February 21, 2017
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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.
February 14, 2017
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It’s Tuesday afternoon and time to take a look back at how the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers did this past week.
The Nailers traveled out West to the capital of Idaho in Boise, and took on the Idaho Steelheads for a trio of games.
Wheeling won once, by way of a shutout, on Friday.
Game 1 was Wednesday and the Nailers only scored one goal and lost 4-1. Tyler Currier scored for Wheeling. Sean Maguire took the loss in net, stopping 36 of 40. Wheeling went 0-for-5 on the power play and the Steelheads struck just once.
Game 2 was Friday and this was a shutout for Doug Carr. Carr stopped all 26 shots against him and the Nailers won 3-0. Garrett Meurs scored a pair of goals and Tyler Currier added the other. All of the scoring was done in the first period.
Game 3 was Saturday and the Nailers lost that one 5-1. Anthony Luciani had a hat trick for the Steelheads and an assist to go with ten shots. Doug Carr took the loss in net for the Nailers and Gage Quinney scored the only goal for Wheeling.
Wheeling dropped to fifth in the North Division with a 25-17-5-0 record good for 55 points.
The Nailers return home for a pair of games against the Brampton Beast on Wednesday and Friday and then welcome in the Kalamazoo Wings to WesBanco Arena on Saturday.
February 7, 2017
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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.
February 1, 2017
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It’s Tuesday and a new month, so it’s time to take a look back at the week that was for the Wheeling Nailers.
The Nailers played four games last week starting with a Wednesday game against the Toledo Walleye and won a wild one by a score of 7-6. Wheeling scored two goals in the third period to force overtime and Christian Hilbrich’s goal with :57 left sent the Wesbanco Arena crowd home happy as the Nailers completed the comeback. Gage Quinney had a goal and three assists.
Wheeling continued its busy week with a visit from the Quad City Mallards and won 5-2. Sean Maguire picked up the win in goal for the Nailers, stopping 25 of 27 shots. Cody Wydo had two goals and an assist. Nick Sorkin added a goal and two assists. The Nailers scored four of their goals on the power play.
The momentum continued Saturday as the Nailers hosted the Brampton Beast and shut them out 4-0. Sean Maguire stopped all 25 shots sent his way. Jarrett Burton scored two goals.
But the momentum ran out for the Nailers playing their fourth game in five games in Kalamazoo, Michigan as the Nailers fell narrowly by a score of 5-4. Gage Quinney scored a goal and assisted on two others. The Nailers came back from two goals but the K-Wings scored the go ahead with under five minutes left.
The Nailers are up to third in the North Division with 23-15-3-0 with 49 points, two off second place Reading and ten back of the division leading Manchester Monarchs.
Wheeling three games this week, on the road this Thursday in Cincinnati, Friday again in Kalamazoo before hosting the second place Royals Saturday night.
January 24, 2017
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Noon Tuesday means that it’s time to look at how the Wheeling Nailers did against the competition in the ECHL this past week.
It was a positive week or the Nailers, as they collect two wins this week.
They started Friday in Norfolk taking on an Admirals team which was undefeated in 2017. They beat the Admirals soundly by a score of 9-2. Sean Maguire stopped 25 of 27 to pick up the win and improve to 7-5-1. The Nailers were up 1-0 at the end of the first then scored four goals in the second. Norfolk would come back and score two, but the Nailers would score four more in the third to win handily. Gage Quinney scored a goal and assisted on three others to earn first star honors. Only three Nailers skaters did not pick up a point in this one sided affair.
The Nailers then bussed north to Reading for a date with the Nailers. The only offense they needed was off the stick of Cody Wydo who scored two goals. Nick Sorkin assisted on each of them. Recently assigned Michael Webster also had an assist then was recalled back to Wilkes-Barre after the game. Doug Carr stopped 34 of 35. The Nailers won 2-1.
The Nailers have a 20-14-3-0 record good for 43 points and fourth place in the North Division.
This week, the Nailers close out the month of January with four games, three at home. The Nailers welcome the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday, the Quad City Mallard and Brampton Beats Friday and Saturday before closing out the month with a trip to Kalamazoo on Sunday.
January 17, 2017
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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.
January 10, 2017
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Noon Tuesday and it’s time for another look at how the Wheeling Nailers did this week.
The Nailers played just two games this weekend and split them both, but took three points out of the week. Let’s take a more in depth look…
Friday, the Nailers took it to the best team in the ECHL the Toledo Walleye. The Nailers walloped the Walleye by a score of 6-0. Sean Maguire started the game for the Nailers in net and picked up his first ever shutout as a professional with a 25 save performance. Wheeling struck twice on its two power plays and got pair of goals from Garrett Meurs and Nick Sorkin. Christian Hilbrich, Tyler Currier, Jordan Kwas and Brett Stern all had two assists each.
Sunday, Wheeling hosted the Cincinnati Cyclones and lost 3-2 in overtime. The Cyclones jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first but goals in the second and third period by the Nailers endured that Wheeling would take at least three points out of the weekend and it was just that as the Cyclones scored in overtime to beat the Nailers. Sean Maguire only faced 19 shots. Gage Quinney and Garrett Meurs scored for the Nailers. Wheeling wasn’t able to score on five power plays.
With the three point week, the Nailers draw closer to the fourth place Adirondack Thunder, just two points off with 35 and a 16-12-3-0 record.
This week, the Nailers play home and homes with Toledo and Kalamazoo. They face the Walleye this Wednesday at home, then Friday in Toledo. Then, the Nailers return home for a date with the K-Wings and then load a bus bound for Michigan for a 3 p.m matinee game Sunday with the Wings.