Wheeling Wrap 10/18
October 18, 2016
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I am debuting a new feature on the blog on Tuesday called, “Wheeling Wrap” where I take a look at the week that was surrounding the Penguins ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.
The Nailers were in action just once this past weekend and raised their Eastern Conference Championship banner Saturday night at home against the Brampton Beast. They also kicked off their 25th season.
The Beast would win 3-2 in overtime.
David Vallorani would open the scoring for the visitors at 4:26 of the first period. The Nailers would answer back in the second period when Josh Shalla would score the first goal of the season for the Nailers at 9:13 of the second period.
Wheeling would edge ahead of the Beast in the third period with a goal by Darryl Lloyd.
Luke Pither would answer at just about half way for the Beast at 9:59 for the Beast that made it a 2-2 game. Pither would later win the game for his team in overtime, beating Nailers starting goaltender Doug Carr at 3:27 of overtime. Carr would stop 30 of 33 shots in the overtime loss.
Neither team capitalized on the power play.
The Nailers are 0-0-1-0 very early on in the North Division, a division that consists of six teams. Adirondack, Reading, Brampton, Manchester and Elmira all are in the same division with the Nailers this season.
Wheeling plays host to the Reading Royals this Thursday before traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Cyclones Saturday night.