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CHEROKEE OPEN REGULAR SEASON WITH TWO GAME SWEEP

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

GO CHEROKEE!!!!!

#SAPPYSTRONG

Home Opener

TOLEDO CHEROKEE OPEN REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEKEND

(HOME OPENER SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH 8:30PM)

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Toledo OH – The Toledo Cherokee open the NA3HL regular season this weekend when they take on the Wooster Oilers in a home and home series.

The Cherokee will travel to Wooster on Friday September 9th for their first game of the season. Face off is set for 7:45PM.

The two teams will finish up the home and home series on Saturday night at the Team Toledo Ice House. The game will have a special start time of 8:30PM to accommodate GTAHA day at the Ice House.

Toledo which finished second in the East division last year looks to get off to a quick start this year. “Our guys have worked hard during training camp and we are excited to see what we can do against a divisional opponent, we know it will not be easy playing a Wooster team that has already played two games but our group will be up for the challenge.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The Cherokee have a good group of veteran players returning for the season and look to be led by team captain Tristin Snyder (Oregon OH) as well as last year’s leading scorer Ricky Kwapich (Toledo OH). Ben Hamilton (Toledo OH) and Blake Mullins (Oregon OH) along with Kwapich will  serve as assistant captains. Also returning is goaltender Jeremy Hamerquist (Woodland Park CO), Josh Smith (Highland MI), Nolan Stanley (Boise ID), Darryl Kuchcinski (Temperance MI), Nick Nappi (Plant City FL) and Ethan Resetar (Northville MI)

“Our veterans will have to lead the way early in the season until our younger guys get a feel for the level of play it will take to win on a consistent basis.” Said Miller

Fans attending Saturday’s home game are asked to bring either soap or shampoo for admission into the game. “This is the third year in a row we have asked the fans instead of buying a ticket to the home opener we are asking them to bring soap or shampoo it goes along way with the guys during the season, last season was a huge success and I expect this year to be the same.” added Miller

Fans unable to attend the games can catch all the action by visiting www.fasthockey.com

For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

GO CHEROKEE!!!!!!

#SAPPYSTRONG

West Michigan shrugs off penalties, upends Toledo, 5-2

Toledo failed to take advantage of its power play opportunities and West Michigan shook off a number of penalties to win, 5-2.

The win by West Michigan clinched the best of three series at 2-0.

West Michigan was led by Brendon Block, who registered one goal and one assist. Block scored short handed 7:25 into the third period to make the score 3-2 West Michigan. West Michigan found itself down a man on Dakota Ulmer\’s tripping. Corey Siwula assisted on the tally.

West Michigan forced Toledo goalie Glen Bates to work between the pipes, taking 47 shots.

West Michigan additionally got points from Tyler McMahon, who also finished with one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. West Michigan also got a goal from Devin Farkas as well. In addition, West Michigan received assists from Justin Bloomfield, who had two and Christian Amend and TJ Krajewski, who each chipped in one.

Toledo kept West Michigan\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Samuel Woznicki made 42 saves on 44 shots.

Toledo was helped by Ricky Kwapich, who grabbed one goal. Kwapich scored on the power play 13:43 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Toledo had gotten the advantage when West Michigan\’s Woznicki was sent off for roughing. Tyler Zalecki picked up the assist. David Bogart also scored for Toledo. More assists for Toledo came via Josh Somers, Tristin Snyder, and Alec Walny, who contributed one each.

West Michigan incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with 11 minors. Glen Bates made 42 saves for Toledo on 47 shots. Toledo incurred 36 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.

Woznicki stymies Toledo, West Michigan wins 4-1

A stellar performance between the pipes by Samuel Woznicki helped West Michigan defeat Toledo, 4-1.

After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Toledo faces elimination next time out.

West Michigan\’s penalty kill excelled, as West Michigan gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays.

