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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
76 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
The season is dwindling down for our ECHL affiliate in Wheeling, West Virginia and the Nailers have a lot of work to do if they want to make a final push for a spot win the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Let’s take a look back at the week that was for the Nailers.
They hosted the Idaho Steelheads all week last week for a trio of games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
On Wednesday, the Nailers won 4-1 over the Steelheads. Tyler Currier had a pair of goals and Sean Maguire won in net for Wheeling stopping 20 of 2 shots faced. Each team struck once on the power play, the Nailers had two tries and Idaho had three tries. Cody Wydo had a game high six shots to go with a goal and an assist.
On Friday, Idaho would punch back and take this one 3-2 over the Nailers. Maguire took the loss in net, stopping 25 of 28. Garrett Meurs and Kale Kerbashian scored for Wheeling, who could not score on eight power play tries.
In the rubber match Saturday, Idaho would take this one 4-1. Gage Quinney would score the only goal in the contest for Wheeling. Doug Carr took the loss for the Nailers, stopping 24 of 27.
The Nailers are seven points back of the Manchester Monarchs for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division. They have a 32-27-8-0 record good for fifth place.
This week, the Nailers host the Brampton Beast Friday and the Reading Royals Sunday. There are only five games left in Wheeling’s season.
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