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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
74 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
Tuesday at noon around these parts means its’ time to take a look at the ECHL affiliate in Wheeling, WV to see how the boys fared.
The Nailers played four games in five days last week starting Wednesday at home against the Toledo Walleye. The Nailers would beat the ECHL’s best Walleye by a 5-2 score. Sean Maguire continued to shine in goal, stopping 31 of 33. Christian Hilbrich and Tyler Currier both had a goal and an assist, Kevin Schulze added two assists. The Nailers struck twice on the power play.
The two teams then headed west back to Toledo, Ohio. The Walleye narrowly defeated the Nailers 4-3 on Friday. Christian Hilbrich and Andrew Ammon both had a goal and an assist each and Sean Maguire took the loss, stopping 38 of 42 shots. Toledo struck twice on the power play, the Nailers didn’t in three tries.
Wheeling then returned home for a date with the Kalamazoo Wings and were beat 5-1 on Saturday. Doug Carr took the loss in net for the Nailers. Kalamazoo struck twice on the power play. Brett Stern scored the only goal for Wheeling on the power play.
Sunday, the Nailers got revenge in the rematch with the Wings in Michigan beating Kalamazoo by a 5-2 score. Christian Hilbrich netted his first ever professional hat trick and added an assist. Sean Maguire stopped 28 of 30 and picked up the win. Gage Quinney added a pair of assists and Michael Webster had a goal and an assist.
The Nailers sit fifth in the North Division with a 18-14-3-0 record, good for 39 points, just a point back from fourth place Adirondack, three off third place Reading and five points off second place Brampton. The Manchester Monarchs lead the North Division with 49 points.
This week, Wheeling heads to Norfolk Friday to take on an Admirals team that has won six in a row and is unbeaten in 2017 before heading to Reading to meet up with the Royals for a Saturday affair.
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