The Pittsburgh Jr A Penguins took home ice this past weekend looking to extend their winning streak against a hungry Mt. Cats team that is fighting for their playoff lives. The Cats came out and threw 12 shots at Collin LeMay in the first period but found themselves down 3-0 after one period.
The Pens fired 13 shots on net of their own with goals by Charles Williams, Jayson Angus, and Nico Vecchio. Nolan Trombetta would add a goal in the second period to put the Pens up 4-0 after two. The shots showed how close the game was with the Pens holding a slight edge over the Mt. Cats at 27-26.
The Pens would add two more in the third on goals by Ben Hanus and Jayson Angus. The story of the game for the Jr A Pens was goaltender Collin LeMay as he would stop all 43 shots that the Mt. Cats threw at him for his second shutout of the year. “ This clearly was game that could have gone the other way if it was not for the way Collin played for us in net tonight, “ stated Coach Taibi.
The Pens knew that the Mt. Cats would come out on Sunday looking for a split on the road. They scored early in the first period and took a 1-0 lead after one period of play despite getting out shot 16-8. The Pens would tie it up at one each on a beautiful penalty shot goal by George Gerasimou.
The Mt. Cats would take 2-1 lead before Nolan Trombetta and Charles Williams would score to give the Pens a 3-2 lead after two periods of play. The Pens would score four times in the third period to put the game away for a 7-2 final. Gerasimou, Trombetta, Williams would all score their second goals of the game and the league leading scorer Jayson Angus (pictured) would add a late one.
“ These games were a lot closer than the final score indicted and we were very fortunate to get two wins against that team, “ stated Coach Taibi. Goaltender Collin LeMay made 26 saves and recorded his league leading 15th victory in nets for the Pens. The Jr A Pens go on the road next week to battle the Cleveland Lumberjacks in one of the toughest tests of the year for them.