Royals Rallies Continue Hot Streak

With an 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games, the Reading Royals have moved to within four points of first place in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division with a record of 9-6-0 for 18 points.


Reading began last week with a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Trenton on Wednesday. After spotting the Devils a 2-0 lead, the Royals stormed back with the final three goals of the game. Matt Caruana got Reading on the board with his 11th goal of the season 8:10 into the second period and Chris Blight tied the score just over a minute later. Ryan Cruthers capped the comeback with the game-winning goal 5:48 into the third period. Matt Dalton stopped 28 Trenton shots to pick up the win in goal.


After dropping a 5-2 decision at home against Trenton on Friday, the Royals ended the week with another comeback victory on Sunday, defeating Elmira 3-2 in overtime. Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Casey Haines began the rally with a shorthanded goal 9:06 into the final period. Eric Castonguay tied the score and forced overtime just over two minutes later at 11:16. Caruana scored the Royals’ second shorthanded goal of the game 1:10 into the extra session to lift Reading to the win. Dalton once again came up big in goal for the Royals stopping 39 Jackals’ shots.


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Caruana leads the Royals, and is tied for the league lead, with 12 goals in 15 games. The 25 year old enters this week on a 10-game point streak, over which he has tallied 15 points (10g-5a). Dalton, who led the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs with 10 wins, is 4-1-0 in his last five appearances with a 2.80 goals-against average and a save percentage of .916.


The Royals continue their six-game home stand with three games at Sovereign Center this week. Reading hosts Cincinnati in a rematch of the 2010 American Conference Finals on Wednesday and Friday before closing out the week against Florida on Saturday.