CHEROKEE SEASON COMES TO AN END
(DROP FIRST ROUND TO PITTSBURGH)
Toledo OH – The Toledo Cherokee season came to a close on Saturday night after dropping game two at home on Saturday night 3-2. The Cherokee lost game one in Pittsburgh 3-2 in overtime.
On Friday the Cherokee jumped out to a 2-0 lead before falling in extra time.Tyler Zalecki (Northwood OH) got Toledo on the board early in the game to make it 1-0, assists went to Cody Estrel (Sylvania OH) and Brody Duncan (Toledo OH). Kyler Omey (Sylvania OH) scored on the power-play mid way thru the first period Cam Schwartz (Warren MI) and Dominic Pisanti (Temperance MI) assisted on the goal. Glen Bates (Ida MI) made 20 saves in the loss.
“Even though our season ended in the first round I am extremely proud of this group, they have battled thru a ton of personal adversity and to represent our program the way they did makes me proud to say I was there coach.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
The two teams returned to Toledo on Saturday night and once again Toledo couldn’t hold the lead. The Cherokee led 2-0 after two periods before Pittsburgh would score three in the third to knock the Cherokee out of the NA3HL playoffs. Kyle Downey (Canton MI) and Duncan scored for Toledo in the loss. Schwartz, Pisanti, Zach Swanson (Temperance MI) and Ethan Resetar (Northville MI) picked up assists in the game. Bates allowed three goals on 28 shots in the defeat.
Although the season didn’t end the way the club would have liked the team had many highlights this season including winning 28 regular season games, two seven game winning streaks and the best road record in the East division.
“This group played hard all season and I am looking forward to the future of Cherokee hockey here in Toledo, we pride ourselves on doing it the right way and I am confident as a group and coaching staff next year will be just as good if not better than the successful season we had this year.” Added Miller
The coaching staff will turn its attention to recruiting as the club will look to reload for the 2015-16 season. Tryout dates for next season will be announced in the near future.
For more information on the Toledo Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com