The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks and the Pittsburgh Vengeance were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Cleveland made the most of its opportunities and won, 6-4.
Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Matt Wipper secured the win for the Jr. Lumberjacks with a goal in the third period.
Pittsburgh\’s power play was ineffective against the Jr. Lumberjacks\’ penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
Cleveland\’s offense rang up 42 shots on the Vengeance\’s net. The Jr. Lumberjacks outdid their season average for goals scored. Cleveland has scored at the pace of 3.8 goals per game during the current campaign. The Jr. Lumberjacks struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as they finished the game with 20 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays.
Cleveland also got points from Brendan Logan, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Balavich, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Cleveland included Alex Buban and Stefan Horgas, who scored one goal each. More assists for Cleveland came via Jimmy Jenkins, Ryan Wandzel, Mike Palasics, Vince Fornes, and Tyler Dalton, who each chipped in one.
Pittsburgh put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Cleveland to score on any of its six power plays.
The Vengeance were led by Alex Berardinelli, who racked up two goals and one assist. Berardinelli scored the first of his two goals at 9:52 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Pittsburgh. Nicholas Santiago assisted on the tally. Berardinelli\’s next tally made the score 2-1 Pittsburgh with 6:43 left in the first period. Pittsburgh also got a goal from Sami Pokka as well. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh were Cody Black and Oskar Thorsen, who contributed one a piece.
The Jr. Lumberjacks\’ Joseph Moza stopped 25 shots out of the 29 that he faced. Jason Kumpfmiller made 36 saves for Pittsburgh on 41 shots. The Vengeance incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors.