McCullough, Rooney Lead Powerful Reading Offense

Posting back-to-back home wins over Southern Conference leader South Carolina, Reading is 11-9-1 and tied for second place in the Northeast Division with Atlantic City, one point behind leader Richmond.

The Royals, who are second in the East Coast Hockey League in attendance averaging 5,730 fans, won 5-3 before a crowd of 6,160 on Friday and 5-2 in front of 7,215 fans on Saturday, the first two road losses of the season for South Carolina. Reading has a three-game winning streak and will play four games in five nights beginning Tuesday when its hosts Roanoke. The Royals play at Roanoke on Thursday, host Atlantic City on Friday and play at Wheeling on Saturday.

Brian McCullough leads the ECHL with 15 goals and 31 points and leads Reading with 16 assists. McCullough has a 12-game scoring streak, tying him for the longest scoring streak in the ECHL in 2002-03. Mississippi defenseman Jim Baxter saw his 12-game scoring streak end in a 3-1 loss to Baton Rouge on Sunday. McCullough, who has an assist in his last four games, has 21 points (10g-11a) in the 12 games, including a six-game goal scoring streak from November 2-16, the longest goal-scoring streak this season. McCullough scored the first hat trick in Royals team history in the season opener on October 11, and he has a goal in 12 of Reading’s 21 games and a point in 17 games.

Brad Rooney has an 11-game scoring streak in which he has 16 points (6g-10a). Rooney is second on the Royals and tied for eighth in the ECHL with 25 points. Rooney is tied for second on the team with 10 goals and 15 assists. Defenseman Simon Tremblay is third among ECHL defensemen with 15 assists and is tied for fourth in scoring among defensemen with 18 points.

Jeff Giuliano is tied for the ECHL lead among rookies with 15 assists while ranking eighth among rookies in scoring with 18 points. Giuliano, who had an ECHL season-high five assists and five points on October 11, missed two games when he was called up to Manchester of the American Hockey League where he scored two points (1g-1a) in three games. Alex Kim ranks second among ECHL rookies with 10 goals and is tied for sixth among rookies with 19 points.

Reading leads the ECHL with 34 power-play goals while ranking second in power-play percentage (24.81 percent). The Royals lead the ECHL with 79 goals and are tied for fifth in scoring with 3.76 goals per game.