Stepping into the shoes of Philipp Grubauer, who aided the Royals in their ascension to the top of the Eastern Conference before leaving for Hershey and the Capitals, hasn’t been easy for whomever spent time in the Reading crease in the second half of this season.
Nonetheless, with Larry Courville’s club vying for the Brabham Cup and best record in the ECHL, Riley Gill has filled the vacancy beyond all expectations.
On Tuesday, he was named the league’s top goalie for the week of March 11-17.
The 28-year-old Minnesota native finished 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage for the Atlantic Division leaders, who have long since clinched a playoff berth.
Gill began the week by turning aside 27 shots in a 7-1 rout over the Wheeling Nailers on?Wednesday, then stopped all 34 pucks sent his way ed in a 2-0 victory over Elmira on Friday and finished up his strong run with a 32-save performance in a 3-2 win against Cincinnati on Saturday.
Gill upped his 2013 record to 7-2-0 with two shutouts, a 1.34 GAA and .950 save pct. in nine games with the Royals this season. He has allowed two goals or less in eight of his nine appearances.
The former Kalamazoo and Victoria crease guardian has appeared in 80 career ECHL games, earning a record of 45-24-9 with seven whitewashes, a 2.70 GAA.
Reading has six more games on its regular-season slate, including a March 28 home game against the rival Trenton Titans.