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Reading wins first ECHL title

Sunday, 05.26.2013 / 1:49 AM / News

NHL.com

The Reading Royals won their first ECHL championship by routing the Stockton Thunder 6-0 on Saturday night to complete a five-game victory in the Kelly Cup final.

The visiting Royals, a farm team of the Washington Capitals, got goals from six players and a 29-save shutout by goaltender Riley Gill. Reading won the first two games of the series at home and captured Game 3 at Stockton before the Thunder, an affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, stayed alive with a 4-3 victory on Friday night.

Mark Mitera, a 2006 first-round pick by the Anaheim Ducks, opened the scoring for the Royals at 17:05 of the first period. Reading blew the game open by scoring four times in the second. Brett Flemming, a fifth-round pick by Washington (No. 145) in 2009, made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal at 2:49; goals by Ian O'Connor, T.J. Syner and Stanislav Galinev made it 5-0 after two periods. Joel Champagne completed the scoring with 3:35 left in regulation.

Syner added two assists and was plus-5; he led all players during the playoffs with a plus-22 rating.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round