Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Wheeling to a New Venture

WHL       @       BRA

4                                  3

I have wanted to add a smattering of Wheeling Nailers coverage here on the blog for a while, because when players get called up to Pittsburgh or injured in Wilkes-Barre, most of the time they came from the Nailers. Being able to watch the Nailers on ECHL.TV to get an idea of what a guy will bring when called upon when he gets to Coal Street is an asset I would like to have.

I don’t really know what they plan is going to be with these, obviously if there is a Wilkes-Barre game or something else going on my attention will be there and I can’t recap every game. I want to shoot for at least one a week, depending on schedules.

Anyway, the Nailers were in Brampton, Ontario this afternoon paying off the back end of a home and home with the Beast. This is the recap of a 4-3 win by the Wheeling Nailers.

The Nailers started Brian Foster in net, who was looking for his first win. He was opposed by Eddie Pasquale.

It was a hot start by the Nailers in the first period. It started with a nice chip out of the defensive zone by Paul Cianfrini to Shane Bakker who was off with Cody Wydo. Wydo finished the two on one to put the Nailers ahead just 2:17 into the game.

:41 later and off an offensive zone face-off, Clark Seymour scored his second goal in as many games to put Wheeling ahead just 3:20 into the game.

The Nailers were facing Eddie Pasquale in net. You may remember the name as the goaltender that was signed but never played for the Hershey Bears last year. Pasquale finally settled down and made a nice glove save on Adam Krause bearing down on a rush late in the first.

The Nailers outshot the Beast 10-7 in the first period.

Matthew Maione opened the scoring for the Beast from a shot from the point with bodies in front of Foster to put Brampton on the board at 3:50 of the second. Maione was in camp with Wilkes-Barre in preseason this year.

As the teams were 4-on-4 the Beast tied it at two on a low angle shot by Brandon Marino, but the Nailers got the lead right back as the penalty to Derek Army expired on the power play. John McCarron scored his first professional goal when he punched in a rebound of a Sahir Gill shot that put the Nailers ahead 3-2 just :57 after Brampton had tied it.

Brampton thought they tied the game at three on a power play in the final seconds of the period, but the shot came after the horn had sounded. There is no replay in the ECHL and Brampton didn’t argue referee Nic Leduc’s washout of the would be goal much, if at all.

The Nailers would double their lead in the third period on the power play when Derek Army backhanded one past Pasquale at 11:55.

Wheeling took one too many offensive zone penalties and Brandon Marino scored for the Beast on the power play at the top of the right circle for his second goal of the afternoon.

The Beast used their time out with under two minutes to play, pulled Pasquale and had boatloads of offensive zone time. Wheeling captain Shane Bakker blocked two shots. The Nailers iced and with 1.3 seconds left, a Matthew Maione shot went wide and time expired.

Three stars were Brampton’s Matt Maione with a goal, Wheeling’s Derek Army with a goal and two assists and Brampton’s Brandon Marino with two goals.

The Nailers improve to 3-1 on the season and first place in the North Division. They host the Adirondack Thunder on Friday, October 30.

Here were some of my observations…

– Harrison Ruopp was very physical, throwing guys around all over the place.
– Sahir Gill is a playmaker at the ECHL level. He has two assists today.
– The Nailers have a rookie defenseman by the name of Mike Gunn from Northeastern University out of Hockey East who I was really impressed with. He cleaned pucks away from the front of Foster and played an overall solid game. He could be a name to watch in the future either with the Penguins or some other AHL team.

Again, I plan on trying to do this at least once a week, as my schedule allows. Maybe this Saturday when the Nailers host the Quad City Mallards?

Comments are closed.