NAILERS GAME DAY 2022-23
Nailers Sweep Weekend to Win Fourth Straight
Louie Roehl Scores First Pro Goal During Run of Four Consecutive Strikes by Wheeling

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers had an extremely fun weekend, as they closed out the opening quarter of the 2022-23 season with a three-in-three sweep and four straight wins overall. Wheeling opened up a 4-1 lead on the Toledo Walleye at WesBanco Arena on Sunday afternoon, then held off Toledo's late push for a 4-3 triumph. Louie Roehl tallied his first professional goal, while Brooklyn Kalmikov, Cédric Desruisseaux, and Josh Maniscalco also turned on the red light.

The Nailers have started to make a habit into scoring goals in quick succession, and late in the first period, they turned an early deficit into a lead. Brandon Hawkins put Toledo on the board first during a man advantage, when he lined in a wrist shot from the left circle. Wheeling's surge back took place in the final two minutes of the stanza. Brooklyn Kalmikov tied the score on the breakaway, when he lifted a backhander into the top-right corner of the net. 21 seconds later, Cédric Desruisseaux put the Nailers in the lead, when he caught a pass in stride from Chris Ortiz, drove down the left wing, and roofed a shot into the top shelf.

The momentum carried into the middle frame, as Wheeling put two more goals on the board. Louie Roehl joined the fun at the 10:53 mark with the first marker of his professional career, as he blazed in a feed from Carter Johnson at the middle of the blueline. 1:08 later, Josh Maniscalco made the horn sound again, as he shoveled a wrist shot into the top-left corner of the twine.

After getting outshot 11-1 in the second period, the Walleye made things interesting in the third. Thomas Ebbing closed to gap to two on the power play, when he smacked in the rebound of Hawkins' one-timer. Then, Tommy Parran squeezed in a shot from the point, which made for a tense finish. The Nailers were able to successfully get the contest to the final buzzer to earn the 4-3 victory.

Taylor Gauthier collected the win in goal for Wheeling, as he turned aside 19 of the 22 shots he faced. Sebastian Cossa took the loss for Toledo, as he made 22 saves on 26 shots.

The Nailers will spend all of the coming week on the road, as they will visit the Cincinnati Cyclones on Wednesday and Friday at 7:35, before concluding the week with a Saturday clash with the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:00. Wheeling will have a pair of home games the following weekend, when they host the Indy Fuel for a Frosty Friday on December 16th at 7:10. Then, the Cyclones come to town on Sunday, December 18th at 4:10. Following that contest, fans will get the chance to skate with the even-numbered players. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Celebrate Gorgeous Win in Ugly Sweaters
Josh Maniscalco Scores Teddy Bear Goal; Josh McKechney Nets First as a Pro
WHEELING, WV- Saturday night's Holiday Palooza game at WesBanco Arena wasn't quite the Goal Palooza that took place in Fort Wayne on Friday, but the Wheeling Nailers still got the job done to sweep the home-and-home series against the Fort Wayne Komets. Brooklyn Kalmikov and Josh McKechney scored 36 seconds apart from each other in the third period to lift Wheeling to the 4-2 home ice triumph, which also featured the annual Teddy Bear Toss Goal by Josh Maniscalco to benefit the Salvation Army.

Fort Wayne got on the scoreboard first, but good things came to those who waited, as the Nailers rebounded to take a lead into the intermission. Mark Rassell picked up the marker for the Komets, as he cut to the middle of the ice, and proceeded to roof a shot into the top-left corner of the net. Wheeling answered 1:13 later, as teddy bears rained down onto the WesBanco Arena ice. Josh Maniscalco led the charge on a 2-on-1 break, and kept the puck to himself, as he drilled his snap shot into the left side of the cage. Justin Addamo kept his red hot play going with 5:16 remaining in the stanza, as he put enough mustard on his left side shot to squirt the puck through Colton Point and in over the goal line.

The score stayed 2-1 until the closing minutes of the second period, when the Komets tied the match. Filip Engaras fished the puck free on the left side of the crease, and lifted a shot up and into goal.

The early stages of the third period set the tone for the remainder of the tilt, as the Nailers took the lead and added to it in a matter of less than three minutes. The go-ahead strike came at the 2:33 mark, when Brooklyn Kalmikov crashed the net and shoveled the rebound of Colin Swoyer's initial shot up and under the crossbar. Wheeling built off that goal by adding insurance just 36 seconds later, as Josh McKechney broke behind the defense, faked to his backhand, and slipped his first professional goal through Colton Point's legs. The Nailers shut the door the rest of the way, and skated off with the 4-2 win.

Tommy Nappier earned his second straight victory in goal for Wheeling, as he denied 26 of the 28 shots he faced, including all 11 in the third period. Colton Point took the loss for Fort Wayne, as he made 31 saves on 35 shots.

The Nailers will be right back on home ice on Sunday afternoon at 4:10, when they will wrap up the weekend with a game against the Toledo Walleye. Following the contest, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the odd-numbered players. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.
Nailers Come Back to Win Overtime Slugfest, 6-5
Justin Addamo Scores First Pro Hat Trick; Adam Smith Nets Game Winner

FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers played one of their wildest games of the early season on Friday night, as they erased a multi-goal deficit for the first time, while finding the back of the net six times. Wheeling trailed 5-3 with less than six minutes to go, but stormed back with three goals, including Adam Smith's overtime winner to knock off the Fort Wayne Komets, 6-5 at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Justin Addamo had himself a night to remember, as he netted his first professional hat trick as part of a four-point performance.

Both teams played strong defensive first periods, but with less than 30 seconds remaining, the Nailers broke through for the opening goal. Davis Bunz tossed a shot toward the net from the right wing wall, which was tipped into the cage by Gianluca Esteves. The goal was Esteves' first in a Wheeling uniform, as he returned to the lineup after missing 11 straight games.

