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NAILERS GAME DAY 2022-23
Heartlanders Take Season Finale, 4-2
Nailers Thank Everyone for Spectacular Support & Look Forward to Season 32 in the Fall

CORALVILLE, IA- The Wheeling Nailers left everything they had on the ice Saturday night, as they closed out the 2022-23 season against the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to come away with a victory. Nick Nardella scored a hat trick for the Heartlanders, which included a tying and go-ahead goal 11 seconds apart in the second period, as Iowa defeated Wheeling, 4-2. David Jankowski and Brooklyn Kalmikov were the two goal scorers for the Nailers, as Jankowski finished the campaign with a five-game point streak.

Both teams found the twine in the first period, as the two goals came 3:25 apart from each other. Wheeling was first on the board at the 9:23 mark. Gianluca Esteves sent Cédric Desruisseaux blazing through center ice and into the offensive zone, where he got a shot off from the right side. Mitch Benson made the save, but the rebound kicked out to David Jankowski, who deposited the loose puck and extended his point streak to five in the process. The Heartlanders pulled even with a big bounce from their building. Jesse Jacques pounded a shot wide to the left, but the rebound went straight to Jake Durflinger, who dished a feed into the low slot, where Nick Nardella had himself a tap-in.

The Nailers regained the lead just after the midway mark of the middle frame, but a late surge gave Iowa the advantage when the buzzer sounded. Samuel Tremblay battled the puck in over the blueline, and proceeded to send Tanner Laderoute and Brooklyn Kalmikov in on a 2-on-1 break. Laderoute delivered a perfect pass through the slot, as Kalmikov slammed in his 23rd goal of the year. Nardella was the story of the final four minutes, as he scored twice in a span of 11 seconds to complete his hat trick and put the Heartlanders in the lead. The tying tally came off of a net mouth scramble, which was created by Clayton Phillips' initial shot, as Nardella tapped in a loose puck on the left side of the crease. On the go-ahead strike, Zach White won a face-off forward, and Nardella stepped into the bottom of the right circle, where he roofed a wrist shot up and under the crossbar.

Iowa played a strong defensive game in the third period, as it limited Wheeling to nine shots on goal. White collected the final goal of the year, as he wired a shot from his own left corner all the way down and into the empty net for a 4-2 score.

Mitch Benson picked up his second straight win for Iowa, as he made 26 saves on 28 shots. Oskar Autio played well in his debut for the Nailers, as he denied 25 of the 28 shots he faced in the defeat.

The Wheeling Nailers would like to thank everyone for all of their incredible support, as the 2022-23 season comes to an end. We are all extremely excited for season 32 to begin in the fall.

Heartlanders Square the Week with 5-2 Decision
Desruisseaux Scores Team-Leading 30th for Wheeling

CORALVILLE, IA- The three-game series between the Wheeling Nailers and Iowa Heartlanders will come down to Saturday night's season finale. Both teams collected 5-2 wins, as Wheeling took Wednesday's opener, before Iowa responded on Friday night. The Heartlanders erased a 2-1 deficit with three goals in the second period, led by Zach White and Yuki Miura, who both posted multi-point efforts. Cédric Desruisseaux netted his team-leading 30th goal of the year for the Nailers, who also got a goal and a team-best 14 shots from Brooklyn Kalmikov.

The Nailers surrendered an early goal, but had a great final five minutes in the first period to take a 2-1 lead to the intermission. Iowa got its marker at the 7:18 mark, when Steven Leonard tipped in a right point wrist shot from Kevin McKernan. Wheeling got on the scoreboard with a successful power play. Cédric Desruisseaux flew down the left side of the ice, and as he made his way to the bottom of the left circle, he shoveled a wrist shot into the top-left corner of the net to become the fourth Nailer in the last 13 years with 30 goals in a season. Then, for the second game in a row, the Nailers lit the lamp with less than five seconds remaining in a period. Tanner Laderoute delivered a perfect centering pass to Brooklyn Kalmikov, who powered in a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle. David Jankowski assisted on both first period tallies.

Second periods have been a challenge for Wheeling this season, and that was the case on Friday, as the Heartlanders turned on the red light three times. Tommy Parrottino sent Austin Eastman in behind the defense, and Eastman had enough force behind his shot to send it in over the goal line for the equalizer at the 7:39 mark. Iowa went ahead with 4:48 remaining, when Yuki Miura sprung Zach White into the right circle, where he whizzed a wrist shot just inside of the left post. White and Miura combined again 1:53 later, when Miura tucked in the rebound of White's initial shot, which dribbled to the left side of the crease.

The final frame started with some fireworks, as Jordan Wishman threw down the gloves with Leonard, and Wishman ended up being the only player to successfully land punches. There was only one goal in the period, and that belonged to Parrottino, who iced Iowa's 5-2 win with an empty netter.

Mitch Benson earned the victory for the Heartlanders, as he stopped 40 of the 42 shots he faced, including all 18 attempts sent his way in the third. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for the Nailers, despite making 31 saves on 35 shots.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will play the final game of the 2022-23 season on Saturday night at 8:05 in Coralville

Bonesaw Helps Nailers Cut Through Iowa in Series Opener, 5-2
Jarrett Lee Scores Winner with 4:38 Left; Brad Barone Stops Season-High 38

CORALVILLE, IA- Things got interesting in the closing minutes of Wednesday night's series opener between the Wheeling Nailers and Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena, but in the end, the Nailers had it all the way. After Austin Eastman tied the score with his second goal of the contest, Jarrett Lee put the Nailers ahead with 4:38 to go. Thanks to insurance strikes by Ross Krieger and Keltie Jeri-Leon, Wheeling never looked back, as it earned a 5-2 win. Brad Barone was a big reason his team ended up on the right side of the equation, as he denied 38 shots between the pipes.

Both teams got on the scoreboard in the first period. Iowa collected the first marker of the night, which came just 2:02 into the contest. Justin Michaelian sent an aerial pass to the front of the crease, and got a friendly bounce, as the puck hit off of teammate Austin Eastman and dribbled in over the line. The Nailers had a plethora of chances in the opening stanza, as they peppered the net with 17 shots. The 17th one went in to tie the match. Chris Ortiz carried the puck out of the right corner and set off chaos around the crease. David Jankowski ultimately dragged the puck free, and deposited a wrist shot into the right side of the cage.

Goaltending helped to preserve the 1-1 tie in the early stages of the second period, which featured Brad Barone's best sequence of the evening, as he denied three straight high-grade scoring opportunities. Wheeling fed off of the tremendous play of its keeper and scored a go-ahead marker moments later. Keltie Jeri-Leon helped battle the puck out of the defensive zone, then got rewarded on the other end, when he zipped a pass from Peter Laviolette in from the right circle.

The score stayed that way for over 27 minutes, before the Heartlanders pulled even at the 14:44 mark of the third. Nolan Orzeck drilled a shot from the slot, which was stopped by Barone. However, the rebound fell out to Eastman on the left, who potted his second of the evening. The Nailers immediately put their heads down and battled back to retake the lead 38 seconds later. Cédric Desruisseaux slid a pass into the right circle for Jarrett Lee, who roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the twine. Ross Krieger added a big insurance tally 1:28 after that, when he gobbled up a loose puck in the left circle, and also flew his shot into the right side of the net. Jeri-Leon put the finishing touches on the 5-2 Wheeling triumph with his second of the night, as he found the vacant goal from his own side of the red line.

Brad Barone was outstanding to earn the victory for the Nailers, as he made a season-high 38 saves on 40 shots. Hunter Jones also had a busy night for Iowa, as he came away with 40 stops on 44 attempts in the loss.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will have Thursday off, before concluding the 2022-23 season with games on Friday and Saturday at 8:05 in Coralville.

Fans Appreciate 4-3 Nailers Win in Home Finale
Koopman, Dirven, Jankowski All Score First Pro Goals for Wheeling

WHEELING, WV- If there's one thing everyone knows, it's that fans appreciate winning, and on Fan Appreciation Night, the Wheeling Nailers delivered. Matt Koopman, Sebastian Dirven, and David Jankowski all scored the first goals of their pro careers, as the Nailers closed out their home schedule with a 4-3 triumph over the Fort Wayne Komets. 76,140 fans came out to support their home team in season 31, which was an increase of over 16,000 fans from last year.

The Nailers had a superb start to their evening, as they pumped three pucks into the net in the first period. The first goal took just 1:28 to develop. Matt Koopman's initial shot whistled wide, but the rebound hopped out to Cédric Desruisseaux. His backhander rang off the crossbar, but that loose puck went to Koopman, who got rewarded as he popped in the first goal of his pro career. Another first came less than five minutes later. Peter DiLiberatore slipped a pass across the blueline for Sebastian Dirven, who drilled a one-timer along the ice and in from the right point. 38 seconds after that, Wheeling put another one on the board during a delayed penalty. Peter Laviolette laid a punishing check, which led to a retalation infraction by the Komets. However, the power play never happened, thanks to Tyler Drevitch, who flipped a backhander inside of the right post.

The 3-0 score came less than one second away from carrying all the way through the middle frame, but Fort Wayne got on the board with 0.9 on the clock. Garrett Van Wyhe centered the puck into the low slot, where Andy Willis scraped his first pro goal along the ice on the right side.

5:12 into the third period, the Nailers got an insurance goal at the time, but it turned out to be much larger. David Jankowski joined the parade of first career goals, when he rifled a wrist shot from the slot into the left side of the cage. The reason it became such a significant tally was because the Komets pulled within one, as they struck twice in a span of 14 seconds. Samuel Dove-McFalls powered in a one-timer from the high slot, then Anthony Petruzzelli shoveled a shot into the top-left corner. Wheeling made sure the score stayed that way to the finish line, as the home side was victorious, 4-3.

Brad Barone earned the win in goal for the Nailers for the second straight night, as he thwarted 32 of the 35 shots he faced. Rylan Parenteau took the loss for Fort Wayne, as he made 30 saves on 34 shots.

The Nailers will play their final three games of the 2022-23 season in Coralville, Iowa, as they will face the Heartlanders on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. All three contests will start at 8:05.

Nailers Explode for Four in the Third to Trounce Iowa, 6-2
Keltie Jeri-Leon Scores First Two Goals with Wheeling

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers are playing their final home weekend of the season, and on Friday night, they gave their fans a lot to cheer about. Wheeling had a great start to the contest with two goals in the first period, then poured in four during the third period to break a 2-2 tie and take down the Iowa Heartlanders, 6-2 at WesBanco Arena. Brooklyn Kalmikov and Keltie Jeri-Leon both registered two-goal games, as Jeri-Leon netted his first two in a Wheeling uniform. David Drake started the third period explosion with his fourth marker of the campaign.

The Nailers came out with an exceptional first period, as they outshot Iowa, 17-7, and that translated to a 2-0 lead. Chris Ortiz picked up a secondary assist on the opening marker, but his net drive created a great distraction, as Brooklyn Kalmikov let a shot go from the left wing wall, which found its way into the net. Wheeling followed that up by converting on a power play. With lots of bodies setting up in the low slot, Keltie Jeri-Leon sifted a shot through the traffic and in from the top of the right circle.

Brad Barone played a key role in maintaining the 2-0 lead through the middle frame, as he denied all 14 attempts sent his way during the 20-minute stretch.

The Heartlanders battled back with a pair of goals in the first 7:13 of third to even the score. Jake Durflinger put Iowa on the board, when his pass banked off of a Nailer and went straight back to him in the left circle, where he sent his next opportunity into the net. Yuki Miura potted the equalizer from beneath the left circle, when he touched in a pass from Chris Lipe. Wheeling rebounded quickly and retook the lead just 1:33 later. David Drake led the charge on a 2-on-1 rush, and kept the puck to himself, as he fired a missile of a wrist shot into the left side of the cage. 2:13 after that, Brooklyn Kalmikov put the home side ahead by two, when his right circle wrist shot sailed into the left side of the twine. Next up was Tyler Drevitch, who cruised down the slot, faked to his forehand, and shoveled a shot into the right side. Jeri-Leon put the exclamation point on the 6-2 triumph, when he picked off a pass and drove a shot into the right side of the net.

Brad Barone backstopped the victory for the Nailers, as he stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Hunter Jones took the loss for the Heartlanders, as he surrendered six goals on 41 shots.

The Nailers will close out the home portion of their 2022-23 season against the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday night at 7:10. Saturday's promotion is Fan Appreciation Night, which includes thousands of dollars worth of prizes, as well as jerseys off the players' backs, following the 7:10 contest against the Fort Wayne Komets. Tickets are available by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Late Rally Lifts Cyclones, 4-3
Tanner Laderoute Scores First Pro Goal for Wheeling

CINCINNATI, OH- With the exception of a thrilling win in January, Heritage Bank Center was not a friendly place for the Wheeling Nailers in 2022-23, as they closed out their season series with the Cincinnati Cyclones on Sunday afternoon. Wheeling built a 3-2 lead in the third period on Tanner Laderoute's first career goal, but the Cyclones rallied back with two goals in the final ten minutes, including Adam Berg's second of the afternoon, as Cincinnati was victorious, 4-3 on home ice.

Wheeling held a 10-7 advantage in shots on goal during the first period, but found itself trailing at the intermission. The Cyclones opened the scoring in the first minute of play for the second straight day. Justin Vaive slid a pass out to Zack Berzolla, who stepped into a slap shot from the right point, and drove his shot into the top-left corner of the net. The Nailers battled back to tie the score with a great individual effort, as Gianluca sped around his defender on the right side, then forced his way to the slot, where he got knocked down, but still managed to chip a shot into the left side of the twine. Cincinnati retook the lead with 2:49 left, moments after a successful penalty kill by the Nailers. Adam Berg took advantage of traffic in the slot, as he directed a shot in from the right wall. The puck found a gap and ended up going in for the 2-1 score.

The Nailers made a great push to draw even in the middle frame, and they were eventually rewarded for their efforts, as they picked up the equalizer on a power play with 1:31 left on the clock. Wheeling was putting all sorts of pressure on with the man advantage, and it was Cédric Desruisseaux who cashed in, as he roofed a wrist shot from the left circle into the top-left corner of the cage.

The momentum carried into the early stages of the third period, as Wheeling took its first lead of the day. Brooklyn Kalmikov steered a shot on goal that was stopped by Beck Warm, but the rebound squirted out to the right side, where Tanner Laderoute popped in the first goal of his pro career. The Nailers received a power play after the marker, but were unable to capitalize, and 52 seconds after the minor, the Cyclones pulled even. Louie Caporusso's shot hit off of Zack Andrusiak on the left side of the crease. Andrusiak got the puck down to his stick and tapped in a backhander. Then, with 3:59 to go, Cincinnati snapped the deadlock, when Berg hammered Lee Lapid's one-time feed into the right side of the net. That put the Cyclones up 4-3, which turned out to be the final score.

Beck Warm got the win for Cincinnati, as he made 27 saves on 30 shots. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for Wheeling, despite tossing aside 21 of the 25 shots he faced.

The Nailers will play their last two home games of the season next weekend. Friday night is a Frosty Friday and a 7:10 face-off against the Iowa Heartlanders. Then, Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night, which includes thousands of dollars worth of prizes, as well as jerseys off the players' backs, following the 7:10 contest against the Fort Wayne Komets. Tickets are available by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Pepper the Net, but Come up Short in Cincinnati
Mark Sinclair Makes 39 Saves for Cyclones

CINCINNATI, OH- 40 shots on goal is typically a great recipe for success, as the Wheeling Nailers got loads of opportunities, but ran into the strong goaltending of Mark Sinclair. The Cincinnati Cyclones' backstop was only solved once by Cédric Desruisseaux, and got plenty of offensive support, as Zack Andrusiak, Louie Caporusso, and Justin Vaive all had multi-point nights. Cincinnati defeated Wheeling, 5-1, and officially eliminated the Nailers from playoff contention.

Both teams got on the scoreboard within the first five minutes of the clash. The first strike came from Cincinnati. Sean Allen let a wrist shot go from the left point, which was tipped on goal, but knocked aside by Tommy Nappier. However, the rebound landed at the top of the crease, where Justin Vaive deked to his backhand and shoveled in his team-leading 31st of the year. The Nailers looked to their leading scorer for the equalizer, and Cédric Desruisseaux delivered his 28th at the 4:47 mark, when he flew down the right side of the ice, and roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the twine.

The score stayed deadlocked until the final five minutes of period two, when the Cyclones snapped the tie with back-to-back markers. Louie Caporusso gave Cincinnati the lead at the 14:53 mark, when he redirected Vaive's left wall wrist shot up and under the crossbar from its initial location along the ice. 2:04 later, the Cyclones turned on the red light again. Brandon Yeamans sent a pass to his right for Lee Lapid, before getting a return feed, which he one-timed from the slot and into the left side of the cage.

Wheeling looked to turn the momentum in the third stanza, but Cincinnati made the hill that much harder to climb with another insurance marker at the 48-second mark. Caporusso put a pass onto Zack Andrusiak's tape on the left side of the crease, and Andrusiak proceeded to simply direct the puck into the left side of the net. Steven MacLean wrapped up the scoring in the 5-1 result for the Cyclones, when he squeezed in a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

Mark Sinclair bounced back in a big way in goal for Cincinnati, as he earned the victory by denying 39 of the 40 shots he faced, including a perfect 21-for-21 in the third. Tommy Nappier took the loss for the Nailers, as he made 21 saves on 26 shots.

