The Southern Tier Xpress tried to dig themselves out of a three-goal hole, but the Toledo Cherokee held on for a 3-1 victory.
Toledo forced the Xpress goalie Brendan Shuck to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots. The Cherokee were forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as they racked up 48 penalty minutes.
Southern Tier was often in penalty trouble, totaling 10 minors and one major for 65 minutes in penalty time. The Xpress surpassed its season average of 28.0 penalty minutes per game. Southern Tier could not produce up to its normal offensive output. The Xpress average 3.8 goals per game.
Glen Bates made 24 saves for Toledo on 25 shots. The Cherokee registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. Shuck recorded 28 saves for Southern Tier. The Xpress registered one goal on five power play opportunities. For Southern Tier, Zach Hand was ejected from the game.