READING, Pa – The Reading Royals never thought that they would be in this position heading into the ECHL Conference Quarter Finals but no one told the Fort Wayne Komets how things “should” be. You know the story. The one where the 8th seed in the playoffs are the team “just happy” to be in the playoffs. Then you also have the top seeded favorite who is supposed to “mop up” on the lowly 8th seed in four straight games.
Well, guess what happened on the road to another Kelly Cup title for the Reading Royals. The Fort Wayne Komets made sure that Reading would not repeat as champions, finishing of the champs in five games. The finishing touch came in double overtime in a 2-1win and the Komets sent the Royals home wondering the name of the truck that just ran them over.
It turned out to be one of, if not the greatestupset in ECHL playoff history. No 8th seeded team ever defeated a first seed in a best-of–seven series. That says it all. The Royals scored only one goal in every game they lost in the series. They did score four in the one game they did win.
Yep, that will get you sent home quick.
Overall the Komets outscored the Royals 14-8. The main reason for that was the play of series MVP FWK goaltender Ben Meisner who made 155 saves on 166 shots. Meisner and the rest of his team was outstanding on defense. The Royals were 0-13 on the power play.
I think you get the idea how bad things were for Reading and how good For Wayne was.
The King is dead. Now all the ECHL needs to do is find another King. See you in May for that answer.