Reading Wins Game Three and Now Leads Series Two Games to One
Reading, PA- The Reading Royals exploded for three goals in the first period and ever looked back, as they defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 5-2 in game three and in the process took a two games to one lead in the best-of-five American Conference Quarterfinals. G
Starting quickly, Yannick Riendeau (2nd) put the Royals on the board 2:01 into the game with a wrist shot from the left circle.
Reading followed the goal from Riendeau with tally from Ryan Cruthers. The goal was Cruthers third of the playoffs and his eighth postseason goal, both team highs.
Following the goal, the K-Wings pulled goaltender Ryan Nie and replaced him with Riley Gill. Nie exited the game making 2 saves on four shots.
Killing off the first part of a 5-on-3 power-play, Kalamazoo wasn't able to stop Reading from answering the second half. Stefano Giliati (2nd) extended the Royals lead to 3-0, putting in a rebound slap shot from the right circle.
Special teams helped the K-Wings get back into the game in the second period. A roll reversal from game one where Andrew Fournier scored shorthanded with an assist from Trent Daavettila, this time it was Daavettila (2nd) that snuck in front of the Royals net and was the recipient of a Fournier pass that led to a shorthanded marker.
Pulling to within a single goal later in the period, Dean Strong (1st) scored on the K-Wings first power-play of the night, which snapped a 0-for-8 playoff drought with a man-advantage for Kalamazoo.
Putting the wind out of the K-Wings sails, Giliati (3rd) tacked on his second of the night to put the game out of reach.
Marc Carvosie (2nd) added an empty-netter with less than a minute remaining in the secure the three-goal Royals victory.
Matt Dalton (2-1) saved 42 shots for his second victory of the postseason. In relief, Gill (0-1) stopped 32 saves for the lost.
For Game Stats: http://echl.leaguestat.com/stats/official-game-report.php?game_id=7919.
Kalamazoo and Reading will continue their best-of-five series with a 7:05 p.m. face-off in game four of the series this Sunday, April 11th at Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Single-game tickets for any of the K-Wings Kelly Cup playoff home games are currently on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Wings Stadium Ticket Office during regular business hours at (269) 345-5101.
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