Oct 17 & 18, Home and Home series with Cleveland –
Cleveland travelled to Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon to face a team they beat a week ago 5-2. The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power play goal late in the first period and added another late in the second to go ahead 2-0. " 5 on 5 we were playing a good game and then we took a couple of bad penalties with the puck ending up in our net, " stated Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh got back into the game on a nice deflection in front of the net by Cody Black to make it 2-1. Tom Diffendal (pictured) would score a beautiful power play goal with a little over two minutes left to tie it at 2-2 and send the game into overtime. " We played a great third period and battled our way back into the game, " added Dorsey.
There would be no goals scored in overtime and the game would go to a shootout. Pittsburgh held a 1-0 lead on a Diffendal goal but Cleveland tied it up on their last shot leaving the stage set for Nick Santiago. Santiago walked in and buried it for a 3-2 Pittsburgh victory. " Jason Kumpfmiller was excellent in goal for us and that was a big shot by Nick Santiago, " said Coach Dorsey.
For game two, Pittsburgh traveled to Cleveland to play the Lumberjacks the next day hoping for a weekend sweep. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tyler Speis and would stay that way until the end of the period. Cleveland would strike for two in the second period to lead 2-1 after two. Pittsburgh then tied it up early in the third on a Lukas Friberger power play goal.
Cleveland added a power play goal to take a 3-2 lead late in the third period and Brooks Antill knotted it up again at 3 late in the third. However, Cleveland would score with just 15 seconds in the game for a 4-3 victory. " One of the toughest losses I have ever been a part of, but in retrospect with the way we play and our commitment to team defense, nothing really surprises me anymore, " said Coach Dorsey.
Oct 24 & 25, Two-Game home-stand in Pittsburgh vs Mt Cats –
Pittsburgh returned home the following weekend for a two game set against the Michigan Mountain Cats. Cody Black opened the scoring up with a power play goal in the first period to make it 1-0 Pittsburgh after one period of play. Tom Diffendal would score early in the second period and Thomas Leistner would add a power play goal to make it 3-0 after two. Lukas Friberger and Cody Black would add power play goals in the third period for 5-0 Pittsburgh victory.
Chase Sanford stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout. " We were real good on the power play, but not as effective at even strength, which is a concern to me, " said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh would try to sweep Michigan on Sunday but the Mt Cats wanted no parts of that as they dominated the first period taking a 1-0 lead to the locker room. The Cats scored again 5-on-3 just 51 seconds into the second period. Lukas Friberger would score on a power play late to cut the deficit to 2-1 after two. " We played a good second period. We just couldn't score and they capitalized on the two-man advantage, " said Coach Dorsey. Pittsburgh would kill off a 5 minute major early in the third period but Michigan would add a late tally for a 3-1 victory. " We got enough good goaltending from Tyler Geloneck to win the game, but we took too many bad penalties early that cost us, " said Coach Dorsey. " We still have no team structure or that willingness to get dirty goals and that is something we need to address soon, " added Dorsey.
Next up is a road trip to Flint for two more.