The Pittsburgh Octane opened their 2015 CILL campaign over the weekend playing three games in 18 hours at Eagles Ice Center in Grand Rapids. When the bags were packed and the players ready for the commute back to Pittsburgh the team sat tied for second in the CILL standings with a 2-1 record.
Facing the Lansing Hot Rots in the first game, the Pittsburgh offense proved ready by scoring the opening three goals of the game. Leading 12-5 by halftime, the game was never in doubt and the Octane cruised to a 20-10 win. Brian Frank poured in a team-high five goals to lead the Pittsburgh offense. Jeff Arneson, Aaron Gofreed, Ryan Hilyer and Ed Monahan all netted hat tricks while Tom Roule and Jeff Giodan split time in net.
Later than evening the Octane faced CILL-newcomer Indianapolis Copperheads, who lost their inaugural game that afternoon. This game was also a dominant Pittsburgh win, scoring 14 goals in the first half on their way to a 19-5 victory. Leading the offense in game two was Jordan Dykla with six goals and an assist, Frank (3 goals, 2 assists) and Gofreed (3 goals, 1 assist). Roule and Giodan combined for 21 saves to stop the Copperheads.
Before heading home the Octane had a 10 AM date with the host team, Grand Rapids Dragonfish. Trailing 3-1 at first intermission, the Octane endurance began to fade and face an 8-2 deficeit at halftime. Pittsburgh failed to find the back of the net in the second half and Grand Rapids captured the win 15-2.
Pittsburgh (2-1) will be home for their next game playing host to the Cleveland Demons (3-0) on Saturday. Game time at Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena is scheduled for 1:00 PM. Directions to PISA can be found here. Keep up with all things Pittsburgh Octane on their website and follow on Twitter at @OctaneLacrosse