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Royals Drop Series Finale to Railers on New Years Eve, 2-1

Sunday, December 31st
Royals Drop Series Finale to Railers on New Years Eve, 2-1

Reading, PA  - The Reading Royals (11-14-1-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, suffered a series finale loss to the Worcester Railers (13-11-3-2), 2-1, on Sunday, December 31st at Santander Arena. Nolan Maier (7-7-0-1) suffered the loss in goal with 14 saves on 16 shots faced. John Muse (2-0-0-0) earned the win in net with 32 saves on 33 shots for the Railers. 


In the opening frame at 11:53 Joey Cipollone scored Worcester’s first of two power play goals in the game. Quinn Ryan and Ashton Calder earned the assists on Cipollone’s third goal of the season to put the Railers in front, 1-0. This was Ryan’s third assist and Calder’s 14th assist on the season.

Reading set a game-high 15 shots in the second period. Muse saved all 15 shots to finish with 26 saves through 40 minutes. 

4:31 into the third period, Matt Brown scored his 11th goal of the season on a wrist shot snapped across Muse to even the score, 1-1. The goal was Brown’s team leading 26th point (11 goals, 15 assists) and tied Ryan Chyzowski for the team lead in goals (11). Shane Sellar earned the lone assist for his fifth helper on the season.

With 9:37 left in the third period, Calder snapped a shot over Maier’s right shoulder to restore Worcetser’s one-goal lead. Connor Welsh and Anthony Repaci earned the helpers on Calder’s team leading fourth power play goal and 14th goal overall this season. The goal proved to be the game-winner as the Royals suffered their 6th loss all-time on New Years Eve (5-6-0-1). It was their second loss at home on New Years Eve all-time, as well (1-2).

The Royals head out west to face the Idaho Steelheads at Idaho Central Arena on Wednesday, January 3rd at 9:10 pm EST, Friday, January 5th at 9:10 pm EST, and Saturday, January 6th at 9:10 pm EST. 

The Royals return on Friday January 12th for a 7:00 pm game against the Maine Mariners at Santander Arena. The home game will feature the Royals Clothe the Community Night presented by CommunityAid. To order tickets, visit royalshockey.com/tickets


2023-24 Season Memberships

Reading Royals Season Memberships, six-game plans, ten-game plans, and group tickets are available for the 2023-24 season now 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 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.