April 20, 2016
by Matt Melzak
Royals back in front: Reading's goaltender Martin Ouellette turned aside 33 of Toledo's 35 shots to lead Reading to a 4-2 win in game three on Tuesday night at Reading.
Game two to the Walleye: Toledo rode a four goal first period to even the series at one Saturday night with a 4-3 win at the Huntington Center. A.J. Jenks led the way with a shorthanded goal and an assist. Toledo scored one goal on the power play, shorthanded, five on five and four on four last Saturday.
Game one to the Royals: Forward Cam Reid scored at 14:55 of the third period to give Reading a 4-3 win in game one of the best of seven series last Friday night.
Still no game three wins: Since the Walleye started play in the 2009-10 season, Toledo has not won a game three in any playoff series (0-6). Despite losing game three in the first and second rounds last season the Walleye went on to win both of those series against Wheeling then Fort Wayne.
The race to score first and reach four: In all three games in the series the team that reached four goals first has gone on to win the game. The same holds true with whichever team has struck for the first goal.
Bonis picking up where he left off: Kyle Bonis led the Walleye with nine goals during the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs and so far he has scored a goal in all three games of this series. Bonis is the only player in the ECHL to have a three game goal scoring streak so far in the playoffs.
In this spot before: The Walleye are in familiar territory heading into game four tonight. At this time last year Toledo lost two of the first three games to the Wheeling Nailers only to come back and win both games four and five on the road at Wheeling to take a 3-2 series lead. They won the series in seven games.
Series Background: This is the first time these two cities have met in the postseason since 2005 playoffs which the Royals won 3 games to 1. The Toledo Storm also lost 3 games to 2 in the 1997 first round when the Royals were in Columbus known as the Chill. The only other meeting was in 1994 when the Storm bested the Chill 3-0 in the second round.
Royals great away from home: Reading posted a better record this year away from Reading (20-11-2-3) than at home (16-15-4-1). The Royals did finish the regular season with a 4-2-1 run over its last seven home contests.