Fort Wayne drew even on a couple of occasions in the middle frame. The first equalizer came at the 6:43 mark, when Oliver Cooper tucked a backhand wraparound just inside of the left post. Wheeling retook the lead less than five minutes later. Félix Paré skipped the puck into the low slot for Justin Addamo, who used his long reach to his advantage, as he stretched a forehand shot around Rylan Parenteau's right leg pad. The score got tied with 2:12 left, when Joe Masonius swatted in a Daniel Maggio feed from the beneath the right circle.

After a somewhat casual 40 minutes, the offenses exploded in the third period for six goals on 28 shots. The Komets started with two quick strikes, as Shawn Boudrias drilled in a one-time feed from Cooper, then Joshua Winquist clobbered a slap shot from the top of the right circle. Chris Ortiz brought the Nailers within one for 19 seconds with his long distance wrister, before Boudrias answered with his second by pouncing on a loose puck. With less than six minutes to go, Wheeling put forth a fabulous rally to get the game to overtime. Louie Roehl notched his first professional point, as he set up Addamo for a wide open shot from the left side. Then, Addamo completed his hat trick with the tying marker, as he raced down the left side of the ice, and swept a shot underneath Rylan Parenteau.

The wild third period led to an overtime stanza which got decided in a matter of 3:12. Adam Smith got a step on his defender as he drove to the net, and flipped a shot in on the left side to give the Nailers the thrilling 6-5 triumph.

Taylor Gauthier picked up the win in goal for Wheeling, as he made 35 saves on 40 shots. Rylan Parenteau took the overtime loss for Fort Wayne, as he allowed six goals on 34 shots.

The Nailers and Komets will make the overnight drive to Wheeling, where the two sides will meet again on Saturday at 7:10. Saturday's game is Holiday Palooza, which will feature a small business holiday village, special ugly sweater jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and holiday characters. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Enjoy Walleye for Sunday Dinner, 4-1
Cédric Paré Notches Goal, Two Assists in Wheeling's Second Straight Home Win

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers punctuated a successful week on Sunday afternoon, as they earned their second win in three tries by defeating the Toledo Walleye, 4-1 at WesBanco Arena. Cédric Paré led the way for Wheeling with a goal and two assists, while linemate Cédric Desruisseaux contributed a goal and an assist, and Ryan Bednard secured the net with 22 saves.

Both teams got on the scoreboard in the first period. Toledo got the opening marker at the 4:05, when Conlan Keenan squeezed his way through a check along the left wall, then dropped a pass to John Albert, who lifted a wrist shot off the crossbar and in. The Nailers also went to the top shelf for their equalizer with 1:46 left, as Justin Addamo rang the back bar from the left side of the slot, as he was given a pass by Bobby Hampton.

Wheeling started the middle frame with lots of energy, but it was a late period goal that made the difference. Cédric Desruisseaux and Josh Maniscalco helped to battle the puck into the low slot. That's where Cédric Paré used his muscle to establish position, and quickly snap a shot into the right side of the cage.

Early in the third period, the Nailers put the match away with a pair of insurance tallies. The first insurance goal came off an odd-man rush, as Brooklyn Kalmikov feathered a pass through the slot to Desruisseaux, who faked to his backhand, and split the wickets of goaltender John Lethemon. Carter Johnson provided the final dagger in the 4-1 triumph for the home squad, when he banged in the rebound of C. Paré's power play one-timer from the right circle.

Ryan Bednard grabbed his second win in as many starts in the season series, as he blocked aside 22 of the 23 shots he faced for Wheeling. John Lethemon took the loss for the Walleye, as he made 26 saves on 30 shots.

The Nailers will start next weekend on the road in Fort Wayne on Friday at 8:00, before they and the Komets will travel to WesBanco Arena for Holiday Palooza on Saturday at 7:10. Holiday Palooza will feature a small business holiday village, specialty jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and holiday characters. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Wings Take Testy Tussle, 4-1
Sean Josling Scores Lone Wheeling Goal on Power Play

KALAMAZOO, MI- The Wheeling Nailers and Kalamazoo Wings clearly have plenty of dislike for each other, as the two teams had a spirited battle on Friday night at Wings Event Center. Sean Josling opened the scoring with a power play goal for the Nailers, but Kalamazoo rallied back with three straight strikes in the second period, en route to a 4-1 home ice win.

The first period had a little bit of everything, as there was plenty of animosity, but also a goal for the Nailers. Jack Van Boekel got the fire started with a punishing check in center ice, and he came ready to answer the bell, as he threw down the gloves with Kalamazoo heavyweight Anthony Collins. A few more penalties followed, including one which helped to produce the opening strike. Cédric Paré and Carter Johnson had their shots stopped in the opening seconds of Wheeling's power play, but the third chance went in, as Sean Josling buried his shot from the left side.

Things turned the other way in the middle frame, as the Wings got an early marker on the man advantage to tie the score. Collin Saccoman dragged the puck wide of the goal, but was able to leave a pass behind him on the right side, which was flipped in by Coale Norris. Midway through the period, Kalamazoo went ahead. Anthony Collins centered the puck to Raymond Brice, who faked to the backhand, and stuffed in a shot as he crashed the crease. Darby Llewellyn added another one for the host side, as he jammed away at a loose puck and was able to squeeze a shot inside the right post.

Brice tacked on one final goal when he picked off a pass and fired in a shot at the 5:31 mark of the third, as the Wings prevailed, 4-1.

Evan Cormier raised his performance as the game went along, as he finished by stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced in the win for Kalamazoo. Taylor Gauthier made 23 saves on 27 shots in the Wheeling crease.

