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Toledo Shuts Down and Shuts Out Reading, 1-0

April 14, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Reading Royals News Release

Reading, PA – Despite beating Toledo four straight times to close the regular season and posting a 6-2-1 overall record, Reading lost to the Storm in their opening game in the best-of-five North Division Semifinal series, 1-0. Scott Fankhouser blanked the Royals for the first time in the post season stopping 32 shots in the process. Barry Brust was solid in net for Reading allowing just one goal on 29 shots.

The only tally of the game came on the four-on-four situation in the second period. The Storm knocked the puck away from Royals forward Mike Sandbeck at the Royals blue line to create a three-on-one heading into the Royals zone. Defenseman Jason Maleyko slid the puck from the right circle to regular season leading scorer Carl Mallette who fired the puck past Brust. The goal came at the 15:22 mark of the period and would prove to be the game winner.

Reading’s red hot power play cooled as they were zero-for-eight in the contest managing just five shots on the extra-man situation. Toledo was zero for six in the contest and fired nine shots on the power play.

The two clubs meet for game #2 Saturday, April 16 in the Sovereign Center at 7:05 p.m. The first 3,000 fans through the gates receive a Royals/ Kelly Cup Rally Card courtesy of Riecks Printing in West Reading. Toledo will host games three and four (if necessary) in the Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.

Royals hockey can be found locally on ESPN radio, 1240AM and at the Royals web site courtesy of Sportsjuice and B2 Networks.

Royals Kelly Cup playoff tickets are now sale at the Sovereign Center Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 215-336-2000. The Sovereign Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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