The Nailers and Cyclones will finish up the weekend in Cincinnati on Sunday at 3:00. Wheeling will play its last two home games of the season next weekend. Friday night is a Frosty Friday and a 7:10 face-off against the Iowa Heartlanders. Then, Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night, which includes thousands of dollars worth of prizes, as well as jerseys off the players' backs, following the 7:10 contest against the Fort Wayne Komets. Tickets are available by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Hot Start Puts Fuel on Top, 3-1
Sam Tremblay Scores Lone Goal for Wheeling, Who Gets 32 Saves From Brad Barone

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The early stages of Friday night's game at Indiana Farmers Coliseum set the tone, as the Wheeling Nailers battled the Indy Fuel for the final time this season. That portion of the contest went Indy's way, as the host squad built a 2-0 lead, and ended up carrying a two-goal advantage all the way to the finish line, as the Fuel were victorious, 3-1. Sam Tremblay netted the lone marker for Wheeling.

The fresh-legged Fuel got off to a strong start on their home ice, as they put two goals onto the scoreboard before the game was ten minutes old. The first tally came at the 5:19 mark. Kirill Chaika tossed a wrist shot waist-high toward the goal from the left point. Alex Wideman tipped the puck out of the air and directed it down to ice level, where it hopped into the net. Indy followed that up less than three minutes later with a power play strike. Max Golod took a pass from Chad Yetman in the left circle, and immediately moved the puck to Luc Brown, who shoveled in the goal with a redirection from the top-right corner of the crease.

The majority of the middle frame went by without any scoring, but both teams were able to find the twine during the final two minutes. Matus Spodniak temporarily put the Fuel ahead by three, when he turned and sifted his right circle shot through Brad Barone's legs with 1:31 on the clock. Wheeling responded 54 seconds later. Davis Bunz delivered a perfect pass through the low slot to Samuel Tremblay, who put his stick on the ice, and lifted a shot into the right side of the cage.

The Nailers had a great chance to cut into their deficit, as they received a four-minute power play in the early stages of the third period. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful, and the visitors were unable to close the gap, as they fell to Indy, 3-1.

Cameron Gray collected the win for the Fuel, as he made 23 saves on 24 shots. Brad Barone turned in a solid effort in the crease for the Nailers, as he stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced in the defeat.

The Nailers will make a quick 117-mile drive to their final destination of the weekend - Cincinnati, Ohio, where they will face the Cyclones on Saturday at 7:35 and Sunday at 3:00. Wheeling will play its last two home games of the season next weekend. Friday night is a Frosty Friday and a 7:10 face-off against the Iowa Heartlanders. Then, Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night, which includes thousands of dollars worth of prizes, as well as jerseys off the players' backs, following the 7:10 contest against the Fort Wayne Komets. Tickets are available by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Erase Three-Goal Deficit, but Still Fall, 5-3
Jarrett Lee Scores First Pro Goal for Wheeling

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers showed some strong fight in erasing an early three-goal deficit on Sunday afternoon at WesBanco Arena. Unfortunately, they were unable to come back a second time, as Charlie Gerard put the Reading Royals ahead for good at the 6:38 mark of the second period, en route to a 5-3 triumph for the visitors. Jarrett Lee netted his first career goal for the Nailers, who also got a second straight two-goal game from Peter Laviolette.

A four-minute skid put the Nailers in a difficult position during the first period, as the Royals banged in three straight goals, before the home team could get on the scoreboard. The first marker came during four-on-four action, when Charlie Gerard swept a pass to Max Newton, who lifted in a shot from the low slot. 23 seconds later, Alec Butcher converted on a man advantage, as he slammed home a centering pass from Jacob Gaucher. Gaucher collected the third Reading strike on an unlucky bounce for Wheeling, as his pass banked off of a skate and trickled over the line. The Nailers took a positive into the intermission, when Peter Laviolette notched his third goal of the weekend by tipping in David Drake's left point wrist shot.

Wheeling carried the momentum directly into the middle frame and tied the clash less in a matter of less than three minutes. 57 seconds into the period, Tanner Laderoute forced a turnover behind the Royals goal, and immediately fed Jarrett Lee, who finished the play for his first professional goal. 1:41 later, Laviolette continued his magical weekend, as he flew down the right side of the ice, and blistered a wrist shot through Pat Nagle's legs. Unfortunately, Reading bounced back to regain the lead four minutes after that, when Gaucher dropped a pass to Charlie Gerard, who sifted in a backhander from the left side of the slot.

The Nailers had back-to-back key chances to try to tie the score in the third period, but an 0-for-5 performance on the power play was a thorn in the team's side. With less than one minute to go, Newton potted his second of the contest into an empty net to put the finishing touches on a 5-3 Royals win.

Pat Nagle earned the 219th victory of his ECHL career for Reading, as he stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced. Tommy Nappier suffered the loss for Wheeling, as he made 24 saves on 28 shots.

The Nailers will play three games on the road next weekend. The trip will start in Indy on Friday at 7:00, then continue with two contests in Cincinnati on Saturday at 7:35 and on Sunday at 3:00. Wheeling has two home games remaining this season. Friday, April 7th at 7:10 is a Frosty Friday against the Iowa Heartlanders. Then, Saturday, April 8th at 7:10 is Fan Appreciation Night against the Fort Wayne Komets. Tickets are available by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Last Goal Wins for Wheeling in 6-5 Thriller
Laviolette Nets First Two-Goal Game; Fergus Posts Four Points on his Birthday

WHEELING, WV- Friday night's game was all about the goaltenders, so Saturday night, it was time for the offenses to flip the script, as the Wheeling Nailers faced the Reading Royals at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling took the lead on four different occasions, and the final lead held up, as Jordan Frasca scored with 6:36 to go, giving the Nailers the 6-5 home triumph. Peter Laviolette netted his first career two-goal performance, while T.J. Fergus had a four-point night on his birthday.

The Royals got the first goal just 67 seconds into the match, but the remainder of the opening stanza belonged to Wheeling. That beginning strike came from Evan Barratt, who finished off a pass from Charlie Gerard with a tap-in on the left side of the crease. Matt Koopman collided with Bailey Brkin, which led to a fight between Koopman and Mason Millman, and that sparked the Nailers. 14 seconds after that happened, the home team struck shorthanded, as Tyler Drevitch fed Gianluca Esteves for a one-time dart from the low slot. Wheeling killed off the rest of its penalty, then utilized the momentum to take the lead 1:27 after the tying tally. Tanner Laderoute made a gorgeous move as he entered the offensive zone, then slipped a pass over to Cédric Desruisseaux, who slammed in his shot from the left side of the slot to give Laderoute his first pro point. Another picturesque pass gave the Nailers a third goal in the period. Jarrett Lee sauced a pass into the slot for Peter Laviolette, who touched a shot through Bailey Brkin's legs.

The red light continued to shine at an enormous rate in the middle frame, as the two squads combined for six goals and a 5-5 score. Reading battled back to even the score the first time with two tallies in a span of 1:56. Colin Felix stepped up from the right point to slam in a centering pass from Alec Butcher, then Shane Sellar capitalized on a scrambly play for a goal from the left side of the crease. 34 seconds after that, Laviolette put Wheeling back on top, as he roofed a backhander into the top-left corner of the cage. Brad Barone made a phenomenal save to deny Mason Millman a few minutes later, but Charlie Gerard fished out the rebound and lifted it up and in to make the score 4-4. Next on the board was T.J. Fergus, who celebrated his 26th birthday by throwing a wrist shot in and out of the top-right pocket of the twine. However, with ten seconds left, the score was deadlocked again, as Barratt kept the puck to himself on a 2-on-1 rush and lifted a shot into the top-left corner.

After all of the offense in the first two frames, the game came down to the lone goal in the third. That went to the Nailers with 6:36 remaining. Jordan Frasca wound his way through the slot and into the left circle, where he turned and rifled a wrist shot up and into the top-left corner. Wheeling made sure to carry that into the win column for the 6-5 final.

Brad Barone picked up the victory for the Nailers, as he turned aside 21 of the 26 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat for the Royals, as he made 23 saves on 29 shots.

The Nailers and Royals will clash again on Sunday afternoon at 4:10. After the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the entire team. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Hall of Fame Night Sees Legendary Goaltending Performance
Pavel Cajan Stops 35 of 36 in 2-1 Kalamazoo Win

WHEELING, WV- Friday night was a special one for former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbirds Captain Brock Woods, as they became the 11th and 12th members of the Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame. However, Kalamazoo Wings goaltender Pavel Cajan stole the show during the game, as he made 35 saves, and was the beneficiary of a strange goal by Collin Saccoman in the third period of Kalamazoo's 2-1 win at WesBanco Arena. Chris Ortiz was the lone goal scorer for the Nailers.

The Nailers did a good job of controlling the play with a 14-7 shots advantage in the first period, however, they found themselves trailing 1-0 at the intermission. Kalamazoo netted its goal on the man advantage. Brad Morrison let a wrist shot go from the top of the left circle, and got a deflection from Justin Taylor to send the puck into the net.

Wheeling continued its strong efforts in the middle frame, and got rewarded with an equalizer in a matter of 2:51. Jarrett Lee carried the puck in on the right side of the offensive zone, then dropped a pass off to Chris Ortiz, who stepped up in the right circle and placed a shot into the left side of the cage.

The Wings got a bizarre goal at the 1:36 mark of the third period to retake the lead. Kobe Roth rang a shot off the left post, and the rebound sailed to the right wing boards. Tommy Nappier collided with a teammate, which left the majority of the net open. Collin Saccoman pounced on the opportunity and drove a shot into the cage. The Nailers had two power play chances to try to tie the contest, as well as multiple opportunties in the closing minutes, but they ran into a brick wall in the other crease, and came up short, 2-1.

Pavel Cajan was magnificent in goal for Kalamazoo, as he denied 35 of the 36 shots he faced in the victory. Tommy Nappier made 27 saves on 29 shots in the defeat for Wheeling.

The Nailers will continue their three-game homestand on Saturday night at 7:10, when they welcome the Reading Royals to town. Following the game, there will be a full team autograph session. Wheeling and Reading will also clash on Sunday afternoon at 4:10, and that will be followed by a full team post game skate with fans. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers End up With Two of Three in Norfolk
Hall of Fame Night Opens Three-Game Homestand Next Weekend

NORFOLK, VA- Two out of three isn't bad. That's what the Wheeling Nailers took out of a week-long series against the Norfolk Admirals at Norfolk Scope Arena. Norfolk came out on top 4-2 in Saturday night's finale, as Ryan Foss put the Admirals ahead with a power play goal in the second period, then Brian Bowen added to the lead in the third. Samuel Tremblay and Chris Ortiz were the goal scorers for Wheeling, who will play a three-game homestand next weekend.

Both teams put one goal on the board in the opening stanza. Samuel Tremblay picked up right where he left off, as he finished Friday's scoring with the overtime winner, then got the first marker on Saturday. Ross Krieger delivered a pass across the blueline for Louis Roehl, who drove a one-timer on goal. Cale Morris made the stop, but lost sight of the rebound, which was immediately whacked in by Tremblay. Norfolk knotted the score less than two minutes prior to the intermission. Darick Louis-Jean let a shot go from the left point, which was redirected by Danny Katic, as his tip squeezed the puck through Tommy Nappier's legs.

The Admirals collected the only tally in the middle frame, and they did so on the power play at the 4:29 mark. Dennis Smirnov had his shot from the right side blocked, but Mathieu Roy quickly settled down the rebound and slipped the pass into the slot for Ryan Foss, who threw a shot into the wide open left side of the cage.

Wheeling thought it had tied the game on a power play at the 4:40 mark of the third period, when Brooklyn Kalmikov swept in a loose puck on the left side of the crease. However, a hand pass was discovered prior to the goal, and thus, the equalizer was wiped off the board. Norfolk took advantage of that and got a key insurance goal in the seconds that followed a successful Nailers penalty kill. Josh McDougall's shot from the right wall got kicked aside, but the rebound went to Brian Bowen, who converted on the second chance from the inner edge of the left circle. Wheeling pulled within a goal with 2:38 remaining, when Chris Ortiz placed a center point wrist shot in the left side of the net past an unsuspecting Cale Morris. The Nailers' hopes at a comeback were dashed with 35 seconds to go, when Stepan Timofeyev fired in an empty netter from his own zone for a 4-2 final.

Cale Morris picked up the win for the Admirals in his return to the ECHL, as he denied 27 of the 29 shots he faced. Tommy Nappier made 36 saves on 39 shots in the defeat for Wheeling.

The Nailers will return home for a three-game weekend on March 24th, 25th, and 26th. Friday night's game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night, when former Nailers Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbirds Captain Brock Woods will get inducted. That will be a 7:10 contest against the Kalamazoo Wings. Then, the Reading Royals come to town on Saturday at 7:10 and Sunday at 4:10. Saturday's game will feature a full team post game autograph session, and Sunday's match will feature a full team post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Tremblay Caps Comeback for 4-3 Overtime Triumph
Wheeling Earns its Third Win of the Season When Trailing After Two

NORFOLK, VA- Comeback victories have been difficult to come by for the Wheeling Nailers, but on Friday night, they got one to secure their second straight win over the Norfolk Admirals at Norfolk Scope Arena. Wheeling trailed 3-2 after two periods, before Jordan Frasca evened things up in the third period, then Samuel Tremblay netted the overtime goal to lift the Nailers to the 4-3 road win.

The offenses came ready to go once again, as both squads lit the lamp twice in the opening stanza. Wheeling got on the board first at the 5:39 mark. Peter Laviolette wound his way around the back of the goal, then steered a pass into the low slot, where Ross Krieger buried a one-timer into the left side of the cage. The Admirals utilized their power play for their first tally of the evening. Brad Barone made a high blocker save on a right circle shot by Todd Burgess. The rebound dropped into the trapezoid, where Denis Smirnov quickly delivered a pass back into the slot for Ryan Foss, who tapped in the goal. The Nailers answered back just 20 seconds later. Samuel Tremblay won an offensive zone draw to Cédric Desruisseaux, who zipped a wrist shot into the right side of the net. That lead lasted for 1:15, before Norfolk pulled even. Mathieu Roy batted his own rebound out of the air, over Barone's right shoulder, and across the goal line.

One goal was scored in the middle frame, as the Admirals took the lead for the first time on the night. Ian White held onto the puck along the right wing wall, before Darick Louie-Jean joined the rush and skated into the slot. Louie-Jean stepped into the feed and drove his shot into the left side of the twine.

Early in the third period, Wheeling knotted the score. Ryan Frasca maneuvered his way off of the left corner boards, then banked a shot off of Tomas Vomacka's blocker and in at the 2:39 mark. There were only 13 combined shots on goal in the stanza, but there were some fireworks after an altercation around the net, which started with Vomacka swatting his stick at Tremblay.

Tremblay had the final laugh on this night, as sifted a right circle shot through Vomacka's wickets at the 2:31 mark of overtime for a 4-3 Nailers victory.

Brad Barone picked up the win for Wheeling, as he made 16 saves on 19 shots. Tomas Vomacka took the overtime loss for Norfolk, as he came away with 30 stops on 34 shots.

The Nailers and Admirals will wrap up their season series in Norfolk on Saturday night at 6:05. The next home game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night on Friday, March 24th at 7:10 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbird Brock Woods are the two inductees. That night is also a Frosty Friday. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers End Skid with Snowman in Norfolk, 8-4
Brooklyn Kalmikov Nets Hat Trick; Jarrett Lee Dishes out Three Assists in Pro Debut

NORFOLK, VA- The Wheeling Nailers put their seven-game winless skid to bed in a big way on Wednesday night, as they played the first of three games at Norfolk Scope Arena this week. Brooklyn Kalmikov was the brightest star of the game, as he kick-started a three-goal first period by Wheeling and ended up with a hat trick and an assist. Tyler Drevitch posted his fifth multi-goal game of the season, while Jarrett Lee dished out three primary assists in his professional debut. That all added up to an 8-4 Nailers triumph.

The first period was a superior one for the Nailers, as they came out with a purpose, and quickly put three goals on the scoreboard. The first two markers looked extremely similar with the finishing touches, as Jarrett Lee started his pro career with a pair of tape-to-tape feeds through the slot to Brooklyn Kalmikov. Kalmikov deposited both passes into the left side of the net, with one coming at the 6:27 mark, and the other at 11:03. Wheeling wasn't done there, and on goal number three, Kalmikov started the play with a pass from his own end, as he sent Tyler Drevitch and Jordan Frasca away on a 2-on-1 break. Drevitch dished the puck to Frasca, who stepped into the left circle and roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

Norfolk pushed back with two tallies in the middle frame. The first one came just 18 seconds in, as Carson Musser led Darren McCormick into the left circle, where he sifted a wrist shot in along the ice. Ryan Foss temporarily brought the Admirals within one, when he took Ian White's right point shot from ice level and redirected it up and into the top-right corner of the net. The Nailers answered that strike 1:11 later to carry their two-goal lead into the intermission. Cédric Desruisseaux stole the puck in the offensive zone, then zipped a left circle wrist shot into the right side of the goal.

The first two periods saw six total goals scored, and the third period matched that. Wheeling took full control of the game early in the stanza with a power play tally. Jordan Frasca slid a pass to Kalmikov, who completed his hat trick by driving a one-timer from the top of the right circle off of the left post and in. Tyler Drevitch and Gianluca Esteves followed with goals 1:44 apart from each other, as Drevitch tapped home a loose puck on the left side of the crease, and Esteves chipped a pass from Lee into the top-right corner. Todd Burgess notched back-to-back markers for the Admirals, before Drevitch turned turned out the lights with the final goal of the night, as he blazed a shot through his college teammate Troy Kobryn for the 8-4 score.

