Pittsburgh traveled to Jamestown, NY last Friday with a 9 game win streak in hand to take on the Southern Tier Xpress.
The Xpress opened the scoring halfway through the first as forward Harry Payne scored a highlight-worthy goal to beat goaltender Tyler Hawk. The rest of the game was all Vengeance. Dom Glavach put the Vengeance on the board with his 18th of the season in the first period, and added his 19th in the middle frame on penalty shot. James Unger tallied his 4th of the year later in the second, and Austin Martz notched two in the third for the 5-1 Pittsburgh victory.
The teams both traveled to Pittsburgh for a Saturday night rematch at the Alpha Ice Complex. The Vengeance offense stayed hot as Marks Meszargs put the boys up early with a breakaway effort that would stand as the game winning goal. Glavach and Martz both found the back of the net again, and Nate Schwartz added two of his own for a 5-0 win. Jacob Zab stopped all 16 shots faced for his second consecutive shutout.
The Vengeance returned to the rink just over 12 hours later to prepare to take on the Wooster Oilers Sunday morning. The teams skated to a scoreless first period, with the Oilers badly outpacing the Vengeance in the shots column. The game opened up in the middle frame as the teams combined for 5 total goals. Wooster forward Bobby Frieson one timed a nifty shot to the upper corner of the net to open the scoring and give the Oilers the lead. Schwartz redirected an Unger shot from the point to draw even shortly after, but Wooster scored two straight to gain a 3-1 advantage. Jacob Friedman found a loose puck in the crease after driving the net to bring the Vengeance back within 1 heading into the final frame.
Despite heavy pressure from Pittsburgh, including a beautiful shorthanded effort by Glavach that found iron, Wooster netminder Michael Hubbard stood tall in net to preserve the 3-2 victory for the Oil and stopped the Vengeance win streak at 11 games.
The boys look to get back to their winning ways this weekend, traveling to Fraser, MI for a two game set with the division leading Metro Jets. Follow along on HockeyTV!