East Star of the Week: Tyler Zalecki
Toledo Cherokee leading scorer Tyler Zalecki, 18, is following up his 52-point rookie campaign last season with another solid effort this season and the NA3HL Showcase was no exception. Even though the Cherokee lost three of four games, Zalecki (5’11/185) registered eight points in the four games and continued to lead the team in scoring wit 29 points this season. On Thursday, the native of Toledo, Ohio had both goals in a 4-2 loss to Peoria. On Friday, Zalecki had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal and two assists in a 9-1 win over Battle Creek. After going pointless in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Twin City, Zalecki picked up another assist in Sunday’s 10-2 loss to Granite City. “Tyler played well all weekend,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller. “He has been our most consistent forward this year he and is playing at a high level right now.”
ANTONELLI'S BIG GAME BESTS CLEVELAND IN 6-3 TOLEDO WIN
Cleveland Heights, OH -
Dominic Antonelli had two goals and two assists to lead the Toledo Cherokee to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks.
Antonelli scored at 3:53 into the second period to make the score 3-3 and again while 18:01 into the third to make the score 6-3 Toledo.
"The first period could have been the worst twenty minutes of hockey we have played this season, and for our guys to turn around and score three goals in the second shows the character this club has. I am proud of every guy in that dressing room." Said head coach Kenny Miller
Toledo put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cleveland to score on any of its five power plays. The Cherokee's offense rang up 33 shots on the Jr. Lumberjacks' net. Toledo found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. This season, the Cherokee average 2.7 goals per contest.
Toledo also got points from Tyler Zalecki, who also tallied one goal and two assists. Others who scored for Toledo included Dominic Pisanti, who had one and Noah Szenderski, who had two. In addition, Toledo received assists from David Bogart, Austin Turner, Brody Duncan, Tyler Nienow, Xavier Sudlow, Jeff Gunn, Kyler Omey, and Brett Podgorski, who contributed one a piece.
The Cherokee's Horvath stopped 36 shots out of the 39 that he faced. Toledo incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.
Toledo will travel to Chicago this weekend for the NA3HL showcase, games start on Thursday, fans can catch all the action at http://www.fasthockey.com/.
For more information on the Cherokee visit our website at http://www.cherokeehockey.com/
Toledo rolls over Pittsburgh, 5-1
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The Toledo Cherokee were firing on all cylinders against the Pittsburgh Vengeance, and when the final buzzer sounded Cherokee emerged with a 5-1 win.
Pittsburgh's power play was ineffective against Toledo's penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.
The Cherokee were sparked by David Bogart, who registered one goal. Bogart scored on the power play 6:44 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Toledo. Toledo had taken the advantage when the Vengeance's Kevin Kenny got sent off for cross checking. Brett Podgorski picked up the assist.
The Cherokee forced Pittsburgh's goalies to work between the pipes, finishing with 46 shots and forcing 41 saves. Jason Kumpfmiller made seven stops and Tyler Geloneck made 34. Toledo stifled the Vengeance's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Cherokee surpassed their usual scoring output this season. Toledo averages 2.5 goals per game. The Cherokee's penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as Toledo finished with 26 penalty minutes.
Toledo also had goals scored by Tyler Zalecki, and Noah Szenderski and Austin Turner, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Toledo were Dominic Antonelli, who had one.
Pittsburgh did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. The Vengeance average 3.5 goals per game. Pittsburgh was shut out on the power play, going scoring scoreless on nine chances with a man advantage. The Vengeance could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 38 minutes in penalties during the game.
Aaron Callan recorded 15 saves for the Cherokee. Toledo registered two goals on nine power play opportunities.
Toledo returns to the Ice House on friday to play host to the Michigan Mountain Cats, face -off is set for 7:00PM. Tickets are just $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.
For more information please visit the Cherokee website at http://www.cherokeehockey.com/
TOLEDO CHEROKEE RETURN TO ACTION SATURDAY
(Travel to Pittsburgh for two games)
Toledo OH- After a much needed weekend off the Toledo Cherokee return to action this upcoming weekend as they travel to the Steel City to take on the Pittsburgh Vengeance.
“The weekend break comes at a good time for us, I thought we played hard on Wednesday but after playing every weekend it was good for the guys to get away from the rink for a few days.” Said head coach Kenny Miller.
In Toledo’s lone game of the week on Wednesday in Flint the Cherokee picked up a point in a 3-2 shoot-out loss to the first place Generals. Aaron Callan (South Lyon, MI) made 49 saves in the loss; Dominic Antonelli (Monroe, MI) scored his first goal of the season to tie the score mid way thru the 3rd period. Noah Szenderski (Temperance, MI) added the other goal for Toledo.
Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh is set for 7:30PM, the Cherokee and Vengeance will wrap up the two game set on Sunday with a 12:00PM puck drop.
