Chirps from Center Ice

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

Wheeling Wrap 3/21

Tuesday afternoon and that means another look back at the week that was for the ECHL affiliate of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, the Wheeling Nailers!

The season is winding down in the ECHL. Eight games remain for Wheeling, but let’s look back at the last four.

On Wednesday, the Nailers were in Elmira visiting the Jackals for a trip to New York and beat the Jackals 5-4. Gage Quinney had a hat trick, Christian Hilbrich and Brett Stern both had two assists each and Doug Carr picked up the win, stopping 29 of 33 shots. The Nailers went 1-for-5 on the power play.

On Friday, the Nailers visited the Adirondack Thunder for the first of two games with the Thunder on the weekend. The Nailers picked up a big 5-2 win. Cody Wydo picked up a pair of goals and Sean Maguire stopped 32 of 34 shots to pick up the win.

Saturday in the rematch, the Nailers were defeated 5-4 in overtime by the Thunder. Wheeling went up 3-0 on the Thunder before seeing the Thunder storm back for four straight goals, Christian Hilbrich’s goal with :20 left forced overtime. Alex Wall scored with :16 left to give the Thunder the extra point. Wheeling’s newest acquisition Kale Kerbashian picked up three assists. Wheeling struck twice on the power play. Sean Maguire took the overtime loss.

On Sunday, the Nailers bussed back to where their New York trip began in Elmira, and were defeated by the Jackals 6-5 in a wild, back and forth affair. The aforementioned Kale Kerbashian had two goals, Alex Carrier dished out two assists but the Nailers were unable to get the overtime game winner they would have loved on this road trip. Doug Carr took the loss in net for the Nailers and Wheeling went 1-for-5 on the power play.

The Nailers sit in fourth place in the North Division with a 31-25-8-0 record good for 70 points, five points behind the Manchester Monarchs for the fourth and final playoff spot in the division.

This week, the Nailers play host to the Idaho Steeheads, who come in for three games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Wesbanco Arena.

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