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Jason Payne, head coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones, is trying to lead the team to the Kelly Cup.

The fate of the Cincinnati Cyclones playoffs may be decided as early as Thursday.

On April 27, the Cincinnati Minor League professional hockey team will continue its march to the Kelly Cup with another semifinal game against Toledo Wally. The Cyclones are 2-1 in the series, trying to win four of seven games to advance to the next round of the ECHL playoffs.

The Clones will face Walleye in the fourth game of the Central Devision series on April 27 and in the fifth game on April 28. The puck is scored at 7.30pm both nights at Cincinnati’s Heritage Bank Center. Tickets are still available, and the rest of the home games will have beer for $ 1. If necessary, the sixth and seventh games will be held in Toledo on April 30 and May 3.

The winner of the Cyclones / Walleye series will come out The final of the central division against Fort Wayne Kamets or Wheeling Naylers.

It’s been three years since Cincinnati last saw the Kelly Cup playoffs, plus it’s the team’s first campaign with head coach Jason Payne at the helm. The Clones have twice won the Kelly Cup.

The cyclones came out on the ice in October for the first time about a year and a half later The coronavirus pandemic has canceled the end of the 2019-2020 season and Cyclones abandoned the 2020-2021 season. The team finished the regular season of 2021-2022 on April 16 with a score of 36-32-3-1.

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