2013-14 Reading Royals schedule released

The Reading Royals will raise their championship banner on Oct. 19. (Candice Monhollan)

The Reading Royals will raise their championship banner on Oct. 19. (Candice Monhollan)

The big news of the ECHL and the Reading Royals today was the release of the 2013-14 schedule.

The most exciting part for fans and players will be at the season/home opener on Oct. 19 against the South Carolina Stingrays. The time for the game is 7:35 p.m.

Why so late?

Two words…

Banner. Raising.

So of course, this will probably be one of the highest attended games for the season…if not in franchise history.

In any case, here’s the schedule for the upcoming season of Royals hockey (full breakdown below):

Reading_Royals_Schedule

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The schedule is color-coded, yes. And here’s how: Blue are Atlantic division opponents, red are from the North and green are from the South.

With the Trenton Titans no longer in existence, the Atlantic is a sad three-team division compared to the North and South, who both have five. In order to try and balance the schedule so it’s not always games against the Elmira Jackals and Wheeling Nailers, the Royals
will now be playing the North Division more than usual.

Teams
The following is a list of opponent for the Royals for the 2013-14 regular season and the number of times they face each other.

Elmira Jackals – 16 time
Wheeling Nailers – 15 times
Kalamazoo Wings – 8 time
Evansville IceMen – 7 times
Toledo Walleye – 5 times
Fort Wayne Komets – 4 times
Cincinnati Cyclones – 4 times
South Carolina Stingrays – 3 times
Florida Everblades – 3 times
Gwinnett Gladiators – 3 times
Greenville Road Warriors – 2 times
Orlando Solar Bears – 2 times

Divisional breakdown is as follows:
Atlantic – 31 games
North – 28 games
South – 13 games

Home and Away
The longest home stand of the season for the Royals is only four games and it happens from Jan. 12-20.

Other than that, they have a three-game home stand five times (Dec. 7-14, Feb. 15-19, March 7-9, March 15-19, April 2-5).

On the road is a different story.

The Royals are gone for six games from Jan. 24 – Feb. 1 as they pretty much do a tour of the North Division (only team they don’t play on that trip are the Komets).

Days of the Week
Well, if you have only one day during the week to see a game, you’re in luck. The Royals have at least one game on every single day of the week.

Here are the numbers on that:
Saturday – 24 games
Friday – 23 games
Wednesday – 12 games
Sunday – 10 games
Monday – 1 game
Tuesday – 1 game

Want to know the home breakdown of that, you ask? Why, of course!
Saturday – 12 games
Friday – 8 games
Wednesday – 8 games
Sunday – 7 games
Monday – 1 game

There may not be any other way to break the schedule down more than that, so the only thing left to do is mark your calendars and get the countdown started for Oct. 19.

And in case you needed any help getting that started, it’s 122 days away.

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