Wheeling, WV - The Reading Royals (17-20-5-2), proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, to Wheeling Nailers (27-16-1-1), 2-1, on Friday, February 9th, at WesBanco Arena. Nolan Maier (8-11-3-2) suffered the loss in net for the Royals with 33 saves on 35 shots. Taylor Gauthier (16-11-0-1) earned the win in net for Wheeling with 23 saves on 24 shots.
The game remained scoreless at the end of the opening frame for both teams. Reading had five shots on goal and Wheeling had seven shots on goal, but failed to convert on the game’s opening power play.
Going into the middle frame, with 12:28 left on the clock, Peter Laviolette snapped a shot past Maier off of a loose puck from the right face off circle. Sebastian Dirven and David Jankowski earned the assists on Laviolette’s first goal of the season. Tyson Fawcett scored the lone goal for the Royals on Reading's first penalty shot of the season. Fawcett lifted the puck past Gauthier’s right pad to even the score, 1-1. Reading outshot Wheeling in the third period, 11-8, yet the score remained tied, 1-1.
The Royals went to overtime for the fourth time in their last five games and failed to capture the extra point for the third time in the four post regulation games. Justin Addamo scored his second overtime game winning goal for Wheeling this season with a backhand shot that rang under the crossbar over Maier’s left shoulder. Jordan Martel and Davis Bunz earned the helpers on Addamo’s 13th goal of the season to extend Wheeling’s win streak to a franchise high 11 consecutive games.
The series concludes in Wheeling, West Virginia on Saturday, February 10th with 7:10 p.m. face-offs at WesBanco Arena.
The Royals return home on Saturday, February 17th for their Reading Premium Night promotional game presented by SlyFox Beer! The home game will feature a pre-game Happy Hour (6-7 PM) and a pre-game photo opportunity with Slapshot in sec. 109 up until 6:15 p.m. presented by Albright College
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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.