Fans can watch the game live by logging onto www.fasthockey.com
For more information on the Toledo Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com
NA3HL announces Movember campaign for 2013
All NA3HL teams and their players will be supporting the 'Movember' campaign for men's health awareness.
FRISCO, TEXAS – The start of moustache season is here and the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) and the Movember campaign is calling on all men and women to “Shave the Date: Movember 1.” Movember participants like those in the NA3HL are hosting local events across the US on Movember 1 to kick off the moustache movement to change the face of men’s health.
This year, the North American 3 Hockey League (NAHL) along with their partners in the NAHL, have announced that for the second straight season, it will be a part of Movember with their own campaign involving all the teams and the almost 500 players in the league. The NA3HL Movember campaign is all about bringing back the moustache, having fun and doing it for a serious cause; men's health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
Here is how it works… as the official rules of Movember state, all Mo Bros (the NA3HL players), once registered, must begin clean-shaven on the 1st of Movember and grow just a moustache (no beards, no goatees) for the 30 days of November. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Also supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, the NA3HL and their Movember Mo Bros raise funds for awareness for their Mo-growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November.
By joining one of the NA3HL teams, fans will automatically be a part of the their team’s NA3HL Network page which is a great way to connect with the other teams and individuals and keep up to date with the other Movember Moustache merchants. Fans are also encouraged to tweet pictures of their Mo's (mustaches) to @NA3HL
Participation is really simple - men and women register at Movember to grow or support the Mo. Once registered, Movember participants recruit friends, family and colleagues to donate to their Mo- growing efforts. In 2012, Movember US saw more than 209,000 Americans growing and supporting the Mo, raising $21 million for men’s health to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Donations to your favorite team will accumulate under each teams account. Although Mo Bros don’t begin to grow until Movember 1st, October is the most important time for Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to register. Sign up with the Cherokee at: http://mobro.co/toledocherokee
TOLEDO CHEROKEE PICK UP SWEEP AGAINST DIVISION RIVAL CLEVELAND JR. JACKS
Toledo OH - The Toledo Cherokee picked up their first weekend sweep of the season versus the Cleveland Jr. Jacks. On Friday in Cleveland Heights the Cherokee came away with a 3-2 shootout win Toledo was led by Tyler Zalecki (Toledo, OH) who scored in regulation as well as the shootout, also adding a goal was forward Brody Duncan (Toledo, OH). Kyler Omey (Sylvania, OH) picked up the game winner in the shootout. Netminder Clay Horvath (Lewis Center, OH) made 34 saves and stopped 4 of 5 in the shootout to pick up his first win of the season.
On Saturday the Cherokee opened their home schedule with a 2-1 victory over the Jacks earning the possible 4 points on the weekend. Brett Podgorski (Temperance, MI) tied the game late in the second period, before Zalecki would notch the game winner midway thru the third period. Horvath picked up his second win in as many nights making 27 saves.
"For us to get a weekend sweep against a team like Cleveland is a great lift for our club, we know this season is going to be a grind so getting points in both games was big for us." Said Head Coach Kenny Miller
The Cherokee return home next weekend to face the Chicago Bulldogs from the NA3HL's central division. Both Friday September 27th and Saturday September 28th games will face off at 7:00PM. Tickets are just $5.00 at the door.
NA3HL announces Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton
TOLEDO GOALTENDER CLAY HORVATH EAST DIVISION STAR OF THE WEEK
FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending September 22, 2013. The divisional stars of the week is an award given each week of the regular season to the top performing players in each of the four divisions of the NA3HL as nominated by their head coaches.
East Division Star of the Week: Clay Horvath, goaltender, Toledo Cherokee
Toledo is off to a strong 3-1 start and they made a big statement this past weekend with a home and home sweep of the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks. Both games were one-goal games and the big difference was Toledo goaltender Clay Horvath, 18. The Lewis Center, Ohio native started and won his first two games of the season. Horvath (5’11/160) stopped a combined 61 of 64 shots on the weekend, which was good for a 95.3% save percentage and a 1.44 goals against average. On Friday, Horvath made 34 saves and stopped four of the five shooters in a shootout for a 3-2 win. On Saturday, he made 27 saves in a 2-1 win at home. "Clay was a difference maker this weekend,” said Toledo head coach Kenny Miller. “He was a big part of our success and I couldn't be happier for him, after only practicing for two days and stepping in and helping us get two wins this weekend was a big statement from him to his new teammates."
About the NA3HL
Now in its fourth season, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of six USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues, serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification. The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes whose youth options are limited but are still reaching their potential and have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League and eventually the NCAA or American College Hockey Association. For more information, visit www.na3hl.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOME GAMES
The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the NA3HL are looking for volunteers for the upcoming season. The club is looking to fill the following positions for all 24 home games. Goal Judges, Penalty Box Attendants, Ticket Takers, as well as other positions.
Every volunteer will receive two FREE tickets for family and friends for the game they are scheduled to work.
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