Bobby Shea scored nearly 10 minutes into the second overtime, giving the Royals a 5-4 win over Cincinnati and a 1-0 edge in their conference final series.
Neither team scored consecutive goals all game. The Royals and Cyclones went goal for goal until Shea's winner in the second overtime.
Evan Barlow netted a pair of goals for Reading. T.J. Syner added one as well.
Dominic Jalbert's goal tied the game at 4 when he put one off the boards and caught Cincinnati goalie Michael Houser napping. That was with a minute and a half left in the game and sent it to OT, where Shea eventually won it.
Game 2 of the series is Sunday afternoon at the Sovereign Center.