Royals back to action in California tonight for Game 3Posted on May 21, 2013 by John Walton
The Reading Royals, Washington's ECHL affiliate, stand just two wins away from winning the franchise's first Kelly Cup after back-to-back wins Saturday and Sunday to begin the best-of-seven championship round. The Royals get back to business Tuesday night in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals against the Stockton Thunder, leading two games to none. Game 1 was a wild affair at the Sovereign Center Saturday night, as the Royals watched two one-goal leads slip away in the third period, but won in overtime 6-5. Reading combined early offense with a limiting of Stockton offensive chances on Sunday in Game 2, winning 4-0 over the Thunder. Head coach Larry Courville and the Royals are looking for more of the same in a 10:00 p.m. eastern start tonight at Stockton Arena.
If you're so inclined to read up on some of the success stories from north of the Mason-Dixon line in the organization, have a look at some of these nuggets...
After starting the season with Philipp Grubauer, and a parade of goalies since his departure, Reading found their last line of defense for a deep playoff run. Read about him here, as Riley Gill is looking to finally make a same for himself after getting the call from the SPHL at midseason.
Defenseman Patrick Wellar won a Calder Cup with Hershey in 2010, and split time between the Bears and Reading this season. But after Hershey was eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs, Wellar chose to return to the Royals to pursue another championship dream.
It's not just Wellar that suited up in both Hershey and Reading this season. Five different players on Reading's roster for the Finals saw time in Chocolatetown this season.
For the latest on the Royals, and to listen to the games live if you're inclined, head to Reading's official team site.
Good luck to the Royals this week. While it would be fantastic to win a championship on home ice, here's to having Reading take care of business in Stockton so that the series doesn't return to Pennsylvania. Game 4 is Friday at 10:30 p.m. eastern, and a potential Game 5 would be Saturday at 10:30.