The Metro Jets tried to dig themselves out of a three-goal hole, but the Pittsburgh Vengeance held on for a 4-3 victory.
Pittsburgh took a 4-1 lead during the first period, only to have Metro storm back on a Zach Koonce goal 9:14 into the third period to pull to one goal down.
With the win, the Vengeance avoided elimination to make the series score 1-1 in the best of three series.
Adem Arifi was all over the ice for Pittsburgh, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Arifi scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 6:22 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Pittsburgh. A boarding penalty on Cody Jones had put the Vengeance on the power play. Michael Straub assisted on the tally. Arifi\’s next tally on the power play made the score 2-1 Pittsburgh with 10:29 left in the first period. Nils Markgren picked up the assist.
Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.
Pittsburgh additionally got points from Straub, who also registered one goal and one assist. Pittsburgh also got a goal from Bryan Hovanec as well. Other players who recorded assists for Pittsburgh were Eli Lynn, who had one.
Pittsburgh was unable to stop the Jets from sending pucks towards the net, and Metro eventually piled up 38 shots on goal.
Brian Baker made 35 saves for the Vengeance on 38 shots. Pittsburgh incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Kameron Limburg took the loss and made 17 saves before being replaced by Jake Stephan who made eight saves. The Jets incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.