READING, Pa. - Nikita Kashirky's overtime goal gave the Reading Royals a thrilling 6-5 win over the Stockton Thunder in Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals at the Sovereign Center on Saturday.
Reading tied an ECHL single-season record with its fifth overtime win during these playoffs.
After trading goals in the first, second and third periods, the Royals took a 4-3 lead on Alex Berry's power play goal with 48 seconds left in the third.
The Thunder tied it when Ryan Hayes scored with 22 seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.
Midway through the overtime period, Nikita Kashirsky scored his second goal of the night, lifting the Royals to an exhilarating Game 1 win.
The Royals and Thunder, who are both playing in their first-ever Kelly Cup Finals, will play Game 2 at the Sovereign Center on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
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