The Pittsburgh Vengeance traveled to Jamestown, NY on Friday night to take on division rival Southern Tier Xpress, still looking for their first victory of the young season. Southern Tier jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one period of play and added a late second period tally for a 2-0 advantage. Despite throwing 20 shots on net in the third, the Vengeance were unable to crack Xpress keeper Ryan Pascarella.
"We don't get enough traffic in the scoring areas and we don't have an offensive player that can create a play right now," said Coach Dorsey, "Our power play is all perimeter and we don't have a willingness to stick to the game plan."
Joel De Simone was the lone bright spot for the Vengeance as he stopped 43 out of 45 shots in net for Pittsburgh.
Vengeance Win Pair
The Vengeance traveled back to Pittsburgh to host the Xpress on Saturday night. Pittsburgh and the Xpress battled through a scoreless first period in which both teams had good scoring opportunities. Southern Tier jumped out to a 1-0 lead late in the second period and Pittsburgh went into the locker room with 5 straight scoreless periods versus the Xpress. The game remained tied until the Vengeance pulled their goalie with less than a minute remaining, and Dom Glavach was able to bang home the tying goal on a rebound with assists going to Cam Williams and James Unger. The game went to overtime, and the Xpress were called for a penalty drawn by Vinny Casale that set up a 4 on 3 power play. Glavach struck again on the power play assisted by Gavin Cummings and Anthony Szurlej giving Pittsburgh their first victory of the season by a score of 2-1. Joel De Simone stopped 24 out of 25 shots in the net to secure Pittsburgh's first win.
"We played much better as a group tonight and finally where able to put a couple past their goalie," said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh hosted the Wooster Oilers on Sunday to cap off their 3 game weekend. Wooster scored near the end of the first period for a 1-0 lead and the song remained the same until midway through the second period of play. Austin Martz netted his first career junior goal on a second chance effort in front to square the game at 1-1. Cam Williams and Nick Lyon managed assists on the play. The Vengeance jumped ahead to a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later when rookie Thomas Polster notched his first junior tally on a breakaway set up by Gavin Cummings. The score ended up a 2-1 final in Pittsburgh's favor after the teams played a scoreless third period.
"We played a pretty sound game today but we still need to improve on our puck management and play in the scoring areas," said Coach Dorsey. Jacob Hough blocked 17 out 18 in net for Pittsburgh for his first career victory.
Pittsburgh will travel to Lockport on Friday to play the Express and then host the same opponent Saturday night for a 6:30 puck drop at the Alpha Ice Complex in Harmar, PA. Join the Vengeance for some hard hitting fast paced hockey and a dynamite cookout!