01/21/2014 - HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears announced today that the club has returned goaltender Riley Gill to the ECHL’s Reading Royals. The announcement was made by Bears President/GM Doug Yingst.
Gill, 28, recorded his first AHL complete game on January 4 at Adirondack, earning second-star honors with 33 saves on 34 shots in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Phantoms. He picked up his first AHL victory on January 12 against the Albany Devils at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, finishing with 29 saves and garnering first-star accolades. In three appearances with the Bears, Gill finished with a record of 2-1-0, a goals-against average of 1.66 and save percentage of .948.
In 16 games with Reading this season, Gill has a 10-6-0 mark, a 2.23 goals-against average and save percentage of .922.
The 6-1, 215-pound native of Northfield, Minnesota spent most of the 2012-13 season with the SPHL’s Louisiana IceGators. Despite joining the Bears’ ECHL affiliate Reading Royals in February, Gill finished the season as the SPHL leader in shutouts (five) and tied for the league lead in victories (25).
Gill went on to make an immediate impact in Reading. In 14 appearances in the Royals net, Gill finished with a record of 10-3-1 and three shutouts, and became the first Royals goaltender to earn Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks. He was also selected as the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month of March.
The Royals later captured the franchise’s first Kelly Cup championship behind Gill, who went on to earn the ECHL Playoff MVP honor after posting a 13-3-1 playoff mark and four shutouts.
Prior to turning pro, Gill played four years of collegiate hockey at Western Michigan University (CCHA).