Chirps from Center Ice

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

Wheeling Wrap 11/22

Tuesday at noon means a look at the ECHL affiliate in Wheeling.

The Wheeling Wrap returns after a one week hiatus as the Nailers were playing a school day game with the Brampton Beast last Tuesday.

Back on Friday, November 11, the Nailers hosted division rival Reading and beat the Royals 4-1. Freshly assigned from Wilkes-Barre, Adam Krause got the goal scoring early for the Nailers in the second period at just 40 seconds. But less than a minute later the Royals would even the score. Going into the third period, the Nailers responded with three straight goals to cruise to the win. The power play struck once and goaltender Doug Carr stopped 25 of 26 shots, good for second star honors.

The Nailers had off Saturday before heading North of the Border to Canada, where the met the Brampton Beast for the first of a home and home Sunday afternoon. Adam Krause struck twice, and J.P. Anderson stopped 27 of 29 as the Nailers beat the Beast 5-2. Kevin Schulze chipped in a goal and picked up two assists.

Tuesday morning in front of a school day crowd of 5,182 in West Virginia, Wheeling would sweep the Beast in a wild, knock down, drag out 6-5 win. The Nailers jumped out to a 6-2 lead when Brampton struck late in the second and then two more in the third in a nail biting finish for the home team which sent the school kids home happy. Kevin Schulze continued his giving ways, assisting on four of the Nailers six goals. The Nailers chased starting goaltender Bryan Pitton, then Zachary Fucale battened down the hatches and stopped the next 11 Nailers shots.

Last Friday night, the Nailers traveled to Indianapolis and took on their Twitter buddies the Indy Fuel. The action on the ice wasn’t as kind as the Fuel dismantled the Nailers by a 6-1 score. Christian Hilbrich scored the only goal for the Nailers on the power play. Doug Carr took the loss stopping 24 of 30.

Saturday, the Nailers continued their road trip with a four and a half hour trip West to Moline, Illinois for a date with the Quad City Mallards. They won 3-2 on a late goal by Brett Stern. Stern also notched and assist. Goaltender J.P. Anderson stopped 33 of 35 to pick up the win and Adam Krause continued his tear and scored a goal and picked up two assists, figuring into every goal for the Nailers on this night.

This past Sunday, the Nailers would sweep the Mallards with another 3-2 win. Josh Shalla picked up his team leading ninth goal of the season for Wheeling. Michael Webster picked up his first professional goal in the second period. The Nailers went ahead on a power play goal then needed a penalty kill in the third period to secure the win. J.P. Anderson started in back to back games and stopped 23 of 25.

The Nailers currently sit in third place in the North Division with a 9-4-1-0 record, good for 19 points and just two points off division leaders Manchester and Adirondack. Wheeling has won nine of their last eleven games.

The week ahead sees the Nailers host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for a pair at WesBanco Arena on Saturday and Sunday of this week.

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