Royals Close Gap In North

The Reading Royals average over four goals per game while winning three times at Stockton and beat Long Beach 6-2 and are 4-0-0 on their seven-game road trip. Reading is 19-6-2 and two points behind leading Wheeling (20-8-2) in the North Division, but the Royals lead the American Conference in winning percentage with .741.

The Royals conclude their trip out west with a game at Las Vegas on Tuesday and conclude their current road trip with games at Johnstown on Friday and Trenton on Saturday.

Reading’s Mike Kompon has scored in each of his last 13 games (2g-18a) which is the second-longest scoring streak in the ECHL this season. The second-year pro has scored in 22 of his 25 games and leads the Royals with 27 assists and 35 points while ranking third in the league with 19 power-play points and fourth in the league with 14 power-play assists.

Wheeling has gone 7-2-1 in its last 10 games, including its third five-game winning streak of the season. Rookie Kurtis McLean, who was voted as a starter for the ECHL All-Star Game, ranks second in the league with 40 points and third in goals with 22 while teammate Sean Collins, who was also selected to the American Conference roster for the All-Star Game, is tied for third in the ECHL with 25 assists and 38 points. The Nailers will play at Toledo on Friday before hosting the Storm on Saturday and Trenton on Sunday.

Johnstown has won its last three games to improve to 11-12-7 and move into a tie for fourth place with Toledo (13-10-3). The Chiefs will host Reading on Friday and Dayton on Saturday before visiting the Bombers on Sunday.