With a 6-0-0 start to the season, the Cincinnati Cyclones are just two wins away from tying the ECHL record for longest winning streak to start a season. Both the 1994-95 Dayton Bombers and 2001-02 Trenton Titans started their respective seasons 8-0-0.
The Cyclones won each of their three outings last week, starting with a dramatic 4-3 win at Toledo on Wednesday morning. Cincinnati led 3-1 entering the third period only to see the Walleye pull even on a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the final frame. Skating shorthanded in the closing minutes, John McFarland was able to put the Cyclones back on top with 1:15 remaining, and Cincinnati held on for a 4-3 win.
Cincinnati needed no such dramatics on Friday as the club went into Evansville and came away with a 7-0 win, keyed by a 3-for-7 performance on the power play. Wade Megan led the way offensively with three points, and Rob Madore posted his third career shutout, turning aside all 26 shots he faced.
The Cyclones ended the week with a 5-4 shootout win at Kalamazoo on Sunday. Megan continued his torrid week with two goals and an assist, his third straight game with the same stat line. Madore picked up another win in net stopping 32 shots in regulation and overtime and then stopping four of Kalamazoo’s five attempts in the shootout.
Megan leads all ECHL rookies with six goals and 12 points, and is tied for second among first-year players in plus-minus at +8. His 12 points are tied for second overall in the league while his six goals have him tied for third.
Madore, who is 5-0-0 in his five appearances this season, is tied for second in the league in wins, is fourth with 152 saves and is fifth with 311 minutes played.
Cincinnati, which has a four-point edge over Evansville for the top spot in the North Division, can tie the league record for consecutive wins to start the season with two games this weekend. The Cyclones return to Kalamazoo on Friday before hosting Fort Wayne on Saturday.