The Pittsburgh Vengeance open the season with high hopes and a great crowd turnout, unfortunately the Metro Jets didn't get the memo. The Jets jumped on Pittsburgh early in the home opening game Saturday night and added a shorthanded goal in the second period to take a 2-0 lead to the third. " We made way too many mistakes out there and they capitalized on them to build a 2-0 lead, " said Coach Dorsey.
The Vengeance had no life until Nick Santiago (pictured) scored on a penalty shot with 9:44 to go in the game to make it 2-1. Then Oskar Thorsen scored with1:43 remaining to knot it a 2-2 and send the game in overtime. " We did a real nice job of battling back and the Santiago goal gave us a huge momentum lift, " added Dorsey.
The game would remain tied a 2-2 and head to a shootout that would be won by the Metro Jets. " The score was 3-2 Metro but could have been much worse had it not been for the play of Chase Sanford, " said Dorsey. "Too many mistakes with the puck and blown defensive assignments to win a game like this. "
The final game of the series would come Sunday afternoon with Pittsburgh looking to split the series. Pittsburgh came out hard in the first period with a 20-5 shot advantage but was down 1-0 after one period of play. Cody Black's power play goal early would tie it at 1-1 and it would stay that way until late in the period. Pittsburgh would give up a late goal on a blown defensive assignment to go down 2-1 heading to the locker room after two periods of play.
" Late goals are a killer especially when you're struggling to score and the defensive zone draw was just plain unacceptable, " said Coach Dorsey. Pittsburgh would go down 3-1 early in the third period and would not wake up until Joe Randazzo scored a power play goal with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, it was a little to late as Metro held off the late Pittsburgh barrage to win 3-2 and sweep the series.
" We never really recovered from that late goal and its a shame because we had a real good effort today for the most part, " added Dorsey. " I thought the young guys played real well and the veteran guys were for the most part non existent. " I felt Metro was much more prepared then us to play and that falls on the coaching staff, " stated Dorsey. The Pittsburgh Vengeance play at home this weekend versus Toledo.