There was one series in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs that would need seven games to decide a winner, and that was the Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Fort Wayne Komets series, one that featured over 300+ plus minutes in penalties. It would be a goaltending dual between Fort Wayne’s Ryan Fanti and Cincinnati’s Beck Warm. The Cyclones would finally get on the board as they finished off a great PP where they held the puck in their zone until Captain Justin Vaive who get his stick on a shot from the point that came from Jalen Smereck at the 16:51 mark of the second. Fort Wayne had the better chances as they had four PP opportunities but could not convert on any of their chances; the Kometes would double up the Cyclones in shots in the third 12-6. The Komets seemed to have tied it with 1:11 left as they pulled the goalie for the extra attacker but the goal would be called off for goaltender interference. Both goalies were fantastic, but the story of the night has to be Beck Warm, who got pulled after the second period in game six after giving up three goals on 17 shots. After the final whistle sounded, the physicality would make one final appearance as the Komets seemed to have a grudge against the Cyclones that they wanted to settle before heading off the ice, despite this the two sides were able to put across their difference for the handshake line. Game Seven was the only one-goal game of the series between the two teams.
The Cyclones will begin their second-round series at home vs. Toledo Walleye on Friday Night.
The Florida Panthers and their ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades, are both heading to the Finals in their respective leagues. The Everblades and Panthers just partnered the season and agreed on a multi-year deal after the Everblades had spent the previous three years as the Nashville Predator’s ECHL affiliate. Florida has spent time previously affiliated […]
The Norfolk Admirals joined the North Division for the 2022-23 season after the Savannah Ghost Pirates joined the ECHL and the South Division this season, as all four divisions now have seven teams. Norfolk didn’t fair well in their first year in the new division as they finished the season dead last in the league […]
The Florida Everblades did it again, knocking Newfoundland out of the playoffs and advancing to the finals for the second straight season. Florida again outplayed Newfoundland and will face the Idaho Steelheads in the Kelly Cup Final beginning Saturday Night. The series was filled with epic wins and heart-wrenching losses. An overtime win for the […]