Winning 7-1 at Dayton on Sunday, Reading extended its winning streak to a league best seven games, outscoring its opponents 30-6, while improving its record to 7-5-0. The Royals travel to Peoria for games on Thursday and Friday. Reading, which beat Peoria 3-1 on Tuesday, has won its last three road games to improve to 3-4-0 on the road.
After being shut out twice and scoring only four goals while opening the season 0-5-0, the Royals have scored 30 goals in their last seven games to raise their goals per game average from 0.80 to 2.83. Allowing only four goals in three games last week, Reading lowered its league-leading goals-against average to 1.42.
Cody Rudkowsky made 26 saves in a 3-2 win against South Carolina on Friday and 20 saves in a 7-1 win at Dayton on Sunday to extend his winning streak to four games and even his record at 4-4-0. Rookie Barry Brust, who was placed on seven-day injured reserve on Thursday, made 27 saves in a 3-1 win against Peoria on Tuesday to extend his wining streak to three games and improving his record to 3-1-0.
Under contract to Los Angeles of the National Hockey League, Brust is third in the league with a goals-against average of 1.20 and fourth in the league in save percentage with .950. Rudkowsky is fourth in the league with a goals-against average of 1.29, tied for second with two shutouts and is fifth in save percentage with a .949.
After scoring two points (1g-1a) in the first seven games, Judd Medak has scored in five consecutive games (2g-5a), giving him nine points (3g-6a) to move into a tie for the team scoring lead with Ryan Kinasewich (4g-5a), David Steckel (3g-6a) and Graig Mischler (2g-7a). After registering two assists, both on October 23 against Trenton, in the first seven games, Mischler also has a five-game scoring streak that has produced two goals and five assists. A rookie left wing, Kinasewich leads the Royals during the winning streak with nine points (4g-5a). After having a five-game scoring streak (3g-4a) end on Friday, the 21-year-old Kinasewich had a goal and an assist on Sunday. Steckel was recalled to Manchester of the American Hockey League on November 14.