Tommy Nappier recorded the win for the Nailers, as he made 25 saves on 29 shots. Tomas Vomacka allowed four goals on 11 shots for Norfolk in two periods, before giving way to Troy Kobryn, who received the loss with 13 saves on 17 shots in the third.

The Nailers and Admirals will continue their three-game series in Norfolk on Friday night at 7:05, then wrap things up with the finale on Saturday night at 6:05. The next home game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night on Friday, March 24th at 7:10 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbird Brock Woods are the two inductees. That night is also a Frosty Friday. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Komets Erase Multiple Multi-Goal Deficits to Win, 6-5
Cédric Desruisseaux Scores Twice, Bringing Team-Leading Total to 24

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers welcomed another great crowd to WesBanco Arena for Country Night on Saturday, as 3,259 fans came out to support the home town squad. Wheeling showed some great glimpses early with 2-0 and 4-2 leads, but just couldn't put the Fort Wayne Komets away. Fort Wayne scored three times in the third period, as Mark Rassell tied the match with a shorthanded goal, then Oliver Cooper scored the deciding goal with 12:47 left, as the Komets defeated the Nailers, 6-5. Cédric Desruisseaux potted a pair of goals for Wheeling, while Chris Ortiz had a three-point performance.

The first period featured some of everything, including six total goals, with four going the way of the home team. The Nailers came out with loads of energy and got their first two markers within the first five minutes. Brooklyn Kalmikov was first on the board, as he received a pass from Jordan Frasca, dangled his way through the bottom of the right circle, and shoveled a shot into the left side of the cage. 1:15 later, Cédric Desruisseaux finished off a 2-on-1 rush with Gianluca Esteves by chipping a shot into the top-right corner. Fort Wayne answered with two goals in a span of 1:11. Mark Rassell opened space for Shawn Boudrias wrist shot from the slot, then Matt Alvaro buried a one-time feed in front of the net, which came off of an Oliver Cooper pass. 1:47 after that, Wheeling regained its advantage. Chris Ortiz had all sorts of patience, as he handled the puck in the trapezoid. He eventually spotted Esteves, who slipped a shot along the ice and in from the middle of the zone. Desruisseaux netted his second of the contest on a 4-on-3 power play with 1:46 remaining, as he held the puck in the bottom of the left circle, and found an opening in the top-left corner, as he placed his shot into the top shelf.

The scoring subsided for the most part in the middle frame, as only one goal was scored, and that was by the Komets who pulled within one. Daniel Maggio let a wrist shot go from the right point, and the puck had eyes, as it sailed through traffic and into the twine for the power play marker.

The Nailers had multiple glorious opportunities to build on their lead, as they received three straight power plays, including one of the four-minute variety, which closed out the second and started the third. However, at the 2:06 mark of the final frame, Fort Wayne turned the tables, and tied the match with a shorthanded strike. Mark Rassell got a pass from Alvaro and flew into the slot, where he squeezed a backhander through Brad Barone's legs. The Komets took their first lead of the night 2:47 later. Marcus McIvor lofted a shot toward the goal from the left point, and got a deflection from Jacob Graves for the tally. Wheeling was able to answer that strike in quick fashion, as Chris Ortiz sizzled a shot into the top-left corner for a 5-5 score at the 6:15 mark of the stanza. It only took 58 seconds for Fort Wayne to go ahead again. Adam Brubacher slid a pass across the low slot for Oliver Cooper, who touched the puck in on the left side of the crease. The Nailers were unable to overcome that goal, and the Komets came out on top, 6-5.

Corbin Kaczperski settled down after a rocky start to collect the win for Fort Wayne, as he made 28 saves on 33 shots, which included a 21-for-22 effort over the last two periods. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for Wheeling, as he surrendered six goals on 29 shots.

The Nailers will play three games on the road next week, as they will visit the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday and Friday at 7:05, then Saturday at 6:05. The next home game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night on Friday, March 24th at 7:10 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbird Brock Woods are the two inductees. That night is also a Frosty Friday. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Go Down, but Not Without a Fight
Wheeling & Fort Wayne Combine for 162 Penalty Minutes; Re-Match at WesBanco Arena on Saturday

FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets finished the first half of their home-and-home series with a bang on Friday night at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. There was a goalie fight and 162 combined penalty minutes dished out. As for the contest itself, the Nailers had some moments where they looked great, as they had 2-0 and 3-2 leads, which included Ross Krieger's first professional goal. However, the Komets netted three goals in less than five minutes during the second period, as they rallied back for a 6-4 victory.

Both teams came out ready to score, as the first period resulted in a 2-2 deadlock. The Nailers had some good jump out of the gates, and they responded to an altercation by scoring the opening goal moments later. Cédric Desruisseaux battled his way in on the left side of the offensive zone. As he crashed toward the goal, he was able to put the puck on his backhand, and jam in his league-leading ninth opening marker of the year. Louie Roehl added to the Wheeling advantage, when he whirled around the back of the net, and banked the puck in off of a Fort Wayne defender. The Komets got their first goal off of a deflection as well. Garrett Van Wyhe tossed the puck toward the low slot from the left wall, and got a bounce off of a Nailer to send the puck floating into the net. 2:10 later, Fort Wayne pulled even on a power play. Matt Alvaro slid a pass from circle to circle for Drake Rymsha, who drove a slap shot in along the ice from the left side.

Wheeling had all of the energy in the world to start the middle frame, and that led to the visitors' second lead of the night. Ross Krieger flew down the left side of the ice and into the circle, where he proceeded to roof a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage. Krieger became the second straight Nailer to score a goal in his professional debut. However, Fort Wayne pushed back in a big way with three goals in a span of less than five minutes. Oliver Cooper netted the equalizer, when he lifted a shot into the top-right corner from the inner edge of the left circle. 58 seconds later, Marcus McIvor threw in a right point wrist shot that clanged off the bottom of the left post and dribbled in over the goal line. Rymsha followed that with his second of the contest, as he pounded in a rebound, after mutliple attempts by Shawn Boudrias and Mark Rassell.

The Nailers continued to battle hard, and they climbed to within one at the 6:33 mark of the third period. Gianluca Esteves sent Tyler Drevitch in on a partial breakaway, which Drevitch converted by faking to his backhand and reaching his shot around Ryan Fanti. Drevitch followed that up with a fight 22 seconds later, as he challenged Matt Boudens after a hit on Esteves. But that was only a minor incident compared to what was to come. Matt Alvaro put the finishing touches on Fort Wayne's 6-4 win with an empty netter, then proceeded to get up and shove with Roehl. A bunch of scrums took place around the Wheeling net, but the main event took place on the other side of the red line, as Brad Barone and Ryan Fanti gave the 7,619 fans a goalie fight.

Ryan Fanti got the win for the Komets, as he stopped 38 of the 42 shots he faced. Corbin Kaczperski didn't face a shot in his 34-second relief outing. Tommy Nappier suffered the loss for the Nailers, as he gave up five goals on 24 shots. Brad Barone was a perfect 15-for-15 in relief for Wheeling.

The Nailers and Komets will race down the highways to Wheeling for a re-match on Saturday night at WesBanco Arena, which starts at 7:10. The promotion is Country Night, as the Nailers will be wearing specialty jerseys, and there will be a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. The St. Baldrick's Foundation will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary, shaving heads and collecting donations to help find conquer childhood cancer. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

School Day Sells Out, but Nailers Fall
Over 5,000 Local Students Pack WesBanco Arena

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers faced an early deficit on Wednesday morning, and were unable to come back, as they took on a Toledo Walleye team that has been playing its best hockey over the past two months. Conlan Keenan scored 35 seconds into the tilt, and ultimately netted a hat trick for the Walleye, who earned their 14th consecutive victory, 4-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 5,167 fans on Education Day at WesBanco Arena.

All in all, the Nailers turned in a solid performance in the first period, but a pair of mistakes left them trailing 2-1 at the intermission. Toledo got on the board just 35 seconds into the contest. Drew Worrad skated onto a loose puck on the right side of the ice, and fed Conlan Keenan, who chipped in a shot from the left side of the crease. Keenan got his second of the day at the 15:38 mark. Kirill Tyutyayev made a centering pass to Keenan, who crushed a one-timer into the top-right corner of the cage. Wheeling was able to respond 13 seconds later. Brooklyn Kalmikov navigated his way into the left circle, where he zipped a shot in along the ice.

One puck found the back of the net in the middle frame, as the Walleye were successful on the power play. Gordi Myer played the puck to Brandon Hawkins, who stepped up into the right circle, and sifted in a low wrist shot.

Keenan completed his hat trick with an empty netter in the third period to put the finishing touches on Toledo's 4-1 triumph. After putting 15 shots on goal in the first period, the Nailers were limited to 11 over the course of the final two frames.

John Lethemon earned his 13th straight win in goal for Toledo, as he denied 25 of the 26 shots he faced. Tommy Nappier suffered the defeat for Wheeling, as he came away with 18 saves on 21 shots.

The Nailers will face the Fort Wayne Komets this weekend in a home-and-home series. The set will begin at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Friday at 8:00. The two teams will then travel to WesBanco Arena for Saturday's 7:10 re-match. Saturday is Country Night, as the Nailers will be wearing specialty jerseys, and there will be a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Game Comes Down to One Goal, as Toledo Wins, 1-0
Nappier & Cossa Combine to Stop 66 of 67; Hawkins Nets Lone Marker

TOLEDO, OH- The Wheeling Nailers played their hearts out on Sunday afternoon, as they faced the red hot Toledo Walleye at Huntington Center. The goaltenders stole the show, as 66 of the 67 shots taken were kept out of the nets by Wheeling's Tommy Nappier and Toledo's Sebastian Cossa. The lone puck to make its way in came off of Brandon Hawkins' stick with 9:16 left in the third period, as the Walleye earned their 13th straight win and 20th in the last 22 games by a 1-0 final score.

Both teams came out ready to fire, as 32 shots found their way onto the goaltenders in the first period, with the Walleye holding an 18-14 advantage. Every single one of those attempts was denied. Although the shot total was significantly smaller, the result was the same in the middle frame, as 11 more saves by Tommy Nappier and Sebastian Cossa continued to keep the door shut.

It was becoming obvious that one goal was going to decide the match, and that marker came with 9:16 left in the third period. Brandon Hawkins worked his way deep on the right side, then lifted a shot from a tight angle that snuck into the top-left corner of the net. Wheeling put together a strong push in the closing minutes, as the team attacked 6-on-5 for the final 1:47. However, a tying goal wasn't in the cards, as Toledo picked up the 1-0 win.

Sebastian Cossa earned his third shutout in his last six games and fourth of the season, as he was perfect on 23 shots for the Walleye. Tommy Nappier played phenomenal in goal for the Nailers, as he made 33 saves on 34 shots in the defeat.

The Nailers and Walleye will meet again on Wednesday, as the scene shifts to WesBanco Arena for the annual Education Day Game, which will begin at 10:45 a.m. That game is sold out. Then, Saturday night is Country Night at 7:10 against the Fort Wayne Komets, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Fort Wayne's Lone Lead Decides Game in Third
Nailers Drop Third Straight Match by One Goal

FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers were less than four minutes from earning at least one point in a key match-up against the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday night at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. However, with 3:52 left in the contest, Garrett Van Wyhe's second goal of the game gave the Komets their only lead of the night, as they skated away with a 4-3 win on home ice. Wheeling had three separate leads in the game, courtesy of tallies by Cédric Desruisseaux, Sean Josling, and Jordan Frasca.

Both offenses came ready to play in the first period, as the two sides each put a pair of goals on the scoreboard. Wheeling was the only team to hold a lead, which it did twice, starting at the 4:37 mark. Luke Santerno's right point shot off the glass set off some chaos, as the puck ended up hopping into the slot, where Cédric Desruisseaux swatted a backhander into the bottom left side of the net. The Komets pulled even just after the midway mark of the stanza. Garrett Van Whye blocked a shot at his own blueline, and created a breakaway for himself, as he faked from forehand to backhand, and sifted the puck through Brad Barone's legs. The Nailers regained their lead on a power play less than two minutes later. Samuel Tremblay won a battle for possession along the wall to Brooklyn Kalmikov, who set up Sean Josling, who sniped a wrist shot into the top-right corner from the inner edge of the right circle. Blake Siebenaler tied the score with 2:04 to go, when he took advantage of traffic and squeezed in a shot from the left point.

Wheeling got a couple of great chances to pull ahead in the early stages of period two. Peter Laviolette was disturbed on a breakaway at the 4:39 mark, as he earned a penalty shot. On the attempt, Laviolette attempted to send a wrist shot through Ryan Fanti's legs, but the Fort Wayne goalie was able to get his stick on the shot. The Nailers did cash in to take the lead with a 4-on-4 tally. Jordan Frasca stormed into the left circle, then picked his spot, as he roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

The goal of the third period was to get the game to the finish line, but the Komets provided a detour in a matter of 25 seconds. Matt Alvaro scooped up a loose puck behind the goal, and stuffed a backhander inside the left post. The tilt stayed tied until the final four minutes, when Fort Wayne took its first lead of the night. Daniel Maggio's shot from the left wall got denied, but the rebound hopped out to Van Wyhe, who deposited the deciding marker into the right side of the goal with 3:52 left, as the Komets were victorious, 4-3.

Ryan Fanti got the win for Fort Wayne, as he made 24 saves on 27 shots. Brad Barone stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced in the defeat for Wheeling.

The Nailers will conclude their three-game road weekend on Sunday, when they visit the Toledo Walleye at 5:15. Wheeling will play a pair of home games next week. Education Day returns on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:45 a.m. against Toledo, and that game is sold out. Saturday, March 11th is Country Night at 7:10 against Fort Wayne, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Close, but No Cigar in Road Trip Opener
Lane Gillis Scores in Pro Debut for Wheeling

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The Wheeling Nailers were close, but unfortunately, not close enough on Friday night, as they opened their three-game road trip at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a clash against the Indy Fuel. Chase Lang's power play goal at the 11:59 mark of the second period was the difference, as Indy edged Wheeling, 3-2, keeping the Nailers five points behind Fort Wayne for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Lane Gilliss netted his first career goal in his pro debut for Wheeling.

The Nailers played great for the majority of the first period, as they had a 1-0 lead with one minute remaining. However, two goals in ten seconds by Indy flipped the script, as the home team took a 2-1 advantage into the intermission. Wheeling got its goal with some terrific puck movement in the offensive zone. Davis Bunz tossed a shot on goal through traffic from the right point, which produced a rebound to the left circle. Lane Gilliss pounced on the loose puck and slammed in the goal - a great way to celebrate his pro debut. A power play strike got the Fuel on the board with 25 seconds left. Alex Wideman's attempt from the left side dribbled its way to the bottom of the right circle, where Max Golod powered a one-timer inside the right post. Ten seconds later, Logan Nijhoff dropped a pass to Andrew Bellant, who roofed a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

The deficit remained at one in the middle frame, as both squads converted on power plays. The Nailers pulled even at the 2:37 mark. Samuel Tremblay forced his way deep on the left side of the offensive zone, and although his first try didn't go in, he quickly moved the puck to Sean Josling, who threaded in a shot from along the left side of the goal line. Indy went back in front with 8:01 remaining. Spencer Watson sent a pass from circle to circle for Luc Brown, who let a shot go from the left side. Chase Lang had his first tip ring off the right post, but he continued to bang away at the loose change, and eventually got the puck to trickle in over the line.

Wheeling fought hard to try to find an equalizer in the third period, as the visitors held a 17-7 advantage in shots, and included 1:08 of 6-on-4 power play time at the end. The Fuel bent, but didn't break, and took the 3-2 final score into the win column.

Zach Driscoll earned the victory in goal for Indy, as he thwarted away 29 of the 31 shots he faced, including all 17 attempts in the third. Brad Barone made 24 saves on 27 shots in goal for the Nailers.

The Nailers will continue their three-game road weekend on Saturday at 7:35 against the Fort Wayne Komets, before making one final stop on Sunday at 5:15 against the Toledo Walleye. Wheeling will play a pair of home games next week. Education Day returns on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:45 a.m. against Toledo, and that game is sold out. Saturday, March 11th is Country Night at 7:10 against Fort Wayne, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Admirals Rally Past Nailers, 6-5
Tyler Drevitch Nets Two, but Norfolk Scores Four in Final Ten Minutes

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers were in terrific shape for the first 50 minutes of Sunday afternoon's game against the Norfolk Admirals at WesBanco Arena. However, the final ten minutes were the exact opposite. The Norfolk Admirals scored four unanswered goals, as they collected a 6-5 comeback victory. Todd Burgess started and ended the comeback from Norfolk, who also got two goals from Brian Bowen. Tyler Drevitch put two pucks into the back of the net for the Nailers, giving him nine in the month of February, while Justin Addamo returned from the AHL with three assists.

Both teams had their shining moments in the first period, as the Nailers controlled the opening half with the first strike, while Norfolk had the better back half, which came with an equalizer. Wheeling got its marker off of a face-off win by Justin Addamo, who dropped the puck back to David Drake at the left point. Drake let a wrist shot go that had eyes, as it sailed into the right side of the goal. The Admirals converted on a power play to tie things up. Eric Williams stole a clearing attempt and immediately directed a shot on goal from the right point. The save was made, but the rebound kicked straight to Danny Katic, who deposited it back home.

