Seventeen goals and outstanding play from goaltenders Barry Brust and Cody Rudkowsky has allowed Reading to win four games in a row. The Royals, who began the season 0-5-0 scoring only four goals while being shut out twice, host Peoria on Tuesday and South Carolina on Friday before traveling to Dayton on Sunday.
The Royals, who lead the ECHL in fewest goals allowed with 1.44 per game, got their first win of the season 5-0 on November 7 at Wheeling as rookie goaltender Barry Brust made 16 saves for his first professional shutout and first professional win while rookie center Jeff Miles scored two goals, his first professional goal and first professional point. Under contract to Los Angeles of the National Hockey League, the 21-year-old Brust made 26 saves in a 4-2 win at Wheeling on Thursday while Dan Welch scored the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game. Cody Rudkowsky stepped between the pipes for the next two games, making 26 saves in a 5-0 win against Wheeling on Friday and 14 saves in a 3-0 win against Dayton on Saturday.
Rudkowsky, who has allowed one goal in his last three starts, ranks third in the league in goals-against average (1.22) and save percentage (.952) and is tied for third with two shutouts. Brust ranks fourth in the league in goals-against average (1.26) and save percentage (.944) and is tied for fifth with one shutout.
Rookie left wing Ryan Kinasewich leads the Royals during the winning streak with four assists and six points. After scoring his first professional point and his first professional goal on November 7, the 21-year-old Kinasewich had an assist in the win on Thursday and an assist on Friday and a goal and an assist on Saturday. Kinasewich is second on the team with four assists and six points. Rookie center David Steckel, who was recalled to Manchester of the American Hockey League on Sunday, leads the Royals with nine points and six assists.