With the playoffs just a few weeks away, the Reading Royals looked like a playoff team Wednesday night.
The Royals throttled Wheeling, 7-1, at the Sovereign Center. T.J. Syner recorded a hat trick for Reading, scoring three consecutive goals over the first and second periods.
Riley Gill was sharp in net for the Royals. The goaltender stopped 27 shots on 28 chances.
Reading leads the Atlantic Division by 11 points over Elmira. The Jackals will visit the Sovereign Center Friday night.
The Royals also trail Cincinnati by just one point for top spot in the Eastern Conference.