For the first time in ECHL history, there will be three game 7s on the same day tonight as South Carolina hosts Reading, Wheeling visits Toledo and Rapid City entertains Quad City. Last night, Ontario defeated Colorado 4-2 in Game 7 of their Pacific Division Semifinals series, and the four Game 7s in the same round ties the ECHL record, matching the 2009 Division Semifinals.
Reading and Wheeling both look to make history tonight as no team in ECHL history has ever won both Games 6 and 7 on the road to win a series. Last night, the Royals prevailed 6-1 while the Nailers picked up a 5-2 win. All three of last night’s winners, including Rapid City, look to join Ontario as teams to win both Games 6 and 7 and complete a comeback from a 3-2 series deficit. The Reign became just the eighth team in ECHL history to complete such a rally.
This is the fourth Game 7 in Reading’s club history. The Royals are 1-2 in their previous Game 7 matchups, defeating Florida 4-1 in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals while falling to Cincinnati 1-0 in the 2010 American Conference Finals and 6-1 to the Cyclones in the 2008 North Division Finals. South Carolina won its only previous Game 7, defeating Alaska 4-2 in the 2009 Kelly Cup Finals.
Wheeling is appearing in a Game 7 for the third time, and both of their previous Game 7s were decided in overtime. The Nailers downed Greenville 4-3 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals while they dropped a 2-1 decision to Cincinnati in double overtime in the 2009 North Division Semifinals. This is the first Game 7 in Toledo’s ECHL history, covering both the Walleye and the Storm.
Tonight is the first ECHL Game 7 for both Rapid City and Quad City. Five of the first six games in the series have been decided by one goal.
The home team is 17-8 all-time in ECHL Game 7’s, and has won 13 of the last 19. Four times a Game 7 has gone to overtime, with three of those being decided in double overtime. The home team has won each of the Game 7’s decided in two overtimes, with the road team winning the lone Game 7 to end in one overtime.
All three of tonight’s games are available for viewing on ECHL.TV.
Game 7’s in ECHL History
|April 28, 2015||Colorado 2 at ONTARIO 4||DSF|
|May 1, 2013||Florida 1 at READING 4
|April 14, 2013||Las Vegas 4 at STOCKTON 6||CQF|
|April 27, 2011||WHEELING 4 at Greenville 3 (OT)||SF|
|May 12, 2010||Reading 0 at CINCINNATI 1||CF|
|April 28, 2010||CINCINNATI 2 at Charlotte 1||CSF|
|June 5, 2009||SOUTH CAROLINA 4 at Alaska 2||KCF|
|May 6, 2009||Stockton 1 at LAS VEGAS 5||DF|
|April 22, 2009||STOCKTON 5 at Ontario 4
|April 22, 2009||Bakersfield 1 at LAS VEGAS 5||DSF|
|April 21, 2009||ELMIRA 5 at Trenton 3||DSF|
|April 20, 2009||Wheeling 1 at CINCINNATI 2 (2 OT)||DSF|
|May 5, 2008||Reading 1 at CINCINNATI 6||DF|
|May 18, 2007||DAYTON 3 at Florida 1||CF|
|May 3, 2007||Cincinnati 3 at DAYTON 5||DF|
|May 22, 2006||Fresno 2 at ALASKA 3 (2 OT)||CF|
|May 6, 2006||Bakersfield 2 at FRESNO 4||DF|
|April 22, 2006||Long Beach 3 at BAKERSFIELD 4||DSF|
|April 19, 2006||Idaho 2 at LAS VEGAS 6||DSF|
|May 16, 2005||TRENTON 2 at Alaska 0||CF|
|May 3, 2003||Cincinnati 2 at ATLANTIC CITY 3||CF|
|May 13, 2001||Peoria 3 at TRENTON 4||CF|
|May 30, 1999||Richmond 3 at MISSISSIPPI 4 (2 OT)||KCF|
|March 31, 1992||Roanoke Valley 2 at GREENSBORO 6||1st|
|April 12, 1989||CAROLINA 7 at Johnstown 4||RCF|