Beating first-place Wheeling 3-0 on Friday and defending Kelly Cup Champion Trenton 4-1 on Saturday, Toledo extended its winning streak to four games. The Storm is 7-2-1 and in second place in the North Division, one point behind Wheeling (8-2-0) and two points ahead of Reading (6-2-1) and four points ahead of Trenton (5-3-1).
Toledo, which has allowed only two goals in its last three games, concludes its six-game home stand when it hosts Stockton on Friday and Johnstown on Saturday. The Storm has won its last five home games to improve to 6-0-1 at home.
Todd Jackson has a four-game scoring streak (2g-6a) and in the last six games he has 11 points (3g-8a) and each of the goals has been the game winner, tying him for the league lead. In his second professional season, Jackson (6g-10a) is tied with Ken Magowan (9g-7a) for second on the team and for fifth in the league with 16 points. Magowan leads the league with six power-play goals and he is tied for second in the league with nine goals. The Storm is led offensively by Scooter Smith, who is tied for second in the league with 11 assists and tied for third in scoring with 17 points.
After its six-game winning streak ended with a 3-0 loss at Toledo on Friday, Wheeling won 4-2 at Johnstown on Saturday and 4-1 against Johnstown on Sunday to improve to 8-2-0, the best start in the 14-year history of the team. The Nailers, who played six games in 10 days, have only one game this week, traveling to Trenton on Friday.
Rookies Kurtis McLean (7g-7a) and Sean Collins (5g-9a) are tied for the team scoring lead with 14 points while Brendon Hodge (5g-5a) and Arpad Mihaly (2g-8a) are tied for third with 10 points. The 14 points ties McLean and Collins for the ECHL rookie scoring lead and for 11th overall. McLean is tied for the rookie lead with five assists and tied for second among rookies and tied for fifth overall in goals. Collins is tied for the rookie lead in assists and is tied for second among rookies with three power-play goals, a plus-minus rating of +6 and six power-play points (3g-3a).
Following a 3-0 loss at Trenton on Wednesday, Reading returned home and beat Dayton 7-4 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday to improve its home record to 3-0-0. The Royals continue their six-game home stand on Friday against Dayton and Saturday against South Carolina.
Reading defenseman T.J. Kemp had five assists on Friday which ties the ECHL season-high for assists and points and ties the Royals record for assists in a game set by Jeff Giuliano in a 7-3 win on October 11, 2002. Cody Rudkowsky is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of .947 in two starts at home and 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 1.98 and a save percentage of .928 in five starts overall. Rich Peverley (4g-9a) and Greg Hogeboom (2g-9a) lead the Royals in scoring while Doug Christiansen (6g-1a) is the team leader in goals.