Reading Beats Toledo 2-0,
Leads Series 2-1

By Matt Malinowski
Reading Eagle

TOLEDO, Ohio – To come up with catchy new phrases or clever analogies to describe his play has become close to an impossible task, simply because all the superlatives seemingly have been used.

Countless times, countless games.

So excuse the redundancy over the next few paragraphs in describing the play of Reading Royals rookie goalie Barry Brust (pictured). What you’re about to read you’ve read before.

Countless times, countless games.

To save space we’ll just sum up his 42-save performance in a 2-0 win over the Toledo Storm Sunday at the Toledo Sports Arena in one word:

Brilliant.

It was Brust’s second consecutive shutout and it gave the Royals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five ECHL North Division semifinal series. Reading can close out the series and advance to the division finals against Trenton with a win over the Storm Tuesday in Toledo.

The Royals might well be the team facing elimination had it not been for Brust’s spectacular display in the game’s first 10 minutes.

He turned aside a one-timer by Toledo’s Dan Eberly. He made a big stop on Nick Parillo’s shot from the slot. He made a terrific stop on a streaking Carl Mallette.

All in all Brust made 11 saves in the game’s first seven minutes, and almost all were on great scoring chances.

“Brust’s first 10 minutes of the game were just outstanding,” Royals coach Derek Clancey said. “They got five or six chances that most teams wouldn’t get in the course of a game. We were puck watching, and he really bailed us out.

“The team rallies around that. But, again, I don’t want my goalie to have make those kinds of saves. Once in a blue moon is great, but we have to get better defensively.”

Brust made two more tremendous stops on Mallette before the end of the first period.

The Royals were able to grab the lead early in the second when Rob Hisey scored his first professional goal. Hisey hit the post and a scramble for the puck ensued. Toledo goalie Scott Fankhouser was knocked into the net before Hisey scored to make it 1-0 three minutes in.

Reading made it 2-0 with 5:44 left in the second when Cail MacLean buried a wrister from the right circle to snap an 0-for-19 drought on the power play.

Brust capped his performance by robbing Mallette two more times in the third period.

“I am just trying to go out there and control the things that I can control,” Brust said. “The boys are doing a great job in front of me taking away their best options and I have been just kind of cleaning up the garbage.”

Brust now has stopped 101-of-102 shots in the postseason.

For those scoring at home, that’s a .990 save percentage.

Those numbers speak for themselves, no catchy phrases or clever analogies needed.