The Flint Jr General came into Pittsburgh undefeated and left with their perfect record intact. Flint dominated Pittsburgh in the first period and was up 2-0 after one period of play. Although Pittsburgh battled back hard in the 2nd, the score remained the same for the second intermission. By the 3rd period, it was all Flint as they out shot Pittsburgh 22-3 and added a couple of late tallies for a 4-0 victory. " We have too many guys that have their own agendas and have no understanding of what a team concept is, " said Coach Dorsey. " We took so many bad penalties and if it wasn't for brilliant goaltending we would have got blown out, " Dorsey added.
Pittsburgh went into Sundays game looking for a weekend split. With a more focused attack, they jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by Michael Straub. The score would remain that way until Flint would knot it up at one early in the second. However, Pittsburgh quickly bounced right back to take the lead on a power play goal by Straub again.
While the two teams traded good opportunities that the goalies stifeled, Flint made good on a penalty shot goal followed by another power play goal to take a 3-2 lead after two periods. Up to this point, pecial teams played a part in every goal.
" We were playing so well then when we got the lead and played like we were down a goal, " said Coach Dorsey. The score would remain that way until Nick Santiago tied the game at 3 on a beautiful individual effort. " Huge goal by that line (Santiago, McCambridge and Antil) and it was nice to see them get rewarded for the effort they put in every game for the team, " added Dorsey. Pittsburgh would drop the shootout and the game 4-3. " Played better but bad penalties and poor puck management continue to hurt us, " said Dorsey.
In rare three-game weekend, Pittsburgh travels to Cleveland this Friday night before returning home for a two-game set (Sat & Sun) with Battle Creek. You can catch the games on Fast Hockey.