The Pittsburgh Vengeance traveled to the division leading Metro Jets this past weekend trying to do what no one has done all year and come away with a victory. The first period was scoreless despite Pittsburgh getting out shot 14-6 as goaltender Joel De Simone kept the Jets off the boards with a few big saves. The Jets struck early in the second period on the power play to take a 1-0 lead and the score would remain that way after two periods of play. Pittsburgh managed a few opportunities late in the game but to no avail as the Jets held on to the 1-0 victory. Joel De Simone made 36 saves on 37 Metro shots in the net for Pittsburgh to take the tough luck loss.
“De Simone gave us a chance to win in net tonight and unfortunately we couldn’t score for him,” said Coach Dorsey. “We aren’t desperate or around the net enough to get rewarded in a tight game like this.”
Pittsburgh needed to be ready to play on Sunday because the Jets were going to attempt to prove Saturday was a fluke. The Jets did exactly that by scoring two goals just a minute a part to take an early 2-0 lead.
“We gave up a goal from the goal line and we turned the puck over in the defensive zone in the middle of the ice to give them a 2-0 lead,” said Coach Dorsey. Cam Williams put the Vengeance on the board with a power play goal assisted by Austin Martz to cut the lead to 2-1 Metro. The Jets answered less than a minute later to restore a two goal lead after one period of play. Metro would take a commanding 4-1 lead after two periods of play and add a early goal in the third to cruise to a 5-1 victory. Nikoloas Manousos stopped 20 of 24 shots in net to take the loss while Jacob Zab blocked 7 of 8 shots in relief during the third period.
“It’s a pretty simple fact that when we play the better teams in the league some guys don’t have the compete we need to win,” said Coach Dorsey. “Too many passengers on the bus and to beat a team like this you need all 20 guys competing hard.”
Pittsburgh will travel to Lockport on Friday and then host the Express on Saturday night at the Alpha Ice Complex, a 6:30 pm puck drop.