The Pittsburgh Vengeance traveled to Fraser, Michigan for a two game set with the league-leading Metro Jets this past weekend and came home with two victories, leapfrogging their opponents in division and league standings in the process.
The teams battled to an even opening period during Saturday night's affair, as Metro got on the board first before Austin Martz drew the Vengeance even with a booming slapshot from the dot. Pittsburgh controlled play for much of the remainder of the game, as league-leading goal scorer Dom Glavach found the net twice and Justin Shepherd tickled the twine with his 3rd of the season to give the Vengeance a three goal lead. Metro drew within two partway through the third, but Shepherd iced the game with an empty net goal and Tyler Hawk, the current league leader in Goals Against Average, stayed strong between the pipes to preserve a Pittsburgh 5-2 win.
The Jets came out looking to bounce back in Sunday's matinee contest and controlled much of the first period, beating netminder Joel Desimone twice in the opening frame for a 2-0 advantage. Pittsburgh roared back in the middle period as Glavach once again capitalized on the powerplay with his 23rd of the season and Zach Servidio notched his third to draw even. A late 2nd period goal put Metro back ahead 3-2, and the score would remain that way until James Unger beat Jet goalie Andrew Kormos with a controversial goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
A flurry in front of the Vengeance net with just over a minute remaining in the third period sent Jets forward Kristian Alafriz to an early shower for a facemasking infraction, putting the Vengeance on the powerplay for the overtime period. With just over two minutes of free hockey to play, Justin Bioni smashed home a one-timer from Unger to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 victory. Desimone finished with 38 saves on 41 Jet shots for the win in net.
Glavach earned NA3HL East Division Player of the Week honors for his 3 goal, 2 assist weekend in Fraser. His 23 goals currently set the pace for the entire league.
The team has now won 15 of its past 17 games, good for an 18-6 record overall.
Forward Nathan Schwartz suffered fractures to his lower leg and is expected to miss around 8 weeks of action.
The Vengeance are off this week, returning to the ice Friday, December 1st for a road game against the Southern Tier Xpress in Jamestown. The boys will return home for a two game set with the Niagara Falls Powerhawks on December 2nd and 3rd at the Alpha Ice Complex. Everyone have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Weekend!