Checking in on the Cincinnati Cyclones

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Magnus Hellberg isn’t the lone member of the Milwaukee Admirals competing in this season’s ECHL playoffs for the Cincinnati Cyclones – but he could be a reason why they win it all. (Photo Credit: Tony Bailey)

While we’re in our own little playoff mode in Milwaukee – our friends in Cincinnati, the Cyclones, are preparing for game one of the first round of the ECHL playoffs tonight.

The Cyclones finished the regular season with a record of 41-23-4-4 (90 points). That put them in second place of the North Division and the fifth seed in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. They will be playing against the fourth seed Orlando Solar Bears in the first round match-up.

Among the players we’ve seen in Milwaukee at some point are: Josh Shalla, Paul Crowder, Zach BudishBarry Almeida, Taylor Aronson, and Magnus Hellberg.

Aronson has played the most games of that group this season for Cincinnati (65) and has totaled 38 points (6 goals, 32 assists), a plus/minus rating of +28, and 57 penalty minutes. The top scorer of that group is Crowder with 48 points (16 goals, 32 assists). A player who we saw in pre-season camp, Almeida, has played in 47 games, scored 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists), has a plus/minus rating of +6, and 23 penalty minutes.

For those who we have seen with the Admirals this season: Shalla has played in 29 games, scored 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists), has a plus/minus of +20, and 11 penalty minutes. Budish has played in 16 games, scored 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists), has a plus/minus of -4, and 6 penalty minutes.

Then we have our ol’ bobblehead day buddy Hellberg who, since returning from his January lower-body injury, has been with the Cyclones in the ECHL. He has played in 7 games since then, won 5 games, lost one game in regulation, and lost one game in overtime. He has a 2.89 goals against average with a 0.901 save percentage.

The Cyclones finished the season as the top scoring team in the ECHL with 247 goals scored. The next closest teams were the Alaska Aces (243) and the Florida Everblades (240). The Cyclones are also the best disciplined team in the ECHL with a league low 839 penalty minutes taken. They enter tonight’s first playoff game on a run of 6-2-2-0 (14 points) in their last 10 games played.

How do you feel our ECHL club will fair in the playoffs? What do you make of the Admirals that have played with them this season? Any surprises – positive or negative? Could Hellberg be a key for them in a deep playoff run?

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