Vengeance put Oil in Water, Come Out On Top

The Pittsburgh Vengeance traveled to Wooster, Ohio on Sunday to take on the East Division 4th place Oilers, the last team to manage a win against the boys from the 'Burgh. Wooster jumped ahead 7:18 into the opening frame, as Dennis Lekarev notched a shorthanded breakaway goal. Nick Erker, coming off a 4-goal performance the week before, evened the score five minutes later. Defenseman Kenny White tallied an assist on the goal in his first game of the season, returning from injury.

Pittsburgh managed to head into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead after Simon Soderberg scored his 7th of the year, a blistering wrist shot from the slot. Just over a minute into the middle frame, Jacob Friedman continued the Vengeance rally and tapped in a back door pass from Austin Martz to extend the lead to 3-1. The teams traded chances for the remainder of the second period, and the score remained the same until just over 8 minutes into the third period, when Martz notched his 12th goal of the season, rounding out his 3-point night.

Tyler Hawk manned the pipes for the Vengeance, stopping 29 of 30 Oiler shots en route to the win, improving his record to 9-0-0 on the season. Hawk's 1.22 GAA and .955 save percentage both set the mark for qualifying goalies in the entire NA3HL. He has yet to give up more than two goals in a contest.

This was also the first game in black and red for newly acquired Antonio Filippello, who managed 18 points in 22 games with the Jersey Shore Wildcats before joining the Vengeance.