CHEROKEE SWEEP CINCINNATI
(HEAD TO PITTSBURGH SATURDAY)
Toledo OH – The Toledo Cherokee came away with a two game sweep in the opening weekend of NA3HL regular season play against the Cincinnati Thunder.
On Saturday the Cherokee needed extra time to pick up the 4-3 win in overtime. First year defensemen Matt Mintun (Ottawa Hills OH) scored the game winner. Darryl Kuchcinski (Temperance MI) and Bauer Cooper (Grand Ledge MI) assisted on the goal. Cooper would get Toledo on the board first midway thru the first period to give Toledo a 1-0 lead. Spencer Sandberg (Fort Wayne IN) and Zach Perry (Waterford MI) drew assists. Sandberg would score his first goal in a Cherokee uniform, veteran EJ Gilbert (Dexter MI) got the lone assist on the marker. Anthony Weinrich (Toledo OH) would tie the game at 3-3 with a power play goal with under four minutes to go. Adam Felser (Sylvania OH) and Tristin Snyder (Oregon OH) assisted on the goal.
Ricardo Gonzalez (Davidson MI) picked up the win in goal for Toledo making 23 saves on 26 shots.
“With it being our first game, I thought we started out a little slow but we found a way to win on Saturday.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
On Sunday it was all Cherokee as they skated away with a 9-2 victory. Ben Farley (Cadillac MI), Perry, Felser and Sandberg each scored two goals in the win. Weinrich also scored for Toledo. Gilbert and Snyder each had two assists. Cameron Gee (Allen Park MI), Will Ressler (Canton MI) and Cooper chipped in one assist. Gonzalez started in goal for the Cherokee stopping all 12 shots he faced before being replaced by Devon Bobak (Northwood OH) for the third period. Bobak made two saves on four shots.
“Sunday was much better, we had buried our chances when we got them and put the game away early, we know as a group we will have to be better. Our division is very tough and it will be a battle every night.” Added Miller
The Cherokee travel to Pittsburgh this weekend to take on the Vengeance Saturday’s game is set for 6:30PM and on Sunday the puck will drop at 11:40AM
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For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com