Royals end preseason with win over Titans

The Reading Royals played in front of their home crowd for the first time in the 2011-12 season. (Candice Monhollan)

The Reading Royals played in front of their home crowd for the first time in the 2011-12 season. (Candice Monhollan)

READING, Pa. – The Reading Royals finished their 2011 preseason with a 2-1 shootout win over the Trenton Titans Sunday night in front of their home fans.

Badly out-shot the entire game, goaltender Karel St-Laurent, recently sent to the Royals from the Providence Bruins, stood tall in net and only allowed one goal on 33 shots. St-Laurent looked shaky to start the game, but settled in as it went on.

The Royals had trouble finding any flow to their game. Trenton was able to get bodies and sticks in the passing lanes, breaking up any sustained offense the Royals attempted.

Matt Schepke was able to break the scoreless game at the 15:01 mark of the second period after his backhanded shot went under Brad Phillips’ arm. Bryan Brutlag and Dave Cowan assisted on the goal.

Trenton came back with a goal from Blair Yaworksi 4:48 into the third period. The puck initially seemed to have been stopped by St-Laurent, but it squeezed through his legs and into the net.

The game went to a shootout tied at 1. Yaworksi scored for Trenton, but Olivier Labelle and Rob Shearer’s goals gave Reading the win.

Rob Kwiet, Casey Haines, Vladimir Nikiforov, Matt Caruana, Ryan Cruthers, Denny Urban and Chad Painchaud were all scratches for the game after playing the night before.

The Royals went 2-0 over the preseason. They are set to open the regular season Saturday, Oct. 14 against the South Carolina Stingrays in North Charleston, S.C. They return to home ice Saturday, Oct. 22 to face off against the Cincinnati Cyclones.

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