Pittsburgh downs Cleveland in overtime, 6-5 (OT)


The Pittsburgh Vengeance pulled out a 6-5 (OT) overtime victory over the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks on a clutch goal by Nicholas Santiago.


Pittsburgh came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Vengeance was down 3-1 after a power play goal by Cleveland's Brendan Logan at 17:38 in the first period. Pittsburgh knotted things up at 5-5 on a goal by Jared Johnson at 19:50 in the third period.

The Vengeance forced the Jr. Lumberjacks goalie Joseph Moza to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. Pittsburgh's goal total was higher than its season average. This season, the Vengeance average 3.6 goals per contest. Pittsburgh capitalized on Cleveland's penalties, netting three goals while skating with a man advantage. The Vengeance's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in two goals.

Pittsburgh additionally got points from Chris McCambridge, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Pittsburgh included Brooks Antill, Gavin Cummings, and Tyler Speis, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh were Gus Peponidis, Cody Black, and Eli Lynn, who contributed one a piece and Thomas Leistner and Tom Diffendal, who each chipped in two.

The Jr. Lumberjacks made Pittsburgh's netminders to work all game long, taking 32 shots and forcing 27 saves. Tyler Geloneck made 26 stops and Jason Kumpfmiller made one.

Cleveland also got points from Nick Balavich, who also finished with one goal and two assists. Cleveland also got a goal from Zack Mlady as well. In addition, Cleveland received assists from Troy MacMullan, who had one and Stefan Horgas, who had three.

The Vengeance incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Joseph Moza made 30 saves for Cleveland on 36 shots. The Jr. Lumberjacks incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.