Chirps from Center Ice

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Wheeling Wrap 12/6

It’s Tuesday, so another edition of the Weekly Wheeling Wrap is due, where I take a look back at the week that was for the Penguins ECHL affiliate. the Wheeling Nailers.

The Nailers started the week with a 4-2 setback to the Reading Royals for what was, essentially at the time, third place in the North Division. Cody Wydo scored a pair of goals which was the Nailers only offense of the contest. The Nailers carried a 2-1 lead heading to the third period when the Royals struck three times in the span of about seven minutes. J.P. Anderson took the loss, stopping just 27 of 31 shots.

The Nailers then returned home for a weekend pair against the Utah Grizzlies of the Western Conference. The Nailers would win a nail biter 5-4. Cody Wydo’s goal at 18:34 of the third period gave Wheeling a 5-3 lead, but Util responded with a six-on-five goal with Ryan McKay vacated from his crease, but the Nailers were able to hang on. Derek Army scored two goals, Michael Webster had two assists. Utah struck twice on the power play. Doug Carr stopped 34 of 38 shots.

Saturday morning, Derek Army was signed to a PTO by the AHL Milwaukee Admirals.

In the rematch on Saturday night, the Nailers would cruise to a 4-1 win over the Grizzlies. Wheeling struck early in the first and second periods. Brett Stern scored just :42 into the first period, followed by Ross McMullan scoring :38 into the second period. Utah’s Tim Daly scored in the third period to bust up Doug Carr’s shutout bid. Bot teams struck once on the power play.

Wheeling enters the first full week of December with a 11-6-2-0 record, good for 24 points and fourth place in the North Division.

The Nailers take on the Brampton Beast for a pair of games in Brampton, Ontario this weekend, beginning Friday.

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