UPDATE: The Reading Royals were defeated in overtime by the Wheeling Nailers, 4-3, in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia on Wednesday.
In what proved to be the final game of the Fifteenth Anniversary season for the Royals, Reading struck first and built a 2-0 lead before the Nailers charged back with three straight, including a third period power play goal to take a one-goal advantage late into regulation.
Reading struck back when forward Yannick Tifu scored the game-tying goal with just 1:50 left in regulation to send the decisive Game Seven to overtime. Reading had their chances in the extra frame, but Nailers’ Riley Brace dug a puck out of a pile in a late scramble around the Royals net and ended the game with just 37.1 seconds left in the OT.
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The Reading Royals will take on the Wheeling Nailers in Game Seven of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference Semifinal tonight at 7 p.m. ET at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia.
The Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, while the Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Royals have three players on their playoff roster under NHL contract with the Flyers: forward Brandon Alderson and defensemen Maxim Lamarche and Jesper Pettersson.
During the 2015-16 season, the Royals also had 13 players appear with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley, and have six players under AHL contract with the Phantoms: Martin Ouellette, Adam Comrie, Kevin Goumas, Kevin Sundher, Nick Luukko and Mike Marcou.
Reading earned victories in Games Two, Three and Five and will play their fifth Game Seven in club history, going 2-2 in the previous four. The Royals advanced to the semifinals by earning a Game Seven win over Toledo in the opening round and tonight’s game marks the third consecutive series that will be decided by a seventh game for Reading.
The Royals finished the regular season with a 36-26-10 record, including a better record on the road at 20-11-5.
Game Seven can be heard live on CBS SportsRadio 1240 AM and 98.5 FM in Reading as well as the Royals’ website. The game will be televised in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on BCTV, while streaming video is available on a pay-per-view basis through ECHL.TV.