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Reading Royals clinch berth in 2022 Kelly Cup playoffs

Reading will be returning to the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs next month.

The Royals clinched a playoff berth with Trois-Rivières’ 5-3 win over Maine on Tuesday night. Reading did not play Tuesday.

The Royals lead the North Division with a .672 points percentage and 82 points. They have 10 games remaining on their regular season schedule.

Reading will begin its 2022 playoff appearance in the division semifinals, where it will play the fourth-place finisher from the North Division in a seven-game series. The Royals will host Game 1 of the opening-round series on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and Game 2 on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Santander Arena.

Reading last appeared in the playoffs in 2018, when it was eliminated in the first round. The Royals will be making their second playoff appearance under coach Kirk MacDonald, who took the helm ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Reading clinched a playoff berth in March 2020, but the remainder of the regular season and postseason were canceled just days later due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Royals did not participate in the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic.

Reading has qualified for the playoffs in 11 of its last 12 seasons. The Royals won the Kelly Cup in 2013, the lone championship in franchise history.

In addition to clinching a playoff spot, Reading released goaltender Mike Robinson on Tuesday. A San Jose Sharks prospect selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL draft, Robinson appeared in one game for the Royals, posting a 3.06 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage.

Source: Berkshire mont

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