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Pair of Royals selected to start ECHL All-Star Game

Two members of a local minor-league hockey club have been selected to start in their league’s All-Star Game. They’re not Trenton Titans, but Reading Royals. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Denny Urban got the nod on Wednesday to take the ice first in the league’s mid-point competition for bragging rights on January 23 at Loveland, Colorado. Since being sent down from Hershey of the American Hockey League in late October, Grubauer has ignited his club’s rise to the top of the league standings by going 18-4-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .912 save percentage in 24 appearances. The 21-year-old native …

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Preserving the tradition in Glens Falls

Glens Falls, New York is a great little town, and a great little hockey town with a long tradition of welcoming those who play and those who support the sport. That’s why some of us inveterate hockey nerds who would ordinarily have nothing else to do on a stormy weekend, would drive five hours into the teeth of the snow belt, then stay an extra night because they didn’t want to chance a 10-hour drive back through what is considered by locals to be “light” snow. But the hamlet located just South and East of the Adirondack Mountains which is …

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Second-period burst sends rested Bruins past Phantoms

Niklas Svedberg stopped 43-of-45 shots, as the Adirondack Phantoms were denied their chance at a season-high winning streak thanks to a 4-2 setback against the Providence Bruins at a packed Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday night. Lane MacDermid and Jordan Caron scored within a span of 3:31 in the second period, while Chris Bourque added an insurance tally for the Baby B’s (16-10-2), who had the luxury of a day’s rest since their Thursday game in Portland was cancelled due to weather. Making his second start in the last three games, Cal Heeter allowed three goals on 35 shots …

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This Week in Flyers History 12/23-31

Welcome to the final installment of the second series of “This Week in Flyers History,” which aims to dredge up old memories, good and bad, of Flyers feats in the recent to distant past and to provide good fodder for trivia buffs. Thanks to all who followed this year-long journey but now we have to move on, dreaming up bigger and better things. We hope you’ve learned a lot and been entertained as well. December 23, 1979: Flyers 4, Whalers 2 – “The Streak” rolls on, 30 games strong now, as Brian Propp scores two goals and the Philly defense …

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Reading the tea leaves in Reading

As the Reading Royals and Gwinnett Gladiators battled for first place in the Eastern Conference standings in Berks County, 6,345 fans moved through the turnstiles at Sovereign Center to witness the hosts whip the best squad in the Southern Division. That wasn’t for one game. That was the entire weekend, which featured two wins by the home side by a 10-5 count. So who are the Purple and Black saluting exactly as they make their way up the standings? Situated literally on the “other side of the tracks” from the main attractions in the center of town, the Royals’ one …