Royals cruise by Kalamazoo, 5-2

READING, Pa – – Led by a three-goal third period, the Reading Royals defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 5-2 at the Sovereign Center.


Stealing the puck at their own blue line, Sam Ftorek pushed it ahead to Alexandre Mallet (9th)for a breakaway marker 15:44 into the first period. The assist by Ftorek was his team-leading 24th of the season an extended his point streak to three games.


Reading tied the game at 1-1 with 30 seconds remaining in the period, as Nikita Kashirsky (7th) found the loose puck in front of the K-Wings net and slid it through the legs of Joel Martin.


Ftorek (7th) put the K-Wings back ahead early in the second period, scoring from a backdoor pass from Nick Sirota. The assist was Sirota’s 100th of his career.


Pressuring the K-Wings all period, the Royals evened the game at 2-2 midway in the period on a tally from Ian O’Connor (16th).


Reading outshot Kalamazoo 25-10 in the second period; the 25 shots surrendered by the K-Wings are the most they have allowed in a single period this season (23 @ Elmira 02/08/13-third period).


Exploding in the third period, Stanislav Galiev responded by giving the Royals the lead for good with his 10th goal of the season.


Adding insurance, David Marshall (17th) and Galiev (11th) each added goals late in regulation to secure the three-goal victory.


For the game, the K-Wings were outshot 51-18. The 51 shots were the most surrendered in a game this season (48 Vs Elmira 01/16/13 &Vs Bakersfield 01/27/13), while the 18 shots on net was Kalamazoo’s fewest in a game (Vs Fort Wayne 12/21/12).


Despite the loss, Martin turned aside 46 shots, which ties his own K-Wings ECHL team-record for saves in a single game.


The loss snapped the K-Wings overall winning streak at four games, as well as their road unbeaten streak (seven games) and road winning (five games), all season highs.

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