The Reading Royals, who include four former Alaska Aces, clinched their first trip to the ECHL's Kelly Cup Finals with tonight's 3-1 close-out of the host Cincinnati Cyclones to bag the Eastern Conference Finals in five games.
The Royals, who got 25 saves from Riley Gill, will own home-ice advantage in the Kelly Cup Finals against the winner of the Idaho-Stockton series in the Western Conference Finals.
Former Aces defenseman Patrick Wellar had an assist on Reading's game-winning goal tonight -- he's looking to hoist the Kelly Cup for a third time, having won it with the Aces in 2006 and the South Carolina Stingrays in 2009, when they beat the Aces in Game 7 at Sullivan Arena.
Former Aces center Ethan Cox and former Aces defenseman Brock Shelgren also played for the Royals tonight, as did former UAF and Aces defenseman Bryant Molle of Anchorage.
Doyle Woody, email@example.com