Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Wheeling Wrap 2/21

It’s Tuesday and time to look back at the week that was for the Wheeling Nailers.

The Nailers split a pair of 6-3 games with the Brampton Beast to start the week, beat the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday and then lost to the Beast again Monday on Presidents’ Day.

Last Wednesday, the Nailers hosted the Brampton Beast and beat them 6-3. The Nailers chased Brampton starting goaltender Zachary Fucale after putting 8 shots on him which he only stopped 5 of. Wheeling only put up 24 shots on the Beast this night, but the real story was the play in net by Nailers goaltender Sean Maguire. Maguire stopped 40 of 43 shots by the Beast. Oh, and on the offensive side, Cody Wydo had a hat trick, Christan Hilbrich had three assists and Michael Webster potted two.

In the rematch Friday, the Beast would win 6-3. Brampton this time would get the better of Sean Maguire. David Pacan got two past Maguire and chipped in with an assist. Jordan Kwas scored twice for the Nailers and Garrett Meurs scored once and had a pair of assists.

Saturday, the Nailers played host to the Kalamazoo Wings and beat the Wings 5-4. Each team had 40+ shots on net. Ex-Penguin Tyler Biggs scored for Kalamazoo. Garrett Meurs and Nick Sorkin both had a goal and added two assists. Jordan Kwas had three assists. Wheeling struck three times on the power play.Doug Carr picked up the win for the Nailers, stopping 36.

On a Monday Presidents’ Day matinee in Canada, the Nailers lost to the Brampton Beast in their third meeting with the Beast in the week by a score of 3-2. Zachary Fucale had a much better showing in net for the Beast, picking up first star honors by stopping 26 of 28 shots. Kevin Schulze chipped in with two assists on Nick Sorkin and Cody Wydo’s goals.

The Nailers still remain in fifth place in the North Division with a record of 27-19-5-0 good for 59 points. Wheeling trails fourth place Adirondack by 5 points. Everyone in the North has 51 games played except for division leader Manchester who has 52.

Wheeling heads into the week with three games this weekend. They head into Toledo for a pair of games with the Walleye before wrapping up the weekend with a Sunday matchup in Fort Wayne.

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