The U16 and U18 Pittsburgh Vengeance teams traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana last weekend for the final showcase of the NJPHL season.
The U16 Vengeance topped the Chicago Hawks 6-2 and the Pittsburgh Predators 3-2 to earn a spot in the best-of-3 final against Jimmy John’s. The Vengeance took game one of the series by a score of 3-1 Saturday afternoon, but Jimmy John’s fought to stay alive and won game two 5-3 Sunday morning, setting the stage for a winner take all final game. Pittsburgh then took game three, and the Frank Black Cup awarded to the league champs, by shutting out Jimmy John’s 2-0 in the final NJPHL game of their season.
The U18 Vengeance went into the weekend undefeated in NJPHL play. Their dominance continued Saturday as they beat the Macomb Mavericks 6-2 and Pittsburgh Predators 6-5 to reach the championship round. Their first game of the final series was more of the same, defeating the Lansing Spartans 6-0. However, they were unable to close the book on the Spartans in game two, as the Vengeance suffered an excruciating double overtime 5-4 loss. Lansing rode this momentum into the deciding game of the series, defeating the Vengeance 1-0.
Congratulations to both teams on outstanding NJPHL seasons!