While the American Hockey League is the top developmental league for the National Hockey League, many of its players can claim allegiance to one of the 21 teams in the ECHL. For the San Antonio Rampage, that team is the Cincinnati Cyclones. After spending time between the now-defunct International Hockey League and the ECHL, the Cyclones have been a permanent staple in the ECHL since the 2006-07 season. They’ve won four divisional championships and two Eastern Conference championships, going on to win the Kelly Cup both times (2008 and 2010). Both of those championship teams were coached to success by Chuck Weber, who now serves as associate coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Rampage.
Additionally, Rampage captain Greg Rallo
(Idaho Steelheads), and C Ryan Martindale
(Stockton Thunder) each have spent time in the ECHL in their careers.
Megan in particular flourished with the Rampage this year, breaking out as a solid and dependable option at center, and heated up especially at the tail end of March. The Canton, N.Y. native tallied four goals and two assists in a five-game span, and followed that up with a three-game point streak (3g-1a) to close out the month. After his second (and final) recall from Cincinnati on Dec. 19, he led all Cyclones skaters in goals (13) and points (20) before heading to the Alamo City. His 20 points also placed him fourth overall in the ECHL for scoring at that point in time.
Shaw, a winger whose physicality on the ice has been consistently praised by Rampage head coach Tom Rowe, began the season with San Antonio but spent some time in Cincinnati before earning the recall back up on Dec. 30. In his 46 games with the Rampage this season, he earned both his first AHL point (an assist) on Jan. 18 and scored his first AHL goal in a 3-1 win at Lake Erie on Feb. 8.
CINCY TO SAN ANTONIO MILESTONES 2013-14:
Oct. 4: Logan Shaw’s first professional and AHL game
Oct. 13: Michael Houser’s first AHL game and first AHL win
Dec. 14: Houser’s 50th AHL game
Jan. 4: John McFarland’s 50th AHL game
Jan. 18: Shaw’s first AHL point (an assist)
Jan. 26: McFarland’s 100th professional game
Feb. 5: Wade Megan’s 50th professional game
Feb. 15: Garrett Wilson’s 50th professional goal
March 9: Shaw’s 50th professional game
March 9: Trevor Lewis’ 50th professional point (an assist)
March 28: Megan’s 50th AHL game
March 30: Wilson’s 100th AHL game
April 1: Tony Turgeon’s first AHL game
March 12: Wilson’s 100th professional point (a goal)
For all things Cincy, make sure to follow their play-by-play and PR guy, Nick Brunker (@nickbrunker), as well as their official account @CincyCyclones and their game day account @cyclonesgameday. Quarterfinals versus the Orlando Solar Bears begin tonight at 6 p.m. Central!
Game 1: Thursday, April 17 at 6 p.m. – Cincinnati at Orlando
Game 2: Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m. – Cincinnati at Orlando
Game 3: Wednesday, April 23 at 6:35 p.m. – Orlando at Cincinnati
Game 4: Friday, April 25 at 6:35 p.m. – Orlando at Cincinnati
Game 5: Saturday, April 26 at 6:35 p.m. – Orlando at Cincinnati**
Game 6: Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. – Cincinnati at Orlando**
Game 7: Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. – Cincinnati at Orlando**
*all times in Central