The first round of the ECHL's Kelly Cup playoffs were completed tonight, when the Cincinnati Cyclones won 4-3 in overtime at Toledo to eliminate the Walleye in six games.
Toledo came excruciatingly close to forcing Game 7 -- the Walleye led 3-2 until Cincy's Garrett Wilson scored an extra-attacker goal with just five seconds remaining in regulation. Mathieu Aubin forged the series-ender for the Cyclones, striking 3:05 into extra time against goaltender Jordan Pearce of Anchorage.
Can't blame Pearce. In the series, he went 2-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. He made 33 saves tonight.
In any event, the higher seed won all eight first-round series in the Kelly Cup playoffs. The only series that stretched to the maximum seven games was a 4-5 matchup in the Western Conference between Stockton and Las Vegas, with Stockton winning Games 6 and 7 at home to advance to the second round against the Alaska Aces.
The Aces entertain Stockton in Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-7 -- that's Friday and Saturday nights -- at Sullivan Arena.
One other pro note: Former UAF defenseman Jordan Hendry, who has played two NHL games this season and 131 in his career, was summoned by the Anaheim Ducks from Norfolk of the AHL. Anaheim next plays Wednesday, when it entertains Brandon Dubinsky of Anchorage and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Hendry won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.
Doyle Woody, email@example.com