The Pittsburgh Vengeance took their 4 game winning streak on the road to visit the West Michigan Wolves on Friday night in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Vengeance didn’t get off to the started they wanted, as West Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 2:41 into the game, taking that lead into the first intermission. Gavin Cummings put the Vengeance on the board early in the second with a power play goal assisted by Ryan Loebig and Nolan Puhala. Nick Lyon scored to tie the game up at 2-2 with assists going to Anthony Szurlej and Cam Williams. The Wolves responded quickly, retaking the lead less than a minute later. The Vengeance tied the score at 3 apiece on a beautiful shorthanded goal by Nick Hawkins with assists going to Vincent Casale and Cummings to square the game going into the third period. Pittsburgh then scored the game winning goal less than five minutes into the closing frame as Marc Anthony notched his first career junior goal from Brian Dee and Szurlej. Joel De Simone held the 4-3 lead, stopping 29 out of 32 shots for the victory.
“It was a nice road win, but we need to play much better with lead and clean up our line changes,” said Coach Dorsey after the game.
The Vengeance left Battle Creek late Friday to head to Fraser, MI. Pittsburgh knew if they wanted to make their winning streak six games, they had to beat the undefeated Metro Jets on Saturday night. The boys in black managed to strike first late in the first period on a Nick Lyon goal assisted by Cummings and Austin Martz. Metro evened the game late in the second period, setting up a winner take all third period. The Jets scored a devastating go ahead goal late in the third frame, followed by an empty net shorthanded tally to solidify a 3-1 victory. Jacob Hough stopped 46 out of 48 in the net for Pittsburgh in an incredible performance that gave the Vengeance a chance to win versus the division leading undefeated Jets.
“Our goalie was awesome and we weren’t good enough as a group defensively to beat these guys and get him the win he deserved,” said Coach Dorsey. “We need to generate more scoring chances and be harder on the forecheck if we want to compete with this team for the East division.”
Pittsburgh travels to Toledo this weekend to take on the always tough Cherokee in a two game set.
“Things don’t get easier in this league because every game is a grind. We need to continue to get better,” said Coach Dorsey.