Posting wins over Dayton and South Carolina, Reading extended its winning streak to a season-high four games while improving to 5-0-0 at home and 8-2-1 overall, one point behind North Division leader Wheeling, which won its only game of the week 2-1 in a shootout at Trenton. Toledo is 7-3-2 and one point behind Reading while defending Kelly Cup Champion Trenton is two points behind Toledo at 6-3-2.
The Royals conclude their six-game home stand with Games against Trenton on Tuesday and Toledo on Friday before traveling to Trenton on Saturday. The Royals are 1-1-0 against Trenton, winning 2-1 in overtime at home on October 29 and losing 3-0 on the road on November 9. Reading has 24 goals in its last four games and ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 3.9 goals-per game while its defense ranks fifth in goals-allowed per game with 2.64.
Rookie Shay Stephenson tied the league season-high with a Royals team record four goals on Saturday while defenseman T.J. Kemp tied the league season-high with five assists on November 11. Rich Peverley leads Reading with 11 assists and 15 points while Mike Pandolfo has a team-leading seven goals and two game-winning goals. Cody Rudkowsky has won his last three starts to improve to 6-1-0 and he is tied for second in the league in wins while ranking fourth in goals-against average at 1.99.
Wheeling hosts Dayton on Wednesday and plays at Dayton on Friday before hosting Johnstown on Saturday and Trenton on Sunday. The Nailers have won their last three games and five consecutive home games, tying them for the second-longest home winning streak of the season. Wheeling is 1-0-0 at home and 2-0-0 overall against Dayton and 1-0-0 at home and 3-0-0 overall against Johnstown. The Nailers lost 5-3 at Trenton on October 22 and won 2-1 in a shootout on Friday to improve to 1-1-0 against the Titans.
Rookie goaltender Andy Franck has won his last three starts to improve to 4-1-0 and he ranks third in the league in goals-against average at 1.78. He is tied for the lead in shootout percentage after stopping all five Trenton shooters he faced on Friday. Kurtis McLean leads the Nailers with seven goals and his 14 points tie him for the team scoring lead with Sean Collins, who has a team-high nine assists.