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ROYALS' SPECIAL TEAMS SHINE IN 4-2 WIN

Monday, 01.30.2006 / 11:01 AM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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ROYALS\' SPECIAL TEAMS SHINE IN 4-2 WIN
Dayton, OH – The Reading Royals (25-11-2=52) struck for three special teams' goals–two on the power play and one while playing short-handed–and held off a steady Dayton attack, defeating the Bombers at the E.J. Nutter Center in Dayton, 4-2. Chris Bala scored the game winner on his fifth short-handed goal of the season–the eleventh short-handed goal for the Royals this year and the ninth scored in the last fifteen games–and Yutaka Fukufuji (10-6-1) stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced to run the Royals' road record to 14-4-1.

Although the Royals came out firing and racked up the game's first eight shots, Dayton 's goaltender, Sean Broderick, kept the Royals off the board in the early going. The Bombers then struck first while on the power play when Dominic Noel fired a bullet pass out of the low portion of the right circle to Jay Latulippe, who was planted at the top of the Royals' crease. Latulippe redirected the puck behind Fukufuji 12:55 into the game to give Dayton the 1-0 lead. The Royals responded with a power play goal of their own, when Malcolm MacMillan found Chris Barr in the interior portion of the right circle from behind the Dayton net. Barr ripped a hard, low snap shot to the left side of the net at the 16:48 mark to tie the game at one. That goal broke a streak of 22 consecutive power plays that Reading had gone without scoring.

In the second, Dayton took control of the tempo of the game, outshooting the Royals 17-5; but Reading picked up the team's second power play goal of the game at the 16:48 mark, when Eric Werner sent Dany Roussin breaking into the offensive zone. Roussin was knocked off the puck, but as he and the Dayton defenders moved forward, the puck remained in the high slot, where a trailing Shay Stephenson picked it up and fired it behind Broderick for the 2-1 lead. Reading went up 3-1 when Dayton was on the power play and created a series of scoring opportunities. However, a Dayton miscue resulted in a loose puck high in the Bombers' defensive zone. A race for the puck ensued and the Royals' Bala was the first one there, taking control of the puck just inside the Bombers' defensive blue line. Bala charged to the Dayton net, getting knocked to his knees in the process but still releasing a shot that beat Broderick with 1:22 left in the second. In the third, the Royals and Bombers neutralized their respective attacks, until the Bombers' Latulippe scored his second of the night when Marco Caprara and Brian Gornick teamed up to gain control of the puck deep in the Royals' defensive end. Caprara came out from behind the Royals' goal on the left side and fed Latulippe breaking in on the other side. Latulippe redirected it home with 9:59 remaining in regulation. Although the Bombers created several scoring opportunities down the stretch, the Royals and Fukufuji were able to hold them off, and Malcolm MacMillan added an empty netter with just 21 seconds left, as the Royals picked up their fifth win in six tries against Dayton .

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