Toledo OH – The Toledo Cherokee return home tomorrow night when they host the Wooster Oilers at the Team Toledo Ice House. Face of is at 7:00PM.
“Friday is a big game for us, we know Wooster is going to be ready to play, both teams are battling to move up in the standings so we have to be at our best.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
The Cherokee will then travel to Lansing on Saturday for the final time of the regular season to take on the Wolves. The puck will drop at 7:30PM
The game between Toledo and Lansing on Saturday will be the Wolves only game of the weekend.
Fans unable to attend this weekend’s games can catch all the action by going to www.hockeytv.com
For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com
NOTES: Newly acquired forward Bailey Byrd (Wyandotte M) earned USPHL Great Lakes Division co-player of the week honors this past week. Last weekend Byrd scored two goals and assisted on four others for the Cherokee in their two game series against Pittsburgh.
Friday night’s game will be broadcast on BCSN (Toledo’s only local all sports channel)
Congratulations to this week’s Players Of The Week representing the USPHL Premier’s Northeast, New England and Mid-Atlantic Divisions.
Forward: Gene Bouthiette, Springfield Jr. Pics
Bouthiette (‘99/Enfield, Conn.) is a career Springfield Jr. Pics player and the Premier team’s captain this season. Over the three games Springfield played between Dec. 6 and 9, Bouthiette posted eight points, including goals in each of the three games. He scored two goals and added three assists in the Pics’ Saturday 5-2 win over the Junior Bruins, a single-game high for points even for a guy who’s racked up 26 goals and 47 points in 26 games.
He scored the only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders Hockey Club, and a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win over the Junior Bruins on Sunday.
Defense: Egan Wolford, New York Aviators.
Wolford (‘98/San Jose, Calif.) is no stranger to this honor, and he continues to help the Aviators post ridiculous amounts of goals - their 174 is 44 higher than the Premier Division’s next most productive team. They are also very stingy and, at just 50 goals against, no one comes close to their +124 scoring differential.
Wolford has been key to both the offense and defense all year, and last weekend was no exception. He posted a goal and four assists in the 7-4 win over Hartford, and an assist in a decisive Saturday victory over the Philadelphia Hockey Club for a six-point weekend.
Goal: Trent Pratt, Springfield Jr. Pics.
Springfield is definitely upping the ante, moving into a playoff position with a 6-4 run in its last 10 games, and the Pics are now tied for third in the Northeast Division, thanks to two recent wins against the Junior Bruins.
The first of those victories saw an amazing 45-save performance on 47 shots by Pratt (‘99/Woodbridge, Va.), who is undefeated in his last three starts stretching back to Oct. 28. From that night to early December, he has stopped 98 of the last 102 shots he’s faced for a .961 save percentage.
FRASER, Mich. – Winning a national championship gets the word out about an organization rather quickly.
That’s what happened last season for the Metro Jets and Joey Demarte.
Demarte, a rookie forward this season, said he played hockey with a couple players that played for the Jets and “heard nothing but good things.”
“The Jets are a great, local organization with a great coaching staff and I wanted to be part of it,” said the 19-year-old Anchor Bay native. “From a personal standpoint this season, I’m learning a lot and hope to learn more. As the season continues, I think we are getting better and better each game. The team is connecting on and off the ice, too.”
Metro coach-GM Justin Quenneville likes what he has seen so far from the power forward.
“Joey is a double threat with his size and skill,” said Quenneville. “Like every player transition to juniors, he had a few hurdles to overcome in the beginning and has continued to raise his game since. Like most, he probably thought he could walk in here and just produce, but time and time again, they don’t realize the difficulty at this level. He wants to learn and get better, and that has helped him find success here.
“If he continues to develop and buy in to playing the 200-foot game, he has a lot of potential ahead of him.”
Demarte won a regional Silver Sticks championship last season and hopes to taste a title next spring with the Jets.
“I want to make sure I improve each and every day at practice,” Demarte said. “Hopefully, I can help this team go as far as we can go. The Jets organization is one of the best. They prove each and every year that development is everything. The great attitude with the guys and coaches to show up every day and provide coaching and training make me proud to be a Jet.”
In the future, Demarte wants to stay on skates for the long haul.
“I want to play hockey at a competitive level for as long as I can,” said Demarte. “I also want to continue to play hockey in college and pursue a business degree at the same time.”