Reading, PA - The Reading Royals (14-15-1-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, defeated the Maine Mariners (12-14-5-0),1-0, on Friday, January 12th at Santander Arena. Parker Gahagen (5-2-0-0) earned the win and his 11th ECHL career shut out for the Royals, saving all 40 shots faced. Brad Arvanitis (6-4-1-0) suffered the loss in net for the Mariners with 33 saves on 34 shots.
Gahagen and Arvanitis saved a combined 24 shots in the first period. Both teams were unsuccessful on two power play chances in the first period for a scoreless game after 20 minutes, 0-0.
Devon Paliani broke the scoreless tie 3:55 into the second period to put Reading in front, 1-0. Shane Sellar connected with Paliani as the former Mariner broke into the offensive zone and rifled a wrist shot past Arvanitis from the slot. Sellar and Will Zmolek earned the helpers on Paliani’s sixth goal of the season, and the lone goal in the game.
Gahagen turned aside a game-high 15 shots in the third period from Maine’s offense. The 30-year-olds fifth-consecutive win was sealed with a pair of pad saves in the Mariners late 6-on-5 attack and a blocked shot from forward Ryan Chyzowski.
The Royals continue their season against the Mariners on Saturday, January 13th at 7:00 pm at Santander Arena. The home game will feature the Royals Flyers Affiliation Night presented by EnerSys. This will include a lunchbox giveaway and an appearance by Gritty! 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.