By Shannon Russell
Cincinnati Enquirer Contributor
CINCINNATI – For the first time in 35 years, a Cincinnati hockey team is playing in a championship series.
And Cincinnati Cyclones fans couldn’t be prouder.
“The coach promised us they’d go further than they did last year, but we didn’t know how good they’d be,” said Sherry Chapman, a Deer Park resident. “They blew us all away.”
Hockey is the talk of the Queen City thanks to the ECHL franchise, which is making its first Kelly Cup Finals appearance.
The Cyclones will host the Las Vegas Wranglers in the first two games of the best-of-seven series. The teams will play Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Arena.
Led by ECHL Coach of the Year Chuck Weber, the ‘Clones are nearing the pinnacle of their record-breaking season. They won the Brabham Cup for having the league’s best record and posted the second-best regular-season record (55-12-5) in conference history.