Just Before Midnight

By Jonathan Roybal
May 1, 2003

The 2003 Cincinnati Cyclones postseason run might be best described as a fairy tale.

The Cyclones are battling in a best-of-seven series against Atlantic City and are trying to pull off what, is generally believed to be impossible in sports. Rally from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series, and win it in Game 7.

Never in the course of the league’s 15-year history has a team accomplished that feat.

Why should that matter to the Cyclones? After all, their critics never expected them to be in the Conference Finals in the first place.

The Cincinnati Cyclones finished the 2002-03 regular season sporting a record of 36-29-7, good for 79 points and third place in the East Coast Hockey League’s Northwest Division.

The good news was they qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second straight year. The bad news was the Cyclones drew Peoria Rivermen, (who finished 24 points ahead in second place) in the first round.

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