The defending Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals enter the postseason for the fifth consecutive season, and are coming off their third division title in the last four seasons whily tying the club record for wins in a season with 46. Fort Wayne makes its first appearance in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in its second ECHL season, but the Komets are no stranger to postseason success having captured nine championships in team history.
The two teams met four times during the regular season, with the road team winning each time. Reading went 3-1-0 against the Komets while Fort Wayne had a 1-2-1 record against the Royals. Yannick Tifu led Reading in the season series with four points (1g-3a) while Chris Auger paced the Komets with five points (3g-2a).
The Royals enter the playoffs on the heels of a 31-10-3 run over their last 44 games since Jan. 8. Reading’s 24 home wins were second in the league during the regular season, and the Royals ended the season on a 12-game unbeaten streak at Santander Arena (11-0-1).
The Komets ended the regular season with a 7-2-1 mark in their last 10 games, and boast the ECHL scoring leader, Brandon Marino, who topped the league with 88 points (30g-58a) on his way to earning a spot on the All-ECHL First Team.
Game 1 – Thursday, April 17 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading
Game 2 – Saturday, April 19 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading
Game 3 – Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 4 – Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 5 – Sunday, April 27 at 6 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 29 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 30 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading (If Necessary)