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Wheeling Wrap 2/7

Tuesday means that it’s time to take a look at how the Penguins ECHL affiliate in Wheeling, West Virginia did this week.

The Nailers played three games this week and got points out of all of them.

On Thursday, the Nailers traveled to Cincinnati to take on the Cyclones and lost in overtime 4-3. Wheeling scored with :09 left in regulation on a Jarrett Burton shot but fell in overtime on a power play goal by Andrew Yogan. Sean Maguire took the loss in net stopping 18 of 22 shots.

On Friday, Wheeling traveled to Kalamazoo and beat the Wings 3-2. The Nailers put 42 shots at K-Wings goaltender Joel Martin and scored three time with Darryl Lloyd, Gage Quinney and Jordan Kwas all finding the back of the net. Doug Carr picked up the win in net and stopped 26 of 28 shots.

Saturday the Nailers returned home to square off against the Reading Royals, a team the Nailers are chasing for a playoff spot, and lost 4-3 in overtime. Reading struck three times on the power play and picked up the big win.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Sean Maguire was named January ECHL Goaltender of the Month. Maguire went 6-1-1 in January with a 2.53 GAA and a .913 save percentage including two shutouts.

This week, the Nailers make the trek West to play three games this week with the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Steelheads sit third in the Mountain Division with 55 points.

The Nailers are still in a playoff spot in the North Division with a 24-15-5-0 record good for 53 points and the fourth spot in the division. They are tied in points with Brampton, two off third place Adirondack and six pack of second place Reading. Manchester continues to lead the North with 64 points.

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