Pittsburgh travelled to Jamestown on Saturday night looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat last time they took on the Southern Tier Xpress. The Xpress got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead 7:30 into the first period. Tarentum native Perry Shiring netted his first career goal, an unassisted tally 13:21 into the period, to knot the game at 1 apiece. Connor Ackerman scored less than two minutes into the second period, set up by Nick Lyon and Vincent Casale to put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1. Southern Tier evened the score with three minutes remaining in the middle period to head to the third deadlocked at 2-2. Darrien Sroka scored five minutes into the third to put Pittsburgh up 3-2 on a goal assisted by Gavin Cummings and James Unger. The Xpress rallied back once again to tie the score at 3-3 just over two minutes later, but Vengeance Player of the Week Vince Casale knocked home the game winner with less than two minutes to play. Anthony Szurlej and Cummings assisted on the goal. Jacob Stack closed the door the rest of the way, stopping 32 of 35 Xpress shots to preserve the 4-3 victory.
"We didn't play the way we needed to play with the lead but we found a way to win," said Coach Dorsey.
Southern Tier came to Pittsburgh on Sunday looking to even the series a game apiece. Nick Lyon put the Vengeance on the board midway thru the first period, with Vincent Casale and Adam Schaffer tallying helpers on the play. That goal was all Pittsburgh required, as Houghton, MI native Marcus Gloss posted his first career shutout. Gloss stopped all 28 shots he saw for his seventh win in nine games.
"The first period was the best period we played all year and it all started with the forecheck," said Coach Dorsey, "We were inconsistent after the first and didn't manage the puck like we need to.”
Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 over their last eight games. The Vengeance hosts Toledo in a huge two game series at the Alpha Ice Complex on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The Vengeance have ridden their recent hot streak to second place in the highly competitive NA3HL East Division, but need a solid weekend to maintain their position. Puck drops Saturday night at 6:30!