Chirps from Center Ice

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

Wheeling Wrap 11/29

It’s noon Tuesday and time for another edition of the Wheeling Wrap, where I take a look back at the week that was for the Penguins ECHL affiliate in Wheeling, West Virginia.

With Thanksgiving a mere distant memory, people put turkey on their menus. For the Wheeling Nailers, it was rabbit. Swamp Rabbit. The Nailers played a pair of games against the New York Rangers / Hartford Wolf Pack affiliate Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

On Saturday, the Nailers were dealt a 3-2 overtime defeat at the hands (paws?) of the Swamp Rabbits. Josh Shalla and Jordan Kwas picked up goals for the Nailers but it was Joe Houk’s goal at 2:13 of overtime that gave Greenville the win. J.P. Anderson took the loss, stopping just 32 of 35 shots. Anderson was previously 4-0 in four straight starts with a 1.50 GAA and a .947 save percentage coming into the game and was the hot hand.

Sunday afternoon, the Nailers hosted the Swamp Rabbits for a rematch. They ended up getting swept by Greenville and lost 5-3. Doug Carr jumped back in net after sitting the last five contests and did not fare so well, stopping just 20 of 25 shots. Derek Army, Garrett Meurs and Jordan Kwas all netted goals in the losing effort for the Nailers.

Greenville never trailed at any point during the two game series.

The Nailers slip to fourth in the North Division with 20 points and a 9-5-2-0 record.

Wheeling travels to Reading later today, Wednesday, for a meeting with the Royals. Reading sits in third in the North Division with 20 points, so Wednesday’s matchup will be one for sole possession of third place. Wheeling then returns home to host the Utah Grizzlies of the Western Conference for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Utah is in last place in the Mountain Division with just 6 points.

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