After getting outshot 15-10 in the first frame, the Nailers controlled the play in period two, as they had a 13-7 shots advantage, which led to three pucks turning on the red light. Cédric Desruisseaux needed just 36 seconds to give his team the lead, as he rang a wrist shot in off of the crossbar to start the stanza. Norfolk pulled even at the 10:51 mark, as Brian Bowen backed up off of the crease, but put enough force on his shot to send the puck into the right side of the cage. Wheeling wiped that tie off the board in a matter of 44 seconds, as Brooklyn Kalmikov found Tyler Drevitch at the left face-off dot, where Drevitch whistled a wrist shot into the right side of the net. With 2:12 remaining, the Nailers grabbed a two-goal lead. T.J. Fergus created the play by taking the puck deep below the dots. Kalmikov then rolled the puck along the goal line, where it was smashed in by Drevitch.

Kalmikov finished off an odd-man rush by roofing in a one-time feed from Justin Addamo to put Wheeling ahead 5-2 at the 9:44 mark of the third. A few moments later, the Admirals called a timeout, Nico Blachman left the game, and the script got completely flipped. Todd Burgess ramped Dean Yakura's shot up into the top-right corner of the twine at 10:51, as Norfolk began its comeback. With 3:57 left, things really started to go south, as Bowen spun a pass from Carson Musser into the left side of the net to bring the Admirals within one. 36 seconds later, Darren McCormick knotted the score, as he fluttered in a backhander from the left circle. 24 seconds after that, Darick Louis-Jean's point shot bounced off of Burgess and floated in, as Norfolk completely erased its 5-2 deficit and took a 6-5 lead. The Nailers were unable to shake off the gut punch, as they suffered the regulation loss.

Tomas Vomacka got the win for the Admirals, as he made 30 saves on 35 shots. Tommy Nappier was the losing goaltender for Wheeling, as he gave up six goals on 32 shots, and was pulled after the sixth goal. Brad Barone didn't face any shots in relief.

The Nailers will head out on the road for three games next weekend. They will visit the Indy Fuel on Friday at 7:00, then the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday at 7:30, and finally the Toledo Walleye on Sunday at 5:15. Wheeling will play a pair of home games the following week. Education Day returns on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:45 a.m. against Toledo, and that game is sold out. Saturday, March 11th is Country Night at 7:10 against Fort Wayne, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Nailers Power Past Admirals in Third
Luke Santerno Scores First Two Pro Goals & Tyler Drevitch Nets a Hat Trick

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers and Norfolk Admirals skated into Saturday night's third period deadlocked at three, looking for something to put the game into their favor. Wheeling's power play stepped up to the occasion. Luke Santerno and Tyler Drevitch both netted their second goals of the contest with the man advantage, as the Nailers opened up a two-goal lead. Drevitch then finished his first career hat trick, as the Nailers were victorious, 6-3 in front of 3,177 fans on First Responders Night at WesBanco Arena. Santerno's night was also a special one, as his two goals were the first of his professional career.

Both teams turned on the red light in the first period, and the goals came 73 seconds apart from each other. Wheeling was first on the board at the 12:40 mark. T.J. Fergus poked the puck ahead to Gianluca Esteves, who was joined by Cédric Desruisseaux for a 2-on-1 rush. Esteves made a perfect dish to Desruisseaux on his left, where he snapped a one-timer into the top-right corner of the cage. The response by the Admirals also came off of a slick pass, as Danny Katic placed the puck on the left side of the low slot, where Ryan Foss ramped a redirection up and under the crossbar. The stanza ended with a scuffle, which resulted in a pair of ejections.

Period two saw the offense double, as the two squads each found the twine on a pair of occasions. The Nailers grabbed their second lead of the night at the 6:02, mark, when Tyler Drevitch pounced on the puck in the right circle, and whizzed a wrist shot into the left side of the goal. Norfolk responded with an equalizer 2:19 later, when Foss lifted in his second of the night from the right side of the crease moments after a power play expired. The Admirals then went ahead for the first time, when Denis Smirnov placed a right-circle one-timer into the left side of the net. Wheeling bounced right back to even things up. Peter Laviolette set the tone with some large hits on the forecheck, and Luke Santerno took advantage, as he flipped in his first professional goal from the right side of the slot.

The Nailers had experienced some struggles with their power play over the past few weeks, but the third period turned those tides around in a big way. Sean Josling fired a one-timer from the left circle that bounced off of Santerno and went in at the 7:36 mark to put the Nailers on top, 4-3. Wheeling used another man advantage to add insurance with 3:51 remaining, as Drevitch picked the top-right corner of the cage with his right circle wrister. Norfolk was quick to pull its netminder, and the Nailers cashed in with the empty netter, as Drevitch completed his hat trick as well as the 6-3 triumph.

Brad Barone was great in goal for Wheeling, as he blocked away 33 of the 36 shots he faced. Cale Morris took the loss for the Admirals, as he gave up five goals on 20 shots.

The Nailers and Admirals will wrap up their three-game weekend series at WesBanco Arena on Sunday at 4:10. Following the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the odd-numbered players. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is part of the next set of home games - Country Night on Saturday, March 11th, featuring a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nappier Bests Vomacka in Goalie Duel to Start Weekend Series
Kalmikov Scores Shootout Winner, Following 30-Save Performance by Nappier

WHEELING, WV- Tommy Nappier and Tomas Vomacka put on a show between the pipes on Friday night, as both had excellent performances, while looking to outdo the other. In the end, it was Nappier who got to celebrate the victory, as he stopped 30 shots in the game and another three in the shootout. Brooklyn Kalmikov netted the lone shootout goal, as the Wheeling Nailers earned a key 2-1 triumph over the Norfolk Admirals to begin the three-game weekend set at WesBanco Arena.

The Nailers and Admirals played a chess match for the majority of the first period, but with 22 seconds left until intermission, the home side got a timely opening marker. David Drake banked a pass from the defensive zone, off the bench wall, and ahead to a streaking Cédric Desruisseaux on the right side of the offensive zone. Desruisseaux flew past his defender, then roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

Norfolk battled back to tie the match with a 4-on-4 goal at the 4:55 mark of the middle stanza. Eric Williams floated a pass to the low slot for Stepan Timofeyev, who snuck in alone, made a bunch of stickhandles, and ultimately slid a forehand shot into the right side of the net.

The two sides played cautiously in the third period, as only ten shots made their way onto the goals. That changed in overtime, as the seven-minute frame saw six attempts find their way on target, as each club had multiple chances to end the contest.

Brooklyn Kalmikov started the shootout with a bang for Wheeling, as he drove a shot into the left side of the net. Tommy Nappier took over from there to shut the door. He forced Danny Katic wide in the first round, denied Ryan Foss with the blocker on the second try, and dove to deny Todd Burgess for the finisher in the 2-1 Nailers win.

Tommy Nappier was tremendous in goal for Wheeling, as he thwarted 30 of the 31 shots he faced during the game, then went a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout. Tomas Vomacka also had a strong showing for the Admirals, as he made 28 saves on 29 shots in the game, then went 2-of-3 in the shootout.

The Nailers and Admirals have two more games at WesBanco Arena this weekend. Saturday night at 7:10 is First Responders Night, as the team honors its local heroes. Then, following Sunday's 4:10 tilt, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the odd-numbered players. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is Country Night on Saturday, March 11th, featuring a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Hampton is the Hero in 5-4 Overtime Win at Iowa
Wheeling Earns First One-Goal Win Since January 7th

CORAVILLE, IA- The Wheeling Nailers and Iowa Heartlanders played their highest scoring game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon at Xtream Arena, and despite a late scare to take the game to overtime, the Nailers came out on top. Bobby Hampton was the hero for Wheeling, as he zipped in a shot from the left side of the slot for the 5-4 win. Cédric Desruisseaux netted a pair of goals in the victory as well, while Cam Hausinger and Gianluca Esteves posted multi-point efforts.

The first period is exactly what the Nailers needed, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The opening tally came 3:15 into the contest, as Cam Hausinger started the play by wrapping the puck into the left side of the crease. Cédric Desrussieaux followed up his teammate by continuing to jam at the puck, which eventually dribbled in over the line. Wheeling added to its advantage off of a rush with 7:33 remaining. Desruisseaux led Hausinger in on the right side of the slot, where he slid a shot under Darion Hanson.

The Nailers maintained their two-goal edge in the middle frame, as both sides turned on the red light twice. Iowa got on the board on a power play at the 3:02 mark, when Tanner MacMaster delivered a pass from circle to circle, as James Sanchez roofed a wrist shot on the left side. Wheeling answered back 1:50 later, as the visitors beat out an icing race, which allowed Bobby Hampton to set up Desruisseaux for a wide open shot from along the right side of the goal line. Former Heartlander T.J. Fergus helped create the fourth Nailers goal, when he sauced a wrist shot on goal from high in the zone. Luke Santerno and Brooklyn Kalmikov took a couple of whacks at the loose disk, before Gianluca Esteves ultimately lifted it up and over Corbin Kaczperski. Steven Leonard trimmed Wheeling's lead to two, when he used his backhand to shovel in the rebound of Carson Denomie's shot.

Iowa didn't go away quietly, as the home side produced a 13-6 advantage in shots in the third, and potted a pair of goals to even the score at four. With 4:19 left, Michael Pastujov's left circle shot got padded away, but Kevin McKernan crashed in to deposit the rebound. The Heartlanders then got a favorable bounce from their home rink, as Justin Wells' shot whistled wide of the net, but the rebound went right to Brendan Robbins for a tap-in on the right side to force overtime with 2:51 on the clock.

The Nailers got four big saves in the extra session from Bailey Brkin, then rewarded their netminder at the 6:03 mark. A loose puck bounced its way to Bobby Hampton on the left side of the slot. Hampton immediately fired a dart through Kaczperski and into the left side of the cage for the 5-4 Wheeling overtime triumph.

Bailey Brkin earned the victory for the Nailers, as he denied 32 of the 36 shots he faced. Corbin Kaczperski took the overtime loss, as he made 13 saves on 15 shots in relief of Darion Hanson, who gave up three goals on eight shots.

The Nailers will return home next weekend for a three-game series against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday at 7:10, Saturday at 7:10, and Sunday at 4:10. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is Country Night on Saturday, March 11th, featuring a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

HEARTLANDERS WIN FEISTY MATCH, 4-3
Tyler Drevitch Records Second Two-Goal Game in as Many Weeks

CORALVILLE, IA- One thing has been very evident in the first two games of the weekend at Xtream Arena - the Wheeling Nailers and Iowa Heartlanders do not like each other. The two Central Division rivals played a spirited tilt on Saturday night, which resulted in a plethora of penalties. The game was also tightly contested, but for the second straight night, it was Iowa who came out on top, as Zach White tallied two goals and an assist, including the deciding marker in the 4-3 Heartlanders win. Tyler Drevitch posted a two-goal game for the second week in a row for Wheeling.

The Nailers did their best to control the play in the opening stanza, as they had a 16-7 advantage in shots on goal. However, the scoreboard read the other way, as Iowa skated into the intermission with a 3-1 lead. The Heartlanders struck first at the 3:13 mark, when James Sanchez won a face-off back to Nolan Orzeck, who let a shot go from the point. Tanner MacMaster got a piece of the attempt to ramp the puck into the top-right corner of the cage. Wheeling battled back with an equalizer a little more than six minutes later. Davis Bunz's right point wrister set off some chaos around the crease. Tyler Drevitch was able to locate the loose biscuit, which he dragged into the right circle, and threw into the net with his backhand. Iowa regained the lead with a power play goal at 13:46. Orzeck again played a key role in helping to create the tally, as his wrist shot along the ice produced a rebound, which was stashed in by Zach White. Tommy Parran followed that up 51 seconds later, when he sifted a wrist shot along the ice and in from the top of the right circle, off of a face-off win by White.

In addition to all of the scoring, the first period also featured a penalty parade, which continued through all three frames, as the two rivals combined to rack up 86 minutes in the box. Neither side turned on the red light in the second, but the third period was a different story. The Nailers climbed back to within a goal on two occasions. Drevitch collected his second of the night at the 8:57 mark, following a magnificent keep-in by Ryan Da Silva at the left point. Drevitch faked to the backhand, then roofed a forehand attempt up and under the crossbar. The Heartlanders regained their two-goal edge when Zach White banged home Brendan Robbins' centering feed, which set off more rage between the clubs. Cédric Desruisseaux followed just under three minutes later, when he threw a shot through a screen and in from the outer edge of the right circle. Wheeling pressed with the goaltender pulled, but was unable to pot an equalizer, as Iowa prevailed, 4-3.

Darion Hanson was the winning goaltender for the Heartlanders, as he stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, after taking over for Hunter Jones, who left with an injury on Wheeling's first goal. Jones ended up with ten saves. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for the Nailers, as he made 20 saves on 24 shots.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will conclude their three-game weekend series at Xtream Arena on Sunday at 3:05. Wheeling will then return home for three games against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Drop Opener in Iowa, 5-1
Fists Fly Early, but Goals Tough to Come by

CORALVILLE, IA- The Wheeling Nailers could have used a few of their goals from last Saturday's thumping of the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night, as they opened a three-game series against the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena. The contest started with a bang, as there were two fights in the first six minutes. However, the Nailers fell behind, and were unable to recover, as they came out on the short end of a 5-1 result. Brooklyn Kalmikov was the lone goal scorer for Wheeling.

The game got off to a wild start, as the gloves went flying right off the opening face-off between Wheeling's Cam Hausinger and Iowa's Steven Leonard. Five minutes later, more punches were thrown, and most of them came from Félix Paré, who fed Justin Wells with an onslaught of rights. A third fight nearly took place 1:08 after that, but the temperatures got quieted by a large scrum. There was one goal in the first period, and that went to the Heartlanders, who also enjoyed a 14-3 advantage in shots. Yuki Miura grabbed a loose puck behind the goal, and centered a pass to Tanner MacMaster, who wired a one-timer into the right side of the cage.

The Nailers did a better job of generating chances in the middle frame, but an early strike on the other side put them behind by two. Iowa was able to keep possession in the midst of a line change, and that ultimately led to the goal, as Tyler Busch delivered a pass to the left side of the crease, where he connected with Michael Pastujov for a redirection from the left side of the crease.

Brooklyn Kalmikov put Wheeling on the board at the 2:14 mark of the third, when Gianluca Esteves' pass bounced out to him in the left side of the slot, where he tossed in a wrist shot. Unfortunately, the Nailers were unable to find a tying goal, and the Heartlanders put the match away in the final five minutes. Pastujov sent Busch on a breakaway with 4:04 to go, which he converted by sifting a backhander through Brad Barone's legs. Steven Leonard then tacked on two more - one into an empty net, and another on the rebound of Zach White's initial shot for a 5-1 final score.

Hunter Jones picked up the win for Iowa, as he blocked away 23 of the 24 shots he faced. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for Wheeling, as he made 25 saves on 29 shots.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will continue their series on Saturday at 8:05, then wrap up the weekend on Sunday at 3:05. Wheeling will then return home for three games against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Blow Admirals Out of the Water, 10-2
Justin Addamo Scores Second Hat Trick; Tyler Drevitch & Brooklyn Kalmikov Post Four-Point Nights

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers had one thing on their mind on Saturday night, and they were going to do everything in their power not only to win, but to dominate the Norfolk Admirals in front of a crowd of 3,201 at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling's offense was on fire all night long, as the team scored ten goals in a game for the first time since February 6, 2010. Justin Addamo netted his second career hat trick, Tyler Drevitch and Brooklyn Kalmikov put four points each on the board, and Félix Paré turned on the red light twice. 12 different players registered points, including seven multi-point efforts, as the Nailers clobbered the Admirals, 10-2.

The first period was exactly what the Nailers needed. Peter Laviolette put the energy into his team right away, as he laid a punishing check, then answered the bell with a victorious fight against Callum Fryer. A little less than six minutes later, Wheeling's offense got going in a big way. Félix Paré put the home side on the board, when he took a pass from Dilan Peters, then lifted in the rebound of his initial shot. 36 seconds later, Justin Addamo kept the good times rolling, as he stole the puck and flew the other way on a breakaway. Addamo kept it simple, threading a wrist shot through Cale Morris' legs. The Nailers weren't done yet, as they turned the red light again 56 seconds after that. Louie Roehl popped the puck into the crease, where it was battled into the goal by Tyler Drevitch.

Wheeling maintained its three-goal advantage through the middle frame, as both teams put two biscuits into the baskets. Gianluca Esteves gave the Nailers their fourth tally of the night, when he roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner. Norfolk followed with two goals in a span of 2:14, as Stepan Timofeyev banged in the rebound of Griffin Lunn's shot, then Nico Blachman jammed away at a loose puck on the left side of the crease. Addamo responded 47 seconds to put Wheeling ahead 5-2, as he ripped a wrist shot into the top shelf on the right side of the goal.