West Michigan was led by Devin Farkas, who racked up one goal and one assist. Farkas scored 14:47 into the first period to make the score 2-0 West Michigan. Justin Bloomfield picked up the assist.

West Michigan stifled Toledo\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. West Michigan forced Toledo goalie Glen Bates to work between the pipes, taking 39 shots.

Others who scored for West Michigan included Brett Siewertsen, Dakota Ulmer, and Brendon Block, who scored one goal each. In addition, West Michigan received assists from Davis Hudson, who had one.

Toledo excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. Toledo\’s offense rang up 36 shots on West Michigan\’s net.

Woznicki rejected 35 shots on goal for West Michigan. West Michigan incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors. Glen Bates made 35 saves for Toledo on 39 shots. Toledo incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.

Zalecki leads Toledo over Cincinnati, 5-2

In the losing effort, Cincinnati were paced by James Frantz, who had two goals. Frantz scored the first of his two goals at 19:45 into the first period to make the score 1-1 . The score was assisted by Andre Vanlew and Brenden Williams. Frantz\’s next tally made the score 2-1 Cincinnati in the first period. Justin Bioni and Jacob Friedman registered the assists on the goal.

Toledo put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cincinnati to score on any of their four power plays.Toledo kept Cincinnati\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Daniel Dolliver made 38 saves on 43 shots.

Toledo also had goals scored by David Bogart, Josh Somers, and Isaiah Crawford, who each put in one. In addition, Toledo received assists from Ricky Kwapich, who had two and Austin Turner, Dan Hudy, Nick Papandrea, Alec Walny, and Tristin Snyder, who each chipped in one.

Cincinnati kept Toledo\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Glen Bates made 31 saves on 33 shots.

More assists for Cincinnati came via Vanlew, Friedman, Williams, and Bioni, who contributed one apiece.

Toledo incurred ten minutes in penalty time with five minors. Cincinnati incurred ten minutes in penalty time with five minors.

Toledo survives penalties, beats Cincinnati, 5-2

In the losing effort, Cincinnati were led by Kyle Kinnaman, who had two goals. Kinnaman scored the first of his two goals at 12:51 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Toledo. Hunter Schneider and Albert Janele registered the assists on the goal. Kinnaman\’s next tally made the score 4-2 Toledo in the third period. The goal was assisted by Jacob Friedman and Janele.

Toledo kept Cincinnati\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Tyler Geloneck made 37 saves on 42 shots.

Toledo were helped by Daniel Goodwin, who tallied one goal.Goodwin scored in the second period to make the score 3-1 Toledo. Nick Nappi claimed the first assist on the goal, and Ben Hamilton got the second.Toledo additionally got points from Josh Somers, who also registered one goal and one assist and Tyler Zalecki, who also registered one goal and one assist. Toledo also had goals scored by Isaiah Crawford, Goodwin, and Tristin Snyder, who each put in one. In addition, Toledo received assists from Ricky Kwapich and Hamilton, who each chipped in two and David Bogart, Austin Turner, and Nappi, who contributed one apiece.

Cincinnati put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Toledo to score on any of their five power plays.

More assists for Cincinnati came via Janele, who had two and Friedman and Schneider, who each chipped in one.

Cody Gibson rejected 20 shots on goal for Toledo. Toledo ended with 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major. Cincinnati totaled 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-6 on the power play.

Bates leads Toledo to shutout victory over Pittsburgh

Glen Bates made 33 saves to complete the shutout and led Toledo to a 3-0 win against Pittsburgh.

Toledo pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 18 penalty minutes.

Toledo was led by Josh Somers, who registered one goal. Somers scored 13:05 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Toledo. Ben Hamilton assisted on the tally.

Toledo excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in eight chances. Toledo\’s defense was surprisingly good. Toledo averages 2.8 goals allowed per game. Toledo forced Pittsburgh goalie Jacob Stack to work between the pipes, taking 42 shots.

