The IBLA Ohio kicked off with a 13-9 Coyotes victory. The Ohio Coyotes (1-0) took on the challenge of the Cleveland Demons (0-1) in the kick-off of the Ohio branch of the IBLA.
A close first period saw a series of runs with The Coyotes starting things at the 4:54 mark with Jordan Kerscher (1 g,2a) converting a pretty feed from Ryan Callahan followed by Herrick Widdoes (4g,1a) countering to knot things up at 1-1. Dave Degeronimo (2g, 2a) followed a minute and change later. Stephen Jones (1 g,1a) gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead with 4:08 to play in the stanza.
It was Ohio’s turn. Corey DeRoy (5G,1a) picked up his first at the 19:30 mark followed by Jared Sims (2g) converting a Jack Culligan feed to make it a 4-3 Ohio game with just :05 showing on the game clock. The Coyotes kept howling. DeRoy knocking home a sweet goal with help from Kerscher and Callahan to extend it to 5-3.
Cleveland had an answer. Widdoes lighting the lamp at the 4:24 mark with help from David Blue and Stephen Jones. The goal lit a fire under the Coyotes. As a result, DeRoy set up Alex Pang (1g) and DeRoy did it himself with a pair at 11:53 followed by another at 15:18. Degeronimo netted his second on a man-down situation. He converted a Brian Holzheimer (1a) feed to cut the lead to 8-5. Culligan (1g,3a) and David Blue (1g,5a) on the advantage, closed the second with Ohio in front, 9-6.
DeRoy opened the final stanza with a marker at the 4:01 mark. A defensive battle ensued with neither team hitting paydirt for 8:25 before Blue and Bucky Spoth (1a) were playmakers on a Widdoes goal. Two minutes and three seconds later it was Blue and Degironimo setting up Widdoes once again to make it a 10-8 contest.
Could Cleveland pull off the comeback?
Jared Sims had an answer. It was “no” and he deposited a pass from Unk Unk to stem the Cleveland tide. One minute elapsed before Jake Mustyn (1g) broke it open at 17:22. Unk Unk (1g.1a) added insurance :17 later. Widdoes capped off his big day with 2:24 to go to close out the 13-9 game. The IBLA Ohio kicked off with Coyotes victory.