Toledo OH: The Toledo Cherokee traveled to Western New York this past weekend for a two game series against the Southern Tier Xpress and came away with three points.
In the opening game of the weekend on Friday night the Cherokee lost in OT by a score of 4-3. Goaltender Adrian Morales (Monroe MI) made 27 saves in goal for Toledo.
Ricky Kwapich (Toledo OH) scored two goals on the night for Toledo and assisted on another. Newcomer Adam Felser (Sylvania OH) netted his first goal as a member of the Cherokee. Ben Hamilton (Toledo OH), Will Delverne (Sylvania OH), Darryl Kuchcinski (Temperance MI) and Tristin Snyder (Oregon OH) all added one assist in the loss.

“I thought we had a good second period, we were right there at the end of the game but couldn’t find a way to finish it off.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
In the series finale on the Saturday night the Cherokee scored four times in the third period to seal the victory by a score of 6-4. Giovanni Taormina (Monroe MI) opened the scoring on the power-play to make it 1-0. Kwapich and EJ Gilbert (Dexter MI) assisted on the goal. Snyder would score an unassisted breakaway goal to give Toledo a 2-0 lead after one period. Southern Tier would score twice in the second period to tie the game at two apiece heading to the third. Kwapich would score three goals in the third period his last coming into an empty net to finish off a hat trick for the Toledo native. Gilbert would also score in the third period on a breakaway. Felser, Snyder and Blake Mullins (Oregon OH) would each finish the game with two assists. Hamilton also chipped in one assist for the Cherokee. Roman Malkov (Yaroslavl Russia) made 36 saves in goal for Toledo to earn the victory.

“We had a good third period scoring three goals right away and that was the key for us to get out of there with the two points.” Added Miller
The Cherokee return home this Friday night to play host to the Metro Jets at 7:00PM. Toledo will travel to Wooster on Saturday evening to play the Oilers. Face off for Saturday’s game is set for 7:45PM.

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