The Pittsburgh Vengeance took the road to Kalamazoo, Michigan to face the West Michigan Wolves in a battle for the 4th playoff spot in the NA3HL East. The Wolves came out hungry and jumped out to a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the game. Pittsburgh drew even on the power play when Gavin Cummings tallied his 5th goal of the year assisted by the newest Vengeance member, Elijah Williams, and Adam Schaffer. Pittsburgh took their first lead of the game as Dom Glavach scored on a nice set up by Auston Palumbo and Perry Shiring to make the score 2-1. The Wolves tied it at 2 less than two minutes later, and the teams headed to the locker room all square after one period of play. West Michigan dominated the second period, scoring 4 straight goals to take a 6-2 lead to the third period. Elijah Williams scored on the power play early in the third period to make it 6-3. Cummings and Brian Dee notched helpers on the play. The Vengeance made it 6-4 when Dee scored from Williams and Cummings, but the Wolves struck on the power play to re-extend their lead to 3. Pittsburgh answered with a power play goal of their own to make it 7-5 when Vincent Casale found the back of the net from Anthony Szurlej and James Stiles. West Michigan iced the game with an empty net goal to make the final score 8-5. Jacob Stack blocked 26 of 32 Wolf attempts at net and Adam Provaznik stopped 6 of 7 in relief.
"Disappointing effort all around and nowhere near the discipline defensively to win a game like this," said Coach Dorsey.
The Vengeance came out Sunday seeking vengeance after Saturday night’s loss. Gavin Cummings gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead on a power play goal from Dom Glavach and Elijah Williams. The power play struck again as Nick Lyon scored, with helpers going to Williams and Adam Schaffer, sending Pittsburgh to the locker room up 2-0 after one period of play. The Wolves tallied the only goal of the second period to make it 2-1 Pittsburgh through two frames. The third period remained tight but the Wolves notched two late goals to pull out a 3-2 victory. Jacob Stack bounced back after getting pulled with a superb 48 save performance in the loss.
"We battled but in the end we weren't good enough on our own zone to win the game," said Coach Dorsey.
The Vengeance schedule doesn't get an easier this weekend as they take the road again to face the division leading Metro Jets for a two game set in Fraser, MI.