The Pittsburgh Vengeance opened the second half of the season with a weekend series against the formidable division leading Metro Jets. Brian Dee scored to put Pittsburgh ahead early on a tally assisted by Perry Shiring and Devin Sroka. The Jets responded fervently, scoring the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead into the locker room after one period of play. Cam Smith cut the deficit to 3-2 with assists going to Gavin Cummings and Ryker Barber. The Jets once again countered with a pair of goals to extend their lead to 5-2 after 40 minutes. Metro notched another tally early in the third to take a commanding 6-2 lead, seemingly in total control of the game. Pittsburgh sleepwalked through most of the third period until they pulled the goalie with three minutes to play and the tide started to turn. Connor Ackerman scored to make it 6-3 with assists going Dom Glavach and Justin Shepherd. Pittsburgh continued to apply pressure and added another goal a little over a minute later as James Unger struck on the powerplay with assists going to Dee and Glavach. Devin Sroka scored the Vengeance’s 3rd consecutive goal to cut the deficit to 6-5 ten seconds later with assists going to Cummings and Unger. Pittsburgh fired a late flurry towards the net, but Metro clung to the 6-5 victory. Jacob Stack made 31 saves in the loss, but his play gave Pittsburgh a shot to win with many excellent saves.
"The moral of the story in this game is you can't decide to compete for three minutes in a hockey game, especially against a team as talented as the Metro Jets," said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh came out Sunday looking to avenge Saturday night’s loss and build off their late flurry. The Jets would score an early goal to go up 1-0, but Brian Dee knotted the score 1-1 midway through the first period assisted by James Unger. The Jets scored late going to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room after the first period of play. Pittsburgh jumped ahead with two quick goals in the second period, scored by Ryker Barber and then Dee once again. The Jets tied it up at 3-3 midway through the second, but Dom Glavach added a power play goal with assists going to Darrien Sroka and Dee to give Pittsburgh a 4-3 lead going into the third period. Sroka pushed the Vengeance ahead with a goal to put Pittsburgh up 5-3 assisted by Devin Sroka and Perry Shiring midway thru the third period. The Metro Jets quickly stepped their game up and managed to score 3 goals in the next four minutes to take a 6-5 lead. Metro held off a late Pittsburgh attack for the 6-5 victory. Jacob Stack made 47 saves in the loss, many of them on high quality Metro chances, but in the end the Jets were able to take advantage of too many Pittsburgh breakdowns.
"It’s a shame because for the most part we played a good game, but our puck management skills and defensive breakdowns just caught up with us," said Coach Dorsey. "They are way too talented for us to make the mistakes we did and expect to win the game.”