The Xpress defeat the Cherokee 5-4

The Southern Tier Xpress' offense had a big night, peppering the Toledo Cherokee with 52 shots throughout the game. The Southern Tier Xpress took the lead before the halfway point in the second on a goal from Joey Gerace.

Austen Zimmerman did his part, adding 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist). Anthony Weinrich contributed with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) and Noah Finstrom delivered for his team with 2 goals.

During the first period, Mezsargs opened the scoring for the Xpress with a goal at 1:55 with a helper from his teammate Crowley. Zimmerman netted a goal at 5:36. Restle deposited a goal at 13:50 with a helper from Mock. Muecke put in a goal at 17:19 with an assist from defenseman Zimmerman.

In the second, Finstrom finally put the Cherokee on the board with a goal at 7:59 with assists from Snyder and Weinrich. Gerace answered for Southern Tier with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 10:51 with helpers from Pearson and Grant. Weinrich quickly followed with a goal at 11:59 with assists from Papaioannou and Snyder.

During the third period, Weinrich scored a goal at 3:20 with helpers from Sandberg and Snyder. Finstrom deposited a goal at 9:39 with assists from Sandberg and Mintun.

The Xpress’ victory was in no doubt helped out by Pascarella’s big night as he stopped 37 of the 41 shots he faced. Pascarella’s counterpart, Gonzalez, also had a big night, managing to stop 47 of 52, but ultimately fell short.

This win brings the Southern Tier Xpress’ record to (21-24-0-0).