“I’m happy with the goal, but it’s not about the goals,” Hrdel said. “It’s about the team winning and team spirit and I would be more happy if we had won tonight. I’m glad for the goal, but it’s always better to win as a team.”
Faced with their second deficit of the night, the Royals would not go away, impressing coach Karl Taylor.
“Our team just stuck together and did what we do,” he said. “I think it’s easy – when you have pressure and you maybe carry the play a little bit – to get away from what you do well. But I think for the most part, our guys did a good job sticking to that and stayed patient. Then we got a lucky break on a short-handed goal and that turned things our way.”
Reading’s Shay Stephenson pulled the Royals even at 2 when he blistered a pass from Peverely over Boutin’s glove with 14:59 remaining.
“I thought that when we scored the go-ahead goal we tried to get going harder, but I thought Reading tried hard again,” said Frank Anzalone who is now 0-2 as coach of the Chiefs. “Reading did not stop. They kept coming. They seemed to have a lot of confidence about them. They have four or five guys that can really handle the puck and the tying goal is as good a goal as you’re going to see.”
Pandolfo struck again with Johnstown on the power play nearly 4 minutes later. The speedy younger brother of NHL player Jay Pandolfo, the Royal poked the puck past Tallari at the right point and outskated everyone, firing a shot to Boutin’s blocker side that gave Reading its first lead of the game.
Anzalone is confident that even with the two losses to begin the season, the Chiefs will be turning the corner once everyone settles into the new offensive scheme.