By Marc Hardin
Cincinnati Enquirer Contributor
CINCINNATI – Having made history in the North Division finals with the most lopsided victory in a seventh game in the 20-year-old ECHL, the Cyclones were hoping to keep momentum at their backs Friday at U.S. Bank Arena in the opener of the best-of-seven American Conference championship series.
“We came out of the Reading series with the right kind of momentum. We won (by five goals in Game 7) after being pushed to the brink,” Cyclones coach Chuck Weber said before the hockey puck dropped for Friday’s Game 1 vs. the South Carolina Stingrays.
The Cyclones won 6-2.
“When you fight hard for that kind of momentum,” Weber said, “you don’t want to lose it.”
The Cyclones didn’t merely seize momentum against South Carolina. They put a stranglehold on it, blasting the Stingrays while taking a 1-0 lead in the series, the winner of which advances to the Kelly Cup championship.