The Nailers will return home on Sunday at 4:10 to face the Toledo Walleye. Following the game, fans will get the chance to skate with the even-numbered players. Then, on Saturday, December 3rd, Wheeling will celebrate Holiday Palooza with a small business holiday village, specialty jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and more. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Nailers Thankful for Special Teams in Home Win
Wheeling Gobbles up Two on the Power Play, in Addition to One Wild Shorthanded Marker

WHEELING, WV- Fans at WesBanco Arena left Wednesday night's game thankful for a great performance from the home team, as the Wheeling Nailers got three special teams goals to exact revenge on the Indy Fuel, 4-2. Cédric Paré and Josh Maniscalco had a goal and an assist, while Tyler Drevitch got credit for one of the crazier tallies of the year, and Tommy Nappier made 24 saves.

The Nailers threw everything including the kitchen sink at Indy in the first period, as they held a 21-4 shots advantage, and took a 1-0 lead in the process. The opening tally came at the 13:11 mark, when Cédric Paré pushed his way through the left circle and in toward the net, where he shifted to his backhand and forced a floating shot in over the goal line.

The middle frame was all about special teams, but not in a traditional fashion, as both teams scored shorthanded, while Wheeling also converted on a power play. The Fuel drew even with their shorty at the 1:34 mark. Chase Lang cut to the middle of the slot, and sent a backhander against the grain and into the right side of the goal. The Nailers regained the lead with a strike just 14 seconds into their fourth man advantage of the night. C. Paré delivered a circle-to-circle pass to Josh Maniscalco, who stepped up and roofed a shot from the right side. Less than two minutes later, the unexpected occurred. Lang won a face-off at the offensive blueline, which ended up going past his goaltender and in, with credit for the goal going to Tyler Drevitch.

Wheeling put the match away with another man advantage marker in the early stages of the third. Brooklyn Kalmikov feathered a pass right to Justin Addamo, who redirected the feed in from the top of the crease. Bryan Lemos cut the margin to two with a backhand goal at the 6:20 mark, but the Nailers took it the rest of the way for the 4-2 win.

Tommy Nappier secured the victory in goal for Wheeling, as he thwarted 24 of the 26 shots he faced. Zach Driscoll suffered the loss for Indy, despite making 44 saves on 48 shots.

The Nailers will visit the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday at 7:00, before returning home to face the Toledo Walleye on Sunday at 4:10. Sunday's game will be followed by a skate with the even-numbered players. The next Big Six Promotional Night is less than two weeks away, as Wheeling will celebrate Holiday Palooza on Saturday, December 3rd, with a small business holiday village, specialty jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and more. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Fuel Drive Into Win Column, 6-1
Jack Van Boekel Scores His First Goal as a Nailer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- Sunday afternoon's result at Indiana Farmers Coliseum wasn't what the Wheeling Nailers had in mind, but they ended up taking a split in their two-game road weekend. The Indy Fuel netted two goals in each period, including a pair from Alex Wideman, as they were victorious, 6-1 on home ice. Jack Van Boekel collected the lone tally for Wheeling.

The Nailers had a 9-6 advantage in shots during the first period, but it was Indy who scored both of the goals. The first marker came at the 3:52 mark, when Seamus Malone teed up Jan Mandát for a one-timer, which he drove in along the ice from the top of the right circle. The Fuel added to their lead with 3:38 remaining. Shane Kuzmeski had his initial attempt get blocked, but the puck dropped to Alex Wideman in the slot, who quickly slinged a shot into the right side of the cage.

Indy added two more tallies in the middle frame, as the home side doubled its advantage. 4:54 into the period, Wideman scraped the puck off of the boards and delivered a pass to Cameron Hillis, who swirled a right circle wrist shot off the right post and around the inside of the goal. Wideman collected his second goal and third point of the contest with 9:33 left, when he tipped Hillis' feed in from the slot.

Wheeling tried to conjure up some positive energy in the third period, and 1:44 into the stanza, the team found the back of the net, as Jack Van Boekel fired a laser of a slap shot into the top-left corner from straight away. The Nailers nearly got another goal moments later, but came up empty, and the Fuel tacked on two more, as Bryan Lemos potted a wrist shot from the slot, then Cliff Watson clobbered a power play one-timer from the left point for the 6-1 final.

Zach Driscoll backstopped the win for Indy, as he made 28 saves on 29 shots. Ryan Bednard came away with 18 stops on 23 shots for Wheeling, before giving way to Tommy Nappier, who was 7-of-8 in relief.

The Nailers and the Fuel will make their way to Wheeling for a re-match on Wednesday, which is Thanksgiving Eve. There will be $2 beer specials, plus a traditional favorite - turkey bowling. The Nailers will also be home on Sunday at 4:10 against the Toledo Walleye, which will feature a post game skate with the even-numbered players. The next Big Six Promotional Night is less than two weeks away, as Wheeling will celebrate Holiday Palooza on Saturday, December 3rd, with a small business holiday village, specialty jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and more. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Get Key Goals at Key Times to Edge Toledo, 2-1
Josling Returns from AHL to Score Game Winner Midway Through Third

TOLEDO, OH- Timing was everything for the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night, as they earned a win at Toledo's Huntington Center for the second straight week. Chris Ortiz netted a shorthanded goal late in the second period, then Sean Josling snapped a tied score midway through third, as the Nailers edged the Toledo Walleye, 2-1 to improve their road record to 3-1-0. Wheeling also received top-notch goaltending from Ryan Bednard, who made 31 saves.

Goals were challenging to come by, as the two squads played to a scoreless first period, before trading tallies in the middle frame. Toledo was first on the board at the 4:28 mark, while playing on the man advantage. Ryan Lowney walked the puck into the high slot, where he sifted a shot through three bodies and into the net. The Nailers responded with a shorthanded marker, thanks to some perfect timing. Chris Ortiz exited the penalty box, and was immediately given a pass by Adam Smith. Ortiz broke away, and ripped a wrist shot into the left side of the cage.

As the contest progressed, it was starting to become clear that one shot could make the difference. With 9:59 to go, that shot went Wheeling's way. The Nailers did a remarkable job fending off a scramble around their net, led by Josh McKechney, who made great plays on both ends. After ending the play defensively, he dropped a pass to Sean Josling, who cruised through the slot and into the right circle, where he buried the go-ahead strike. Wheeling's defense limited the Walleye to eight shots in the third period, which helped the visitors preserve the 2-1 triumph.

