READING, PA – The Reading Royals (10-8-1-1) proved that they are a third-period team with a 4-2 comeback win against the Wheeling Nailers (9-6-2-0). This win marks their fourth in a row and extends their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1-0).
The Royals continue to prove that they are always in the game, especially in the third period. The team, after Wednesday night’s game, has outscored opponents 33-20 in the third period; seven of those goals have come in the last two games.
The night did not start well for the Nailers as Andrew Ammon took a roughing penalty just 10 seconds into the game. Olivier Labelle answered quickly and gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead just 1:09 into the Ammon penalty.
The Nailers did not let the one-goal deficit affect them as they controlled most of the period. Their efforts paid off when Cody Wydo tied the game at one at the 17:34 mark.
The second period started with another early penalty, this time to Labelle, just 36 seconds in to the frame. The Royals were not on the penalty kill for long thanks to an interference minor to Wheeling’s Wydo just 8 seconds later. Both teams seemed to be trading chances during the period but Wheeling got the upper hand. Wydo led a 3-on-3 rush and scored unassisted from the top right circle to give his team a 2-1 lead and his second of the night.
Despite allowing a goal, the Royals had some great chances throughout the second. Wheeling goaltender J.P. Anderson had two pucks squeak past his pads but fortunately had both cleared by his defense.
The Nailers seemed to have control of the end of the period until Tyrell Goulbourne dropped the gloves with Ryan Segalla at 18:05.
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Goulbourne made quick work of Segalla dropping him with three clean hits. The fight seemed to do its job pumping up the team as the rest of the short period was all Royals.
The third period, for the most part, belonged to the Royals as they continued their pressure from the end of the second period. Nick Luukko scored his 6th goal of the season with a wrister from the right face-off circle, tying the game at two.
The right face-off circle was the place to be this game. Luukko let off a rocket from the same spot as his goal, only this time it was deflected in net from Ian Watters for his first goal of the season and a 3-2 lead.
The Royals were not finished yet as Ryan Penny got the puck to a wide open Matt Wilkins for the insurance maker just 2:55 later. Reading was able to hold Wheeling off the rest of the game, solidifying their 4-2 victory.
The Royals visit the Norfolk Admirals this Friday night at 7:30 PM.
3. Cody Wydo (2 Goals)
2. Florian Iberer (2 Assists)
- Nick Luukko (1 Goal, 1 Assist)