The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks almost clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Toledo Cherokee managed to pull out a 5-3 win in the end.
Toledo led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Cherokee\’s Aaron Roschinsky scored at 8:57 in the third period to put Toledo up 4-1.
The Cherokee managed to stay out of the box better than usual, registering one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Toledo ended up below its season average of 21.0 penalty minutes per game. The Cherokee forced Cleveland goalie Sam Pikus to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots.
Toledo was led by Cody Estrel, who racked up one goal and one assist. Estrel scored 19:35 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Toledo. Aaron Callan picked up the assist. Toledo also had goals scored by Cam Schwartz, Zach Swanson, and Mark McGee, who scored one goal each. In addition, Toledo received assists from Michael Pisanti, Dominic Pisanti, Tyler Zalecki, Brody Duncan, Kyle Downey, and Tristin Snyder, who contributed one each.
The Jr. Lumberjacks managed to stay out of the box better than usual, totaling one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Cleveland finished below its season average of 13.0 penalty minutes per game. The Jr. Lumberjacks\’ offense rang up 42 shots on the Cherokee\’s net.
Cleveland was led by John Barlow, who registered one goal and one assist. Barlow scored 9:38 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Toledo. Miks Grundmanis provided the assist. Others who scored for Cleveland included Avery Huibregtse and Tyler Houmard, who each put in one. More assists for Cleveland came via Buddy Rose and Tyler Dalton, who each chipped in one.
Callan rejected 39 shots on goal for Toledo. The Cherokee registered zero goals on one power play opportunities. Pikus recorded 31 saves for the Jr. Lumberjacks. Cleveland registered zero goals on one power play opportunities.