Pittsburgh Vengeance

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Pittsburgh Vengeance
Pittsburgh Penguins Logo 1992–2001, Alternate 2001-2007.svg
City Harmarville, Pennsylvania
League North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL)
Founded 1997 (1997)
Home arena Bladerunners Ice Complex
Colors Black, Red, and White
Owner(s) Glen Miske
General manager Kevin Morrison
Head coach Dave Dorsey
Franchise history
1997–2012 Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins
2012–2013 Three Rivers Vengeance
2013–present Pittsburgh Vengeance

The Pittsburgh Vengeance are a Tier III Junior A ice hockey team from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The team plays in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) since the 2009–10 season. The team plays home games at the Bladerunners Ice Complex in Harmarville, Pennsylvania. In addition to the Tier III Junior A team, the organization also fields teams at the former Tier III Junior B/C levels and various youth levels of play. From 1997 until 2012, the team was known as the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins.

History[edit]

The Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins entered the Metro Junior A Hockey League in 1997. After a decent year in the league, the league merged with the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Penguins opted not to join and entered the more local Empire Junior B Hockey League (EmJHL). In 2006, the Penguins fielded a second Junior B team in the Continental Hockey Association's Premier Junior B Division. In 2007, the Penguins created a third and fourth entry for the CHA's Major and Minor Junior C leagues. In 2009 the organization added a Tier III Junior A team that began play in Fall 2009 in the Central States Hockey League (CSHL). In 2010, the CSHL became the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) after the Tier II North American Hockey League took control of the CSHL.

The Jr. Penguins fielded Junior B teams in CHA Premier (later called Eastern States Hockey League and the Empire Junior B Hockey League, and a Junior C team in the CHA Selects. In 2006, USA Hockey dropped the Junior C designation and those teams became Tier III Junior B. In 2011, USA Hockey dropped both the Junior A and B designations and called all the leagues as just Tier III, but since many organizations still fielded teams in the former lower leagues most were still referred to as their former designation.

In 2012, the team was rebranded the Three Rivers Vengeance, which in 2013 was changed to the Pittsburgh Vengeance.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Flagship team's statistics.

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA Regular Season Finish Playoffs
1997–98 50 21 26 3 45 168 240 9th Metro A
1998–99 28 19 9 0 38 156 112 3rd EmJHL
1999–00 28 19 7 2 40 140 83 3rd EmJHL
2000–01 30 21 8 1 43 193 98 2nd EmJHL
2001–02 36 20 14 2 42 204 126 6th EmJHL
2002–03 32 20 9 3 43 195 101 4th EmJHL
2003–04 38 30 6 2 62 204 107 2nd EmJHL
2004–05 44 29 12 3 61 211 129 5th EmJHL
2005–06 42 22 16 3 1 48 159 132 8th EmJHL
2006–07 38 32 6 0 0 64 195 86 4th EmJHL
2007–08 44 32 9 3 0 67 194 110 4th EmJHL
2008–09 44 35 6 1 2 73 190 89 2nd EmJHL
2009–10 48 34 12 2 0 70 235 109 3rd of 13, CSHL Won Round 1, 2-0 vs. Toledo Cherokee
3rd in Hurster Cup Round Robin
(T, 2-2 vs. Thunderbirds, T, 0-0 vs. Jr. Lumberjacks, L, 2-5 vs. Jr. Blues)
2010–11 45 29 16 0 58 237 152 5th of 12, NA3HL Lost Round 1, 0-2 vs. Chicago Hitmen
2011–12 48 26 19 3 55 188 165 4th of 4, East
8th of 16, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Flint Jr. Generals
2012–13 48 28 18 2 58 178 162 2nd of 6, East
6th of 17, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-3 vs. Flint Jr. Generals
2013–14 48 25 15 8 58 156 130 3rd of 6, East
10th of 21, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks
2014–15 47 30 11 6 66 169 117 2nd of 6, East
8th of 31, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Toledo Cherokee
Lost Div. Finals, 1-2 vs. Metro Jets
2015–16 47 19 25 3 41 132 157 5th of 6, East
23rd of 34, NA3HL
Did not qualify

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