CHEROKEE PICK UP WIN
(6-3 WIN AT COLUMBUS SATURDAY NIGHT)
Toledo OH: The Toledo Cherokee traveled to Dublin OH on Saturday night to take on the Columbus Mavericks and skated away with a 6-3 win. Toledo fell behind 2-1 after forty minutes of play before scoring five goals in the third period to earn two points in the Great Lakes Division standings.
Bailey Byrd (Wyandotte MI) and newcomer Jarrett Henson (Trenton MI) each had a goal and two assists in the win. Matt Gilbert (Wyandotte MI) and Anthony Weinrich (Toledo OH) both had a goal and an assist for the Tribe. Caleb Williams (Genoa OH) chipped in two assists. Devon Dohanos (Sylvania OH) and team leading scorer Paavo Sammalisto (Virrat Finland) also scored for the Cherokee. Ondrej Dupal (Liberec Czech Republic), Tyler Fox (Marshall MI) and Bryce Davis (Elmore OH) all had one assist.
“I didn’t think we played well at all the first two periods and it showed on the scoreboard being down two to one after two periods but our guys battled and found a way to score a power-play goal to get things tied up in the third and we were able to take the game over after that.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
Toledo goaltender Mason Snyder (Sylvania OH) made thirty-seven saves for the Cherokee and picked up his ninth win of the season.
The Cherokee finally return home this weekend when they host the Lansing Wolves on Friday night at 7:00PM at the Team Toledo Ice House. The two teams will wrap up the home and home series when the Cherokee travel to Lansing on Saturday night. Face-off is set for 7:30PM
“We are excited about getting back home and playing in front of our fans, it has been a long time since we played a game at the Ice House so I know I guys are really looking forward to it.” Added Miller
The Cherokee have nine regular season games remaining and seven of those will be on home ice.
Fans that are unable to attend this weekend games can catch all the action by visiting www.hockeytv.com
For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com
CHEROKEE TO HOST ANNUAL “SAP” NIGHT
(SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1ST VS. COLUMBUS)
Toledo OH: The Toledo Cherokee are proud to announce that the fifth annual “Sap Game” will take place on Saturday February 1st when the Cherokee play host to the Columbus Mavericks. Face off is set for 7:00PM.
Ken “Sap” Miller was co-owner of the Team Toledo Ice House as well as President of the Toledo Cherokee Junior hockey team. Sap as he was known by everyone whoever met him passed away five years ago. The Cherokee continue to honor him every season.
The team will be giving away FREE “SAP” t-shirts for paid customers until they are gone as well as holding a 50/50 drawing and other events throughout the evening. All proceeds will go to the “SAP Memorial Foundation” which helps local youths with tuition to either GTAHA’s Learn to Skate Program or the ADM Program.
All GTAHA players will receive FREE admission by wearing a CHEROKEE jersey to the game.
The Cherokee will also present the annual “SAP” Memorial Award at the game. The award goes to a special person within the Cherokee organization past or present that has showed support towards the organization by volunteering or as a member of the Cherokee staff. This year’s award winner will receive the honor on the ice prior to puck drop.
“This game means a lot to our organization as well as my family, Sap was not only a great man who I think about every day and I know he would be honored to know we are continuing to share his legacy every season with our Sap game.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
In his more than 30-year coaching career, Sap worked with teams including the Toledo Junior Storm, Toledo IceDiggers and our Toledo Cherokee. His love of hockey blossomed early, playing as a child with close friend Tony Parker. The pair later coached together. That love was passed down to his sons, whose teams Mr. Miller coached throughout their childhoods. Kelly played professional hockey with the Toledo Storm and now coaches the 2007 Toledo Cherokee team as well as the University of Toledo Club hockey team.
“He was a loyal guy,” Miller said, adding that his father built strong relationships with players and their families. “It showed in how much the kids at the rink meant to him.”
“He was a great ambassador for hockey in Toledo,” said Don Manders, vice president of the Greater Toledo Amateur Hockey Association and current President of the Cherokee. He met Sap when he coached his son Jake, who now helps coach youth hockey at the Ice House. “Sap was really invested in youth hockey, Manders said. He was a larger-than-life figure and not exactly a quiet guy.”
He would work into the wee hours, fixing items at the Ice House so it would be ready for young skaters in the morning.
“He had the mind-set that hockey is the greatest sport in the world,” Manders said. “He worked tirelessly for it.”
Please come out on February 1st as the Cherokee honor Sap and make the push for first place in the USPHL Great Lakes Division Playoffs.
For more information please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com