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Bouquot Scores First Pro Goal, Royals Routed by Admirals, 5-1

Friday, April 5th
Bouquot Scores First Pro Goal, Royals Routed by Admirals, 5-1

The Reading Royals (28-34-5-2), proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, fell to the Norfolk Admirals (40-21-6-1), 5-1, on Friday, April 5th at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Parker Gahagen (9-4-0-0) suffered the loss in net for the Royals with 28 saves on 33 shots faced. Goaltender Oskari Salminen (8-2-1-0) earned the win for the Admirals with 22 saves on 23 shots faced. 


Both teams remained scoreless after 20 minutes with the first two of 246 combined penalty minutes being called in the final two seconds of the first period. The early netminding was highlighted by a Gahagen glove save at the 2:55 mark into the opening frame, followed by a Salminen split save at 12:13 to keep Tyler Gratton out of the Admirals’ net.

43 seconds into the middle frame, Jacques Bouquot ended the scoreless tie with his first professional career goal on a Royals power play. Off of a pass from Joe Nardi, Bouquot tucked a wrist shot under the pad of Salminen from the goal line for the game’s opening goal. Nardi and Devon Paliani earned their team leading 32nd and 27th assists, respectively.

At 6:51, Sean Montgomery opened a flurry of five-straight Norfolk goals on a powerplay for his first of two goals in the period. Montgomery scored his second goal at 13:57 to earn his second multi-goal game of his professional career. Austen Keating and Caron earned the first of two assists on the night for both players. At 12:43, Timofeyev tallied the game-winning goal on blue line blast that kicked off the end board and into the back of he net off the back side of Gahagen. Carson Musser earned the helper, while Keating earned his second assist of the night. 

At 14:46, Musser scored himself with a shot between the face-off circles past Gahagen to extend Norfolk’s lead, 3-1. Andrew McLean and Gehrett Sargis earned the helpers. Brady Fleurent scored the fifth and final goal of the second period for the Admirals on the powerplay. Norfolk went 2 ⁄ 3 on the man-advantage while the Royals went 1/3.

Salminen and Norfolk’s defense held Reading to four shots and a scoreless third period that featured 22 infractions, 11 misconducts and three fights. The Royals came out of the game with 132 penalty minutes and 20 infractions, while Norfolk totaled 114 penalty minutes and 19 infractions. 

The Royals wrap the season series against the Admirals on Saturday, April 6th at 6:05 p.m. at the Norfolk Scope Arena.

​​The Royals return home for their final two regular-season games on Friday, April 12th, and Saturday, April 13th. Both games are 7:00 p.m. puck drops at Santander Arena.

The home games feature the Royals Youth Hockey Night on the 12th and Fandemonium Night on the 13th. Fans can enjoy a 'Youth Hockey Jamboree' and a pre-game Happy Hour from 6-7:00 p.m. on the 12th before we celebrate our amazing fans with giveaways and prizes at every stoppage for Fandemonium Night on the 13th!

To order tickets, visit royalshockey.com/tickets


2024-25 Season Memberships

Royals365 Season Memberships, six-game plans, ten-game plans, and group tickets are available for the 2024-25 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.