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April 3, 2010

Mike Mastovich: 10 Defining moments in Chiefs history

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JOHNSTOWN —

7. The Reading Robbery, April 5, 2004. The Chiefs set single-season records for wins (45), home wins (26), road wins (19), fewest regulation losses (20) and team shutouts (seven) in 2003-04.

Johnstown finished with 97 points. But as luck would have it, the Chiefs played in the toughest division and placed fourth.

Prior to the season, Johnstown was among the teams that voted in favor of a wild-card playoff format that had the No. 5 seed facing the

No. 4 in an elimination game.

The Chiefs had eight more wins and 13 more points than fifth place Reading, a team that needed a late surge to edge out Trenton for the wild-card spot.

The Chiefs were 6-3-0 against Reading, including 4-0-0 at home. Coach O’Brien’s team went 28-6-4 after Jan. 7 and finished the regular season on a 10-1-1 run.

None of those numbers mattered after Reading’s David Masse scored a pair of goals and netminder Cody Rudkowsky was nearly unbeatable in the Royals’ 2-1 victory.

8. 1,000th game/ 1,000,000th fan/ 2,000,000th fan. Johnstown’s role as the only original member of the once five-team ECHL to stay in the same city since 1988 enabled the Chiefs to reach several milestones that were a testament to the team’s longevity and support of its most loyal fans.

A capacity home crowd of 4,074 attended the Chiefs’ 1,000 ECHL game on Feb. 22, 2003 (a 4-2 loss to Toledo).

The team welcomed its 1 millionth fan on Dec. 6, 1997, as Bruce Cumbie went through the War Memorial turnstiles before a 6-3 loss to the Huntington Blizzard. The Chiefs never will know his or her name, but the 2 millionth fan attended a Feb. 26 game against Toledo this season. The Chiefs, apparently unaware of the milestone, did not publicize the event. The ECHL office confirmed the math, though.

Entering tonight’s game 2,018,091 fans have attended Chiefs home regular-season games and the overall total including playoffs is 2,104,213.

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