The Nailers were a team on a mission, and in the third period, they put a bunch of exclamation points on their enormous triumph. Paré used extra effort to collect his second of the night, as he lunged forward to touch in the rebound of Brooklyn Kalmikov's initial shot. 31 seconds later, Drevitch joined the parade of two-goal players, as he converted on a power play, which was set up by Bobby Hampton. Carter Johnson crashed in to poke home the rebound of Davis Bunz's shot 1:13 after that to put a snowman on the scoreboard. C. Johnson then won a face-off back to Brooklyn Kalmikov for a left circle snipe and goal number nine. All that was left was double digits, and that came courtesy of Addamo's hat trick, assisted by Drevitch's fourth point, as Wheeling potted five in the third for the 10-2 final.

Brad Barone had a great performance in goal for the Nailers, as he stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced in the victory. Cale Morris gave up five goals on 16 shots in the loss for the Admirals, before giving way to Brett Epp, who allowed five goals on 21 shots.

The Nailers will spend next week on the road, as they will visit the Iowa Heartlanders on Friday at 8:05, Saturday at 8:05, and Sunday at 3:05. Wheeling will then return home for three more games against Norfolk on Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Two Power Play Goals Turn Game to Admirals
Wheeling Gets Two Tallies From Blueliners - Van Boekel & Roehl

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers were less than five minutes away from ending their skid on home ice, but Friday night's game took a turn in the other direction, as the Norfolk Admirals scored a power play goal to tie the game, then a power play goal to win the game, 4-3 in overtime, while Wheeling had two man advantages all night. The Nailers got great contributions from their blueline, as Jack Van Boekel and Louie Roehl found the back of the net, while Dilan Peters notched his first pro point with an assist.

The opening seconds of the game weren't what the Nailers envisioned, but they were able to dust themselves off and get a lead to take into the intermission. Norfolk came one second from history, as Stepan Timofeyev zipped a wrist shot into the left side of the net just seven seconds into play. Wheeling answered back at the 8:02 mark. Justin Addamo muscled the puck into the offensive zone for Cédric Desruisseaux, who sifted a pass to the top of the crease, where Jack Van Boekel lifted a redirection into the top portion of the cage. 91 seconds later, Jordan Frasca put the home side ahead, as he wired in his second goal in as many games with a wrist shot from the left wing wall.

Both squads put one on the board in the middle frame. The Admirals pulled even at the 6:18 mark, when Timofeyev maneuvered his way into the slot, and deposited a centering pass from Mathieu Roy into the right side of the goal for his second of the night. The Nailers regained the lead with a shorthanded strike. Wheeling had just finished killing off a 5-on-3, when Louie Roehl exited the penalty box with all sorts of speed, as he chased down a loose puck in front of the bench. He proceeded to fly into the offensive zone, deke out a defender, and roof a wrist shot into the top-right corner.

Wheeling carried its 3-2 lead into the final five minutes of regulation, but with 4:20 to go, the tide turned. An altercation took place in front of the benches, which led to matching minors on Cam Hausinger and Nico Blachman. The Nailers got dinged for a holding minor shortly after, and Norfolk proceeded to tie the contest on the power play. After his penalty expired, Blachman set up Danny Katic, who dragged the puck to his backhand and shoveled it into the bottom of the net.

Overtime was played with a very open style, as the two teams combined for six shots on goal. However, another Wheeling penalty led to the deciding goal on an Admirals man advantage. Timofeyev forced the puck to the left side of the crease, where former Nailer Griffin Lunn slid in the final marker for the 4-3 result in Norfolk's favor.

Cale Morris picked up the win for the Admirals, as he made 24 saves on 27 shots. Brad Barone suffered the overtime defeat for the Nailers, despite stopping 29 of the 33 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Admirals will clash again on Saturday night at 7:10. Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Additionally, the Nailers will be wearing specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Lots of Frustration in Late Game Loss for Nailers
Jordan Frasca Scores First Pro Goal, but Toledo Wins on Odd Deciding Marker

WHEELING, WV- There are a lot of words that can describe how the Wheeling Nailers felt about the final four minutes of Wednesday night's game against the Toledo Walleye. Most of those words would have a common theme - anger. Wheeling was 3:06 away from potentially being able to take a point out of the game, but a strange sequence led to Cédric Lacroix's deciding goal, as the Walleye took a 4-3 decision at WesBanco Arena. Jordan Frasca scored his first pro goal for the Nailers, while Carter Johnson came an assist away from a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Both teams got on the scoreboard with special teams goals in the first period. Wheeling had the chance to score first on a penalty shot by Brooklyn Kalmikov, but his backhander was gloved by Sebastian Cossa. Ten seconds later, the Walleye opened the scoring with a shorthanded strike. Trenton Bliss stole the puck in front of the crease, and immediately threw in the goal on the left side. Kalmikov ended up finding the twine on a power play with 6:06 remaining. Cédric Desruisseaux fed him the puck at the top of the right circle, and Kalmikov roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

The beginning of the middle frame was wild, as the two sides combined for four goals in a span of 1:46 to take a 1-1 score to 3-3. Bliss got the avalanche of goals started, when he dragged a backhander in on the left side, off of a cross-slot feed from Brandon Hawkins. Jordan Frasca's first pro goal knotted the score 27 seconds later for the Nailers, as he followed up his own rebound by dribbling in a right side shot. 39 seconds after that, Mitchell Heard briefly regained the lead for Toledo, as he wired a shot from the slot into the left side of the goal. Wheeling had another response in a matter of just 40 seconds. Cam Hausinger dished the puck through the crease to Carter Johnson, who crashed in to body in the equalizer.

Caution was the key to the third period, as both squads made an effort to earn at least a point. However, with 3:06 left in the game, an extremely bizarre scenario unfolded. Hawkins sent the puck the length of the ice on a play that the Nailers thought should have been icing. However, play was allowed to continue, and Cédric Lacroix took advantage, as he banked the puck in from the left corner. Wheeling had a difficult time establishing offensive zone possession in the closing minutes, then a slashing penalty with 31 seconds left put the finishing touches on the end result, as the Walleye came out on top, 4-3.

Sebastian Cossa got the win for Toledo, as he stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat for the Nailers, as he made 24 saves on 28 shots.

The Nailers have two more home games coming up this weekend, as they will face the Norfolk Admirals on Friday and Saturday, with both contests starting at 7:10. Friday's game is a Frosty Friday featuring $2 beers. Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring former Penguins players Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Saturday will also feature specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Lethemon Leaves Nailers Empty-Handed
Wheeling Suffers First Loss in Toledo, Despite 40-Shot Effort

TOLEDO, OH- The Wheeling Nailers threw everything they had at the net on Sunday afternoon, as they recorded 40 shots on goal at Huntington Center against the Toledo Walleye. Unfortunately, they ran into the hot goaltending of John Lethemon, who stopped every single one of them to earn a point in his 13th straight outing. Toledo gave him four goals of support to pick up its first home win of the season series, 4-0.

Despite the score, the Nailers turned in a decent first period, as they outshot Toledo, 15-8. However, a goal with 2:32 left in the stanza gave the Walleye the lead. Cédric Lacroix led the way on a transition rush, as he delivered a pass to Drew Worrad, who stepped into the right circle, and drove a wrist shot along the ice and into the net.

There was plenty of physicality throughout the match, and in the middle frame, three sets of matching minor penalties were handed out. There was also a goal in period two, and that went to Toledo. Gordie Green dropped a pass to Conlan Keenan in the left circle, then skated to the right post, where Keenan put a return feed on his tape for a tap-in and a 2-0 advantage.

Wheeling poured 13 more shots on target in the third period for a game total of 40, but the Walleye tacked on two insurance markers in the closing minutes. Lacroix won a face-off back to Charlie Curti, who launched a one-timer under the crossbar, then Conlan Keenan threw in an empty netter for a 4-0 final.

John Lethemon secured his second shutout of the season for Toledo, as he thwarted away all 40 shots he faced. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for the Nailers, as he made 21 saves on 24 shots.

The Nailers and Walleye will make their way to WesBanco Arena for a re-match on Wednesday night at 7:10. Wheeling will then welcome the Norfolk Admirals to town for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday, both starting at 7:10. Friday night will be a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, then Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring former Penguins players Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Saturday's contest will also feature specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Puppies Provide Smiles for Tough Night on the Ice
Wheeling Will Look to Turn it Around on Sunday in Toledo

WHEELING, WV- Saturday night was one of the more challenging nights of the season for the Wheeling Nailers, who suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of the Iowa Heartlanders. Iowa scored multiple goals in each period of a 7-2 result at WesBanco Arena. Former Nailers Bo Hanson was one of four players with multiple points for Iowa, who got two goals from Brendan Robbins. Samuel Tremblay and Félix Paré were the Wheeling goal scorers, while David Drake pitched in with a pair of assists.

Iowa got things going in its favor early on, as the visitors notched both goals in the first period. Former Nailer Bo Hanson put the Heartlanders on the scoreboard 2:50 into the contest, as he stepped onto a loose puck in the high slot, and clobbered a slap shot into the right side of the cage. The Heartlanders added to their lead off of a Wheeling turnover. Ted McGeen intercepted the puck in the left circle, and immediately fed Brendan Robbins, who roofed a shot under the crossbar.

The middle frame had a similar start, as Iowa struck again. Zach White put a pass into Carson Denomie's wheelhouse on a 2-on-1 rush, and Denomie slammed in a one-timer from the right side of the low slot. Zach White had a chance to add to the lead, but he fumbled his penalty shot attempt at the 9:25 mark. However, the Heartlanders did get a fourth goal less than five minutes later, when Alec Broetzman broke down the right side and shoveled a shot into the left side of the net. The Nailers got on the board 44 seconds after that, when Samuel Tremblay deposited the rebound of Gianluca Esteves' initial shot. However, Iowa snatched one back before the intermission, when Jordan Martin found a gap with his wrister from the right circle.

Félix Paré netted his first goal of the season off the rebound of David Drake's shot in the third period, but that was sandwiched around Robbins' second of the night on the breakaway, and Tommy Parrottino's rebound marker during a five-minute power play, as the Heartlanders finished off their 7-2 win.

Hunter Jones picked up the victory in goal for Iowa, as he turned away 35 of the 37 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat, as he allowed five goals on 21 shots, before giving way to Brad Barone, who made eight saves on ten shots in relief.

The Nailers will head out to Toledo for a 5:15 game against the Walleye on Sunday. The two teams will then meet up again in Wheeling on Wednesday at 7:10. The Nailers will follow that up with a two-game home set against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday and Saturday, with both matches starting at 7:10. Friday night is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, then Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Saturday's contest will also feature specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Heartlanders End Road Drought in Wheeling
Max Johnson Scores in Back-to-Back Games

WHEELING, WV- Friday night at WesBanco Arena was a long time coming for the Iowa Heartlanders. Yuki Miura snapped a deadlock in the early stages of the second period, and his goal held up the rest of the way, as the Heartlanders collected a 2-1 victory over the Wheeling Nailers - their first road win of 2022-23. Max Johnson scored for the second straight game to provide the offense for Wheeling.

Opportunities were few and far between in the first period, which saw a combined total of seven shots on goal. However, both teams were able to get one shot to go into the net. The Nailers got on the board first, just 1:29 into the contest. Louie Roehl cruised into the trapezoid, where he centered the puck to Max Johnson, who slammed in a one-timer from the low slot. Iowa knotted the score on a power play rush. Carson Denomie navigated his way into the slot, then wired a shot inside of the left post.

The Heartlanders took the lead in the early stages of the middle frame, as turnovers plagued Wheeling. James Sanchez stole the puck on the right side of center ice, and led the way on a 2-on-1 rush into the offensive zone. Sanchez sifted a pass through the low slot to Yuki Miura, who pounded in a one-timer on the left side.

The Nailers outshot Iowa, 14-8 in the third period, but weren't able to find a tying tally, as they came up short, 2-1.

Hunter Jones picked up the win for the Heartlanders, as he stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin turned in another good effort for Wheeling, as he made 22 saves on 24 shots for his ninth straight start allowing three goals or less.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will do battle again on Saturday at 7:10, which is Pups & Pucks Night, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. Wheeling will also play three home games next week, highlighted by Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th. Pittsburgh Penguins Night will feature guest appearances by Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux, in addition to specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Gallop Past Mavericks, 6-2
Wheeling Gets Goals From Six Different Players, Including Max Johnson's First

INDEPENDENCE, MO- The Wheeling Nailers had revenge on their minds on Saturday night, and they weren't going to settle for anything less at Cable Dahmer Arena in the back half of their weekend set with the Kansas City Mavericks. Wheeling took control from the start with a dominant first period, and ended up turning on the red light twice in each stanza for a 6-2 victory. Six different players were responsible for the goals, including Max Johnson, who tallied for the first time in his pro career. Adam Smith contributed three points from the blueline, while Samuel Tremblay picked up a shorthanded marker.

The Nailers were fired up at the start of the game, as they flew out of the gates with a 15-6 advantage in shots, which included a pair of goals. The first tally came at the 8:15 mark. Louie Roehl swept the puck ahead to Justin Addamo, who drove into the offensive zone, then let a shot go from the high slot, which rifled through Shane Starrett. Wheeling added to its lead with 1:34 remaining. Tyler Drevitch battled his way to the front of the net, where he was able to squeeze a pass through the crease to Cédric Desruisseaux for a tap-in on the left side.

Special teams were the story of the middle frame, as both teams found the net twice. The Nailers briefly extended their lead with a shorthanded strike. Bobby Hampton led the charge into the offensive zone, then handed the puck to Samuel Tremblay, who zipped his left slot wrist shot into the right side of the cage. Kansas City responded on the power play, when Keegan Howdeshell lifted in the rebound of Jordan Sambrook's initial attempt. Wheeling followed by cashing in on a two-man advantage. Desruisseaux's sizzler of a wrister crashed off of the end boards, but ended up producing a perfect rebound for Carter Johnson, who pounced on the loose puck and slammed a shot into the right side of the goal. The Mavericks got another connection from Sambrook and Howdeshell for their second of the night on the power play, as Howdeshell tipped in Sambrook's right point shot.

The Nailers were able to maintain their two-goal lead through the majority of the third period, thanks to some terrific penalty killing, as the team killed off four in a row after allowing two power play markers in the second. Two more insurance goals followed, as Wheeling put the match to bed. Max Johnson's special moment came with 3:58 left in the contest, as he wired in the first goal of his pro career from the right circle, while the squads were playing 4-on-4. Then, Adam Smith provided the final dagger in the 6-2 triumph, as he broke out of the penalty box, and lofted a shot into the top-right corner of the net.

Brad Barone grabbed the win in goal for the Nailers, as he made 18 saves on 20 shots. Shane Starrett took the loss for the Mavericks, as he gave up six goals on 35 shots.

The Nailers will return home next week, where they will play five of their next six games. The first of those contests is a Frosty Friday against the Iowa Heartlanders on February 3rd at 7:10. Iowa will be the opponent the next night as well, which is Pups & Pucks Night at 7:10 on February 4th, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is also part of this home stretch. That is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Suffer Heartbreaker in Kansas City
Louie Roehl Collects Goal & Assist, but Mavericks Score in Final Minute

INDEPENDENCE, MO- The Wheeling Nailers were less than one minute away from earning a point in Friday's game at Cable Dahmer Arena, but instead, were left with a heartbreaking defeat. Pascal Laberge scored a 4-on-4 goal with 40 seconds left in the third period to lift the Kansas City Mavericks to the 3-2 home ice victory. Defenseman Louie Roehl led Wheeling's offensive attack with a goal and an assist.

The first period was a feeling out process for two teams who were playing for just the third time ever. However, one puck did find the back of the net for Kansas City with two minutes remaining. Joshua Lammon stole the puck at the top of his defensive zone, then flew in the other direction on a breakaway. Lammon kept the puck on his forehand, and zipped a wrist shot into the top-left corner of the net.

The Nailers bounced back with a strong middle frame, as they held an 11-6 advantage in shots, and that was complemented by a tying tally. Adam Smith set up the play in his return from the AHL, as he directed a shot in from the left point. The puck rebounded to Samuel Tremblay who took a step to his right and wired his wrist shot into the open side of the twine.

The final stanza started on a positive note for Wheeling, as the visitors took the lead at the 10:53 mark. Cédric Desruisseaux delivered a perfect pass through the slot to Louie Roehl, who jumped up from the blueline, and drove a one-timer into the right side of the cage. Unfortunately, that advantage lasted for just 42 seconds, as Keegan Howdeshell's wraparound stuff inside the right post brought the Mavericks even at two. Then, with just 40 seconds left in the game, Kansas City netted a 4-on-4 goal to come out on top. Pascal Laberge cruised across the offensive zone from left to right, then fired a shot against the grain, which flew into the left side of the goal. The Nailers were unable to pick themselves back up from that, as they fell, 3-2.

Shane Starrett picked up the win against his former team for the Mavericks, as he made 27 saves on 29 shots. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat for Wheeling, despite turning away 25 of the 28 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Mavericks will meet up in Independence again on Saturday at 8:05. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when the team welcomes the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. The special guests for Pittsburgh Penguins Night are Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Earn Big Comeback Win in Indy, Get 3 of 4 points on weekend
Wheeling Scores Three in Final Eight Minutes; Davis Bunz Leads the Way With Goal & Assist

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The first 52 minutes of Sunday's game proved to be challenging at times for the Wheeling Nailers, but they rallied back in a big way to defeat the Indy Fuel, 3-1 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Chase Zieky started the comeback with the tying goal, then Davis Bunz followed with the go-ahead strike, before Samuel Tremblay put the finishing touches on the triumph. All three goals came during the final eight minutes of play, which put Brad Barone into the win column with 22 saves.

