Pittsburgh Sweeps Toledo at Home to Clinch Playoff Berth

Saturday’s Game

Sunday’s Game

Pittsburgh hosted the Toledo Cherokee in a big weekend series between the second and third place teams in the East Division. The teams would battle to a 0-0 draw in the first period of play with both teams having chances but excellent goaltending would deny either team from scoring. Austin Martz would breakthrough on the power play midway thru the second period to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead with assists going to Gavin Cummings and Reid Miller. The score would remain 1-0 after two periods of play. Brian Dee would add another power play goal to put Pittsburgh up 2-0 with assists going to Martz and Cummings. Nolan Puhala would score a couple minutes later from Vincent Casale to give the Vengeance a 3-0 victory. Joel De Simone would stop all 23 shots in net for the shutout. "We played a solid game and capitalized on a few opportunities and De Simone made the big save when we needed him to," said Coach Dorsey after the game.
 
Pittsburgh would need to step up their game on Saturday night as they would face a hungry Toledo team looking for a split. Cam Williams would provide the only scoring in the first period with an assist going to Nick Lyon to put the Vengeance up 1-0 after one period of play. Lyon would strike again early in the second period scoring a beautiful short handed goal to put the Vengeance up 2-0. Nolan Puhala would give the Vengeance a 3-0 lead with assists going to Cam Smith and Vincent Casale. The Cherokee would strike back to cut the deficit to 3-1 before Thomas Polster would make it 4-1 on the power play with assists going to James Unger and Gavin Cummings after two periods of play. The third period would see Pittsburgh add a couple of Brian Dee power play goals to give the Vengeance a 6-1 victory over the Cherokee. Reid Miller, Cummings, Martz and Williams would add assists on those power play goals. Joel De Simone would stop 29 out of 30 I the net for the victory. "We played very good again and I though Lyon finally played the way he was capable of for us," said Coach Dorsey. "We need to be more disciplined and control our emotions better," added Dorsey.
 
Pittsburgh travels to Southern Tier on Friday night to take on the Express and then back home to the Alpha Ice Complex on Saturday night to host them with a 6:30 puck drop.