GLENS FALLS, NY- After tying the franchise record set back during the 2005-06 season with their seventh straight victory on home ice to start the season Friday night, the Reading Royals made the trek up to the Cool Insuring Arena to once again take on the Adirondack Thunder. Saturday night’s affair marked the fifth regular season meeting between the two division rivals out of 14 throughout the season.
The Royals won the first four while outscoring the Thunder 21-10. For the Thunder, Saturday night’s game marked their return home for the first time since October 28 after wrapping up a 12-game road trip which saw the team go 6-5-1.
It was also Marvel Night in Glens Falls and both teams wore special Marvel themed superhero jerseys. The Royals went with the Incredible Hulk which they also wore back on Sunday up in Brampton while the Thunder went with Thor. The two teams will be a part of the Royals Marvel Night on Saturday, December 30th.
As for who got the start in net for both teams, Royals head coach Kirk MacDonald went with Mark Dekanich between the pipes. This would be only the second time Mark faced the Thunder this season. As for Thunder head coach Brad Tapper, he went with Nic Riopel in net.
Less than six minutes into the opening period the Royals found the scoreboard first thanks to an unassisted goal by Adam Schmidt. For Schmidt, the goal was his third of the season.
With 10:37 to go in the middle frame, the Royals would extend their lead to two on a breakaway goal by Ryan Penny. Mark Naclerio with the lone helper on Penny’s sixth tally of the season. With 3:34 to go in the period, the Thunder would get on the scoreboard thanks to a power-play goal by Pierre-Luc Mercier. Kevin Lough with the lone assist on Mercier’s fourth of the season.
With 5:42 to go in the game the Royals would get their second breakaway goal of the night, this time it was Matt Willows. For Willows, the goal was his sixth of the season. The Thunder would not go into the night quietly as with 3:04 to go in the game James Henry would get the team’s second power-play goal of the night.
When the final horn sounded the Reading Royals would once again defeat the Adirondack Thunder by the score of 3-2 behind a 39-save performance by Dekanich. With the win, the Royals improved their record to 10-5-1 for 21 points.
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