READING, Pa – The Reading Royals have had very few major upsets in their brief history, especially as a favorite in a playoff series. If last night’s game is any indicatory, they just might find out what it is like to have one. The Royals were outgunned, and outplayed in their 2-1 loss to the Fort Wayne Komets in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals.
The Royals were outshot in every period and 39-21 overall. For most of the night it was hard to tell who the top seeded team in the East was and who the underdog was. Fort Wayne dominated the game and was a clear wake up call to Reading. Fortunately for the Royals this is a best-of-seven series which gives Reading some time to turn things around before they get worse.
Brandon Anderson took the loss for Reading with last year’s playoff MVP Riley Gill sitting this one out. You can bet the Head Coach Larry Courville won’t hesitate to switch things up if things don’t get better. The game winner came with 8 seconds left on a controversial call but no one will blame the refs for how poorly the Royals played. They can thank the Komets for that.
Ben Meisner got the win in net for Fort Wayne. Mike Ensbach and Shawn Szydlowski scored for the Komets while Josh Brittain got the lone goal for Reading. Game Two is Saturday night in Reading while games 3-5 are in Fort Wayne, In starting on Thursday.