The game got off to an incredibly slow start, as the two squads combined for just nine shots on goal during a scoreless first period. A puck finally found its way into the cage at the 12:51 mark of the middle frame. Indy's Chris Van Os-Shaw forced a turnover in the offensive zone, which allowed Nate Pionk to set up Cameron Hillis for a one-time dart from the middle of the slot.

Once the offense got clicking for the Nailers in the third period, the visitors completely turned the game around. Wheeling got great sustained pressure to lead to the tying goal, which eventually led to Davis Bunz centering the puck to Chase Zieky, who blistered a wrist shot from the slot into the right side of the net. 3:17 later, Cédric Desruisseaux held onto the puck until Bunz stepped in for a one-timer from the blueline. Bunz had his initial shot stopped, but followed it up, and roofed the rebound from the right circle. After allowing 17 shots in the second period, the Nailers played a nearly perfect third period in their own end, as they limited the Fuel to just two attempts on target. Wheeling iced its 3-1 victory in the final minute, when Samuel Tremblay tossed in an empty netter from the right side.

Brad Barone turned in another great performance in goal for the Nailers, and was rewarded with the win, as he denied 22 of the 23 shots he faced. Zach Driscoll took the loss for Indy, as he made 15 saves on 17 shots.

The next part of the road trip will take the Nailers to Independence, Missouri next weekend, where they will play two games against the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday and Saturday at 8:05. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when the team welcomes the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. The special guests for Pittsburgh Penguins Night are Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Wings Steal Another One in Overtime
Carter Johnson Scores Twice, as Wheeling Extends Road Point Streak to Four

KALAMAZOO, MI- An old saying will tell you that bad things happen in three's. For the Wheeling Nailers, that three is overtime. On Saturday night, the Nailers suffered their third consecutive overtime setback, as the Kalamazoo Wings came from behind with less than one minute to go, and defeated Wheeling, 3-2 at Wings Event Center. Carter Johnson netted both goals for the Nailers, giving him points in eight of his last ten contests.

There were some very high quality opportunities in the first period, which came as part of a ten-shot attack by the Nailers. However, the visitors faced a 1-0 deficit when the dust settled. The Wings scored on their first shot of the night, which came at the 6:42 mark. Ryan Cook took advantage of traffic set up by his teammates, as he drove a shot through a set of bodies and in from the right circle.

Wheeling completely controlled the play in the middle frame, as the Nailers outshot Kalamazoo, 16-2. One of those attempts found its way home to even the score. Jordan Frasca delivered a perfect pass to the top of the crease, where Carter Johnson crashed in and got a deflection to send the puck through goaltender Pavel Cajan's legs.

Early in the third period, Wheeling snagged its first lead of the contest. Davis Bunz made a tremendous rush in on the left side of the offensive zone, and eventually shuffled the puck over to the right side of the crease, where Johnson poked home his second goal of the night. The Nailers dodged a bullet a little more than eight minutes into the stanza, when a Matheson Iacopelli tally was wiped off the board due to goaltender interference by Leif Mattson. However, Wheeling was unable to dodge the next one, which came with 31 seconds left in regulation. Chad Nychuk fired a slap shot, which was heading wide to the left, but Justin Taylor's redirection led the puck to ramp up to the right and in under the crossbar to force overtime.

For the second straight contest, the Wings prevailed quickly in the extra session. Carson Focht forced a turnover in the right corner of the offensive end, then proceeded to dangle his way to the net, where he reached a forehand shot around Bailey Brkin's right pad for the deciding marker in a 3-2 Kalamazoo triumph.

Pavel Cajan collected the win in goal for the Wings, as he stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin earned a point for the seventh time in eight decisions as a Nailer, as he made 24 saves on 27 shots in the overtime defeat.

The Nailers will continue their road trip on Sunday afternoon at 3:00, when they tangle with the Indy Fuel at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when the team welcomes the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. The special guests for Pittsburgh Penguins Night are Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Overtime is the Enemy for the Second Straight Night
Carter Johnson & Brooklyn Kalmikov Both Produce Two Points in Third Period Comeback

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers faced a tall hill on Sunday afternoon, as they trailed by two goals in the third period, while playing their fourth game in five days. Despite forcing overtime to earn a point, Wheeling wasn't able to get into the win column. Chad Nychuk scored on the lone shot of the extra period to give the Kalamazoo Wings a 3-2 victory at WesBanco Arena. Carter Johnson and Brooklyn Kalmikov both had a goal and an assist for the Nailers.

The Nailers controlled the play in the first period, as they outshot Kalamazoo, 14-3, but neither team was able to find the twine. The scoreless bout continued in the middle frame, as only ten combined shots found their way on target.

Both offenses finally came alive in the third, as each side put two goals on the board. The Wings broke the deadlock at the 3:25 mark off of a turnover. Max Humitz had his shot stopped, but Brandon Saigeon followed up, and clobbered a slap shot into the top-right corner. 3:31 later, Matheson Iacopelli won a face-off to Anthony Florentino, whose shot from the left wall got tipped in by Darby Llewellyn. Wheeling battled back extremely hard to earn a point with two tallies in a span of 2:31. David Drake created the first goal, as he tossed a shot on target, which produced a rebound for Brooklyn Kalmikov, who touched a pass to Carter Johnson for a backhand goal from the low slot. The equalizer had the forwards go in the reverse order, as it was Johnson making the pass to Kalmikov for a tap-in on the left side of the crease.

Overtime was over in the blink of an eye. Chad Nychuk flew into the offensive zone, and zipped a wrist shot into the right side of the cage just 33 seconds into the extra stanza for the 3-2 Kalamazoo win.

Hunter Vorva was the winning netminder for the second straight Sunday for the Wings, as he stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin sufffered the overtime defeat for the Nailers, as he made 15 saves on 18 shots.

The Nailers will spend the next two weeks on the road. The first of four straight contests on enemy ice will take place on Saturday night, when they meet up with the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:00. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when they welcome the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Get a Point in Front of Sellout Crowd
Wheeling Fights Through Seven Penalty Kills to Take Cyclones to Overtime

WHEELING, WV- A sellout crowd of 5,067 fans packed their way into WesBanco Arena on Saturday night for a wild hockey game between the Wheeling Nailers and the Cincinnati Cyclones. The match needed extra time to be decided, and despite an incredible effort by Wheeling, especially on the penalty kill, it was the Cyclones who came away with the bonus point. Josh Passolt scored the deciding goal at the 3:54 mark of overtime for the 4-3 result in favor of the visitors. Cédric Desruisseaux had a goal and an assist, while Davis Bunz dished out two primary assists and played loads of huge minutes on the blueline.

Both teams were successful on one of three power plays in the first period, as the squads skated to the dressing rooms with a 1-1 deadlock. The Nailers got their power play goal first at the 12:26 mark with some smooth puck movement around the top of the offensive zone. Brooklyn Kalmikov touched the puck to the middle of the blueline for Davis Bunz, who dished a feed over to Cédric Desruisseaux, who stepped up into the left circle, and blazed a wrist shot in along the ice. Cincinnati's equalizer came off of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which was assessed to the Wheeling bench. Patrick Polino was the goal scorer, as he roofed a wrist shot from the left circle.

The Nailers played the middle frame with a ridiculous amount of heart. The home side was forced to kill nine minutes in penalties, including a five-minute major with only three defensemen available at the time. After the expired, Wheeling grabbed the momentum and took the lead. Bunz delivered a perfect pass to the top-left corner of the crease, where Gianluca Esteves crashed in and redirected the puck into the left side of the twine.

After ten combined power plays in the first two periods, hockey made its way onto the agenda in the third, which started with three goals in the first five minutes. The Cyclones got their first tying marker 36 seconds into the stanza, when Justin Vaive potted the rebound of Matt Berry's initial shot from the left circle. 40 seconds later, Wheeling went back on top, as Bobby Hampton's right side shot banked in off of a Cincinnati player. Berry knotted things up 3:16 after that, when he stole the puck at his own blueline, broke away, and shoveled a shot into the top-left corner of the goal.

Both clubs had great chances to end the contest, as there were seven total shots in overtime. However, the game got decided off of a face-off at the 3:54 mark of the extra session. Berry won the draw to Josh Passolt, who rang a shot in off of the crossbar to give Cincinnati the 4-3 win.

Beck Warm got the victory in goal for the Cyclones, as he made 28 saves on 31 shots. Brad Barone helped the Nailers earn a point, as he stopped 32 of the 36 shots he faced.

The Nailers will close out their homestand on Sunday afternoon at 4:10, when they collide with the Kalamazoo Wings. Following the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the even-numbered players. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Goaltending Duel Goes to Fort Wayne, 2-1
Justin Addamo Scores Team-Leading 17th, While Bailey Brkin Stops 36

WHEELING, WV- Games between the Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets have either seen offensive explosions or elite goaltending. Friday night's clash at WesBanco Arena featured the latter, as Wheeling's Bailey Brkin and Fort Wayne's Max Milosek combined to stop 67 of the 70 shots they faced. Anthony Petruzzelli was the only player who was able to solve Brkin, and he did it twice, while Justin Addamo potted his team-leading 17th of the year to make up all of the scoring in a 2-1 Komets decision.

Both teams got on the board once in the opening stanza. The Nailers were the first to light the lamp, as they did so at the 7:46 mark. Justin Addamo cruised his way into the slot, then let a backhander go, which found its way into the right side of the cage. Fort Wayne drew even on the man advantage. Mark Rassell set up Daniel Maggio for a one-timer from the center point, which got tipped down and in by Anthony Petruzzelli.

The Komets outshot Wheeling 12-8 in the middle frame, and got the lone goal just 2:24 into the period. Matt Alvaro won a right circle face-off to his left for Petruzzelli, who immediately fired a wrist shot off of the right post and into the net. The second period also featured a heavyweight fight, as 6-foot-7 Jack Boekel of the Nailers got the better of 6-foot-8 Scott Allan of Fort Wayne.

The two sides combined for a whopping total of 32 shots in the third, but neither goaltender budged, as the Komets held on for the 2-1 road win.

Max Milosek picked up the victory in goal for Fort Wayne, as he made 31 saves on 32 shots. Bailey Brkin was spectacular for Wheeling, as he denied 36 of the 38 shots he faced in the defeat.

On Saturday night, WesBanco Arena will transform into the Wizarding World of the Wheeling Nailers for Wizards & Wands Night at 7:10. The first 1,700 fans will receive a one-of-a-kind magic wand, there will be a wizarding school acceptance letter station, a sorting hat, specialty jerseys, butter beer, quidditch during intermissions, and tons of other fun activities. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Four-Game Home Week Starts With a Win
Justin Addamo Continues Red Hot Play With Two More Goals

WHEELING, WV- A lot of great things came together on Wednesday night for the Wheeling Nailers, and when all of those got added up, the result was a 5-2 victory over the Reading Royals at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling got plenty of offense, including two goals from Justin Addamo, as well as a goal and an assist each from Davis Bunz and Bobby Hampton. They were extremely disciplined, as they went to the penalty kill just once all night. And their goaltender took care of business, as Bailey Brkin earned his fourth straight win with 32 saves.

One goal was scored in the first period, as the Royals capitalized on their lone power play chance. Zayde Wisdom twisted a pass from circle-to-circle for Charlie Gerard, who let a wrist shot go from the right side. Shane Sellar got a piece of the attempt to tip in the opening tally.

Wheeling had lots of great chances to break through in the middle frame, and at the 11:16 mark, the home side notched the equalizer. Cédric Desruisseaux led a rush in on the left side of the offensive zone, then delivered a perfect saucer pass to Bobby Hampton, who touched in the feed from the right side of the crease. The Nailers followed that up by taking the lead on the power play. Josh Maniscalco fired the initial shot, which Justin Addamo deflected off of Félix Paré. The puck bounced right back to Addamo, who stashed in his team-leading 15th goal of the campaign.

Less than six minutes into the third period, Wheeling extended its advantage. Louie Roehl made a gorgeous play at the middle of the blueline, which opened up a passing lane to Davis Bunz, who slammed in a one-timer from beneath the left circle. Charlie Gerard temporarily brought Reading within one, when he flipped in Wisdom's feed on the right side of the crease. The Nailers responded just nine seconds later, as Addamo spun in his second of the night from the slot, after he crashed the net with his first try. Carter Johnson iced Wheeling's 5-2 triumph with an empty netter.

Bailey Brkin earned the win for the Nailers, as he turned aside 32 of the 34 shots he faced. Nolan Maier suffered his first ECHL loss since November 4th against Wheeling, as he made 23 saves on 27 shots.

The Nailers will have a day off, before resuming their homestand on Friday night at 7:10, when they face the Fort Wayne Komets on a Frosty Friday with $2 beers. Then, highlight game of the homestand is Wizards & Wands Night on Saturday at 7:10. That night will feature a wand giveaway, a wizarding school acceptance letter, quidditch during intermission, a sorting hat station, butter beer, specialty jerseys, and more. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Wings Take Advantage of Day Off in 2-0 Result
Wheeling's Win Streak Stopped at Three, as Vorva Earns First ECHL Shutout

WHEELING, WV- Sunday afternoon's story was pretty simple - the Wheeling Nailers ran out of gas. The Kalamazoo Wings took advantage of their fresh legs from having Saturday off, while the Nailers hit the ice for the third time in three days with travel. Hunter Vorva was perfect on 30 shots for the Wings, who got goals from Darby Llewellyn and Raymond Brice in a 2-0 win at WesBanco Arena.

One goal was scored in the first period, as the Wings capitalized on a bounce in the offensive zone. Carson Focht attempted to make a pass through the slot to Matheson Iacopelli, but the puck deflected off of a Nailer and went straight to Darby Llewellyn, who swatted the loose puck into the right side of the cage.

Wheeling had all sorts of opportunities to net an equalizer in the middle frame, as Kalamazoo was whistled for four consecutive penalties. However, it was the Wings who extended their lead, and they did so with a shorthanded strike. Raymond Brice forced his way to the net from the left side of the offensive zone, and squeezed his second shot inside of the right post.

The Nailers tried to empty the tank with 12 shots in the third period, but were unable to break through, as Kalamazoo prevailed, 2-0.

Hunter Vorva earned his first ECHL shutout for his hometown Wings, as he blocked away all 30 shots he faced. Brad Barone turned in a solid effort in his Wheeling debut, as he turned aside 34 of the 36 shots he faced in the defeat.

The Nailers will continue their season-long five-game homestand on Wednesday night, when they face the Reading Royals at 7:10. That will be followed two nights later by a Frosty Friday against the Fort Wayne Komets, which will also start at 7:10. Then, highlight game of the homestand is Wizards & Wands Night on Saturday at 7:10. That night will feature a wand giveaway, a wizarding school acceptance letter, quidditch during intermission, a sorting hat station, butter beer, specialty jerseys, and more. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Silence Over 12,000 Fans in 3-2 Win at Cincinnati
Carter Johnson Scores Game Winner in His 100th Pro Game

CINCINNATI, OH- The Wheeling Nailers went into hostile territory on Saturday night, and came away with one of their most important victories of the season. Carter Johnson scored on the power play with 8:09 remining in the contest, as Wheeling earned its first win of the season series against the Cincinnati Cyclones in front of 12,187 fans at Heritage Bank Center. Bailey Brkin earned his third win in a row with 32 saves.

Cincinnati had the larger shot quantity in the first period, but the Nailers had better quality, as they took a 2-1 lead into the first break. Wheeling's opening tally came off of a face-off at the four-minute mark, as Samuel Tremblay won a draw in the right circle to Brooklyn Kalmikov, who roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage. The Cyclones tied the contest with their Teddy Bear Toss Goal, as Justin Vaive got a step on the defense, broke away, and shoveled a backhader into the right side of the goal. The Nailers retook the lead 3:03 of game play later. Gianluca Esteves led the charge on an odd-man rush, before he fed a pass to Tyler Drevitch, who drove hard to the net, and squeezed the puck inside of the right post, in the process of crashing into it.

One goal was scored in the middle frame, as Cincinnati knotted the score. Zack Andrusiak dribbled the puck to the top of the crease, where Louie Caporusso quickly shifted to his forehand to open up the left side of the goal for the equalizer.

Wheeling exorcised its third period demons at Heritage Bank Center, thanks to a huge power play goal with 8:09 to go. Sean Allen took a slashing penalty on Jack Van Boekel, and the Nailers made him pay just 12 seconds into the opportunity. Josh Maniscalco let a wrist shot go, which was deflected home by Carter Johnson in his 100th professional game. Wheeling limited the Cyclones to ten shots in the third period and punctuated its 3-2 win.

Bailey Brkin was tremendous again between the pipes for Wheeling, as he denied 32 of the 34 shots he faced. Beck Warm took the loss for Cincinnati, as he gave up three goals on 18 shots.

The Nailers will open up a five-game homestand when they return to WesBanco Arena on Sunday for a 4:10 clash against the Kalamazoo Wings. Following that game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the odd-numbered players. The highlight game of the homestand is Wizards & Wands Night on Saturday, January 14th at 7:10. That night will feature a wand giveaway, a wizarding school acceptance letter, quidditch during intermission, a sorting hat station, butter beer, specialty jerseys, and more. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Strong Start Sparks Nailers in 4-2 Victory
Bailey Brkin Stops 36 to Beat His Former Team

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers brought loads of heart and energy into the new year, and the good times rolled on at WesBanco Arena on Friday night. The Nailers carried a three-goal first period through to the finish line, as they defeated the Fort Wayne Komets, 4-2 at WesBanco Arena to earn their fourth triumph in the last five contests. Former Komet Bailey Brkin was the star of the night with 36 saves, while Wheeling received goals from Cédric Desruisseaux, David Drake, Gianluca Esteves, and Brooklyn Kalmikov.

