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Cyclones & Ice Bears Tied 1-1 in Playoff Series

March 27, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Twin City Cyclones News Release

The Pee Dee Cyclones and Knoxville Ice Bears split the first two games of their best of five playoff series this past weekend at the Florence Civic Center. The Cyclones won 5-4 in overtime on Friday night as Edan Welch scored the first goal of the game and the game winner at 3:50 of overtime. Brett Roat also added two goals for Pee Dee. The Cyclones goaltender Kelly Shields stopped 62 of 66 shots for the victory.

On Saturday night, Knoxville turned the tables with a 7-1 victory to even the series. The Ice Bears jumped to a 5-0 lead as leading scorer Kevin Swider scored twice for Knoxville. Defenseman Steve Birch scored the lone Cyclones goal at 4:55 of the second period.

The series now shifts to Knoxville, Tennessee for games three, four, and five (if necessary):

Friday, March 31st: Cyclones @ Knoxville 7:30PM (Playoff Game #3) Saturday, April 1st: Cyclones @ Knoxville 7:30PM (Playoff Game #4) Tuesday, April 4th: Cyclones @ Knoxville 7:30PM (Playoff Game #5 / If necessary)

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Cyclones Team Notes: As he was during the regular season, Edan Welch is the Cyclones leading scorer in the playoffs with two goals & two assists for four points in the first two games played. Brett Roat has two goals and an assist for three points. Defenseman Chris Affinati leads the team in plus/minus with a +2 rating. Defenseman Josh Vanderbreggen leads the team in penalty minutes with 21.

Cyclones Appearances: Join Cyclones Head Coach Mark Richards, Owner Bob Kerzner and selected players every Tuesday night at 7:30PM at the Phoenix Bar & Grill in the Thunderbird Hotel on Highway 52 and I-95 for the Cyclones Radio Show on 100.1 FM "The Fan" as a part of the weekly "Press Box PM" radio program with host Emerson "E-Daddy" Phillips.

Cyclones Practice Schedule: The Cyclones practice most days at the Florence Civic Center except when the team is on the road. Call the Cyclones at 843-432-1234 for additional information. Tuesday, March 28th: 10:30AM-12 Noon Wednesday, March 29th: 10:30AM-12 Noon Thursday, March 30th: Team departs for Knoxville, Tennessee Friday, March 31st: Away game in Knoxville (Playoff Game #3 @ Knoxville) Saturday, April 1st: Away game in Knoxville (Playoff Game #4 @ Knoxville)

Cyclones Season Tickets Notes: *Deposits are now being taken for 2006-07 Cyclones Season Tickets. Call the Cyclones at 843-432-1234 for additional information or stop by the Cyclones offices located on the lower level of the Florence Civic Center.

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