Royals Start Season Right

Posted on January 21, 2014 by

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The Reading Royals Hockey Team, part of the ECHL, has had a good start this season. Although the 2013-2014 team has high standards after last year winning the Kelly Cup, this year’s Royals are off to a great start.

“The Reading Royals are fun to watch,” junior Lizzay Faust said.

“The Royals are a really good team this year, ” junior Ryan Gantz said.

Coached by Larry Courville, the Royals have 6 wins and 12 losses this season and are currently ranked second in the Atlantic division and sixth overall for the regular season standings.

“Yannick Tifu is a beast,” junior Brody Cargen said.

To start their new year off on the right foot, the Royals won the first game of the year 6-2 against the Wheeling Nailers. The Royals held the Nailers to a 4-0 lead until the second period when the Nailers scored their first goal of the night.

“The Roayls have a chance of winning the Kelly Cup again,” junior Frankie Talarico.

Continuing in the third period, Ryan Cruthers scored his second goal of the night, along with the assist of captain Yannick Tifu, who had four assists throughout the game. With only 13 seconds left in the last period, Sean Wiles fired a 120-foot shot into an empty net in order to clinch the 6-2 win and help him become the first Royal this season to score 3 goals–also known as a hat trick–in a game.

The Royals returned to action in Elmira, New York, against the Elmira Jackals on January 10th and 11th.  The first game resulted in a 4-1 win by the Royals. The second game of the series ended in a 4-2 win by the Royals, with Yannick Tifu contributing two goals to the 4 total. Because that was the eleventh victory on the road, the Royals made their way back home to play a third game against the Jackals. Keeping the winning streak, the Royals clinched their winning weekend with yet another victory. The final score was 3-0, which was goaltender Brandon Anderson’s second shut-out of the year. The Royals hope to keep their winning streak going!

They continue their season with upcoming games against the Toledo Walleye on January 16th and 17th . With a little more than 40 games left in the regular season, the Royals hope to end the season with a good record in order to make it far in the playoffs, just as last year’s team had. The Royals are now sitting at first in the Atlantic Division with a record of 19-12-1.

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