The Pittsburgh Vengeance returned home to face off against the Wooster Oilers this past weekend after two weekends on the road to Toledo and Michigan in which they went 2-1-1. Pittsburgh’s offense has struggled at times this season, managing only 2.6 goals per game through the opening 13 games of the 2016-2017 campaign. However, the sticks came to life against the last place Oilers.
The Vengeance jumped out to an early lead in Saturday night’s game, with newcomer Chris Harvey tallying his first goal of the season assisted by Brian Dee and James Unger. Austin Martz and Dominick Glavach each added a first period goal, and Pittsburgh led 3-1 going into the second period. The Vengeance onslaught continued for the rest of the game, as Pittsburgh added seven more goals over the final two frames for a 10-1 victory. Martz finished the night with 2 goals and 3 assists, while Glavach and Cam Williams also scored two goals apiece. Nolan Puhala, Ryan Loebig, and Camron Smith rounded out the Vengeance goal scoring. Nick Lyon finished the night with 5 helpers, while Dee notched 4 in the assist column. Joel De Simone stopped 16 of 17 shots in the net for his 5th straight win between the pipes..
“We had a lot of guys who had big games and we played well as a team”, said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh knew they’d face a Wooster team eager to avenge Saturday’s tough loss in Sunday’s matinee. In a very tight first period, Devin Sroka managed the only goal of the frame with 3:32 to play with assists going to Perry Shiring and Nikoloas Manousos. The Oilers continued to match up well until Vincent Casale tipped a puck in halfway through the middle frame to put the Vengeance up 2-0, and Pittsburgh took control from there. Smith added his second goal of the weekend and Kenny White notched his first of the year to put Pittsburgh up 4-0. Wooster added a late goal to make it 4-1 after two periods of play, but the Pittsburgh offense continued to find the net in the final period, adding two goals from Williams and another from Puhala to finish the game with a 7-1 victory. In addition to his goals, Williams added an assist to put his team high point total to 18 while taking home the first star of the game. The team showed great scoring depth, as Lyon, Shiring, Martz, and Thomas Polster each notched two assists. Manousos stopped 25 out 26 in the net for the win, while throwing in a helper for the coveted team lead in goaltender scoring.
“We played very well as a group and the bounces certainly went our way this weekend”, said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh returns to action at home again this weekend with a pair of games against the Toledo Cherokee, facing off at 6:30 Saturday night and 11:40am Sunday at the Alpha Ice Complex.
The Vengeance have called up forward Dillon Joyce and defenseman Justin Kidd from the Vengeance U18 AAA team. The team is 8-1-1 in their last ten, seven points out of second place in the East Division but with four games in hand on the West Michigan Wolves. Come out and support the boys this weekend!