The first period was a fabulous one for the Nailers, who flew out to a 3-0 lead. The power play got the puck rolling in the right direction to start the scoring at the 11:42 mark. Carter Johnson navigated his way into the slot, where he was helped by Jordan Frasca, who threaded a pass to Cédric Desruisseaux, who powered in a wrist shot from the left side. 1:09 later, the home side struck again. Samuel Tremblay dropped a pass off to David Drake, who stepped into the feed, and roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage. Wheeling added another marker with 2:48 remaining. Jack Van Boekel's long distance shot got stopped, but Tremblay and Félix Paré battled the puck over to Gianluca Esteves, who deposited the open shot from the left side of the crease.

Fort Wayne attempted to bounce back in the early stages of the middle frame. Shawn Boudrias scrambled a loose puck through the low slot to Joshua Winquist, who dunked in his attempt from beneath the right circle. The Nailers dusted themselves off from that, and rebuilt their three-goal advantage later in the period. Brooklyn Kalmikov stole the puck at his own blueline, motored the other way, and zipped in a wrist shot along the ice from the left circle.

Daniel Maggio tipped in Tye Felhaber's wrist shot for the Komets at the 3:56 mark of the third period, but Wheeling's defense played a great shutdown third period to secure the 4-2 win.

Bailey Brkin earned the victory with a stellar performance for the Nailers, as he denied 36 of the 38 shots he faced. Rylan Parenteau took the loss for Fort Wayne, as he made 32 saves on 36 shots.

The Nailers will make a quick trip over to Cincinnati to face the Cyclones on Saturday at 7:35, before returning to Downtown Wheeling to begin a stretch of five consecutive home games. The first of those is Sunday afternoon at 4:10, when Wheeling hosts Kalamazoo. Following that games, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the odd-numbered players. The highlight game of the homestand is Wizards & Wands Night on Saturday, January 14th at 7:10. That night will feature a wand giveaway, a wizarding school acceptance letter, quidditch during intermission, a sorting hat station, butter beer, specialty jerseys, and more. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Put Exclamation Point on 2022 With 6-5 Comeback Win
Peter Laviolette Scores First Pro Goal, Leading to Justin Addamo's Game Winner

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers saved the best for last in more ways than one, as they closed out the 2022 calendar year in thrilling fashion on Saturday night at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling trailed the Reading Royals 5-3 at the end of the second period, but rallied back with three goals in the third for the 6-5 triumph - the team's 19th all-time win on New Year's Eve. Peter Laviolette III started the comeback with his first pro goal, Brooklyn Kalmikov tied the score, then Justin Addamo's second of the night won it with 3:23 remaining.

Both teams came out ready to score, as the two sides combined to light the lamp five times on 17 shots in the opening 20 minutes. The Nailers opened the scoring at the 7:01 mark. Carter Johnson delivered a tape-to-tape centering pass, which Justin Addamo slammed into the right side of the cage. Cédric Desruisseaux was the next player to find the twine, as he capitalized on a power play chance by sniping a wrist shot from the left circle. Jordan Timmons put Reading on the scoreboard less than two minutes later, as he deposited the rebound of Garrett McFadden's dipping shot, which rang off the right post. That was followed by two tallies in a span of 11 seconds, as Adam Smith drove home a one-timer from the center point, then Trey Bradley squeezed in a shot from the slot for a 3-2 Wheeling lead through one.

The middle frame was all Royals, as they turned what started as a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead. Charlie Gerard knotted the score at the 3:05 mark, when he broke down the right side, and roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner. That chased Tommy Nappier from the Nailers net, as Bailey Brkin took over. Reading didn't let up, as Dominic Cormier gave the visitors their first lead of the night, when his right point wrister rang in off of the right post. 1:37 later, Max Newton made the score 5-3, when he flipped in the rebound of Evan Barratt's shot from the left circle.

An early goal dictated the third period, as Wheeling flipped the game back in the other direction. That early marker came courtesy of Peter Laviolette III, who grabbed a pass from Tyler Drevitch, and smoked a shot into the right side of the net. Just over the midway mark of the stanza, the Nailers utilized the power play to pull even. Chris Ortiz floated his third assist of the night to Brooklyn Kalmikov, who got the goaltender down, before shoveling a shot into the top portion of the goal. Wheeling wasn't satisfied with just a tie, and with 3:23 to go, Addamo stepped up to put the home side ahead for good. The rookie forward gained the offensive blueline, then whipped the game winning goal in along the ice, as the Nailers were victorious, 6-5.

Bailey Brkin earned the win in his Wheeling debut, as he blocked 17 of the 19 shots he faced, after taking over for Tommy Nappier, who made eight saves on 11 shots. Kaden Fulcher took the loss for the Royals, as he gave up six goals on 34 shots.

The Nailers will open the 2023 calendar year with six home games in the next two weeks. The first of those is a Frosty Friday on January 6th at 7:10, when they battle the Fort Wayne Komets. That will be followed by a Sunday, January 8th 4:10 tilt against the Kalamazoo Wings, which will be followed by a skate with the odd-numbered players. Wizards & Wands is also right around the corner on Saturday, January 14th. That night will feature a wand giveaway, a wizarding school acceptance letter, quidditch during intermission, a sorting hat station, butter beer, specialty jerseys, and more. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Royals Ride Hot Start to 4-2 Win
Samuel Tremblay & Justin Addamo Net Wheeling Goals

WHEELING, WV- The way a team starts a game can set the tone for the night, and on Friday night, the Reading Royals rode a hot start all the way to the finish line. Reading scored three times in the first period, including two in the opening four minutes of play, as the visitors collected a 4-2 win at WesBanco Arena. Samuel Tremblay and Justin Addamo scored for Wheeling, who also saw Roy Kanda drop the gloves in his ECHL debut.

The first period featured loads of scoring, but unfortunately for the Nailers, three of the four strikes went into their net. Reading opened the scoring just 1:19 into the match. Charlie Gerard's shot missed wide, but the rebound wobbled out to Max Balinson, who clobbered a one-timer off of the left post and in. Wheeling tied the score 1:19 later. David Drake tossed a shot toward the goal, which got tipped into the cage by Samuel Tremblay for his second goal in as many games. However, just nine seconds after that, the Royals regained the lead. Brendan Hoffmann centered a pass to Jacob Gaucher, who slammed in a one-timer from the low slot. It took a little while longer for the next goal to go in, and that was Balinson's second of the stanza, as he deposited a cross-ice feed from Gaucher into the wide-open left side of the twine.

Only one puck found the net in the middle frame, and it was the visitors, who extended their lead to three. Hoffmann broke down the left side of the ice, and proceeded to roof a wrist shot up and under the crossbar.

The Nailers got one goal back in the latter stages of the third period, as Justin Addamo redirected Cam Hausinger's feed at the top of the crease. Wheeling outshot Reading, 29-15 during the final two frames, but the Royals took their early start into the win column, 4-2.

Josh Boyko earned the victory for Reading, as he denied 35 of the 37 shots he faced. Tommy Nappier took the loss for the Nailers, as he made 23 saves on 27 shots.

The Nailers and Royals will close out the 2022 calendar year with Wheeling's traditional New Year's Eve game on Saturday at 6:10. The first 1,500 fans will receive a 2023 wall calendar. Wizards & Wands is also right around the corner on Saturday, January 14th. That night will feature a wand giveaway, a wizarding school acceptance letter, quidditch during intermission, a sorting hat station, butter beer, specialty jerseys, and more. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Earn Character Win in Reading
Samuel Tremblay's First Pro Goal is a Game Winner; Taylor Gauthier Stops 30

READING, PA- The Wheeling Nailers had been playing lots of high-scoring games in the month of December, so they were due for a victory in a goaltending dual. On Wednesday night in Reading, they got a great performance from Taylor Gauthier, who made 30 saves to give his team an excellent chance for a win. Cédric Desruisseaux and Samuel Tremblay rewarded their keeper, and Tremblay's game winner was the first goal of his pro career, as the Nailers came out on top, 2-1.

The two sides played a scoreless first period, which was a great scenario for the Nailers, who took the lead with a pair of goals in the final seven minutes of the middle frame. The first tally came shortly after a power play expired. Davis Bunz cycled the puck deep from the right point to Justin Addamo behind the cage. Addamo quickly spotted Cédric Desruisseaux, who slammed in a one-timer from the right side of the crease. Then, with two minutes to go, Gianluca Esteves' shot from the left wall produced a juicy rebound, which kicked right to Samuel Tremblay, who deposited his first professional goal.

Wheeling maintained its 2-0 lead for most of the third period, before the Royals spoiled the shutout bid with 3:50 left on the clock. Alec Butcher's right circle shot got stopped, but the rebound went to Jacob Gaucher, who rolled in the goal. Taylor Gauthier shut the door from there on the late Reading surge, as the Nailers closed out the 2-1 road triumph.

Taylor Gauthier was terrific in goal for Wheeling, as he thwarted away 30 of the 31 shots he faced. Kaden Fulcher made 29 saves on 31 shots in the loss for the Royals.

The Nailers and Royals will make their way to WesBanco Arena for the rest of the week, where they will clash on Friday at 7:10 and Saturday at 6:10 to close out 2022. Friday's game will be a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, then Saturday's tilt on New Year's Eve will feature a team calendar giveaway to the first 1,500 fans. Wizards & Wands is also coming up soon on Saturday, January 14th. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Ring in Holidays with Overtime Victory
Wheeling Comes Back Three Times Before Kalmikov's Winner

TOLEDO, OH- The weather outside in Toledo on Friday night was freezing, but the excitement at Huntington Center was plenty hot enough. The Wheeling Nailers erased three separate deficits against the Toledo Walleye, then led when it mattered the most. Brooklyn Kalmikov gave Wheeling the 5-4 triumph, as he capitalized on a turnover at the 3:36 mark of overtime. Josh Maniscalco notched three points in his 100th pro game, while Cam Hausinger also racked up two goals and an assist for the victorious Nailers.

After allowing the opening goal, the Nailers rebounded to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Toledo's marker came 47 seconds after a successful penalty kill. Brandon Hawkins slipped a pass up to Brett McKenzie, who wired in a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Wheeling dusted itself off and promptly responded 1:48 later with an equalizer. Josh Maniscalco threw in a shot from the right wing wall, which got booted directly to Cam Hausinger, who pounded the rebound into the open cage. With 2:13 left, the Nailers went ahead on the power play. Brooklyn Kalmikov teed a pass up for Maniscalco, who stepped in and bombed home a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

The lone tally of the second period went to the Walleye, who squared the score on a man advantage of their own. Gordie Green plated a pass along the ice, which allowed Thomas Ebbing the opportunity to convert on a redirection, as he sent the puck into the left side of the goal.

The offenses cranked up in drastic fashion during the third, as both teams lit the lamp twice. Toledo led on a pair of occasions, starting at the 11:09 mark, when McKenzie finished an odd-man rush with Gordie Green on the left side. Wheeling answered that goal 1:30 later, when Hausinger snatched the rebound of a Chris Ortiz attempt off the back wall. With 2:16 remaining, the Walleye went ahead again, when Mitchell Heard roofed a wrist shot from the right side of the slot. That lead lasted just 17 seconds, before Justin Addamo knotted the contest with a wrist shot along the ice from the bottom of the left circle.

The match proceeded to overtime, and at the 3:36 mark, the Nailers got to celebrate. Kalmikov and Maniscalco forced a turnover along the right boards, which led to Kalmikov ending the game 5-4 in Wheeling's favor with a wrist shot into the left side of the net.

Taylor Gauthier collected the win for the Nailers, as he stopped 33 of the 37 shots he faced. John Lethemon took the overtime loss for Toledo, as he made 27 saves on 32 shots.

The Nailers will now get to enjoy their holiday break, before returning to the ice on Wednesday at 7:00, when they visit the Reading Royals. Wheeling will then play host to Reading for a pair of games on New Year's Weekend. Friday's 7:10 game will be a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, then Saturday's 6:10 tilt on New Year's Eve will feature a team calendar giveaway to the first 1,500 fans. Wizards & Wands is also coming up soon on Saturday, January 14th. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Cyclones Steal One in Overtime, 5-4
Hampton & Desruisseaux Tally a Goal & an Assist Each for Wheeling

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers have had some strong efforts against the Cincinnati Cyclones this season, but are still in search of a positive result for the standings. Wheeling had a 4-2 lead in the third period on Sunday afternoon, but the Cyclones rallied back with two goals in the final seven minutes of regulation, then Matt McLeod scored at the 2:24 mark of overtime to lift the visitors to a 5-4 win at WesBanco Arena. Bobby Hampton and Cédric Desruisseaux both registered a goal and an assist for the Nailers, while Max Johnson picked up his first professional point with an assist.

Both teams found the back of the net in the first period. Cincinnati was first on the board at the 11:31 mark, when Zack Andrusiak stepped up into the right circle and sent a wrist shot into the left side of the cage for his fourth goal in four games. The Nailers got their response with 3:30 remaining. Samuel Tremblay centered a pass to Bobby Hampton, who fired a shot against the grain and into the right side of the net.

Wheeling was looking for a strong middle stanza, and special teams helped to turn that thought into a reality. A successful penalty kill and a power play gave the Nailers their first lead of the season series. Cédric Desruisseaux had a couple of chances come up empty, but the third time was the charm, as Matt Alfaro slipped in a shot from the bottom of the right circle. Less than four minutes later, Wheeling killed off a penalty, and fed off the momentum, as Tyler Drevitch scooped up the puck in the right circle, and roofed a wrist shot in the top-right corner of the twine. With 2:04 remaining, Matt Berry got a goal back for the Cyclones, as he ramped a shot up and in on a drive to the crease.

The Nailers regained their two-goal advantage at the 12:19 mark of the the third period, and appeared to be in good shape, when Desruisseaux drilled in a one-time feed on the power play from Justin Addamo in the low slot. However, Cincinnati had a quick answer on a man advantage of its own, as Andrusiak sniped his second of the day from the right circle 1:17 later. Exactly two minutes after that, the Cyclones drew even, as Louie Caporusso set up Justin Vaive for a one-timer, which the captain converted from the top of the crease to force overtime.

In the extra session, both teams recorded one shot, and the Cyclones made their attempt count, as they ended the game at the 2:24 mark. Matt McLeod sped down the right side of the ice, and swiped a shot along the surface for the deciding marker in the 5-4 Cincinnati decision.

Beck Warm got the win in goal for the Cyclones, as he made 25 saves on 29 shots. Taylor Gauthier suffered the overtime defeat for Wheeling, despite turning aside 27 of the 32 shots he faced.

The Nailers will have one more game before their quick holiday break, as they will visit the Toledo Walleye on Friday at 7:15. Wheeling will have two home games on New Year's Weekend - both against the Reading Royals. Friday's 7:10 game will be a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, then Saturday's 6:10 tilt on New Year's Eve will feature a team calendar giveaway to the first 1,500 fans. The Nailers team shop will be open Monday through Thursday this week, and fans looking for a great stocking stuffer can purchase a Holiday Hat Pack - four ticket vouchers and for hats, starting at $64. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Unable to Play Role of Grinch in Fort Wayne
Four Different Players Tally Multiple Points, as Wheeling Scores Three More on the Power Play

FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets have played two games at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum this season, and on both occasions, fans have been treated to a plethora of goals. Six of Saturday night's 11 tallies came on the man advantage, as both teams scored three, meaning the game came down to 5-on-5 play. That went in Fort Wayne's favor, as the host squad received two goals each from Shawn Boudrias and Adam Brubacher for a 7-4 win. Four different Nailers posted multiple point nights, including Cam Hausinger and Josh Maniscalco, who each had a goal and an assist.

The Nailers did exactly what they wanted to in a first period on enemy ice, as they limited Fort Wayne to just six shots on goal, while grabbing a 1-0 lead. The opening strike came on the power play at the 9:46 mark. Josh Maniscalco's shot squirted into the right side of the crease, where Cam Hausinger pounced on the loose puck and battled it in over the goal line.

Unfortunately, the middle frame was the opposite, as the Komets lit the lamp four times. Shawn Boudrias put the home side on the scoreboard, when he stole the puck at his own blueline, then broke away and scored on a forehand shot. Adam Brubacher then gave Fort Wayne the lead, when he accepted a drop pass from Mark Rassell, and got just enough power on his wrist shot to send the puck sliding through the crease and in. 45 seconds after that, Filip Engaras added another goal for the Komets, when he roofed a wrist shot from the right side of the slot. Sean Josling temporarily closed the gap to one, when he drove in a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle off a Chris Ortiz pass, but Fort Wayne answered on the power play, as Brubacher bombed in his second of the stanza.

More goals followed in the third period, as both teams put their power plays to work. Boudrias cashed in for his second of the night for the Komets, when he pounded in a one-time feed from Joshua Winquist on the left side of the crease. 2:24 later, Maniscalco responded for Wheeling, as he clobbered in a one-timer from the top of the left circle. Fort Wayne was up next 2:23 after that, as Winquist connected on a right circle wrist shot. Justin Addamo trimmed the margin to two when he tipped in Hausinger's left circle shot, before Anthony Petruzzelli collected the only even strength goal of the frame with an empty net shot for the 7-4 final.

