READING, Pa. - The Reading Royals are excited to be the first team in franchise history to earn a berth in the Kelly Cup Finals. But the Royals are not satisfied yet. They want to bring a championship back to Reading.
To do that, the Royals will have to beat the Stockton Thunder out of the Western Conference.
The Royals and Thunder have never met up in a playoff series; and the two organizations have only faced each other three times in their respective histories. The Royals traveled to Stockton in the inaugural season of the Thunder, 2005-06, and played three consecutive games in December of 2005. Reading won each of those three games. Stockton advanced to the Finals by dispatching the Las Vegas Wranglers in seven games in the Western Conference Quarter-Finals; the Alaska Aces in six games; and the Idaho Steelheads in five. The Royals defeated the Greenville Road Warriors in the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals (4-1); the Florida Everblades in the Semis (4-3); and the Cincinnati Cyclones in the Conference Finals (4-1).
Reading is cautiously optimistic about its current position, but the team realizes it has not won anything yet.
Game 1 is Saturday night at 7:05 inside the Sovereign Center.
Allentown, PA 18102