a three-game series on a New Years Eve Pajama Party promotional game on Sunday, December 31st at 3:00 pm at Santander Arena. To order tickets, visit royalshockey.com/tickets
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About the Royals
The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are in their 22nd 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.