Others who scored for Toledo included Nikolas Verbosky and Ethan Resetar, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Toledo were David Bogart, Blake Mullins, Isaiah Crawford, and Nick Papandrea, who contributed one each.

Pittsburgh put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Toledo to score on any of its seven power plays. Pittsburgh was held below its usual level of production. Pittsburgh averages 2.8 goals per game. Toledo was unable to stop Pittsburgh from sending pucks towards the net, and Pittsburgh eventually piled up 33 shots on goal. Pittsburgh could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.

Stack rejected 39 shots on goal for Pittsburgh.

Toledo downs Pittsburgh, 3-1

Isaiah Crawford tallied one point to lead Toledo to a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

Toledo managed to stay out of the box better than usual, totaling one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Toledo ended up below its season average of 13.0 penalty minutes per game.

Toledo also had goals scored by David Bogart and Austin Turner, who scored one goal each. In addition, Toledo received assists from Dan Hudy, Ricky Kwapich, Tyler Zalecki, and Tristin Snyder, who each chipped in one.

Pittsburgh managed to stay out of the box better than usual, registering one minor for two minutes in penalty time. Pittsburgh finished below its season average of 13.0 penalty minutes per game. Pittsburgh\’s offense was handcuffed by Toledo\’s defensive play, and Pittsburgh managed only 14 shots on goal during the game.

Pittsburgh was led by Perry Shiring, who scored the team\’s only goal. Shiring scored 6:49 into the third period to make the score 1-1. Brian Grant picked up the assist.

Cody Gibson recorded 13 saves for Toledo. Toledo registered one goal on one power play opportunities. Jacob Stack made 25 saves for Pittsburgh on 28 shots. Pittsburgh registered zero goals on two power play opportunities.

Toledo rides Gibson to victory over Metro, 2-1

A stellar performance between the pipes by Cody Gibson helped Toledo defeat Metro, 2-1.

Toledo was paced by Ben Hamilton, who had one goal. Hamilton scored on the power play 12:29 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Toledo. Toledo had taken the advantage when Metro\’s David Chavis got sent off for interference. Tyler Zalecki picked up the assist.

Ricky Kwapich also scored for Toledo. Other players who recorded assists for Toledo were Josh Somers, who had one.

Metro could not produce up to its normal offensive output. Metro puts an average of 5.0 pucks into the net per game. Metro\’s offense rang up 48 shots on Toledo\’s net.

Metro was led by Jacob Drinkard, who scored the team\’s only goal. Drinkard scored short handed 15:45 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Metro found itself down a man on Kevin Shand\’s cross checking. Michael Tratar assisted on the tally.

Gibson recorded 47 saves for Toledo. Toledo incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Austin Kane made 26 saves for Metro on 28 shots. Metro incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.

Metro outlasts Toledo, 3-2

Metro and Toledo were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Metro made the most of its opportunities and won, 3-2.

Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Matt Dempsey secured the win for Metro with a goal in the third period.

Metro was led by Dempsey, who grabbed one goal. Dempsey scored on the power play 15:26 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Metro. Metro had taken the advantage when Toledo\’s Ben Hamilton got sent off for boarding. David Chavis picked up the assist.

Metro stifled Toledo\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Metro did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. Metro averages 5.1 goals per game. Metro\’s offense rang up 35 shots on Toledo\’s net.

Metro also had goals scored by Robert Flannery and Jason Newel, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Metro were Jacob Drinkard, Spencer Graham, Jacob Rutkoske, and Graham Day, who contributed one each.

Toledo was led by Nikolas Verbosky, who racked up one goal and one assist. Verbosky scored 2:43 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Shane Dunsmore assisted on the tally. Josh Smith also scored for Toledo. In addition, Toledo received assists from Nolan Stanley, who had one.

Kameron Limburg recorded 26 saves for Metro. Metro incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Glen Bates made 32 saves for Toledo on 35 shots. Toledo incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.