Comeback Cyclones Need Win

By Jeremy Peter
Cincinnati Enquirer

CINCINNATI – The Cyclones’ season has been built on comebacks, and the ‘Clones need their biggest one yet to start Friday against South Carolina in Game 4 of the American Conference finals.

The Cyclones trail the Stingrays 3-0 and will be trying to avoid the sweep when the first puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena.

Cincinnati advanced to the American Conference finals by sweeping Elmira in four games for the North Division championship. They need a victory tonight to avoid a similar fate and keep alive their bid for a return to the Kelly Cup finals.

Comeback victories are a trademark of Chuck Weber-led squads. In three seasons with Weber at the helm, the Cyclones have 10 such wins in the Kelly Cup playoffs.

The team had 15 come-from-behind victories in the regular season and has rallied for wins four times in the playoffs.

But no team in ECHL history has come back to win a playoff series after being down three games.

Weber, however, can provide some inspiration. He was a part of the 1998-99 Orlando Solar Bears, who became the first team in IHL history to overcome an 0-3 deficit, rallying past the Detroit Vipers for the Eastern Conference championship.

If the Cyclones win Friday, they will be back at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday for Game 5.