Tuesday's Game Is Do or Die for Cincinnati Cyclones' Kelly Cup Quest

Who doesn't love a little playoff tension?

click to enlarge The Cincinnati Cyclones are seeking playoff glory. - PHOTO: ALLISON BABKA
Photo: Allison Babka
The Cincinnati Cyclones are seeking playoff glory.

Who doesn't love a little playoff tension?

The Cincinnati Cyclones will try to keep their Kelly Cup dreams alive on May 3 when the team takes on the Toledo Walleye in the final game of the ECHL's semi-final series for the Central Division. The teams each have won three games in this best-of-seven showdown.

Heading into last weekend, Cincinnati led the series 3-2. But during the April 30 battle at Heritage Bank Center, Toledo notched a 3-0 shutout, forcing a semi-final death match. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday in Toledo.

The winner of the Cyclones/Walleye series will advance to the Central Division finals against either the Fort Wayne Komets or the Wheeling Nailers, whose series also is tied at 3-3. That winner also will be decided Tuesday.

The winner from the Central Division then will take on the winner from the Mountain Division, who will finally battle the winner from either the North or South Division. See the ECHL's 2022 playoff bracket.

It has been three years since Cincinnati last saw Kelly Cup playoff action, plus it's the team's first campaign with head coach Jason Payne at the helm. The 'Clones have been crowned Kelly Cup champs twice. 

The Cyclones hit home ice in October for the first time in about a year and a half after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the end of the 2019-2020 season and the Cyclones opted out of the 2020-2021 season. The team finished the 2021-2022 regular season on April 16 with a 36-32-3-1 record. 

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