Royal Recaps (1/15/16-1/18/16)

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A recap of the Royals past three games (2 away, 1 home)!!! EnjOi !GO ROYALS! !BLEED PURPLE!

Submitted: January 20, 2016

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Submitted: January 20, 2016

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(1/15/16)

Ahh another game against a division foe and rival in Elmira Jackals. The Royals coming in have won the prior two games against Elmira and in shutout fashion (Adam Morrison). Ouellette though would get his sixth straight start. Couple of early chances from each team but the R’s would get on the board first 4:57 in the game. Comrie found Tanski all alone who came in on a partial break-away and roofed it right by Motte for the (1-0) lead. The whistle would start to blow for penalties last in the period but the Royals would hold on and lead (1-0) after one. The second period was a battle as each club played good defensively and goalies were standing tall as well. They would add to their lead after a nice puck flip in the air pass from Alderson in which Sides got and went left right boom on Motte to make it (2-0) Royals. That would be sides first point/goal as a member of the Reading Royals which was long overdue if you ask me. The Royals now had a (2-0) lead heading into the 3rd period. Now the question is would they hold on to that lead? Elmira came out on fire in the early stages of the third testing Ouellette with a few good chances in which he came up big on. Towards the midway point of the third Reading’s Marcou was called for delay of game but the away team turned the tables on his minor. Crandall picked up the puck and was off to the races with Armstrong in two-on-one in which Armstrong buried to make it (3-0) Royals. About four minutes later, the Royals would put the nail in the coffin as Armstrong would score his second of the night making it (4-0) Royals. Armstrong fakedMotte out and instead of walking on in going left side, he went right and jammed it into the back of the net. The Royals defense came through yet again down the stretch and held on to the (4-0) victory. Ouellette eared his third shutout of the season (8-5-0) stopping all 24 shots he faced. This is the third straight game in a row in which the Royals shutout the Elmira Jackals. Not sure too many teams can do that (stat man?) so that is something special to do. A good way to kick off the weekend. (Side Notes): Ian Watters & Pavel Padakin did not play due to lower body injuries. Ammon played his fourth game after being re-signed the other day & Niedert once again was the back-up.

(1/16/16)

Time for another game in New York and a game against a divisional opponent. This marks the Royals second trip to Glens Falls and were looking to build off of last night’s win. The table’s sure turned tonight as Reading simply just could not solve Thunder starter Ken Appleby. The first half of the period one was a back and fourth affair with each team getting good shots on. Each team had a power play play chance but could not score. Both goalies Ouellette & Appleby made great saves to keep their teams off the board. The second power play for the Thunder would strike 15:15 in the period. Ryan Constant put a shot on in which Ouellette stopped and the rebound came to Greg Wolfe who passed it to awaiting Peter MacArthur who backhanded his rebound chance top cheese by a sprawled out Ouellette for the (1-0) lead. The Thunder would add to their lead 4:04 on yet another power play. Nice puck movement by Culkin & Heard to Faust who shot it right by Ouellette for the (2-0) lead. The Royals would have many good opportunities after including another two-on-one chance in which Appleby was there to stop. Ouellette made a highlight reel save as he made a double whammy of a save late in second. MacArthur put the puck on him and he first used his blocker and after the puck looked like it was going up and in, he used his stick to swipe it away (see highlights video). Crucial save in this one to say the least. Tifu had a wide open chance in the period in which he tried to fake out Appleby but he missed the net. That would be practically it for this one besides the Royals finally getting something going on their fifth and sixth power play. Appleby made the necessary saves he needed to secure the (2-0) shutout win over the Royals. Royals tackled on 36 total shots tonight but just could not get a goal. They will have to try again this coming Monday’s (1:00) MLK matinee. The Royals still sit in 3rd in East and 8th in conference.

(1/18/16)

After two road games and a split in New York it was time to return home for the team’s annual MLK matinee game at Santander Arena. Same two goalies (Ouellette & Appleby) from Saturday’s game would get the starts. First period saw each club get good chances and no goals. Adirondack had a power play in the late going of the period but could not score and outshot the Royals 9-8 after one with a (0-0) tie. The Thunder had an early chance in the second after a give and go between Silengo and Fraser in which Ouellette sprawled out to make the stop in tight. A few mins later Thunder would strike first on a nice end to end goal by Royal killer Peter MacArthur to make it (1-0). After each team getting a power play and some scoring chances the Thunder would make it (2-0) on a double deflection goal by Ben Johnson. That goal was one of those awkward and lucky bounces that the Royals would love to be getting. That would pretty much do it for the second frame. To this point Ken Appleby has shutout the Royals for five total periods and the Thunder have not given up a goal in eight periods. Something has had to give and someone needed to end the Thunder’s shutout streak. At the 12:10 mark of the third the hero arrived and the Royals finally would solve Appleby to cut the deficit (2-1). That hero was Joey Sides (2nd as a Royal) on a rebound empty netter in which Appleby thought he had but he stood frozen in the bread basket and the puck was loose for Sides to bang into an open net. The Royals had some light. So it was down to the final three (ish) minutes and Courville pulled Ouellette early as he likes to do. Heard put the icing on this one on a empty netter to make it (3-1). The Royals had a fleury of chances late but could not tie it to force extra frame and would fall yet again to the Thunder. The Royals past two home games have seen bad turnovers which lead to breakaways for the opposition. They were scored on once and the one from this game Ouellette bailed them out. Yannick Tifu’s turnover in this one could have been the breaking point but Marty was there and the Royals need to fix this issue and also as always the power play has been blanked for a few games now. Hopefully the bounces will start to come and the necessary fixings will be fixed.

Next Up: The Royals will have another 3-in-3 weekend home stand this coming weekend. The Royals will see Brampton Beast (2) & Elmira Jackals. A huge opportunity to get some more wins and points and climb up the standings. The home crowd will be hungry and ready! !GO ROYALS! !BLEED PURPLE!

Player Of The Game (1/15/16)
REA: Riley Armstrong (2G, +2, 6SOG, 1st Star)
ELM: Blake Hiettala (-2, 2SOG)

Pest Of The Game: (1/15/16)
REA: Martin Ouellette (24SVS, 2nd Star)
ELM: Mark Bennett (-1, 6PIM)

Player Of The Game: (1/16/16)
REA: Matt Hatch (5SOG)
ADK: Ken Appleby (36SVS, 1st Star)

Pest Of The Game: (1/16/16)
REA: Riley Armstrong (2SOG, 4 PIM)
ADK: Ken Appleby (36SVS, 1st Star)

Player Of The Game: (1/18/16)
REA: Joey Sides (1G, 2SOG)
ADK: Ken Appleby (43SVS, 1st Star)

Pest Of The Game: (1/18/16)
REA: Adam Comrie (-1, 5SOG, 4PIM)
ADK: Ken Appleby (43SVS, 1st Star)

 


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