Cyclones Will Open
Conference Finals On Road

By Jeremy Peter
Cincinnati Enquirer

CINCINNATI – Chuck Weber put his team on the ice Monday for an easy flow session to get players back in the swing of things before a tough practice Tuesday. The Cyclones got the weekend off after sweeping the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL North Division finals Friday.

Kyle Rank and Dustin Sproat scored in support of Ryan Nie‘s first playoff shutout in a 2-0 clinching win.

Nie leads all ECHL goaltenders with a 1.85 goals-against average in the playoffs. It is the second straight year Cincinnati has won both regular and postseason North Division titles.

The Cyclones now await the outcome of the Florida-South Carolina series. They will play the winner for the American Conference championship later this week. South Carolina leads Florida for the South Division title 3-2 after overcoming a three goal deficit Sunday to defeat the Everblades 4-3. The two teams play game 6 on Tuesday in Florida. If a Game 7 is necessary, it will be played Wednesday.

Cincinnati doesn’t have home-ice advantage in this round. The team will leave for Charleston Wednesday. If Florida wins, the Cyclones will head to Germain Arena in Estero, Fla., for Game 1 of the American Conference finals Friday at 7:30 p.m.

If South Carolina wins, Game 1 will be at North Charleston Coliseum Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Last season, the Cyclones defeated the Stingrays in five games on their way to becoming Kelly Cup champions. No matter who they face, Cincinnati will return home for Game 3 May 13 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the Kelly Cup finals.