The Pittsburgh Vengeance travelled to Jamestown, NY this past weekend for their Opening game in the NA3HL versus the Southern Tier Xpress. The Vengeance started out slow and fell behind 2-0 just five minutes in. "The start is not exactly what you want when you are playing a new team in their building for the first time in front of 1,500 ecstatic fans,' said Coach Dorsey.
After the slow start, the Vengeance would rally for the next 4 goals to take a 4-2 lead early in the third period. However, the fired up Express battled back to tie it up at 4-4.
The game headed to overtime tied at 4 when the Xpress capitalized on a 4 on 3 power play to come away with a 5-4 victory. "We played an awful hockey game and didn't deserve to win," stated Coach Dorsey. "We did everything wrong from undisciplined penalties to turning over the puck in bad areas of the ice," he added.
For Game two of the home and home weekend series, the Xpress traveled to Pittsburgh on Sunday for the Vengeance home Opener hoping to sweep the series. The Xpress looked good early when they jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal. Pittsburgh would tie it up on a power play goal.
The Xpress would take a 2-1 lead after two periods of play on another shorthanded goal, but the Vengeance would rally in the third behind a Tyler Speis game tying goal. Cody Black (pictured) would put the Vengeance ahead 3-2 on a power play goal with a great assist from Nils Markgren. Brennan Osen added an empty netter to seal the 4-2 victory for the Vengeance.
Kyle Plantz, making his first junior start stopped 25 shots to earn his first career Jr victory. "It was a much better team effort today and Kyle Plantz played an excellent game for us in the net, " said Coach Dorsey. " We still gave up two short-handed goals so there's room for improvement in all areas of our game, " added Dorsey.
The Vengeance will play back-to-back games this weekend against the Cleveland Lumberjacks on Saturday night and the Xpress on Sunday.