Toledo shrugs off penalties, upends Cincinnati, 5-1

The Cincinnati Swords failed to take advantage of their power play opportunities and the Toledo Cherokee shook off a number of penalties to win, 5-1.

Toledo was paced by Mark McGee, who tallied one goal and one assist. McGee scored on the power play 16:33 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Toledo. The Cherokee had gotten the advantage when Cincinnati\’s Blake Hinds was sent off for checking from behind. Cody Estrel assisted on the tally.

Toledo racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 14 minors and one major for 63 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 24.0 minutes per game the Cherokee had been spending in the box. Toledo\’s penalty kill managed to stymie the Swords\’ power play, giving up only one goal while playing with a man down.

Toledo additionally got points from Austin Turner, who also registered one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Toledo included Dominic Pisanti, Zach Swanson, and Nikolas Verbosky, who each put in one. In addition, Toledo received assists from Cam Schwartz, who had two and Michael Pisanti, Evan Heldt, Blake Mullins, Tristin Snyder, and Kyler Omey, who contributed one each.

Cincinnati forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up 11 minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. The Swords surpassed its season average of 20.0 penalty minutes per game.

Cincinnati was led by Hunter Schneider, who scored the team\’s only goal. Schneider scored on the power play 16:34 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Cincinnati. The Swords had gained a power play chance when McGee was whistled for cross checking. Brenden Williams provided the assist.

Glen Bates rejected 18 shots on goal for the Cherokee. Toledo registered two goals on 10 power play opportunities. James Schroeder recorded 25 saves for Cincinnati.