Reading jumps on Walleye for easy win


READING, Pa. — The Royals scored twice in the first period and beat Toledo 5-2 on Saturday.

The Royals jumped on Toledo early with two goals in the first period. The first came at 5:58 when Casey Haines batted a loose puck past Thomas McCollum. The second was a perfect shot by Eric Castongauy at 15:59.

"We knew they were going to come out fired up after not playing last night," said coach Nick Vitucci. "I thought for the most part we fought through that early storm. The quick third-period goals deflated our sails tonight."

The Walleye got on the board when Mike Hedden tried a pass in front of the Reading net that deflected off goaltender Matt Dalton and into the net for Hedden's team-leading 28th goal of the season. The Walleye power-play goal came at 8:18 of the second, and the assists went to Andy Bohmbach and Jason Lepine.

The Royals scored two goals 29 seconds apart in the third period to go ahead 5-1. The Walleye collected another goal at 15:25 of the third period when Tyler Doig beat Dalton with a wrist shot (Hedden and Bohmbach assisting).