CHEROKEE EARN SERIES SWEEP
(WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON WITH TWO WINS)
Toledo OH – The Toledo Cherokee wrapped up the regular season this past weekend with a two game series sweep against the Southern Tier Xpress.
On Friday the Cherokee skated to a 4-2 victory, Brody Duncan (Toledo OH) opened the scoring :27 seconds into the game. Zach Swanson (Temperance MI) assisted on the goal.
Southern Tier would take a 2-1 midway thru the first period before Kyle Downey (Canton MI) scored his first goal in a Cherokee uniform to tie the score at two apiece. Michael Pisanti (Temperance MI) and Jimmy Howell (Allen Park MI) drew assists on Downey’s goal.
Swanson would score early in the second period on the power-play, Cody Estrel (Sylvania OH) and Mark McGee (Canton MI) assisted on the game winning goal.
Dominic Pisanti (Temperance MI) would add an empty net goal to seal the victory for Toledo. Duncan and Swanson earned assists. Glen Bates (Ida MI) made 19 saves to earn the victory between the pipes for Toledo.
“I thought our guys played well this weekend, we talked about wanting to finish the regular season on a winning note and we were able to do that.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
Toledo would wrap up the regular season with a solid performance on Saturday defeating the Xpress 3-1. Swanson scored a power-play goal early in the second to give the Cherokee a 1-0 lead. Estrel and Austin Turner (Temperance MI) assisted on the goal. Cam Schwartz (Warren MI) would score :25 seconds later to give Toledo the lead for good. Teddy Austin (Sylvania OH) and D. Pisanti added assists. Tristin Snyder (Oregon OH) gave Toledo a 3-0 lead four minutes into the third period. Duncan and Howell assisted on Snyder’s third goal of the season. Bates made 24 saves to earn his 18th win of the season.
“This time of year you need to get scoring from different guys and we were able to do that both nights, now we need to turn our focus towards this weekend’s playoff games.” Added Miller
The Cherokee finished the regular season with a record of 28-14-5 good for 61 points in the East division.
Toledo will play the Pittsburgh Vengeance this weekend in the first round of the NA3HL playoff’s. Toledo will travel to Pittsburgh on Friday to play game one before heading back to the Team Toledo Ice House on Saturday. Face off for Saturday’s game two of the series will be at 7:00PM.
For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com