GLENS FALLS, NY – The Reading Royals (23-14-1-2) continued their season-long dominance of the Adirondack Thunder Friday night, defeating the Thunder (19-13-4-3), 5-1 and improving their record against the Eastern Conference Thunder to Royals 5-1-0-1 this season.
Both teams started the game pretty evenly in the first few minutes; both exchanging good chances in their respective zones. It was Johnny McInnis who opened the scoring just 5:42 into the game and shifted the momentum to the Royals. Reading continued to add to their momentum as McInnis went top shelf to extend their lead to two.
Justin Crandall took an inopportune boarding call with 1:47 left in the first period which looked to give the Thunder some life. Any sort of momentum was quickly taken away as Steven Swavely scored short-handed to give the Royals a 3-0 lead going into the second period.
After an uneventful second period, Gunner Hughes sent a snapshot into the back of the net to give the Thunder some much-needed momentum, cutting the Royals’ lead to two. The Thunder, rejuvenated by Hughes’ goal, peppered Royals goaltender Mark Dekanich who had to stand on his head to keep the lead steady.
The Royals regained a three-goal lead when McInnis battled for a turnover in the Thunder’s zone and then scored his third goal of the night, banking the shot off of the back of Adirondack goaltender JP Anderson‘s right leg.
Ryan Penny added an insurance marker with 1:26 left in the game on an empty net, increasing the Royals’ lead 5-1.
The Royals are back at home on tonight at 7:00 PM EST, when they take on the Fort Wayne Komets.
Three Stars of the Game:
3: REA – Steven Swavely (1G, 2A)
2: REA – Mark Dekanich (38 saves on 39 shots)
1: REA – Johnny McInnis (3G)