Ryan Bednard was excellent once again in goal for the Nailers, as he earned his first win with the team by denying 31 of the 32 shots he faced. Sebastian Cossa made 28 saves on 30 shots for Toledo.

The Nailers will have Saturday off, when they will make their way to Indianapolis to face the Indy Fuel on Sunday at 5:00. Wheeling and Indy will meet up again at WesBanco Arena in the Nailers' next home game, which is Thanksgiving Eve on Wednesday at 7:10. $2 beers will be available that night. The next Big Six Promotional Night is less than three weeks away, as the Nailers will celebrate Holiday Palooza on Saturday, December 3rd, with a small business holiday village, specialty jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and more. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Run Out of Gas in Weekend Finale
Griffin Lunn Scores First Pro Goal, as Wheeling Splits Four-Game Week

WHEELING, WV- Strong starts are always crucial in the final game of a 3-in-3 weekend, and on Sunday afternoon, a two-goal first period gave the Fort Wayne Komets the early lift they were looking for. Griffin Lunn netted his first professional goal for the Wheeling Nailers, but at that point, the damage had been done, as Fort Wayne collected a 5-1 win at WesBanco Arena.

Two goals in a span of 1:25 put the Komets ahead by a pair in the opening stanza. On the opening marker, Samuel Dove-McFalls delivered a perfect pass from the right point to the left side of the low slot, where Mark Rassell redirected the feed up and into the top-left corner of the net. Fort Wayne followed that up with a 2-on-1 rush, as Matthew Boudens deposited a cross-slot feed from Tye Felhaber.

A bit of energy got breathed into the game in the early stages of the second period, when Félix Paré threw down the gloves with Joe Masonius. Unfortunately for the Nailers, their deficit grew by one later in the frame. Stefano Giliati saucered a pass to the front of the net, where the puck was tipped in by Joshua Winquist.

Tye Felhaber and Blake Siebenaler tacked on insurance for Fort Wayne in the third period, as Felhaber sniped a shot into the top-right corner, and Siebenaler went against the grain with a backhander in the slot. Wheeling was able to spoil the shutout bid with less than a minute remaining, when Samuel Tremblay set up Griffin Lunn for a one-timer, which he roofed for his first professional goal. The final score was 5-1 in favor of the Komets.

Ryan Fanti picked up the win for Fort Wayne, as he turned away 24 of the 25 shots he faced. Taylor Gauthier saw his four-game winning streak come to an end, despite a 32-save effort on 37 Komets shots.

The Nailers will spend the upcoming weekend on the road, as they will visit the Toledo Walleye on Friday at 7:15, then travel to Indy to face the Fuel on Sunday at 5:00. Wheeling and Indy will meet up again at WesBanco Arena in the Nailers' next home game, which is Thanksgiving Eve on Wednesday, November 23rd at 7:10. $2 beers will be available that night. The next Big Six Promotional Night is less than three weeks away, as the Nailers will celebrate Holiday Palooza on Saturday, December 3rd, with a small business holiday village, specialty jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and more. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Komets Take Incredible Goaltending Duel, 2-1
Ryan Bednard Stops All 32 Shots in Relief in Wheeling Debut

WHEELING, WV- Saturday night at WesBanco Arena was a goaltending clinic, as the Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets ran into brick walls in the respective creases. Colton Point, Ryan Bednard, and Tommy Nappier combined to block 73 of the 76 shots they faced, which included a perfect 32-save outing in relief from Bednard. All of the scoring came in the first period, and the difference was Shawn Boudrias' power play goal, as the Komets edged the Nailers, 2-1.

The Nailers got off to a quick start, as they struck just 1:54 into the contest. With bodies lining up in the slot, Josh Maniscalco let a snap shot go from the right point and picked his spot perfectly, as he lined his attempt into the top-left corner of the net. Fort Wayne drew even at the 11:07 mark. Jordan Martel won a puck battle along the wall with help from Matt Alvaro, who whisked a pass to Anthony Petruzzelli, who swiped in a one-timer from the right side of the slot. A little more than five minutes later, the Komets took the lead. A scramble took place in front of the net, where Matthew Boudens bunted the puck out of the air and Shawn Boudrias forced it the rest of the way over the line.

>From that point on, the night belonged to the goaltenders. Colton Point of the Komets had his strongest performance in the second period, as he kept his team in the lead by stopping all 18 shots during that 20-minute window. Ryan Bednard took over in relief at the start of the middle frame for Wheeling, but had his largest workload in the third period, when he was perfect on 23 attempts. With no goals scored after the first, the game went into the books as a 2-1 Fort Wayne win.

Colton Point earned the victory for the Komets, as he made 33 saves on 34 shots. Tommy Nappier took the loss for the Nailers, as he allowed two goals on ten shots, before Ryan Bednard was a perfect 32-of-32 in relief.

The Nailers and Komets will meet up again in Wheeling on Sunday at 4:10, as the two teams conclude hockey-filled weekends. Fans will be able to skate with the odd-numbered players following the game. The next Big Six Promotional Night is exactly three weeks away, as the Nailers will celebrate Holiday Palooza on Saturday, December 3rd, with a small business holiday village, specialty jerseys, the annual Teddy Bear Toss, and more. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Give Thanks to Military & Earn 5-1 Win
Six Different Players Tally Multiple Points, While Gauthier Wins Fourth Straight

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers checked all of the boxes on Friday night, as they put together a great performance for all of the men and women who serve their country on Military Appreciation Night. The Nailers scored five goals, played a solid defensive game, and got great goaltending, as they defeated the Kalamazoo Wings, 5-1 at WesBanco Arena. Six different players recorded multiple points, including Cédric Paré, Justin Addamo, and Brooklyn Kalmikov, who all lit the lamp, in support of Taylor Gauthier's 28 saves.

