Xpress Upend Toledo; Home Finale Is Today
TOLEDO, Ohio — The Southern Tier Xpress (22-24) made their final road trip of the regular season a success Saturday night at the Toledo Ice House.
The Xpress fell behind the Toledo Cherokee (12-34-1), 1-0, but outscored the Cherokee the rest of the way for a 3-1 North American Tier III Hockey League win in the regular-season road finale.
Southern Tier ends the regular season at 2 p.m. today at home against the Roc City Royals at the Northwest Arena.
Tristin Snyder scored his 14th goal of the year from Adam Felser at 7:25 of the first period on a power play to put the hosts on top, 1-0.
The Xpress tied it up at 1-1 just before the first period ran out when Marks Meszargs got his 10th goal from Brian Grant and Jacob Zwieg at 19:50.
The Xpress took the lead at 2-1 when Joey Gerace scored his 19th goal from Chris Dusak at 13:11 of the second period. Gerace added an insurance tally with his 20th goal from Michael Lamison and Stu Pearson at 4:19 of the third stanza to make it 3-1 in favor of the Xpress.
Ryan Pascarella made 29 saves for the win while Ricardo Gonzalez stopped 49 shots in taking the loss.
TOLEDO — Behind four first-period goals, the Southern Tier Xpress built an early lead and hung for a 5-4 victory over Toledo in a North American Tier III Hockey League game Friday night.
Marks Mezsargs, Austen Zimmerman, Mickenzie Restle and Tommy Muecke each found the net in the opening period with Christopher Crowley, Tristan Mock and Zimmerman credited with assists.
Armed with a 4-0 lead, the Xpress added a goal midway through the second period by Joey Gerace (assisted by Stuart Pearson and Brian Grant) — after Noah Finstrom got Toledo on the board three minutes earlier — to make it 5-1.
After that, the Cherokee tallied the next three goals — two by Anthony Weinrich and another by Finstrom — to cut Southern Tier’s lead to 5-4 at the 9:39 mark, but the Xpress held on.
Ryan Pascarella was the winning goalie, making 37 saves. Ricardo Gonzalez stopped 47 shots for Toledo. Credited with assists for the Cherokee were Tristin Snyder and Spencer Sandberg with two apiece, and Weinrich, Michael Papaioannou and Matt Mintun with one each.