Last night our pals in the ECHL, the Cincinnati Cyclones, advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. They took down the eighth seeded Fort Wayne Komets in six games in a series that saw three-games go into OT. The finale last night was capped off in regulation with a 4-1 victory on home ice.
Speaking of home ice, this is the beautiful thing for Cincinnati that will happen in the Conference Finals. The Cyclones are the fifth seed. Thanks to other dominoes falling they will have home ice against the seventh seeded Greenville Road Warriors. The Conference Finals for the Cyclones starts on Monday night.
How have the members of the Milwaukee Admirals been contributing you ask? Quite well.
Josh Shalla in particular has shined in this playoff run for the Cyclones. He has 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in 12 playoff games. Zach Budish has picked up 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) to go along with one of the team’s top plus/minus ratings, +7. Barry Almeida has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). Taylor Aronson has 4 points (all assists).
Magnus Hellberg hasn’t factored into any of this playoff run for the Cyclones. While you might think that’s a downer – think again. Rob Madore was the hot-hand going into the Kelly Cup playoffs and he has responded with banana crazy insane numbers: he has started all 12 playoff games, won 8 games, has a 1.89 goals against average, and a 0.938 save percentage. The Cyclones have a really strong offense that has averaged 3 goals per game in the playoffs. Pair that with a goalie allowing less than 2 goals per contest and it sounds rather successful – if I do say so myself.
Do you feel like our Cyclones in the ECHL are heading to the Kelly Cup Finals? How do you think the members of the Milwaukee Admirals have performed at the ECHL level?