The Cincinnati Cyclones advanced to the ECHL Eastern Conference Finals this weekend to face the Reading Royals. Unfortunately for the Cyclones they have lost both opening games of the series and now trail 2-0 coming back to Cincinnati looking to get back into the series.
Cincinnati entered the series against Reading coming off a great but tiring series against the Gwinnett Gladiators one that saw one of the longest overtime games in ECHL history. No excuses though, Cincinnati has played exceptional hockey throughout the playoffs so far and two bad breaks in these opening two games have cost them.
This weekend against Reading though Cincinnati was not able to capitalize on their high amount of shots on goal. Like always the Cyclones out shot the other team unfortunately the Royals capitalized on their shots a little better than the cyclones.
Cincinnati and Reading kicked off the Eastern Conference Finals taking Game 1 to double overtime. A game that saw Reading net the final goal taking a 5-4. A goal late in the third period from Reading defensemen Dominic Jalbert sent the game into the first overtime where neither team score. Then in double overtime Reading netted the game winner.
Game two was once a very close hard fought game except this time it was Cincinnati sending the game to overtime with a goal halfway through the third period. But much like Game 1 Reading scored in overtime to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The series comes to Cincinnati Wednesday night as the Cyclones look to climb their way back into the series.