Royals strike down Thunder for a fifth straight win, 5-2
Reading, Pa. — The Reading Royals, proud affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, defeated the Adirondack Thunder, 5-2, on Friday, November 18 at Santander Arena. The Royals improved to 6-4-1 and earned their fifth straight win behind multi-point games from forwards Max Newton (1 G, 2 A) and Shane Sellar (2 B). Maier improved to 3-2-1 this season with his third win of his pro career while Thunder goaltender Jake Theut saved 23 of 28 shots faced and suffered his third straight loss.
Reading opened the game with two goals in the first five minutes of play. Defender Will MacKinnon fired a shot into traffic in front of the Adirondacks net 4:41 into the first period to score his second goal of the season . Newton followed that up with a goal just ten seconds later for his team leading the ninth goal of the season. The two goals were scored 10 seconds apart, surpassing the Royals’ previous home record for fastest consecutive goals of 11 seconds.
Royals v Thunder post game 11/18/22 | James Henry and Max Newton
The Royals extended their lead to four in the second period with one goal scored shorthanded while the other came on the power play. Devon Paliani tapped in a saucer pass from Jacob Gaucher past Theut’s glove save attempt on an odd shorthanded man for his first goal as a Royal. Later in the period, Sellar deflected a shot past Theut which crossed the goal line for the rookie’s first of two goals in the game.
Adirondack responded to Reading’s four goals 16:44 from the start of the second period on the power play. Forward Grant Jozefek crashed into the Reading net and slid the puck past Maier as he fell on his stomach past the Reading crease. The goal broke Adirondack’s skid of nine scoreless power plays and propelled the game into the third period with Reading 4-1.
The Royals and Thunder each scored a power-play goal despite multiple power-play opportunities. Reading went 1/3 on the power play while Adirondack went 1/4 and failed to score on a 5-on-3 advantage chance for over a minute to open the third period.
Both teams scored in the dying minutes of Reading’s crushing victory over the Thunder. Sellar scored his second goal of the game for the Carlisle, Pa. native, the first multi-goal game of his professional career as Thunder defenseman Matt Steif beat Maier with a wrist shot from the blue line with 1:06 remaining within regular time.
Reading continue a two-weekend run against the Thunder at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday November 20 at Santander Arena. The series finale features the promotional game We Hate the Royals Night.
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