The Jr Vengeance kept their streak alive this weekend, taking both games against the Lockport Express for their third and fourth consecutive victories.
The weekend home-and-home opened Friday night as the Vengeance traveled to Lockport, NY for a 7:30 puck drop. Lockport jumped to an early lead as Dominic Senese put the Express up one 3:22 into the opening frame, but Pittsburgh's Cam Williams tied the score just over a minute later with his first of the season, assisted by Austin Martz and Nick Lyon. The Express responded with their second goal three minutes later, and the scoreboard read 3-2 Lockport heading into the first intermission.
Nick Lyon SH Goal
The Vengeance came out for the second firing on all cylinders, putting five goals behind Express netminder Sam Fitzpatrick, chasing him from the rest of the weekend's action. Vinny Casale notched the first of his four points on the night as he found the back of the net for the first time this season on a powerplay goal assisted by Williams and Brian Dee. Dee added a tally of his own two minutes later with assists going to Anthony Szurlej and Dom Glavach. Thomas Polster recorded his second goal of the season halfway through the period, a powerplay marker assisted by Gavin Cummings and Martz. Dee continued the onslaught, recording his second of the period with a goal set up by Vengeance newcomer Justin Kidd and Casale. Williams closed out the period with his second of the night assisted by Casale and Kenny White.
Nolan Puhala rounded out the Vengeance scoring with his first junior hockey goal, aided by Casale's third helper of the night and Devin Sroka. Pittsburgh outshot the Express 38-28 on the game, with Joel De Simone making 25 saves for the win in net.
Saturday's rematch in Pittsburgh continued the trend from the night before. Dee opened the scoring 1:23 into the game on a goal assisted by Glavach, giving the Vengeance a lead they would not relinquish. Puhala scored a powerplay goal later in the period set up by James Unger. Williams recorded his third goal of the weekend in the opening minute of the 2nd period assisted by Lyon and Martz, and Lyon extended the Pittsburgh lead to 4-2 on a brilliant individual shorthanded effort to close out the scoring in the middle frame. Sroka notched his first goal of the year in the 3rd period assisted by Perry Shiring and Nick Hawkins. The line would combine again to close out the scoring, with Shiring getting the final goal of the weekend. Rookie Nik Manousos stopped 23 of 26 shots on goal for his first junior victory.
The Vengeance finished the weekend 5 of 10 with the man advantage. They travel to Battle Creek, MI this weekend to take on the West Michigan Wolves Friday night before heading to Fraser, MI for a Saturday night tilt with the Metro Jets.