The Lockport Express completed the home and home series with the Pittsburgh Vengeance with loss Saturday night in Pittsburgh, 6-3. With the loss, the Express drop into a three-way tie for third place with Roc City and Syracuse.
Continuing his scoring touch from Friday night in Lockport, Brian Dee opened the scoring for Pittsburgh just over a minute into the first period. The Vengeance bumped it to a 2-0 lead with a goal on the power play by Nolan Puhala at 15:55. Less than 30 seconds later, Lockport got on the scoreboard with a goal by newcomer, Michael Sokol. In two games with his new team, Sokol has tallied a goal and an assist.
The second period saw some quick scoring with both teams getting goals within the first 100 seconds. Cam Williams bumped Pittsburgh’s lead to 3-1 a mere 32 ticks into the frame. Frankie Bodami responded a minute later with his first of the season. He was assisted by Josh Evoy. Nicholas Lyon netted a shorthanded goal at 16:52 to close out the scoring in the second to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead heading into the third.
The Vengeance continued their scoring prowess in the third with a goal by Devin Sroka at 6:36. Gibson Stuart nabbed his second goal in as many games at 12:54.Contributing on the power play goal was Andrew Logar and Frankie Bodami. Pittsburgh closed out the scoring for the night with Perry Shiring’s goal at 14:47.
Lockport, as they have all season so far, was outshot 43-26. They served 14 minutes on 7 penalties and were 1 for 8 on the power play. Pittsburgh spent 20 minutes in the box on 10 infractions. They were 2 for 5 with the extra man.
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Lockport next faces the East Coast Minutemen at Essex Sports Center in Middleton, Massachusetts on October 15th and 16th. Their next home games will be October 22nd and 23rd against the league-leading Binghamton Junior Senators, followed by another pair of home games against the Jersey Shore Wildcats on October 28th and 29th.