The Nailers cashed in on a couple of great chances in the first period, and received clutch penalty killing and goaltending to take a 2-0 lead. The opening tally came at the 6:24 mark on a 2-on-1 rush. Josh Maniscalco delivered a perfect pass through the slot to Brooklyn Kalmikov, who wired in a one-timer from the left side. Justin Addamo added to the advantage with 3:22 remaining, when he won a puck battle in the corner, then got rewarded for his efforts, as he jammed in a feed from Carter Johnson on the right side of the crease.

Neither team found the twine in the middle frame, but Wheeling finished with authority in the third. Cédric Desruisseaux tacked on the first insurance marker, when he flipped in a backhander on the left side of the net, which was set up by Addamo. The Nailers followed that up with a power play strike, as Cédric Paré slammed in a one-timer from the right side. Matheson Iacopelli ended Taylor Gauthier's home shutout streak of 138:07 with a 4-on-4 rip from the slot, before C. Paré's second of the stanza put the final touches on the 5-1 Wheeling triumph.

Taylor Gauthier was fantastic in goal for the Nailers, as he thwarted 28 of the 29 shots he faced to earn his fourth straight win. Evan Cormier made 22 saves on 26 shots in goal for Kalamazoo.

The Nailers will continue their three-game home weekend on Saturday night at 7:10 when they battle the Fort Wayne Komets. That will also be the first ever Martial Arts Night, which will feature live demonstrations. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a 4:10 tilt against Fort Wayne, and fans will be able to skate with the odd-numbered players after the game.

Nailers Get Extra Credit in Shootout Win
Desruisseaux Ends Wheeling's First Victory After Regulation at Huntington Center

TOLEDO, OH- Huntington Center opened its doors to ECHL Hockey in 2009, and on Wednesday morning, the Wheeling Nailers did something there that they hadn't done in 52 previous visits - win a game decided after regulation. With the contest on his stick, Cédric Desruisseaux broke the tie in the fourth round of the shootout, as the Nailers earned a 4-3 victory over the Toledo Walleye. Taylor Gauthier made 36 saves during the game for Wheeling, while David Drake assisted on all three goals in regulation.

Both teams collected a goal during the opening stanza. Wheeling got on the board first, as it took advantage of a delayed penalty just 1:18 into the contest. Davis Bunz let a wrist shot go from the right wall, and got a deflection from Carter Johnson in the slot to change the direction of the puck for the marker. The assist for Bunz was the first point of his professional career. The Walleye drew even at the 7:09 mark. Joseph Nardi led the way on the right side of a 2-on-1 break, and proceeded to dish a pass through the slot to Brett McKenzie, who shoveled a shot into the top-left corner of the cage.

The second period followed a similar script, as the Nailers took the lead, before Toledo came back with an equalizer. The Wheeling tally came at the 3:31 mark, when David Drake slid a pass through the low slot to Cédric Paré, who banged in a one-timer on the right side of the crease. The Walleye utilized their power play for their second goal. Gordie Green wristed a pass from the top of the right circle, which connected with John Albert for the redirection to creep into the net.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the third, as the Nailers went ahead for the third time. Bobby Hampton flew down the left side, then whirled around the back of the net, before he stuffed a wraparound shot inside of the left post. Drake notched his third assist of the day, while Taylor Gauthier recorded his first career point with the secondary helper. Kurt Gosselin squared the score for Toledo, as his right side wrist shot hit off of traffic and went into the goal for a 3-3 deadlock.

The contest progressed to overtime, which started slowly, before eventually taking off to the tune of nine combined shots. Neither team could light the lamp, which led to a shootout. Brooklyn Kalmikov scored in the first round for Wheeling and Mitchell Heard tallied for the Walleye in round three, which meant extra shooters. Gauthier denied Gordi Myer, which set the stage for Cédric Desruisseaux, who buried a shot on the right side of the net, lifting the Nailers to the 4-3 triumph.

Taylor Gauthier turned in another fabulous performance in the Wheeling net, as he turned away 36 of the 39 shots he faced in the game for his third win in a row. The third time was the charm for the Nailers against Sebastian Cossa, who made 26 saves on 29 shots during the game.

Now that the road trip is finished, the Nailers are ready to return home to WesBanco Arena for a three-game homestand this weekend. Friday is Military Appreciation Night and a Frosty Friday, as Wheeling battles Kalamazoo at 7:10. Then, Fort Wayne comes to town for a 7:10 Saturday game and a 4:10 Sunday tilt. Saturday is Martial Arts Night with live demonstrations and Sunday has a post game skate with odd-numbered players.

Nailers Comeback Falls One Goal Short, 4-3
Brooklyn Kalmikov & Justin Addamo Net First Pro Goals for Wheeling

READING, PA- The Wheeling Nailers faced a tall hill to climb in the early stages of Saturday night's game against the Reading Royals at Santander Arena. Reading jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 21 minutes of play. The Nailers didn't go away quietly, as they put forth a strong comeback effort, and pulled to within goal, before running out of time in a 4-3 Royals win. Brooklyn Kalmikov and Justin Addamo both scored their first pro goals for Wheeling, who also got one from Cam Hausinger.

The Royals came out with a strong first period, which they bookended with a pair of goals. The first tally came at the 1:34 mark. Yvan Mongo's tight angle shot from deep on the left side got kept out, but Max Newton followed and was able to jam in the rebound. Newton was also responsible for the second marker of the stanza with 1:06 left on the clock. Shane Sellar made a pass from beneath the goal line, which connected with Newton at the top of the crease. Newton got the puck up quickly, as he lifted a shot up and under the crossbar.

