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ROYALS DROPPED BY DAYTON

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Reading, PA – The Reading Royals (26 – 25 – 6 = 58; 5th North Division) trailed from the early going and were never able to put together a legitimate comeback effort in a 7-2 loss to the Dayton Bombers. In snapping the Royals' season high six game win streak, Dayton went three for four on the power play and scored three unanswered goals over the final forty minutes. Goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji (8 – 6 – 0; 28/35) took the loss for Reading.


Dayton struck 2:40 into the game when former Royal Corey LeClair picked up his second goal of the season after he easily stuffed in a puck that had whistled by the Reading goal on one side and came out on the other–where LeClair was waiting. The Bombers took a 2-0 lead at 4:24 of the first on their first power play goal of the game, which came on a rebound put back by Justin Maiser.

Reading cut the lead in half at the 11:37 mark of the first when Ned Lukacevic forced a loosed puck at the right pipe through Dayton goaltender Terry Denike for his seventh goal of the season. But Dayton bounced back with two quick answers: (i) a power play blast from the high slot by Brad Farynuk at 16:13; and (ii) a disputed goal from the crease (which replay showed to be a clear kick in) by Yannick Tifu at 18:04. Reading responded 37 seconds after Tifu's goal to make it 4-2 when Taylor Christie scored his third goal of the year by forcing a puck through from the top of the crease. From that point forward, it was pretty much all Dayton, who picked up two second period goals (by Paul Kelly and Scott Ford at 5:57 and 10:37, respectively) and a third period breakaway goal by Tifu.

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