Game 7 Experience Favors Cyclones

Cincinnati Enquirer

CINCINNATI – For the third time in Chuck Weber’s coaching career, he will be facing the prospect of coaching in a Game 7 during a playoff series.

Monday night, the Cincinnati Cyclones host the Wheeling Nailers in a decisive Game 7 of their ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs North Division semifinal series. The series is even at three wins apiece. Weber is 1-1 in these do-or-die affairs during his tenure in Cincinnati.

“We just want to continue doing things just the way we have so far this season,” Weber said. “You don’t change everything up just for the sake of playing a Game 7.”

The game will mark the 14th time in ECHL playoff history that a series has gone the full seven games and it is the fourth time for Cincinnati, a league record. The Cyclones are 1-2 in these games all-time, having lost the American Conference finals to Atlantic City in 2003 and the North Division finals to Dayton in 2007.

Last year, Cincinnati rallied in the North Division finals to win Games 6 and 7 in the North Division finals to advance to the American Conference finals and go on to capture the Kelly Cup.

Monday’s winner will advance to play the winner of the Trenton-Elmira series in the North Division finals. That series will get under way next weekend.

There are seven Cyclones with a seventh-game experience in their pro careers.

Barret Ehgoetz and Matt Macdonald have each played in the other two seventh games Weber has coached.

Among the seven players, there are 13 final-game experiences. They have a collective record of 7-6 in these games.