The pieces just keep falling into place. Last week, I hinted on Twitter than Rob Madore’s replacement had been found. Thursday morning, that came into fruition as the Cyclones have landed goaltender Neil Conway in a trade with the Toledo Walleye for future considerations. Conway played a huge role in getting the Walleye to the Eastern Conference Finals this past Spring, and hopefully he’ll be able to repeat that success in Cincinnati this season.
From the Cyclones Official Release:
“CINCINNATI, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones have acquired goaltender Neil Conway from the Toledo Walleye, in exchange for future considerations.
“Neil has shown that he is an elite goalie, and we saw his abilities first hand last year,” said Cyclones Head Coach Matt MacDonald. “We are confident that he will do a great job in net for us this season, and has proven he is able to be a standout player and is determined to continue that success here in Cincinnati.”
Entering his third ECHL campaign, Conway primarily served as a backup in Toledo, appearing in 20 games a season ago. The Concord, OH, native compiled an 11-7-3 record in those contests, and posted a 2.09 goals-against average along with a .928 save percentage. Conway backstopped the Walleye to three shutouts last season, which is second most in team history for a single season. He continued his hot play in the playoffs, helping Toledo to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals with a 4-1-1 record, along with a 3.21 GAA, and a .905 SV% in six games played.
Standing at 6’1” and weighing in at 185 pounds, Conway has also seen time with the Elmira Jackals and England’s Nottingham Panthers in 2013-14, and the Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Rapid City Rush and Quad City Mallards in 2012-2013.”
This is a monstrous gain for the Cyclones. To have the success that Toledo had last season, you have to have that consistency in goal that you can rely on, and Conway brings just that. When Jeff Lerg was having a down spurt, Conway was right there to backstop to Toledo to victory and I’m very confident he’ll play a very instrumental role this season.