The Vengeance entered the NA3HL showcase looking to break out of a three game losing streak with an opening game against the Breezy Point North Stars. Pittsburgh got off to a slow start, giving up a goal 20 seconds into the opening frame. Ryker Barber managed to tie the score 15:38 into the first with assists going to Auston Palumbo and Adam Schaffer. The score remained tied until the beginning of the third period, when the North Stars once again notched an early tally to pull ahead for good. The Breezy Point defense stifled the Vengeance attack, holding Pittsburgh to only 1 shot on goal the entire third period. Jacob Stack had an incredible performance in the net stopping 30 of 32 shots.
"No offense at all and a very disappointing effort in the first game of the showcase," said Coach Dorsey. "Our defense played well and Stack was great.”
In their toughest test of the year, the Vengeance took on the top team in the NA3HL, the North Iowa Bulls. North Iowa controlled the game, managing 62 shots on goal and tallying 6. The loss was Pittsburgh’s fifth straight. The game featured great goaltending by both Vengeance goalies, Jacob Stack and Adam Provaznik. Stack stopped 26 of 30 and Provaznik blocked 30 of 32, many of them highlight reel saves.
"Goaltending was great again but we can't trade rushes with a skilled team like that and expect to win," said Coach Dorsey
The final game matched the Vengeance up with the Glacier Nationals in a must win game for Pittsburgh. The Vengeance jumped up 2-0 after one period of play on goals by Darrien Sroka and Brain Dee. They would add 5 more in the second period while giving up one for a 7-1 lead going into the third period. Nick Hawkins and Devin Sroka each scored two goals and Vincent Casale added a lone tally in the Pittsburgh’s most prolific period of the season. The Vengeance added three more in the third as Dom Glavach, Cedric Calhoun and Camron Smith added goals in the 10-1 Pittsburgh victory. James Unger found his way onto the scoresheet with 3 helpers in the game. Jacob Stack stopped all 7 shots he faced for the win and Adam Provaznik made 9 saves in 10 chances in relief.
"We finally capitalized on some scoring chance and hopefully we can carry that over to the new year," said Coach Dorsey.
The Vengeance will host the division leading Metro Jets on January 9th and 10th at the Alpha Ice complex after the Holiday break. Puck drop is at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11:40 a.m. on Sunday.