Toledo hangs on, beats Pittsburgh 2-1

The Toledo Cherokee took the lead against the Pittsburgh Vengeance in the first period and maintained it until the end of the game to secure a tight 2-1 victory.

Toledo took over the lead for good with a goal by Brody Duncan at 8:36 in the first period. Zachary Armstrong assisted on the tally.

Pittsburgh was stymied by the Cherokee netminder Clay Horvath, who stopped 35 shots during the victory. Horvath certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.65 entering the contest.

Toledo was paced by Armstrong, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Armstrong scored 16:51 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Toledo. Nick Foti picked up the assist.

Other players who recorded assists for Toledo were Aaron Roschinsky, who had two.

The Vengeance\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Toledo power plays. Pittsburgh was held below its usual level of production. The Vengeance put an average of 3.4 pucks into the net per game. Pittsburgh forced the Cherokee goalie Horvath to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots.

The Vengeance were led by Sami Pokka, who scored the team\’s only goal. Pokka scored 7:57 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Toledo. Cody Black assisted on the tally.

Toledo incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Jason Kumpfmiller made 22 saves for Pittsburgh on 24 shots. The Vengeance incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.