Royals lose two straight on the road

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The Royals started the season unbeated in regulation (4-0-1) on the road, but have since dropped two straight away from the Sovereign Center. (Candice Monhollan)

The Royals started the season unbeated in regulation (4-0-1) on the road, but have since dropped two straight away from the Sovereign Center. (Candice Monhollan)

TRENTON, N.J. – The Reading Royals continued on their five-game road trip with a stop at divisional rival Trenton Titans Wednesday night. Their successful start to the trip took a turn Sunday and continued on against the Titans as they were dominated from start to finish and lost 5-2.

A poor defensive effort and turnovers in front of goaltender Karel St-Laurent led to the Titans’ win.

Entering the game, the Royals penalty kill was ranked last in the league (68.6 percent) and their woes continued as Ryan Hayes scored with Yannick Riendeau in the box for slashing at 13:07.

But it was the end of the first period that really hurt the Royals. Trenton’s Randy Rowe pushed the puck past Rob Kwiet and raced in and scored on a breakaway to give the Titans a 2-0 lead with 1:18 left in the period.

Only 48 seconds later, the Titans struck again – this time from Dustin Cameron on a 2-on-1. His shot hit St-Laurent and bounced off the post and into the net. The Royals skated to the locker room down 3-0 after only one period of play.

It wouldn’t be the end for the Titans as they increased their lead a little past halfway through the second. Denny Kearney fed a pass across the crease to an awaiting Blair Yaworksi, who got it above St-Laurent’s glove as he tried to slide from post-to-post. It was déjà vu for the Royals as they once again found themselves in a 4-0 hole for the second straight game.

The Royals broke Dave Caruso’s bid for a shutout in the third period. While on the power play, Denny Urban aimed a pass towards Olivier Labelle in front of the net. The puck glanced off Labelle’s skate and into the net 4:45 into the third period.

Any glimmer of hope was wiped out as Rowe scored his second of the night. A turnover in the neutral zone led to Andy Bohmbach’s pass to Rowe. He fired a one-timer past St. Laurent for a 5-1 Titans lead roughly 10 minutes later.

Labelle was able to get the Royals on the board for one more time on the night 2:04 after Rowe’s goal. His shot towards the net pin-balled around the crease before finding its way behind Caruso.

NOTES
Ryan Cruthers continued his point streak to four games with assists on both Royals’ goals. He has now collected seven points over that span (2G, 5A).

Casey Haines was out with a lower-body injury. He is expected to return in time for the three games against the Elmira Jackals over the weekend.

David Strathman was traded to the Gwinnett Gladiators earlier in the day. He only played one game for the Royals this season.

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