The Pittsburgh Vengeance opened the 2016-2017 season in Binghamton, NY with a two game series against the Junior Senators. The Vengeance were hoping to build off last season’s strong finish, but the Senators had other ideas and Binghamton took a 1-0 lead to the locker room after one period of play. Dom Glavach tied up the score midway through the 2nd period on a power play goal assisted by James Unger and Brian Dee. The Senators scored 2:11 later to take a 2-1 lead after two periods of play. Pittsburgh drew square early in the third on another powerplay goal, this time by Anthony Szurlej with assists going to Cam Williams and Unger. The Senators responded in under three minutes once again, scoring the goal ahead goal 2:14 later. Three goals was good enough, and Binghamton dropped the Vengeance 3-2 on opening night. Jacob Hough stopped 24 of 27 shots in the net for Pittsburgh.
The Vengeance came out Sunday looking for a weekend split. Perry Shiring put Pittsburgh early in the first on a goal assisted by Darrien and Devin Sroka to put Pittsburgh in the lead 1-0. The song remained the same until late in the second the Senators drew even at 1-1 with a powerplay goal of their own. The third period was a back and forth battle until the Senators cashed in the game winning goal with 8:04 to go, leading to a 2-1 Senators victory. Nikolas Manousos stopped 22 of 24 in the net for the Vengeance.
“We didn’t play very smart and had no traffic in front of their net all weekend,” said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh returned home to face the division leading Metro Jets at the Alpha Ice Complex for their home opening series the following weekend. It was all Jets on Saturday as they jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead on the way to a 7-1 final. Nick Lyon tallied the lone Pittsburgh goal with points going to Cam Williams and Anthony Szurlej. Joel De Simone blocked 32 of the 39 shots he faced in net for Pittsburgh.
The Vengeance came out hungry Sunday looking for their opening win of the season and trying to avoid the sweep at home at the hands of the Metro Jets. The Jets offered no hope as the got out to a 4-0 lead in the first period on their way to 8-2 final. Dom Glavach scored the first goal for Pittsburgh with assists going to Vincent Casale and Anthony Szurlej. Pittsburgh added a power play tally from James Unger with assists going to Darrien Sroka and Szurlej. Jacob Zab stopped 24 of 32 shots in net for the Vengeance.
“It was men versus boys out there all weekend,” stated Coach Dorsey. “We have nowhere the structure or discipline to compete with these guys yet,” added Dorsey.
Pittsburgh has a big weekend coming up, with games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday providing an opportunity to right the ship. The 3-in-3 begins Friday night as the Vengeance travel to Jamestown, NY to take on the Southern Tier Xpress (1-2). Pittsburgh returns home to take on the Wooster Oilers (0-6) at Alpha Ice Complex Saturday at 6:30pm, and closes the weekend out hosting a matinee with the Xpress Sunday at 11:30 am at Alpha Ice. We hope to see you there!