Posting back-to-back wins at Peoria on Friday and Saturday, Reading extended its league-best winning streak to nine games while eclipsing the team record of eight consecutive wins set in the team’s inaugural season in 2001-02 (November 30-December 15).
Reading, who has won a league-leading five consecutive road games, will look to become the 16th team in league history to win 10 consecutive games when they host North Division rival Trenton on Friday at the Sovereign Center. Reading, which lost 3-1 at Trenton on October 22 and 3-2 at home on October 23, travels to Trenton on Saturday. The Royals are 11-18-2 all-time against the Titans, including a 4-12-0 record in Trenton.
Wheeling won 12 consecutive games last season (February 20-March 12) to become the first team since 2001-02 to win more than 10 games in a row. Louisiana had 14 straight wins in 2001-02 (November 23-December 22), tying the league record set by Knoxville in 1993-94 (December 28-January 29), as the IceGators set league records for wins (56), road wins (26), home wins (30), points percentage (.806) and points (116). Peoria (February 17-March 14) and Trenton (February 1-22) both won 10 consecutive games in 2001-02. There have been seven teams that have won 10 games, two teams that have won 11 games, four teams that have won 12 games and two teams that have won 14 games.
After being shut out twice and scoring only four goals while opening the season with five straight losses, the Royals have scored 35 goals in their last nine games to raise their goals per game average from 0.80 to 2.79. Allowing only three goals in two games last week, Reading continues to lead the league in goals-against average with 1.43.
Rookie Barry Brust made 31 saves in a 2-1 win on Friday and had 32 saves in a 3-2 win on Saturday, extending his winning streak to five games. Under contract to Los Angeles of the National Hockey League and in his first professional season, Brust is 5-1-0 and ranks third in the league with a save percentage of .952 and fourth in the league with a goals-against average of 1.30. Cody Rudkowsky, who was placed on the seven-day injured reserve on Thursday, is 4-4-0 while ranking third in the league with a goals-against average of 1.29 and tied for third with two shutouts while ranking fourth in save percentage with .949.
Picking up an assist on Friday and a game-winning shorthand goal on Saturday, Graig Mischler extended his scoring streak to seven games, which is the longest active scoring streak in the league and tied for the fifth longest scoring streak this season. After scoring two points, a pair of assists on October 23 against Trenton, in the first seven games, Mischler has scored nine points (3g-6a) in his last seven games. Mischler, who was loaned to Manchester of the American Hockey League on Monday, leads the Royals in scoring the last five games with seven points (2g-5a) to move into second on the team with 11 points, including a team-high eight assists.
Rookie Ryan Kinasewich has scored six points (3g-3a) in his last five games and leads the team with 12 points and is tied for the team lead with five goals while ranking second with seven assists. Under contract to Manchester of the AHL, Jeff Miles leads the team in plus-minus rating with +10 which ties him for second among league rookies and tied for fourth overall. Miles is tied for the team lead with five goals and ranks third on the team with 10 points (5g-5a).