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Cleveland blows out Pittsburgh, 5-1

 

The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Vengeance.

 

Stefan Horgas had two goals and one assist to lead Cleveland. Horgas scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 15:19 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Cleveland. The Jr. Lumberjacks earned a power play opportunity when Matthew Bour was put in the box for roughing. Avery Huibregtse provided the assist. Horgas' next tally on the power play made the score 3-0 Cleveland with 17:16 left in the second period. Ben Lau assisted on the tally.

Cleveland's Joseph Moza was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 27 saves and let only one puck past him. The solid play of Moza will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 3.49.

The Jr. Lumberjacks kept Pittsburgh's goalie busy throughout the game, and Jason Kumpfmiller made 30 saves on 35 shots. Cleveland capitalized on the Vengeance's penalties, netting three goals while skating with a man advantage. The Jr. Lumberjacks could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.

Cleveland also got points from Matt Wipper, who also had one goal and one assist and Jared Johnson, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Alex Buban also scored for Cleveland. In addition, Cleveland received assists from Mike Palasics and Tyler Stockwell, who contributed one a piece.

Pittsburgh was held below its usual level of production. The Vengeance average 3.5 goals per game.

Pittsburgh was led by Cody Black, who scored the team's only goal. Black scored on the power play 5:08 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Cleveland. The Vengeance had taken the advantage when Cleveland's Huibregtse got sent off for tripping. Chris McCambridge picked up the assist.

Pittsburgh incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.