North Charleston, SC – The Reading Royals were defeated by the South Carolina Stingrays, 3-2, at North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina, in the decisive Game Seven of the East Division Semi-Final on Wednesday night.
The Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and affiliate of the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The Royals’ fourteenth season ended on a dramatic third period come-back for the Stingrays. Reading bagged a pair of second period goals to take a 2-0 lead to the final frame; but South Carolina, who came back from a third period deficit in Game Five, as well, was able to ring off three unanswered goals to take the series and advance to the East Division Finals against the Florida Everblades.
Reading finished their regular season with a 45-21-4-2 record to finish fifth in the Eastern Conference. They had three players on their playoff roster under NHL contract with the Flyers: forwards Brandon Alderson and Andrew Johnston, and defenseman Maxim Lamarche.
They also had six players on AHL contracts with the Phantoms: forwards Matt Hatch and Pat Mullane; defensemen Adam Comrie and Brett Flemming; and both goaltenders, Connor Knapp and Martin Ouellette.SOUTH CAROLINA vs. READING(South Carolina wins series, 4-3)
Game 1 - Apr 17 SOUTH CAROLINA 2, Reading 1 (OT-2)
Game 2 - Apr 18 Reading 4, SOUTH CAROLINA 2
Game 3 - Apr 23 South Carolina 5, READING 2
Game 4 - Apr 25 READING 4, South Carolina 2
Game 5 - Apr 26 South Carolina 4, READING 3
Game 6 - Apr 28 Reading 6, SOUTH CAROLINA 1
Game 7 - Apr 29 Reading 2, SOUTH CAROLINA 3