CHEROKEE SPLIT WEEKEND SERIES
(REMAIN IN SECOND PLACE)
Toledo OH – The Toledo Cherokee split a home and home series with the Metro Jets over the weekend. On Friday the Cherokee trailed 2-0 midway thru the second period before rallying to score three unanswered goals and take the first game of the series 3-2 in overtime.
Mark McGee (Canton MI) opened the scoring for Toledo on the power-play at the 10:26 mark. Cody Estrel (Sylvania OH) and Tyler Zalecki (Northwood OH) picked up assists. Trailing 2-1 in the 3rd period Zalecki would score once again on the power-play to knot the game at two goals apiece. Brody Duncan (Toledo OH) and Estrel earned assists on the goal. Estrel would get the game winner in overtime with a shot from the point to seal the win. Zalecki and McGee assisted on the game winning goal. Glen Bates (Ida MI) earned his 14th win of the season making 14 saves for Toledo.
“I am proud of the way our guys battled back from being down two goals to get the win, when we work hard we are a tough team to play against.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
On Saturday the Cherokee traveled to Waterford MI to finish up the home and home series and dropped the contest by a score of 4-2. Toledo would find themselves in a 3-0 hole before scoring two unanswered but couldn’t get the game tied up before Metro added an empty net to put the Cherokee away. Michael Pisanti (Temperance MI) scored for Toledo in the second period, Nikolas Verbosky (Rossford OH) and David Bogart (Northwood OH) assisted on the even strength goal. Cam Schwartz (Warren MI) would score on the power-play for Toledo Dominic Pisanti (Temperance MI) and Austin Turner (Temperance MI) added assists on the goal. Bates took the loss in net making 18 saves on 21 shots.
“Even though we didn’t get the win Saturday I thought our guys competed after a slow start and I like the way we never quit.” Added Miller
With Saturday’s loss the Cherokee snapped a six game winning streak.
The Cherokee (22-11-4) and Jets (23-12-2) sit tied for second place in the East division. Both teams trail Pittsburgh by five points.
Toledo returns to the road the weekend when they travel to Cleveland on Friday night at 9:00PM before finishing up the two game road trip in Pittsburgh on Saturday with a 6:30PM face off in the steel city.
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