Looking to avenge having been swept by Metro las tweekend, Pittsburgh welcomed the always formidable Toledo Cherokee to Bladerunners in Harmar, Pa. on Saturday night. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie after one period. Then, Toledo opened the second period scoring at the 4:27 mark.
With the momentum swinging back and forth throughout the period, Pittsburgh would rally for two quick scores by Cody Black and Chris McCambridge. However, the Cherokee bounced right back with a power play goal just 19 seconds later to tie it at 2 after two periods of play. " That goal they scored they scored to tie really killed our momentum and truthfully we never recovered," said Coach Dorsey.
Although Toledo dominated the third period, Pittsburgh would keep them off the board until late with spectacular goaltending by Jason Kumpfmiller. The Cherokee would take the lead on a defensive breakdown by Pittsburgh and hold off a late Pittsburgh flurry for a 4-2 victory. " We wasted a great performance in net and lost another game because of a mental mistake, " Dorsey added.
Pittsburgh would come in to Sundays game looking for its first victory of the year before for heading on the road next weekend. The Vengeance wasted no time jumping on Toledo for a 1-0 lead just a minute into the game on a goal by Tyler Spies. They would make it 2-0 on a great individual effort by forward Lukas Friberger. Toledo dominated play throughout the period and eventually tallied a power play goal late for a 2-1 deficit going to the second period. " We got out shot 16-3 in the first and had a 2-1 lead thanks to another solid performance in goal by Jason Kumpfmiller.
In the second period Pittsburgh would play much better hockey and go up 3-1 on a power play goal by Kevin Kenny. The score remained 3-1 after two with Pittsburgh out shooting Toledo 15-7 in the second. " That was a huge goal by Kenny on the power play and I think a big relief for him to get on the board, " added Dorsey.
The third period saw Pittsburgh go up 4-1 on a nice shot by Thomas Leistner but Toledo would strike right back 47 seconds later to make it 4-2. Chris McCambridge would add a late goal for a 5-2 victory as Pittsburgh held Toledo to 6 shots in the third period. " Except for a few mental mistakes, I thought that we played a very good team game in the third period to protect the lead, " stated Dorsey.
Pittsburgh heads on the road next weekend to face the Michigan Mountain Cats.