Happy New Year as the Wheeling Wrap returns from its two week, one day holiday hiatus as we look back at five games the Nailers played during the holiday break.
On Tuesday, December 18, the Nailers hosted the Manchester Monarchs and won 4-3. It was a back and forth affair as the Monarchs scored the opening goal at 9:44 of the first period. Wheeling would respond three times after Manchester would score to go ahead. Finally it was Jordan Kwas’ goal in the third period that put the Nailers ahead for good. Adam Krause had two assists and Sean Maguire picked up third star honors with 23 of 26 saves.
Thursday, Sean Maguire was back in net for the Nailers and Wheeling would come through with another win, 2-1 at home against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Derek Army scored early in the second period and the Nailers would make life easy for Maguire who only stopped 16 of 17 shots. It was enough to earn Maguire first star honors for the night.
On Tuesday, December 27, the Nailers traveled to Toledo to take on the Central Division leading Toledo Walleye and were dealt a narrow 4-3 loss. Wheeling scored all three of its goals in the second period in the span of 8:02. Both teams struck on the power play but Toledo struck once more to put the Walleye in front for good. Doug Carr took the loss, stopping 24 of 28 shots.
The Nailers lost Doug Carr to AHL recall to Wilkes-Barre and then traveled to Reading this past Friday and lost 4-2. Derek Army and Michael Webster scored for the Nailers, but the Royals scored the go ahead and insurance goal late in the third period. Sean Maguire took the loss with 24 saves on 28 shots.
On New Years Eve, the Nailers picked up a big 5-2 win over the Elmira Jackals at home.Kevin Schulze netted a pair of goals, Gage Quinney dished out three assists and Sean Maguire took home first star honors stopping 34 of 36 shots.
On Tuesday afternoon, the ECHL announced the playing rosters for the ECHL All-Star Classic which will be held in two weeks in Glens Falls, NY at the home of the Adirondack Thunder. The Wheeling Nailers will send Kevin Schulze to the games.
The Nailers sit fifth in the North Division with a 15-12-2-0 record good for 32 points.
This week, the Nailers play a pair of games at home hosting the Toledo Walleye Friday and the Cincinnati Cyclones Sunday.