Reading, Pennsylvania

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day trip! A day off of school for Martin Luther King's Birthday afforded us the opportunity to mark off another arena from our 'master list'. Headed out Monday morning, making it in more than enough time for the afternoon tilt between the Reading Royals and Trenton Thunder. After the game, we drove to Cabela's in Hamburg, Pennsylvania to wander around. For dinner, we found a great restaurant in Allentown - Jack Creek Steakhouse and Cantina - good food! Home after dinner.

Royals Win In Last Second Over Trenton, 4-3
Dramatic Goal by Marc Cavosie Breaks 3-3 Tie With 1.2 Seconds Left in Regulation
January 18, 2010

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL (22-14-1-3=48, 1st East Division), affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, defeated the Trenton Devils (13-19-4-5=35), 4-3, at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Devils battled back from a two goal third period deficit to tie things with 4:58 remaining; but the Royals’ Marc Cavosie bagged a dramatic game winner with just 1.2 seconds left in regulation, as Reading ran the team’s record to 8-0-0-0 against Trenton this season. Goaltender Matt Dalton (Win, 13-9-0-2; 29/32), playing his ninth consecutive game for Reading, picked up his fifth win of the year over Trenton. Dave Caruso (no decision; 20:00; 7/8) started and played the first twenty minutes for Trenton; while Gerald Coleman (Loss, 7-7-3-4; 40:00; 17/20) made a number of solid stops in the final two periods but dropped to 0-3-2-1 against the Royals this year. Reading scored a second period power play goal (1-3). Trenton’s power play was kept off the board in six chances with the man advantage (0-6).

Reading struck 10:40 into the game when Caruso rejected a chance for Bryan Ewing at the left side of the net, but the rebound slid to the high slot, where Cavosie retrieved and fired a wrist shot high glove side for his first of the game and fifth of the season. Trenton tied the game at the 15:43 mark of the first, when David Leaderer fired a shot from just inside the blue line that Jack Combs deflected through Dalton for his eleventh goal of the year. That goal extended a six game goal scoring streak for Combs.

Reading took the lead back (2-1) at the 8:10 mark of the second when Dinos Stamoulis activated off right point, carried deep into the offensive zone and fed Olivier Labelle at the top of the crease. Labelle’s quick shot slid between the legs of Coleman for his twelfth goal of the year. The Royals extended the team’s lead to 3-1 with a power play goal at the 10:33 mark of the second, while Reading was on the power play. After a sustained sequence of puck possession in the offensive end, Cavosie and Ben McLeod worked to free Rob LaLonde for a booming slap shot off the top of the right circle that blew by Coleman for LaLonde’s third of the year.

The Devils started their comeback effort 1:05 into the third, when Dan Eaves slid a pass to Chris Poli low on the right side in the Royals’ defensive zone. Poli cut to the right pipe, and slid a sharp angle shot under the paddle of Dalton’s stick for his third goal of the year. Trenton tied the game at three with 3:58 remaining in regulation, when Poli charged down the slot towards the Royals’ net. Just as Poli appeared poised to shoot, the Royals’ Scott Langdon swooped in and laid a crushing hit on Poli, who released the puck towards the net as he went tumbling to the ice. The puck slid through a number of skates and was deflected by Slavomir Tomko through Dalton’s legs, as everyone’s attention seemed to be focused on Poli who went hard to the ice. After receiving some medical attention, Poli got up under his own power to leave the ice with the game now tied, 3-3. The Devils seemed to have the late game momentum, and the Royals were forced killed off a late game power play for the Devils. But after returning to full strength, Reading got an offensive zone face-off with 4.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Charlie Kronschnabel won the face-off to Ben Gordon, who fired a wrist shot from the slot. Coleman made the stop, but the rebound fell out in front of him; and Marc Cavosie, who by that time was down on the seat of his pants, somehow punched the puck through Coleman with just 1.2 seconds left in regulation for the game winner.

The Royals will now take the all-star break until Friday, January 22, 2010 @ 7:05 when they’ll face the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Arena in South Carolina. The Royals game night broadcast on the Royals Radio Network presented by Transmissions by Arbogast will kick off with the pre-game warm-up show at 6:35 pm.

Total Mileage: 343 Miles

Total Miles Travelled:
202,691 Miles!

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