HOCKEY NIGHT IN…….Reading?!? “Friday Road Trip”

This addition of the “Hockey Night” post appears two days prior to the game, in order to give folks time to get tickets and join us in Reading on Friday night.


Hey hockey fans!

There’s no Phantoms at the PPL Center this weekend–they’re in New England.  So if you recall, we’re headed down to reading to catch a Royals game on Friday–that’s THIS Friday, 11/20.  Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of joining our group:

Looking Back

The Royals are 8-4 and solidly in second place in their division.  They’re coming off a 3/3 weekend where they lost a game in Wheeling, then came home to sweep Norfolk Saturday and Sunday.

Player Report

You might recognize some of the following players, currently on Reading’s roster: (contract type in parenthesis)

1 Martin Ouellette (AHL)*

2 Maxim Lamarche (NHL)

8 Jesper Pettersson (NHL)

10 Yannick Tifu (ECHL)

11 Adam Comrie (AHL)

18 Brandon Alderson (NHL)

21 Matt Hatch (ECHL)

23 Derek Mathers (NHL)

25 Nick Luukko (AHL)

31 Connor Knapp (AHL)

*We’ll have to see what the whole goalie status is heading into the weekend, with injuries in Philly and Allentown.

Points Leaders

19 Justin Crandall 5G+10A=15

11 Adam Comrie 7G+7A=14

14 Mike Pereira  5G+9A=14

7 Robbie Czarnik 6G+6A=12


1 Ouellette 4-2/2.1GAA/.900SV

31 Knapp 4-2/2.45GAA/.907SV

39 Niedert 0-0/4.95GAA/.727SV

Phantom Report

The Phantoms will be in Providence on Friday night, then in Hartford on Saturday, before returning to Providence for a rematch on Sunday at 3:05PM.  On Wednesday, the Phantoms will be in Utica, NY before returning to the PPL Center on Black Friday 11/27, when the face Hershey.  They’ll get Providence again at home on Saturday 11/28.

All games will be available on the radio, either AM-1470 or AM-790.  If you have the AHL-Live package, you can watch them online.

The Phantoms remain near the bottom of the standings, with only 13 points.  Only Rochester, Providence and Binghamton are below us.


Remember, this game is on FRIDAY!  The Elmira Jackals–ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres–will be in Reading to face the Royals.  Elmira is 6 points behind Reading in the standings.

Location:  The Santander Arena in Reading PA.  Click HERE for the arena website.

Puck Drop:  7:05PM

Doors:  6:00PM

Directions and Parking:  CLICK HERE for map and directions.  I usually park in the garage on Franklin Street and walk across the street to the arena.  Parking is $5 the Royals site says, but the last two times I was there, no one collected it.  I never had a problem parking at the Santander.  The arena web site says it may cost $8-$12 on event nights, depending on location.

Tickets:  We’ve got you covered.  Of course, you can arrange for your own seats, but if you’d like to save some money and sit with Phantoms Phans, FOLLOW THIS LINK for group-rate tickets in either the Purple or Silver zones.  The tickets are $17 for Purple and $13 for Silver.  The only fee attached is a $2 per order (not per ticket).  To get tickets, follow THIS LINK and order them yourself.

Thursday Update:  Links above have been repaired to click straight through to the order page.  Or, you can go to the group sales link on the Royals site and use the promo code ‘Phan’ –Tickets will then be distributed at ‘Will Call’ when you arrive on Friday.  We have until 4:30PM Friday, when the link will close.

Our Royals rep for the event is Derrick, at (610)-898-7216.  Or you can contact me at Kramof209 (at) gmail, or via Twitter (@Kram209) or FaceBook (Kram Two-Ohnine).   Look, there are way fewer phans going than I expected, so RISE UP and let’s show Reading some support.

Promotion:  It’s “Hunger Games” night.  Plus, there’s a post-game “Ham Shoot.”  I know, right?

rea-seating-chart Santander

What To Watch/Do

  • Comrie has been on fire.  Let’s see if he can get one of those laser slap shots in the net.
  • Watch to see if Reading Fan Favorite Tifu is in the lineup.
  • Check out the Xfinity Sky Lounge and Stoudt’s Bar above sections 108 and 109.
  • Check out the concessions–they have some different stuff.  A map is below:



Looking Ahead

After the two games Thanksgiving weekend, the Phantoms don’t return to the PPL Center until Wednesday, December 9.  However, there is a Phan Club bus trip going to Hershey on Saturday, December 5.  CLICK HERE for more information–seats are limited.


See you at the arena(s)–wear your Phantoms gear,


Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level


1 reply

  1. Note To Kram :

    So long as we’ve checked in on the progress of the two former Lehigh Valley Phantoms playing pro hockey in Sweden this week, it only stands to reason that we should have something to say about a Reading Royals standout from last season who is now playing in Europe this term, as well.

    Adam Hughesman (5’11” 184 lbs), the undrafted 24-year-old left wing who was Reading’s second-leading scorer (69 ga, 23 go, 67 pts) last season, is currently leading the entire Italian first division in scoring this fall; Hughesman, who spent ten days on loan to and appeared in three AHL games for the eventual Calder Cup champion Manchester Monarchs last January, has 12 goals and 32 points in 16 games for Serie A side SSI Vipiteno/Sturzing.

    Also skating for an Italian club this season is former Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman Brett Flemming, the 5th round pick of the Washington Capitals at the 2009 NHL Draft who skated in 37 AHL games (0 go, 5 pts, 39 pen, + 2 def) for the Allentown-based club and also appeared in 26 ECHL games (9 go, 23 pts, 13 pen, + 11 def) for Reading last term; Flemming currently turns out for HC Bolzano, the historically-successful team from the South Tyrolean Alps that has won 19 Italian Serie A titles in the past but now finds itself skating in the Austrian first division for a third-consecutive year.

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