By Jeremy Peter
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.
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.