Pittsburgh traveled to Wooster after the Holiday break looking to continue their winning ways from the NA3HL showcase. Wooster had different ideas, as they took an early 1-0 lead in the first period before Vincent Casale scored on the power play to tie it at 1-1 with assists going to Gavin Cummings and Cam Williams. Pittsburgh struck again on the power play to take a 2-1 lead late in the first period on a goal by Williams with assists going to Cam Smith and Cummings. Dom Glavach notched another goal on the opening faceoff in the second period to put Pittsburgh up 3-1 with assists going to James Unger and Cummings. Pittsburgh held onto a 3-1 victory as Nikoloas Manousos blocked 15 out of the 16 shots he faced in net for the victory.
“We started a little sluggish but finished pretty well considering the layoff,” said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh then returned home to face Binghamton for a two game series. The Senators are on a bit of a hot streak, riding a 28-1 record to Alpha Ice Complex. The first period remained scoreless as both teams had opportunities, but both goalies were up to the challenge. The Senators finally broke the tie early in the second period and added a power play goal later to take 2-0 lead after two periods of play. Binghamton scored another early in the third period to up 3-0 before Thomas Polster would strike for the Vengeance to cut the lead to 3-1 with assists going to Chris Harvey and Anthony Szurlej. The Vengeance put up a late flurry but to no avail as the final score remained 3-1 Senators. Joel De Simone take the loss in net, stopping 29 out of 32 for the Vengeance.
“We got undisciplined in the second period and their betters players far outplayed ours,” said Coach Dorsey. “We don’t play hard enough in the scoring areas in either end of the rink. It’s that simple.”
Pittsburgh came out looking to avenge Saturday’s loss with a better performance on Sunday. The Binghamton Senators wanted nothing to do with that as they would jump out to an early 2-0 lead and then roll to a 5-0 lead after two periods of play. They jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before Vincent Casale would score the Vengeance lone goal from Nolan Puhala and Austen Zimmerman. Jake Hough stopped 17 out of 22 in net for Pittsburgh in the 6-1 defeat. Jacob Zab stopped 4 out 5 in relief of Hough in the third period.
“We didn’t show up today to compete and there were way too many passengers to win a game versus a team like this,” said Coach Dorsey. “We need twenty guys going hard as group and not ten to win a game like this.”
Pittsburgh will travel to West Michigan this upcoming weekend for two huge East Division games versus the Wolves.
“These games will have a playoff like setting to them and hopefully we can bring some passion this weekend,” said Coach Dorsey