Saturday, May 14, 2005

Cincy Ducks eliminated from AHL Playoffs; Move imminent?

The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were eliminated from the AHL Calder Cup playoffs last night, losing to the Chicago Wolves 4-1. The loss is not only the final game of the season for the Ducks, but could also be the final game they ever play as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.

Rumors have been circulating for weeks that the team will re-locate to Portland, Maine and take over the Portland Pirates franchise. It is believed that team and Portland officials were waiting for Cincinnati's season to end before making an announcement, and now they may wait a few days longer to not appear like they are dancing on Cincy's grave.

In last nights game the Mighty Ducks led 1-0 going into the third period but were dominated by the Wolves in the final 20 minutes. Chicago scored four goals on just six shots in the third period, two of them coming on an empty net, to advance to the Western Conference final where they will play Manitoba. Manitoba has one Mighty Ducks prospect on their roster - Cory Pecker - and we will continue to update his progress in the days to come.

Fredric Cassivi was in net for the Mighty Ducks and had 38 saves on 40 shots faced. The lone goal for Cincy was scored in the second period by Curtis Glencross, a shorthanded goal off an assist by Tim Brent.

As soon as any announcement regarding the future home of the Mighty Ducks is made, we'll have it posted here so check back often.