Monday, March 24, 2003

Cyclones clinch playoff berth

Enquirer staff and wire reports

FAIRBORN, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup playoffs with a 2-0 win over the Dayton Bombers on Sunday. Earlier, the Johnstown Chiefs lost a 5-4 decision to Toledo which mathematically qualified Cincinnati for the playoffs.

Cincinnati has made the playoffs in 12 of its 13 seasons of continuous operation. The lone blemish was the team's inaugural season in the former International Hockey League (1992-93).

Goaltender Greg Hewitt, making his second appearance since coming back from the injured reserve list, turned aside 44 shots for his second shutout win of the season.

The Cyclones play host to the Wheeling Nailers on Tuesday at U.S. Bank Arena. The game is set for a 7:05 p.m. opening face-off.

Dayton000- 0
First period: None.

Second period: None.

Third period: 1. Cin, Casselman 15 (unassisted) 18:52; 2. Cin, Labenski (uunassisted) eng, 19:29.

Power plays: Cin 0-for-3; Day, 0-for-44. Goaltenders: Cin, Greg Hewitt (14-9-2 record; 44 saves, 44 shots); Day, T.J. Aceti (1-2-0; 30-31). Attendance: 4,677.

AHL: Admirals sink Ducks

NORFOLK, Va. - Casey Hankinson scored a pair of goals to lead the Norfolk Admirals to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Sunday at the Norfolk Scope.

Ryan Gaucher and Brett McLean also scored for the Admirals, who snapped a nine-game winless streak (0-5-3-1).

Michael Leighton stopped 24 shots in the win for Norfolk, which won for the first time in four tries against Cincinnati (1-2-0-1).

Andy Reierson scored for the Ducks, who fell to 0-9-0-2 when playing their third game in as many days.

Cincinnati finished its eight-game road trip 2-4-1-1.

The Ducks, with eight games remaining, trail Rochester by six points for the 10th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

They host Philadelphia on Friday at the Gardens.

Mighty Ducks001-1
First period: 1. Nor, Gaucher 2 (Henderson, Laing), 11:22.

Second period: 2. Nor, Hankinson 24 (WIlford, White), 8:12 (shg). 3. Nor, McLean 21, 14:49 (shg).

Third period: 4. Cin, Reierson 2 (Valicevic, Clarke), 8:05. 5. Nor, Hankinson 25 (Tolkunov), 18:21.

Shots: Cin 5-8-12=25; Nor 17-9-6=32. Power plays: Cin 0-5; Nor 0-7. Goalies: Cin, Bryzgalov (32 shots, 28 saves; record 11-22-8); Nor, Leighton (25-24; 15-12-5). A: 6,478. Records: Cin 24-31-12-5; Nor 33-23-11-5.

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