Reading, PA– The Reading Royals of the, affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, won Game One of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup against the Greenville Road Warriors, 1-0, at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Goaltender of the Riley Gill made all seventeen stops he was called upon to make, to record a shutout in his first playoff game as a Royal. Yannick Tifu scored the only goal of the game at 12:01 into the second period. Tifu, who was planted at the right side of the Road Warrior crease, was able to redirect a pass from Nikita Kashirsky over the right pad—and under the right arm—of Road Warrior goaltender Connor Knapp.
The game was a hard hitting affair with some 56 minutes in penalties handed out. From the opening faceoff, the Road Warriors were checking hard and the Royals responded leading to a number of skirmishes and four fighting majors. The Royals power play was unable to connect in seven chances with the man advantage, including a 1:48 period of five-on-three mid-way into the third period. Reading’s penalty kill however, knocked off all three chances on the power play for Greenville.
The Royals and Road Warriors will face off in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tomorrow (Saturday, April 6 @7:05 pm) at Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. More information is available at 610-898-7825 and through the Royals website.