The Pittsburgh Vengeance traveled to Toledo on Friday for another tough East Division road game hoping to start the weekend off on the right foot against the Cherokee.
Toledo opened the scoring late in the first period and took a 1-0 lead into the locker room after one period of play. A scoreless second left the score the same heading into the third, despite Pittsburgh outshooting the Cherokee 13-5 in the middle frame. Leading scorer Cam Williams finally broke through for the Vengeance, tying the game at 1-1 on the power play assisted by Gavin Cummings and Anthony Szurlej. Austin Martz put the Vengeance ahead with another power play goal once again assisted by Szurlej and Cummings. Dom Glavach secured the win with an empty net goal to wrap up the three goal third period, giving the Vengeance a 3-1 victory. Joel De Simone stopped 24 out 25 shots in net for Pittsburgh.
“We didn’t start out very good but our goalie kept us in it and we finished strong,” said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh looked to capitalize on the momentum of Friday night’s third period comeback victory in Saturday’s game. Marc Anthony notched the first goal of the night midway through the first period with Szurlej and Cummings each tallying their third assists of the weekend to put Pittsburgh up 1-0 after one period of play. Martz another goal early in the second to put the Vengeance up 2-0 with assists going to Nick Lyon and Vincent Casale. However, Toledo was able to take control of the game, scoring 3 unanswered goals in under two minutes to take a 3-2 lead to the locker room after two periods of play.
“We were playing one of our better defensive games of the year and we took a bad penalty that changed the game around,” said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh rallied to tie the score at 3 with a Williams goal assisted by Martz and Lyon. The game went into overtime, and a strange delay of game call led to a Toledo penalty shot less than a minute into the extra period. Goaltender Jacob Hough was unable to stop the rogue Cherokee, and Toledo left the rink with a 4-3 overtime win.
“It was a very disappointing outcome to a game we had a 2-0 lead in,” added Dorsey after the loss. Hough stopped 21 out of 25 shots in goal for Pittsburgh take the loss.
Pittsburgh will host the Wooster Oilers in a two game set this weekend at Alpha Ice Complex. Puck drops Saturday night at 6:30 and Sunday morning at 11:40.