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.