Chirps from Center Ice

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Wheeling Wrap 12/20

It’s Tuesday again and time to take a look back at the week that was for the Penguins ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

The Nailers went 1-2 last week with a 5-2 loss to the Orlando Solar Bears at home Wednesday. Christian Hilbrich and Cody Widow found the net for the Nailers but Sean Maguire had a rough go in net, stopping 25 of 30, before being replaced in net by Doug Carr, who stopped all 8 shots faced.

Beginning last Friday, the Nailers hosted the Fort Wayne Komets for the first of a home and home series which started in Wheeling, West Virginia. After spotting the visitors a 4-0 start, the Nailers began the comeback by rattling off four straight goals. Adam Krause led the charge, recording a hat trick. The Nailers would stun the Komets, defeating them 6-5. Krause also picked up two assists giving him five points on the night. Doug Carr picked up the win, stopping 19 of 24. Ex-Penguin Eric Hartzell was the tough luck loser in this one, stopping 34 of 40. Hartzell stopped Christian Hilbrich on a penalty shot.

Saturday in Fort Wayne, the Komets exacted revenge and won 4-3. There would be no Nailers comeback this time as a Fort Wayne lead of 3-0 was enough to hang on for the win. Garrett Meurs scored against his former team for the Nailers. Wheeling was unable to convert on any of their six power play tries. Sean Maguire stopped 24 of 28 and took the loss.

The Nailers sit in fifth place in the North Division with a record of 12-10-2-0, good for 26 points.

This week, the Nailers host division leader Manchester on Tuesday and then see the Cincinnati Cyclones come in for a visit on Thursday.

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