The Pittsburgh Vengeance first fought back, then hung on to stay even with Toledo through regulation time before Parker Henry nets the game winner about a minute and a half into Overtime. What a great game. It was Playoff Hockey and everyone in the building knew it.
Toledo poured it on early. In the first frame, the Cherokee threw 11 shots on net with two slipping by Pittsburgh Goalie Jake Stack. Early first period goals by Tyler Zalecki and Jyler Omey put the Cherokee up 2 to 0 and the Vengeance in a place they didn't want to go.
In period two, the momentum shifted with Pittsburgh adding two tallies of their own, both from Eli Lynn. While that seemed to put Pittsburgh at ease, their work was not done. They had to hold back the Cherokee onslaught. The Cherokee were consistent with their shots throughout the game spreading their 34 shots out evenly across the first three periods. Then, on the only shot in the first overtime period, Parker Henry netted the Game Winner.
When the dust settled, Pittsburgh came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. Jake Stack stood tall in net when needed most and the Team demonstrated perseverance and character by picking themselves up and scoring a clutch goal.
In summary, both teams scored with the man advantage, Toledo out-shot Pittsburgh 34 to 23 and the fans were treated to an exciting night of hockey. Next up, Toledo again tonight. However, this time the two teams meet again in Toledo for game two of the Best of Three series to see who advances on to the 2nd Round Semi Finals.