CHEROKEE OPEN REGULAR SEASON WITH TWO GAME SWEEP
(CHEROKEE ROLL OVER WOOSTER)
Toledo OH – The Toledo Cherokee opened the 2016-17 NA3HL season with a two game sweep over the Wooster Oilers in a home and home series last weekend.
On Friday Toledo traveled to Wooster and picked up a 6-4 win on the road. Toledo had a two goal lead after twenty minutes of play but found themselves in a 4-4 tie after two periods before scoring two goals in the third to seal the victory.
The Cherokee were led by forwards EJ Gilbert (Dexter MI) and Giovanni Taormina (Monroe MI) who each scored two goals.
Nolan Stanley (Boise ID) and Tristin Snyder (Oregon OH) each had a goal in the win.
Ricky Kwapich (Toledo OH) had three assists, while defensemen Ben Hamilton (Toledo OH) chipped in with two assists.
Gilbert, Snyder, Josh Smith (Highland MI), Bailey Thompson (Livonia MI), Teddy Tarvis (St. Charles IL) and veteran Ethan Resetar (Northville MI) each had one assist for the Cherokee.
Jeremy Hamerquist (Woodland Park CO) made twenty one saves to earn the victory in goal for Toledo. The Cherokee outshot the Oilers 48-25 in the game.
“I thought our guys played a good solid road game, we started fast but took the second period off before hitting our stride in the third.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
The two teams finished up the home and home set on Saturday at the Team Toledo Ice House and the Cherokee skated to a 7-2 victory in front of a packed house. The Cherokee jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two periods and outscored Wooster two to one in the third to close out the game.
Gilbert had a huge night offensively on Saturday netting five goals in the game, four of those markers came on the power-play.
Kwapich had a goal and four assists for Toledo.
Hamilton and Snyder each had three assists, Stanley added a goal and an assist.
Will DelVerne (Sylvania OH), Taormina and Smith each had a assist for the Tribe.
Adrain Morales (Monroe MI) earned his first junior victory in goal for Toledo making twenty eight saves.
“Really nice effort from our guys on Saturday, it’s always big playing the home opener each year and our guys responded well. Very proud of our group after that weekend.” Added Miller
The Cherokee return home this weekend when they play host to the Metro Jets on Friday and the Wooster Oilers on Saturday. Both games start at 7:00PM
Fans unable to attend the games can catch all the action by going to www.fasthockey.com
For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com