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Cyclones Secure Kelly Cup Playoff Berth For Fourth Straight Year

March 18, 2010 - ECHL (ECHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones News Release


CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators, learned this evening that they have clinched a spot in the upcoming Kelly Cup playoffs by virtue of a 7-1 win over the Johnstown Chiefs tonight at U.S. Bank Arena. The Cyclones now have a 40-21-3 record on the year and a three point lead over Kalamazoo in the North Division standings.

The top eight teams in the twelve team American Conference will advance to the Kelly Cup playoffs. Cincinnati reached this position by assuring itself of more points than Johnstown (59 possible points), Wheeling (80) and Gwinnett (81). Trenton could tie the Cyclones for eighth place, but Cincinnati's 40 wins are more than the Devils' 37 potential victories- which is the first tie-breaking criteria. Cincinnati can assure itself of seventh place with a win against Toledo in one of the next two nights- as the teams play a home-and-home series in the Glass City tomorrow night.

Last season, the Cyclones made it back-to-back trips to the American Conference Finals and back to back North Division regular season and playoff titles. The 2007-08 campaign was the finest ever for the Cyclones, as they won the North Division, the American Conference and the Kelly Cup. In the 2006-07 season, Cincinnati finished third in the North Division (a win shy of the division title) and advanced to the North Division Finals- losing in a seven game thriller versus Dayton. It is the first time in team history that the club has entered postseason play four straight years.

It is the third straight year that a triumph over Johnstown pushed the club into the postseason. Last year, a 4-3 win over the Chiefs on April 1 put the club in the playoffs and on February 22, 2008 the squad advanced through a 5-2 win. All three victories have come at U.S. Bank Arena, where the Cyclones enjoy a 21-9-2 record in 2009-10.

While playoff dates, times and opponents are unknown- playoff ticket packages are now available by contacting the Cyclones Sales Department at 513-421-PUCK, extension 3. Full playoff packages are currently available and single game tickets will go on sale at the end of March or start of April- once dates have been determined. Ticket prices in the Kelly Cup playoffs are $14 per ticket, per game.

The Kelly Cup Playoffs are coming! Tickets for the 2010 Cincinnati Cyclones postseason will soon be on sale. The Cyclones Sales Department can be reached at 513-421-PUCK, extension 3. Selected Friday night games are carried on 1530-AM Homer, while all 72 regular season games can be heard on the club's website at: www.cycloneshockey.com. The next game on ESPN 1530 will come Friday, April 2, when the Cyclones host Johnstown at 7:30pm.


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