Pittsburgh Sweeps MT Cats

Pittsburgh headed on the road making their first road trip of the season to face the Michigan Mountain Cats. The Vengeance jumped on the Cats early with a power play goal by Cody Black.  Pittsburgh would add a couple of more goals by Oskar Thorsen and Gavin Cummings to take a 3-0 lead to the locker room after one period of play.

Joe Randazzo and Nick Santiago would add goals early in the second period before Michigan would score on a penalty shot to make it 5-1.  Cody Black and Tyler Spies would come right back to take the score to 7-1 at the end of two.

Tyler Spies (pictured) would add his second goal of the game in the third for a 8-1 Pittsburgh victory.  Chase Sanford stoped 15 of 16 shots for the win in goal. " I thought we played a pretty solid game for the most part and moved the puck real well, " said Coach Dorsey. " I liked the fact we kept the shots down to 2 for them in the third period and really worked on the defensive part of our game, " added Dorsey.

Sunday's Game two would debut goaltender Tyler Gelonek for his first game in a Pittsburgh uniform.  Tyler Spies, Kevin Kenny and Joe Randazzo would score in the first period to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead after one.  Michigan would score 1:59 into the 2nd and Tom Diffendal would add another to put Pittsburgh up 4-1 after two periods of play.

" The second period we made an early mental mistake and it ended up in the back of our net, " said Coach Valerino.  Michigan would score early in the third period to make it 4-2 where it stayed until Tyler Spies scored his second goal of the game to put Pittsburgh up 5-2.  Joe Randazzo followed with his second of the game and Chris McCambridge added a late tally for a 7-2 final.

Tyler Gelonek would make 24 saves for his first Junior career victory.  " We got two points but structurally we didn't play that well today and Gelonek made some huge saves for us, " said Coach Dorsey.  Pittsburgh returns home this weekend to face the Eastern Division's top team, the Flint Generals.  " It could get ugly for us early if we don't improve our team defensive because Flint is talented and can score, " said Coach Dorsey.