Pittsburgh hosted the Toledo Cherokee on Saturday night in the first of a two game home series for the East Division rivals. Pittsburgh went up 1-0 in the first on a Brian Dee power play goal with assists going to Vincent Casale and Kenny White. The score remained that way until early in the second period when Casale put the Vengeance up 2-0 on a breakaway goal, sprung free by Dom Glavach. Dee then added his second of the game early in the third on another nice feed from Glavach to put Pittsburgh up 3-0. Joel De Simone made that score stand by stopping all 32 Toledo shots in net for a 3-0 Pittsburgh victory, earning his 6th straight win and notching his first NA3HL shutout.
"We need to play better as a group but we got the job done because De Simone was excellent again," stated Coach Dorsey after the game.
Toledo came out for Sunday's matinee looking to come back strong after the previous night's defeat in a very important game for both teams. Toledo scored the lone goal in the first to take a 1-0 lead to the locker room. The Cherokee extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the second before the Vengeance finally found some offense. Gavin Cummings got Pittsburgh back within one on a beautiful coast to coast effort to make the score 2-1 going into the third period. Glavach banged home a power play goal to tie it at 2-2 halfway through the final frame with assists going to Cummings and Austin Martz. Pittsburgh failed to convert on several chances before taking a bad major penalty late in the period to give the Cherokee hope. Toledo seized the opportunity, scoring a go ahead power play goal with under five minutes to play, then shutting down the Vengeance to hold on to the 3-2 victory. Nikoloas Manousos stopped 29 out of 32 in the net for Pittsburgh in defeat.
"This was a carryover of last nights game and we didn't show up to play until the third period," said Coach Dorsey. "We didn't play with enough intensity or smarts to deserve to win today, plain and simple."
Pittsburgh will travel to Wooster on Friday night and then be back home to host West Michigan on Saturday night at the Alpha Ice Complex.