The offensive part of the game picked up drastically in the middle frame, in addition to the physicality, as four goals were scored and 32 penalty minutes were handed out. All four strikes came during man advantages. 43 seconds into the period, Reading extended its lead. Trey Bradley's right side shot got booted away, but the rebound went directly to Shane Sellar, who potted his shot from the left circle. The Nailers got on the scoreboard less than two minutes later while playing 4-on-3. Brooklyn Kalmikov attempted to shift in a shot from on top of the crease, and he got a helping hand from Cam Hausinger, who flew in to roof the loose puck. Trey Bradley slapped in the Royals' third power play goal of the evening from the left side of the slot, before Wheeling got another one back. Chris Ortiz slid a pass across the high slot to Brooklyn Kalmikov, who smoked in a one-timer from the right face-off dot for the first tally of his pro career.

Another player achieved a first in the third period, as the Nailers closed the gap to one. Cédric Desruisseaux had his initial shot stopped, but Justin Addamo sped in to drill home the rebound from the right side of the ice for his first goal as a pro. Addamo also had a fight in the second period, which put him an assist shy of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Wheeling poured everything it had on the net in the final frame, as it outshot Reading, 17-2. Unfortunately, a tying goal wasn't in the cards, as the Royals held on for the 4-3 decision.

Nolan Maier collected his first win for Reading, as he stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced. Tommy Nappier made 21 saves on 25 shots for the Nailers.

The Nailers will play one more road game on Wednesday morning at 10:35, when they visit the Toledo Walleye. Wheeling will then return to WesBanco Arena for a three-game homestand. Friday, November 11th is Military Appreciation Night and a Frosty Friday, as the Nailers battle Kalamazoo at 7:10. Then, Fort Wayne comes to town for a 7:10 Saturday game and a 4:10 Sunday tilt. Saturday, November 12th is Martial Arts Night and Sunday, November 13th has a post game skate with odd-numbered players.

Nailers Hold off Royals, 2-1
Maniscalco Nets Game Winner Close to Home, Gauthier Shines in Goal with 30 Saves

READING, PA- For the second game in a row, the Wheeling Nailers had a wall in front of their net that made life difficult on the opposition. Taylor Gauthier made 30 saves on 31 shots, and got goal support from Sean Josling and Josh Maniscalco, as the Nailers opened their road schedule with a 2-1 triumph over the Reading Royals at Santander Arena. Maniscalco's winning marker came in the final minute of the second period.

The Nailers got off to a quick start, as they opened the scoring 3:22 into the contest. Carter Johnson carried the puck in on the left side of the offensive zone, then slid a pass to Sean Josling, who was in the process of driving to the net. Josling put his stick on the ice, and guided the feed through Nolan Maier's legs. The third-year Wheeling forward made some more noise later in the period, when he threw down the gloves and got the better of Devon Paliani.

Power plays were the story of the middle frame, as the two squads combined to score twice on five attempts. Reading temporarily pulled even at the 5:14 mark. Garrett McFadden worked the puck around the zone to Charlie Gerard, who slammed in a slap shot from the top of the right circle. With just 31.1 seconds left, the Nailers snatched the lead back. Carter Johnson won an offensive zone face-off back to Josh Maniscalco, who darted straight to the high slot, where he clobbered a slap shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

Wheeling's defense and goaltending were called upon in a big way in the third period, and both parties answered with authority. The Royals held a 12-3 shots adavantage in the final stanza, but the Nailers shut the door to preserve the 2-1 win.

Taylor Gauthier was fantastic once again in goal for Wheeling, as he denied 30 of the 31 shots he faced. He has now allowed just one goal on 51 shots in his last two starts. Nolan Maier came up with 13 saves on 15 shots in the Reading crease.

The Nailers and Royals will meet up again in Reading on Saturday at 7:00. Wheeling will then travel to Toledo for a Wednesday morning school day game at 10:35. Next weekend, the Nailers will return to WesBanco Arena for a three-game homestand. Friday, November 11th is Military Appreciation Night and a Frosty Friday, as the Nailers battle Kalamazoo at 7:10. Then, Fort Wayne comes to town for a 7:10 Saturday game and a 4:10 Sunday tilt. Saturday, November 12th is Martial Arts Night and Sunday, November 13th has a post game skate with odd-numbered players. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Nailers Earn Treat Thanks to Gauthier Tricking Iowa
Taylor Gauthier Collects First Pro Win with a Shutout

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers are on the board in the win column in 2022-23, and they did so by keeping the Iowa Heartlanders off of the board on Sunday afternoon at WesBanco Arena. Taylor Gauthier was perfect on 20 shots to earn his first professional victory, and he got goal support from Adam Smith and Sean Josling, as the Nailers finished off their four-game homestand with a 2-0 triumph.

The first period saw lots of chances on both sides of the ice, and it was the Nailers who cashed in with the lone goal. Bobby Hampton cycled the puck back to Adam Smith, who loaded up a low one-timer from the left point, and drove a shot through the traffic and into the net. Samuel Tremblay also picked up an assist for his first pro point.

Wheeling maintained its one-goal advantage with a dominant middle frame, as the shots on goal were 16-2 in favor of the home team. Insurance came with 2:50 left in the contest, as the Nailers got some breathing room. Cam Hausinger's pass kicked off of Brooklyn Kalmikov and went to Sean Josling, who chipped in a shot from the bottom of the left circle. Wheeling continued to shine in the defensive zone, as the club closed out its first win of the season in shutout fashion, 2-0.

Taylor Gauthier couldn't have asked for a better first career win for the Nailers, as he thwarted all 20 shots he faced for the shutout. He is the first Wheeling netminder since Eric Hartzell (November 14, 2013) to earn a shutout for his first pro victory. Bailey Brkin also turned in a strong performance in the other crease, as he made 37 saves on 39 shots for the Heartlanders.

