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North Division Finals to be decided in Game 7

Monday, May 16th
North Division Finals to be decided in Game 7

A spot opposite the Florida Everblades in the Eastern Conference Finals is on the line tonight when the Reading Royals host the Newfoundland Growlers in Game 7 of the North Division Finals. It is the 51st Game 7 in ECHL postseason history, and the fifth in the 2022 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Tonight marks Reading's seventh Game 7 all-time, and its second at home. The Royals are 2-4 in their previous Game 7 appearances, including a 4-1 win over Florida in the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals in their only previous Game 7 on home ice.

Newfoundland is appearing in a Game 7 for the second consecutive series after defeating Trois-Rivières 5-2 in the North Division Semifinals. The Growlers are the 17th team in ECHL postseason history to force a Game 7 after trailing a series 3 games to 1. Seven of the previous 16 teams to have forced a Game 7 in that situation won the series. Newfoundland is also looking to join Wheeling from the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals against South Carolina as the only team to ever win Games 6 and 7 of a best-of-seven series on the road.

The home team is 35-15 all-time in ECHL Game 7s - including 3-1 in the 2022 Kelly Cup Playoffs - and has won 22 of the last 30. Eleven Game 7s have gone beyond regulation, with four being decided in two overtimes and one in three overtimes. The home team has won eight of the 11 games decided in overtime.

Game 7s in ECHL History

DATE TEAMS ROUND
May 4, 2022 Tulsa 2 at UTAH 5 DSF
May 3, 2022 WHEELING 3 at Fort Wayne 2 DSF
May 3, 2022 Cincinnati 2 at TOLEDO 4 DSF
May 3, 2022 Trois-Rivières 2 at NEWFOUNDLAND 5 DSF
May 22, 2019 TOLEDO 6 at Tulsa 2 CF
April 24, 2019 Kansas City 2 at TULSA 6 DSF
June 9, 2018 COLORADO 3 at Florida 2 KCF
May 23, 2018 Fort Wayne 3 at COLORADO 4 (OT) CF
April 25, 2018 Allen 1 at IDAHO 4 DSF
May 24, 2017 SOUTH CAROLINA 4 at Manchester 3 CF
April 26, 2017 Orlando 4 at FLORIDA 7 DSF
April 25, 2017 Kalamazoo 1 at TOLEDO 3 DSF
May 24, 2016 WHEELING 5 at South Carolina 2 CF
May 11, 2016 Adirondack 2 at SOUTH CAROLINA 3 (2 OT) CSF
May 11, 2016 Reading 3 at WHEELING 4 (OT) CSF
April 27, 2016 Idaho 2 at ALLEN 3 (OT) CQF
April 27, 2016 Cincinnati 0 at FORT WAYNE 2 CQF
April 26, 2016 READING 4 at Toledo 1 CQF
June 14, 2015 South Carolina 1 at ALLEN 6 KCF
May 27, 2015 SOUTH CAROLINA 1 at Toledo 0 (3 OT) CF
May 27, 2015 Ontario 1 at ALLEN 3 CF
May 13, 2015 Fort Wayne 2 at TOLEDO 5 DF
April 29, 2015 Quad City 1 at RAPID CITY 2 DSF
April 29, 2015 Wheeling 1 at TOLEDO 2 (OT) DSF
April 29, 2015 Reading 2 at SOUTH CAROLINA 3 DSF
April 28, 2015 Colorado 2 at ONTARIO 4 DSF
May 1, 2013 Florida 1 at READING 4 CSF
April 14, 2013 Las Vegas 4 at STOCKTON 6 CQF
April 27, 2011 WHEELING 4 at Greenville 3 (OT) CSF
May 12, 2010 Reading 0 at CINCINNATI 1 CF
April 28, 2010 CINCINNATI 2 at Charlotte 1 CSF
June 5, 2009 SOUTH CAROLINA 4 at Alaska 2 KCF
May 6, 2009 Stockton 1 at LAS VEGAS 5 DF
April 22, 2009 STOCKTON 5 at Ontario 4 DSF
April 22, 2009 Bakersfield 1 at LAS VEGAS 5 DSF
April 21, 2009 ELMIRA 5 at Trenton 3 DSF
April 20, 2009 Wheeling 1 at CINCINNATI 2 (2 OT) DSF
May 5, 2008 Reading 1 at CINCINNATI 6 DF
May 18, 2007 DAYTON 3 at Florida 1 CF
May 3, 2007 Cincinnati 3 at DAYTON 5 DF
May 22, 2006 Fresno 2 at ALASKA 3 (2 OT) CF
May 6, 2006 Bakersfield 2 at FRESNO 4 DF
April 22, 2006 Long Beach 3 at BAKERSFIELD 4 DSF
April 19, 2006 Idaho 2 at LAS VEGAS 6 DSF
May 16, 2005 TRENTON 2 at Alaska 0 CF
May 3, 2003 Cincinnati 2 at ATLANTIC CITY 3 CF
May 13, 2001 Peoria 3 at TRENTON 4 CF
May 30, 1999 Richmond 3 at MISSISSIPPI 4 (2 OT) KCF
March 31, 1992 Roanoke Valley 2 at GREENSBORO 6 1st
April 12, 1989 CAROLINA 7 at Johnstown 4 RCF
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