Reading, PA – The Reading Royals (8 – 9 – 4 = 20; 4th North Division) scored the games' first two goals and then regrouped after Cincinnati tied things up at two, pulling away down the stretch for a 5-2 win over the Cyclones. Ten different Royals factored on the score sheet; and Doug Christiansen, the team's Most Valuable Player last season, scored two goals, including the game winner, for his first multi-goal game of the season. Goaltender Jeff Pietrasiak (1 – 2 – 0; 22/25) picked up his first pro win in his first game as a Royal.
For the first time in ten games, the Royals scored the game's first goal, causing the stuffed animals to rain down from the 5,309 at the Sovereign Center on the 'Teddy Bear Toss Night'. Defenseman Deryk Engelland chipped a cross-ice feed from the defensive side of the neutral zone to the breaking Greg Hogeboom, who carried deep down the left wing side before firing a low, hard snap shot that beat Cincinnati goaltender, Cedrick Dejardins (5 – 5 – 0; 24-29) at the 9:07 mark of the first period. 44 seconds later, Doug Christiansen picked up his first goal of the night, when Malcolm MacMillan dug a puck off the left wing wall and fed Joe Zappala in the left circle. Zappala took a shot that was blocked onto the stick of Christiansen, who beat Dejardins to the short side for his second goal of the season. Cincinnati came right back to tie things at two with a pair of goals by their special teams. The first was a power play rocket by Cory Urquhart from the slot that beat Pietrasiak high 15:34 into the period; and the second was a short-handed 'seeing-eye' snap shot by Jason Deitsch from 18 feet away that beat Pietrasiak in the minute amount of space that was available short side high with just 1:59 remaining in the period.
In the second, the Royals scored what would prove to be the game winner when Christiansen re-directed a wrist shot from the right point by defenseman Taylor Christie 8:12 into the period. Christiansen deftly deflected the puck down and back against the grain as he was cutting from right to left across the front of the net for his second of the night. In the third, Reading added some insurance when Shawn Collymore bagged his seventh of the season by finishing a two-on-one break with Greg Hogeboom 7:45 into the period. The Royals made the score 5-2 with the team's lone power play goal of the night (on ten chances with the man advantage) when Jason Becker's shot from the point was deflected out front and hit the right pipe behind Desjardins–the Royals third goal post of the game–and James Hiebert was able to slap the rebound in with a back-hander as he was wrestled to the ice for his seventh of the season with 6:46 remaining in regulation. The Royals were able to shut it down through the remainder of the game for their seventh victory at the Sovereign Center this year.
The Royals seek to snap a seven game winless streak on the road tomorrow night at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena when they take on the Chiefs in Johnstown (7:00 pm). Reading then returns home on Sunday for a matinee game (4:35 pm) against the Trenton Titans. Royals' game night broadcasts can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1240 am (and on the internet through the Royals' website, www.royalshockey.com
), beginning thirty minutes before the opening face-off. Streaming video is also available for $6.00 per game through the B2 Networks, which can be accessed through the Royals' website.