The Nailers will get ready to embark on their first road trip of the season, as they will visit the Reading Royals on Friday and Saturday at 7:00. Wheeling's next homestand is November 11, 12, and 13. Friday, November 11th is Military Appreciation Night and a Frosty Friday, as the Nailers battle Kalamazoo at 7:10. Then, Fort Wayne comes to town for a 7:10 Saturday game and a 4:10 Sunday tilt. Saturday, November 12th is Martial Arts Night and Sunday, November 13th has a post game skate with odd-numbered players. Season memberships, Big 6 ticket plans, and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Sinclair Silences Nailers in Rare Accomplishment
Wheeling's Run of 109 Games Without Being Blanked at Home Ends

WHEELING, WV- Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Mark Sinclair achieved something on Friday night that no netminder had been able to do since February 16, 2019 (109 games) - shutout the Wheeling Nailers at WesBanco Arena. Sinclair earned the first victory of his pro career with a 24-save performance, and the Cyclones helped him out by turning on the red light four times in a 4-0 decision.

Cincinnati got off to a strong start, as the visitors outshot the Nailers, 11-4 in the first period, while netting a pair of markers. The first goal came at the 5:45 mark. Jalen Smereck tossed the puck into the slot, where Cody Caron took a swing and chipped a shot into the left side of the net. With 4:04 remaining, Justin Vaive added to his team's advantage, when he broke behind the defense, faked from forehand to backhand, and lifted a shot up and over goaltender Taylor Gauthier.

Wheeling was able to generate more pressure in the middle frame, but the Cyclones collected the lone tally. Lee Lapid led the charge on a 2-on-1 break, then slid a pass across the slot to Patrick Polino, who clobbered home a one-timer from the left side.

The Nailers tried to get the offense going with an early goaltender pull during the third period, but Vaive chucked in his second of the game on his backhand for the 4-0 final in favor of Cincinnati.

Mark Sinclair was perfect in his first career win for the Cyclones, as he denied all 24 shots he faced. Taylor Gauthier made 26 saves on 29 shots in goal for Wheeling.

The Nailers will wrap up their season-opening four-game homestand on Sunday afternoon, when they face the Iowa Heartlanders at 4:10. The first 200 kids in attendance will receive treat bags, everyone is encouraged to wear their costumes, and there will be a post game skate featuring the even-numbered players.

Fast Start Propels Walleye, 4-2
Tyler Drevitch & Sean Josling Score Wheeling's Goals

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers weren't exactly dealt an easy hand, as they had to face the defending Western Conference Champion Toledo Walleye twice on Opening Weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Toledo got things rolling with three quick goals, and despite a valiant comeback effort by the Nailers, that start ended up being enough, as the Walleye picked up the 4-2 road win at WesBanco Arena.

Toledo carried momentum from Saturday night's comeback right into Sunday, as the visitors put three goals on the board in the opening 5:06 of play. Gordi Myer struck first on the opening shot of the day. He carried the puck in on the left side of an odd-man rush, looked like he may elect to pass, but instead slipped a shot in along the ice. Nine seconds later, Trenton Bliss got a bounce to go his way, as he stole the puck in the trapezoid, then banked a shot off of Taylor Gauthier and into the net. Lukas Craggs added another goal on the power play, as he followed up the initial try by Brett McKenzie and chipped a rebound into the left side of the cage.

The Nailers began to turn things around in the middle frame, as they lit the lamp twice to close the gap to one. Wheeling's first marker of the day came at the 13:18 mark, when Cedric Desruisseaux sent Tyler Drevitch away with a bank pass off the left wall. Drevitch sped into the offensive zone, and roofed a wrist shot into the top-left corner of the net. Less than three minutes later, the Nailers struck again, as they converted on a man advantage. Josh Maniscalco drove a shot in from the right point that was stopped, but Sean Josling won the battle for the rebound and smacked home the loose puck.

Both defenses stood tall for the majority of the third period, but with 5:04 left, the Walleye got a key insurance strike. Thomas Ebbing's chance create havoc around the crease, and the puck was dug free to Gordie Green, who shuffled in a shot from the left side. A third minor penalty in the closing stanza slimmed Wheeling's chances at a comeback, as Toledo prevailed, 4-2.

Sebastian Cossa earned the win for the Walleye, as he turned aside 25 of the 27 shots he faced. Taylor Gauthier was saddled with the defeat in his pro debut, as he made 20 saves on 24 shots for the Nailers.

The Nailers will continue their season-opening four-game homestand with two more home contests next week during Halloween Weekend. Friday night is the first Frosty Friday of the season, featuring $2 beer specials, as Wheeling hosts the Cincinnati Cyclones at 7:10. Then, Sunday is a Halloween celebration with costumes, candy and more, plus a post game skate with even-numbered players, as the Nailers face the Iowa Heartlanders at 4:10.

Wheeling's Great Start Gets Spoiled by Toledo's Finish
Cam Hausinger Leads Nailers Offense with Three Points

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers had a terrific start to Saturday night's season opener, but unfortunately, the finish went the other direction. Wheeling jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Adam Smith, Carter Johnson, and Josh Maniscalco, before the Toledo Walleye rallied back with five straight tallies to spoil the party on Opening Night at WesBanco Arena and take a 5-3 decision.

The first period was exactly what the Nailers were hoping for, as they outshot Toledo, 11-5, while jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The opening marker of the campaign came just past the midway mark of the stanza. Adam Smith curled his way to the bottom of the right circle, then proceeded to roof a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage. Brooklyn Kalmikov and Cam Hausinger recorded the assists, with Kalmikov collecting the first point of his pro career. With less than a minute to go, Wheeling added to its advantage. Kalmikov's centering feed bounced off of Hausinger's skate and went straight to Carter Johnson, who immediately ripped a shot up and under the crossbar for the 7,000th goal in team history.

The Nailers put another one on the board in the early stages of the middle frame. Hausinger delivered a perfect pass through the top of the crease for Josh Maniscalco, who stepped up from the blueline and pounded in his first goal of the campaign. The Walleye began to come back as the second period progressed. Toledo netted its first goal of the night on the power play at the 10:59 mark, when Lukas Craggs wristed a shot through a pile of bodies from the top of the right circle. Gordi Myer followed with a remarkable goal, as he got the puck on his blade, and went with a lacrosse move, as he whipped the puck around and into the top of the net.

