Millman Scores OT Winner as Royals Down Thunder in Road-Trip Finale
Glens Falls, NY - The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, defeated the Adirondack Thunder in overtime, 3-2, Saturday, November 26th at Cool Insuring Arena. The Royals improved to 9-5-1 and earned their third win over the Thunder this season (3-0). Brody Claeys saved 21 of 23 shots faced for his second consecutive win this season. Thunder goalie Francis Marotte saved 24 of 27 shots faced and suffered the loss in his season debut.
The Thunder and Royals each opened the game with power play goals for a tie score after the first period, 1-1. Forward Patrick Grasso received a centering pass in the slot from Shane Harper and blasted a one-timer through Claey’s pads for his first of two goals in the game. Reading responded in the ensuing minutes on the power play with Trey Bradley’s team leading fourth power play goal of the season. Max Newton sent a saucer pass across Adirondack’s crease to Bradley who snapped the shot over Marotte’s right shoulder to tie the score.
Reading held Adirondack to four shots in the second period, however failed to convert on two power play opportunities and one of their seven shots in the period. Thunder forward Noah Corson drew a tripping penalty in the final minute of the second period that carried into the start of the third period for their fourth power play chance of the game.
The Royals killed off the penalty and took their first lead of the game in the third period on Max Balinson’s first goal as a Royal. The defenseman received a cross ice pass from Bradley after Thunder defenseman Reid Stief fell at the top of Adirondack’s zone which allowed Bradley enough space to feed Balinson a one-timer put into the back of Adirondack’s net with 6:32 remaining in the third period.
Patrick Grasso answered for the Thunder with another one-timer in the slot which beat Claey’s to even the score with 2:55 left in regulation. Grasso’s equalizer forced overtime which defenseman Mason Millman didn’t want to play anymore than 10 seconds of. Millman carried the puck into the offensive zone straight off of Newton’s faceoff win at center ice and snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle into the back of Adirondack’s net for his third goal of the season.
Reading’s overtime victory is the first win in two overtime games this season. After suffering an overtime loss to the Growlers 26 seconds into post regulation play on Saturday, October 22nd, Millman earned the victory seven seconds into OT the second time around for the Royals.
The Royals return home on a two-game win streak Friday, December 2nd to host the Norfolk Admirals at 7:00 p.m. in game one of a two-game weekend series at Santander Arena. Both games feature promotional games at the arena! Learn more about Pride Night and The Teddy Bear Toss/Margaritaville promotional games and see the full ~ promotional schedule ~ now!
- Pride Night - Dec. 2 vs. Norfolk
- The Royals are celebrating their first ever Pride Night with the help of LGBT. Center of Greater Reading
- Pride Dri-Fit headband giveaway.
- Teddy Bear Toss / Margaritaville - Dec. 3 vs. Norfolk
- Bring your stuffed animals to toss onto the ice after the first Royals goal to donate stuffed animals to local non-profits.
- Speciality jersey debut with game worn jersey auction ending on 12/4 @ 9 p.m.
- Deals on drinks + signature margarita.
- $2 off craft draft beers 6-7:00 p.m.
- Santa Claus appearance.
- Beach Bum attire contest.
- 6-1-0 Night - Dec. 7 vs. Allen
- Celebrate the community and area code of Reading with deals on tickets and drinks around the concourse!
- $6.10 for Green Zone tickets
- College Students ONLY pay service fees for a ticket
- $5 "Buy One, Get One" tickets for students with a valid .edu email address
- $1 beers at select locations
Join the Reading Royals for FOUR of our biggest games of the year at home! Four-game plan ticket package includes tickets to the following specialty games:
Affiliation Night - January 28th @7:00 p.m.
Pink in the Rink - February 4th @7:00 p.m.
St. Hattrick's Day - March 18th @7:00 p.m.
Fandemonium - April 15th @7:00 p.m.
In addition to a ticket to each game, you will get a burger and soda per ticket, as well as a Royals hat. Contact the Royals front office for pricing details. Quantities are limited so reserve your seat now!
2022-23 Season Memberships
Reading Royals season tickets, flex memberships and group tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting the Royals’ box office at Santander Arena or by calling 610-898-7825.
About the Royals
The Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are in their 21st season in the ECHL. They won their first Kelly Cup championship in 2013 and have clinched playoff berths in 11 of the previous 12 seasons. They are five-time division champions and were the 2021-22 Eastern Conference champion. The Berks County Convention Center Authority (BCCCA), founded in 1996, owns the Royals and oversees operations at Santander Arena.