The Pittsburgh Vengeance came close to giving away a four-goal lead to the Cincinnati Swords, but did just enough to escape with a 5-3 victory.
Pittsburgh led by four goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Vengeance\’s Parker Henry scored at 11:09 in the second period to put Pittsburgh up 5-1.
The Vengeance got the win thanks to a great game by Cody Black, who had two goals and one assist. Black scored the first of his two goals at 6:46 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Pittsburgh. Black\’s next tally made the score 4-1 Pittsburgh with 13:27 left in the second period. Leo Blore picked up the assist.
Pittsburgh additionally got points from Henry, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Pittsburgh also had goals scored by Tyler Speis and Yevgeniy Gladkiy, who each put in one. More assists for Pittsburgh came via Gavin Cummings, who had one and Jake Salak, who had two.
Cincinnati stifled Pittsburgh\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Swords got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Cincinnati was helped by Adam Goudelock, who registered one goal and one assist. Goudelock scored short handed 16:27 into the second period to make the score 5-3 Pittsburgh. The Swords played down a man on Alex Birkman\’s roughing. Hunter Schneider assisted on the tally. Cincinnati also got points from Schneider, who also had one goal and one assist. Cincinnati also got a goal from Gennadi Zabeline as well. In addition, Cincinnati received assists from Jake Herrberg, who had one and Brenden Williams, who had two.
Brian Baker recorded 14 saves for the Vengeance. Pittsburgh incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. James Schroeder made 21 saves for Cincinnati on 26 shots. The Swords incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors and had no power play opportunities.