Reading wins a wild Kelly Cup opener

Posted by Doyle Woody, on May 18, 2013 

Positively wild opener in the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals tonight, with each team scoring in the final minute of regulation -- and as part of six combined third-period goals, three for each club -- and Reading's Nikita Kashirsky bagged the OT strike nearly 10 minutes into extra time to give the homestanding Reading Royals a 6-5 win over the Stockton Thunder.

Reading's Alex Berry scored on the power play with just 48 seconds left in regulation to grab a 5-4 lead, but Stockton's Ryan Hayes scored an extra attacker goal just 26 seconds later to force OT.

Kashirsky, who won a Kelly Cup with the South Carolina Stingrays in 2009, when they beat the Alaska Aces in Game 7, racked two goals and a helper.

Former Aces center Ethan Cox of Reading, who won the Cup with Alaska in 2011, furnished one goal and was -1. Former Aces defenseman Patrick Wellar, a two-time Cup winner (Alaska 2006, South Carolina 2009) had an assist and went -1 for Reading. Former Aces defenseman Brock Shelgren was even for the Royals and former Aces and UAF defenseman Bryant Molle of Anchorage was +2 for Reading.


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