The Walleye carried their momentum from the second into the third, and quickly turned their deficit into a lead. 61 seconds into the stanza, Seth Barton evened the score, when he deposited the rebound of Gordie Green's initial chance off the rush. 1:15 later, Toledo took its first lead of the night, as Mitchell Heard flew into an opening on the right side of the slot, then twisted a wrist shot into the left side of the cage. With 6:05 remaining, Green tacked on a key insurance goal to create the 5-3 final score, as he redirected in a tape-to-tape pass from Ryan Lowney on the top-right edge of the crease. The Walleye recorded 25 of the contest's final 34 shots on goal, after Wheeling fired 16 of the first 21.

Sebastian Cossa collected the win for Toledo, as he made 22 saves on 25 shots. Tommy Nappier suffered the defeat for the Nailers, as he came away with 25 stops on the 30 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Walleye will meet again in Wheeling on Sunday at 4:10. The first post game skate of the season will take place on Sunday, as the odd-numbered players will be skating with the fans. The Nailers will also play a pair of home games next weekend, as they welcome Cincinnati to town on Friday for a Frosty Friday, followed by a Sunday tilt against Iowa, which will also feature a post game skate, in addition to a Halloween celebration.

Nailers Shut Down Komets to Sweep Preseason Set
Hampton Scores Second of the Weekend; Goalies Combine to Stop 30 of 31

FORT WAYNE, IN- After offense was the story of the night in the preseason opener, defense and goaltending stole the show on Sunday afternoon, as the Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets shifted venues to Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. All three goals in the tilt were scored in the first period, as the Nailers got tallies from Aaron Aragon and Bobby Hampton to edge Fort Wayne, 2-1. Mario Culina and Tristan Côté-Cazenave took care of business from there, as they thwarted 30 of 31 Komets shots.

The first period saw a bit of a rare occurrence, as all three goals that were scored were unassisted. The first two markers went Wheeling's way, starting at the 2:43 mark. Aaron Aragon battled the puck free on the left side of the ice, then drove in toward the net. Aragon had his first shot stopped, but wasn't about to go away empty-handed, as he banged in his own rebound. Midway through the frame, the Nailers added to their advantage with a shorthanded strike. Bobby Hampton made the steal in center ice, then cruised in on the left side of the ice with Eetu Selänne on a 2-on1 break. Selänne's presence opened up the ice for Hampton, who swerved to his right, and swung his shot into the bottom-right corner of the cage. Fort Wayne got a goal back 16 seconds after a successful penalty kill, as Anthony Petruzzelli broke away from his defensive blueline and snapped a shot into the left side of the goal.

The rest of the afternoon belonged to the goaltenders, as Wheeling's Mario Culina and Tristan Côté-Cazenave and Fort Wayne's Colton Point were perfect in the final two stanzas, as the contest ended with a 2-1 score in favor of the Nailers.

Former Komet Mario Culina got the win for Wheeling, as he stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced. Tristan Côté-Cazenave denied all 17 shots sent his way in relief. Colton Point came away with 18 saves on 20 shots for the Komets.

The Nailers will open the 2022-23 regular season on Saturday night, when they play host to the Toledo Walleye at 7:10. The ZOOperstars will be performing their hilarious show that families are sure to enjoy throughout the night, with characters such as Squidney Crosby and Mario Lemule.

Nailers Put Forth Strong Showing in Preseason Opener
Six Different Players Score, Including Laviolette in his Home Town

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers gave their fans a lot to be excited about for the 2022-23 season, as they put forth a terrific performance in their preseason opener. Wheeling got goals from six different players, including Wheeling native Peter Laviolette III, and also got 39 saves from their two goaltenders to knock off the Fort Wayne Komets, 6-3 at WesBanco Arena.

The Nailers brought some good pace to the first period, and were able to open the scoring by utilizing their speed. Jason Horvath tossed a lead pass ahead to Griffin Lunn, who broke away from the defense, and sniped a shot into the top-right corner of the net. The opening stanza also featured a fight, as Peter Laviolette III stuck up for a teammate and threw down the gloves with Tristan Pelletier.

Laviolette showcased another aspect of his game in the middle frame, as he extended Wheeling's lead. While the Nailers were playing shorthanded, Peter broke up a play in the defensive zone, then poked the puck ahead to himself for a breakaway, which he converted, as he tucked a forehand shot through Rylan Toth's legs. Fort Wayne got on the scoreboard a few minutes later, when Aiden Jamieson threw in a wrist shot from the left point.

The start of the third period was all Wheeling. 38 seconds in, Cédric Desruisseaux pounced on a loose puck at the bottom of the right circle and immediately zipped a shot through a pile of bodies. 34 seconds later, Nick Fea delivered a perfect centering pass to Justin Addamo, who lifted a shot under the crossbar. 2:46 after that, Bobby Hampton joined the party, as he buried a cross-ice feed from David Drake at the left face-off dot. The Komets attempted to make things interesting, as they turned on the red light twice in 16 seconds on goals by Liam Van Loon and Louie Rowe, but Brooklyn Kalmikov iced the Nailers victory with a long distance empty netter for the 6-3 final.

Tommy Nappier and Ryan Bednard both turned in stellar performances in the Wheeling crease. Nappier stopped all 17 shots he faced in the start, then gave way to Bednard, who got the win with 22 saves on 25 shots. Owen Savory turned away ten of the 11 shots he faced for Fort Wayne, before Rylan Toth was beaten four times on 11 attempts.

The Nailers and Komets will wrap up their exhibition series on Sunday afternoon in Fort Wayne at 3:00. Wheeling will then open the regular season on Saturday, October 22nd against the Toledo Walleye at 7:10. The ZOOperstars will be performing their hilarious show that families are sure to enjoy throughout the night, with characters such as Squidney Crosby and Mario Lemule.