The Pittsburgh Vengeance traveled to Fraser, Michigan this past weekend to take on the East Division leading Metro Jets in a big two game series for the Vengeance. The Jets opened the scoring Saturday night, jumping head 1-0 about halfway through the opening frame and taking that lead into the locker room after one period of play. Pittsburgh drew even at 1-1 on a Brian Dee goal assisted by to Elijah Williams and Gavin Cummings. The Jets bounced back with two quick goals to take a 3-1 lead heading to the third period. Metro added another two early in the third for a comfortable 5-1 lead as things began to look very bleak for the Vengeance. Pittsburgh cut the lead to 5-2 on a goal by Dom Glavach with assists going to Adam Schaffer and Justin Shepherd. The Vengeance pulled the goalie late and scored with the extra attacker as James Unger banged home a rebound with off of a Brain Dee shot, with Cummings tallying his second helper of the night. Pittsburgh started applying their pressure a little too late and the Jets hung onto a 5-3 victory. Jacob Stack stopped 39 out 44 shots thrown at him in the net for the loss.
"We played good in spurts again but Metro is too good a team for us to take any shifts off," said Coach Dorsey.
The Vengeance came out on Sunday afternoon looking to end their three game losing streak and gain some important ground in the playoff race. The Jets once again showed why they’re at the top of the division, scoring two goals in the first half of the opening frame. This time, the Vengeance managed to strike back late with two goals to tie the score at two apiece heading into the second. Dom Glavach scored the opening Vengeance goal with assists going to James Unger and Brian Dee, and Gavin Cummings drew Pittsburgh even on an individual effort late in the period. Metro and Pittsburgh went back and forth in the second period of play but nobody could break the 2-2 tie, setting up a dramatic third period. Glavach tallied his second goal of the night early in the third frame from Auston Palumbo to put Pittsburgh up 3-2, but the Jets responded and scored to tie it up at 3-3 less than six minutes later. Dee notched the game winner for the Vengeance on a great passing play from Unger and Cummings. Jacob Stack shut the door down in goal during the final minutes, stopping 42 out 45 shots for the victory.
"Stack was great and we played hard as a group and this was our best team effort of the year by far," said Coach Dorsey. "Metro is a great team so you need a total team effort to beat them and that's what we got today.”
Pittsburgh will be on the road again next week as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the 9-25-4 Thunder. The Vengeance are hoping a strong weekend will vault them into playoff position in the NA3HL East.