Rylan Parenteau grabbed the win for the Komets, as he made 27 saves on 31 shots. Tommy Nappier took the loss for the Nailers, as he allowed six goals on 28 shots.

The Nailers will return home to finish off the weekend on Sunday afternoon at 4:10, when they play host to the Cincinnati Cyclones. Following the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the even-numbered players. There are some outstanding promotions taking place in the next month, led by the annual New Year's Eve Game, as well as Wizards & Wands on January 14th. 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.

Third Period Surge Falls Short for Nailers
Sean Josling Scores Twice in 24-Shot Period

WHEELING, WV- Friday night saw an odd game at WesBanco Arena, as the Wheeling Nailers scored three power play goals and recorded 51 shots on goal. However, those numbers weren't enough to overcome a three-goal second period surge by the Indy Fuel. Spencer Watson became Indy's all-time leading scorer with a pair of assists and Alex Wideman posted a three-point night, as the Fuel were victorious, 6-3. Sean Josling scored twice for Wheeling, while Josh Maniscalco notched three assists, and Cam Hausinger had a couple of helpers in his return to the lineup.

The Nailers got things started with the opening goal of the evening, but Indy responded with a pair to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Wheeling's marker came off of a rush into the zone on the power play. Brooklyn Kalmikov dropped a pass to Cam Hausinger, then proceeded to drive to the net. In the mean time, Hausinger delivered a feed over to Josh Maniscalco, who then put his pass right on Kalmikov's tape for a tip-in on the left side of the crease. The Fuel tied things up shortly after the midway mark of the period. Chad Yetman held onto the puck along the left boards, which allowed Alex Wideman to jump into the slot, receive the pass from his teammate, and roof a wrist shot into the top-left corner of the cage. Indy then went ahead with a fortuitous bounce on the man advantage. Shane Kuzmeski's dish popped up in the air, then landed at the top of the crease, where Chase Lang turned to his backhand, and swept a shot in along the ice.

The Fuel carried their momentum into the middle frame, as they added three goals to their lead. Another wild bounce went Indy's way at the 1:30 mark, as Spencer Watson's right circle wrist shot blasted off of Bryan Lemos and into the goal. Indy scored again 1:12 later, when Chad Yetman deposited the rebound of his initial one-timer, which was set up by Wideman. Cameron Hillis potted the final goal of the period off the rush, when he rifled home a one-time pass from Cliff Watson on the left side of the slot.

The third period was all Wheeling, as the home team poured 24 shots on goal in an attempt to erase its sizeable deficit. Sean Josling trimmed the four-goal gap down to two with back-to-back power play goals in a span of 1:27. On his first tally, he stuffed in the rebound of Josh Maniscalco's shot off the back glass. His second goal hit off of an Indy stick to change its direction as it spun into the right side of the net. Unfortunately, the comeback stopped there, and Seamus Malone put the wraps on the 6-3 Fuel win with an empty net power play marker in the final minute.

Zach Driscoll had a ridiculously busy night in goal for Indy, as he thwarted 48 of the 51 shots he faced, including 22 of 24 in the third period alone. Taylor Gauthier took the defeat for the Nailers, as he surrendered five goals on 21 shots.

The Nailers will travel to Fort Wayne on Saturday to face the Komets at 7:30, then turn right back around and return to Wheeling for a 4:10 game on Sunday against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Following the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the even-numbered players. Other exciting upcoming promotions include the annual New Year's Eve Game, as well as Wizards & Wands on January 14th. 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.

Seesaw Battle Swings Indy's Way, 6-4
David Drake Scores First Goal as a Nailer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- Wednesday's game between the Wheeling Nailers and Indy Fuel at Indiana Farmers Coliseum saw lots of back-and-forth action, with lots of goals and plenty of lead changes. The Nailers rallied back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score in the third period, but Cameron Hillis' one-timer with 9:43 left put Indy ahead for good, as the home team prevailed, 6-4. David Drake netted his first goal in a Wheeling uniform, while Cédric Desruisseaux extended his goal streak to five. The Fuel went 3-for-4 on the power play.

The Nailers brought some great energy to the start of the game, and that energy was rewarded with a 2-1 lead after the first period. The scoring began with a pair of defenders exchanging goals. Wheeling got its opening strike courtesy of David Drake, who completed a nifty self pass from the right point, then swept a low wrist shot in from the right side of the high slot. The Fuel answered exactly one minute later on the power play, when Shane Kuzmeski tossed a center point wrist shot into the top-right corner of the goal. However, with under a minute to go, the Nailers went back on top. Gianluca Esteves and Justin Addamo executed a beautiful 2-on-1 rush, with Esteves making the initial pass, then slamming in the return feed from the left side of the crease.

Indy turned the contest around in the middle frame by utilizing its man advantage on two of three markers. The Fuel's quick-strike power play needed just eight seconds on its second chance to tie the score. Kuzmeski dished the puck over to Alex Wideman, who clocked in a one-timer from the top of the right circle. Indy's go-ahead goal came at even strength. Seamus Malone stole the puck along the left wing wall, then quickly spotted a wide-open Jan Mandát, who buried a shot from the bottom of the left circle. The final goal of the period felt similar to the first one, as the Fuel again utilized just eight seconds of power play time. Spencer Watson spun a pass to Malone along the goal line. Malone crashed the net, and got enough on his jam play to squeeze the puck in over the goal line.

Wheeling had a good response to start the third period, as the visitors rallied back to tie the match in just over five minutes. Sean Josling started the comeback 35 seconds into the stanza, when he roofed the rebound of Cédric Desruisseaux's shot during 4-on-4 play. Then, it was Desruisseaux who knotted the score, when he finished a rush with Adam Smith by swiping in a shot from the left circle. Unfortunately, the comeback was unable to go all the way back to a lead, as Indy went ahead 5-4 with 9:43 remaining. Nate Pionk rode around the back of the net, then centered a pass to a wide-open Cameron Hillis, who slammed in a one-timer from right in front of the net. Chase Lang iced the 6-4 Fuel win, when he split the goal posts on an empty netter from the middle of his own slot.

Zach Driscoll picked up the victory for Indy, as he made 29 saves on 33 shots. Tommy Nappier suffered the loss for the Nailers, despite stopping 31 of the 36 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Fuel will meet up again on Friday at 7:10, when the scene shifts to WesBanco Arena. That night will be a Frosty Friday, featuring $2 beers. Wheeling will make a quick Saturday trip out to Fort Wayne, before another home game on Sunday at 4:10 against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Following that game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the even-numbered players. Other exciting upcoming promotions include the annual New Year's Eve Game, as well as Wizards & Wands on January 14th. 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.

Nappier Earns First Wheeling Shutout in Kalamazoo
Desruisseaux Nets Two, as Nailers Whip Wings by Five

KALAMAZOO, MI- The Wheeling Nailers knew they deserved a better result in Cincinnati, and they carried that attitude into Wings Event Center, as they completely controlled Saturday night's game at Wings Event Center. On the offensive side, Cédric Desruisseaux extended his goal scoring streak to four games with a pair of tallies, and Gianluca Esteves turned in a multiple point effort with a goal and an assist. Tommy Nappier took care of the rest of the work, as he became the first ever Wheeling goaltender to record a shutout in Kalamazoo, as the Nailers blanked the Wings, 5-0.

The Nailers played a dominant first period, as they scored three goals on 17 shots, while also picking up a victorious fight, courtesy of Félix Paré. Wheeling's first tally of the evening came at the 4:15 mark. Matt Alfaro laid a pass through the slot to Cédric Desruisseaux, who was able to find a hole above the pad and below the blocker on Evan Cormier. Gianluca Esteves added to the lead with a thing of beauty at the 12:25 mark, when he redirected Adam Smith's shot from the left wall in off of the right post. Davis Bunz put one more on the board for the visitors, and it was a special one for him, as he stepped into the right circle and drilled a shot into the left side of the cage for his first professional goal. Jordan Frasca picked up an assist on that goal in his pro debut.

The red light kept shining in the middle frame, as the Nailers put two more on the right side of the scoreboard. At the 8:12 mark, Esteves dished a pass into the slot for Carter Johnson, who slammed a one-time drive into the left side of the goal. Desruisseaux added his second of the contest with 7:06 to go, when he banged in a cross-slot pass from Alfaro below the right circle.

The third period was all about getting the match to the finish line, as Wheeling outshot Kalamazoo, 7-2 to put the wraps on the 5-0 triumph.

Tommy Nappier earned his first shutout as a Nailer and second of his pro career, as he denied all 17 shots he faced. Evan Cormier took the loss for the Wings, as he made 33 saves on 38 shots.

The Nailers will play one more road game on Wednesday against the Indy Fuel at 7:00, before finally returning home to WesBanco Arena. Wheeling will host the Fuel on Friday at 7:10, which is a Frosty Friday, featuring $2 beers. The Nailers will also be home next Sunday at 4:10 against the Cincinnati Cyclones, and following that game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the even-numbered players. Other exciting upcoming promotions include the annual New Year's Eve Game, as well as Wizards & Wands on January 14th. 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.

Cyclones Collect Second Straight Late Win
Desruisseaux Scores for Third Straight Contest

CINCINNATI, OH- The Wheeling Nailers had two great comebacks in their two contests at Heritage Bank Center, but despite those efforts, they left town empty-handed. Sean Josling and Cédric Desruisseaux helped Wheeling erase an early 2-0 deficit, but with 6:55 left in the game, Lincoln Griffin's rebound marker lifted the Cincinnati Cyclones to the 3-2 home ice victory.

The Cyclones got off to the quick start on their home ice, as they found the back of the net twice in the opening stanza. The first goal came at the 2:03 mark. Matt McLeod picked up speed as he breezed into the offensive zone. Once he broke into the net, he quickly shifted from left to right, and slipped a forehand shot through Taylor Gauthier's legs. Cincinnati's other marker came with 2:51 left on the clock. Matt Berry's steal led a transition rush for his team, which resulted in Phil Lagunov depositing the rebound of Zack Andrusiak's shot from the right side.

Wheeling put a strong second period together, as it cut into the deficit to one with a power play goal. Josh Maniscalco let a shot go from the top of the left circle, which got redirected into the cage by Sean Josling. The Nailers outshot the Cyclones, 16-10 in the frame.

The energy carried into the third period, and Wheeling got an early equalizer. An errant pass by Cincinnati sat in the left circle, where Cédric Desruisseaux pounced on the loose puck, and promptly roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage. The end of the game was extremely tight once again, but similar to Wednesday, the Cyclones got a late goal to snap the deadlock. Andrusiak's right circle shot got blocked away, but Lincoln Griffin lunged to toss in the rebound from just above the goal line. The Nailers put together another push, but couldn't find the tying tally in the 3-2 final.

Beck Warm got the win in net for Cincinnati, as he thwarted away 38 of the 40 shots he faced. Taylor Gauthier made 29 saves on 32 shots in the Wheeling crease.

The Nailers will travel north to finish their week on the road, as they will visit the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday at 7:00. Wheeling will have a pair of home games next weekend, when it hosts 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.

Puck Luck Lifts Cyclones, 3-2
Wheeling Erases Early Two-Goal Deficit, but Falls on Unfortunate Goal in Final Five Minutes

CINCINNATI, OH- Hockey is a game of bounces, and on Wednesday night, the Wheeling Nailers fell victim of one that went the wrong way. While playing on the man advantage in the final five minutes of the third period, the Nailers inadvertently put the puck in their own net, which decided the game, 3-2 for the Cincinnati Cyclones at Heritage Bank Center. Adam Smith and Cédric Desruisseaux were the Wheeling goal scorers.

The first period got played in the blink of an eye, and it saw one goal, which was scored on the power play by the Cyclones. Louie Caporusso stole a Wheeling clearing attempt in the right circle, and promptly drilled a slap shot into the back of the net for the unassisted strike.

Caporusso potted his second of the night at the 2:18 mark of the middle frame, as he finished off a feed from Justin Vaive on the left side of the crease. The Nailers were able to shake off the early deficit, and battle back to tie the contest. Adam Smith put the visitors on the board at the 5:17 mark, when he settled down a centering pass from Gianluca Esteves, and shuffled a shot underneath Beck Warm's right pad. Wheeling drew even less than five minutes later. David Drake's left point shot hit off some bodies, then dribbled along the goal line, where it got dunked into the cage by Cédric Desruisseaux.

The Nailers played well enough to take a point out of Heritage Bank Center, but with 4:12 left in regulation, puck luck wasn't on their side. Matt McLeod's right side shot got caught by Taylor Gauthier. Wheeling tried to get a breakout starting, but when the team elected to reverse behind the net, the puck rolled off a stick and into the net. The Nailers were unable to recover from that play, and thus, Cincinnati won, 3-2.

Beck Warm picked up the victory in goal for the Cyclones, as he made 25 saves on 27 shots. Taylor Gauthier came up with stops on 26 of the 29 shots he faced in the defeat for Wheeling.

The Nailers and Cyclones will both have Thursday off, before returning to the ice at Heritage Bank Center on Friday night at 7:35. Wheeling will then travel to Kalamazoo for a 7:00 game on Saturday against the Wings. The Nailers will have a pair of home games next 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 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.

WHEELING, WV- Friday night's game was all about the goaltenders, so Saturday night, it was time for the offenses to flip the script, as the Wheeling Nailers faced the Reading Royals at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling took the lead on four different occasions, and the final lead held up, as Jordan Frasca scored with 6:36 to go, giving the Nailers the 6-5 home triumph. Peter Laviolette netted his first career two-goal performance, while T.J. Fergus had a four-point night on his birthday.

The Royals got the first goal just 67 seconds into the match, but the remainder of the opening stanza belonged to Wheeling. That beginning strike came from Evan Barratt, who finished off a pass from Charlie Gerard with a tap-in on the left side of the crease. Matt Koopman collided with Bailey Brkin, which led to a fight between Koopman and Mason Millman, and that sparked the Nailers. 14 seconds after that happened, the home team struck shorthanded, as Tyler Drevitch fed Gianluca Esteves for a one-time dart from the low slot. Wheeling killed off the rest of its penalty, then utilized the momentum to take the lead 1:27 after the tying tally. Tanner Laderoute made a gorgeous move as he entered the offensive zone, then slipped a pass over to Cédric Desruisseaux, who slammed in his shot from the left side of the slot to give Laderoute his first pro point. Another picturesque pass gave the Nailers a third goal in the period. Jarrett Lee sauced a pass into the slot for Peter Laviolette, who touched a shot through Bailey Brkin's legs.

The red light continued to shine at an enormous rate in the middle frame, as the two squads combined for six goals and a 5-5 score. Reading battled back to even the score the first time with two tallies in a span of 1:56. Colin Felix stepped up from the right point to slam in a centering pass from Alec Butcher, then Shane Sellar capitalized on a scrambly play for a goal from the left side of the crease. 34 seconds after that, Laviolette put Wheeling back on top, as he roofed a backhander into the top-left corner of the cage. Brad Barone made a phenomenal save to deny Mason Millman a few minutes later, but Charlie Gerard fished out the rebound and lifted it up and in to make the score 4-4. Next on the board was T.J. Fergus, who celebrated his 26th birthday by throwing a wrist shot in and out of the top-right pocket of the twine. However, with ten seconds left, the score was deadlocked again, as Barratt kept the puck to himself on a 2-on-1 rush and lifted a shot into the top-left corner.

After all of the offense in the first two frames, the game came down to the lone goal in the third. That went to the Nailers with 6:36 remaining. Jordan Frasca wound his way through the slot and into the left circle, where he turned and rifled a wrist shot up and into the top-left corner. Wheeling made sure to carry that into the win column for the 6-5 final.

Brad Barone picked up the victory for the Nailers, as he turned aside 21 of the 26 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat for the Royals, as he made 23 saves on 29 shots.

The Nailers and Royals will clash again on Sunday afternoon at 4:10. After the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the entire team. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Hall of Fame Night Sees Legendary Goaltending Performance
Pavel Cajan Stops 35 of 36 in 2-1 Kalamazoo Win

WHEELING, WV- Friday night was a special one for former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbirds Captain Brock Woods, as they became the 11th and 12th members of the Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame. However, Kalamazoo Wings goaltender Pavel Cajan stole the show during the game, as he made 35 saves, and was the beneficiary of a strange goal by Collin Saccoman in the third period of Kalamazoo's 2-1 win at WesBanco Arena. Chris Ortiz was the lone goal scorer for the Nailers.

The Nailers did a good job of controlling the play with a 14-7 shots advantage in the first period, however, they found themselves trailing 1-0 at the intermission. Kalamazoo netted its goal on the man advantage. Brad Morrison let a wrist shot go from the top of the left circle, and got a deflection from Justin Taylor to send the puck into the net.

Wheeling continued its strong efforts in the middle frame, and got rewarded with an equalizer in a matter of 2:51. Jarrett Lee carried the puck in on the right side of the offensive zone, then dropped a pass off to Chris Ortiz, who stepped up in the right circle and placed a shot into the left side of the cage.

The Wings got a bizarre goal at the 1:36 mark of the third period to retake the lead. Kobe Roth rang a shot off the left post, and the rebound sailed to the right wing boards. Tommy Nappier collided with a teammate, which left the majority of the net open. Collin Saccoman pounced on the opportunity and drove a shot into the cage. The Nailers had two power play chances to try to tie the contest, as well as multiple opportunties in the closing minutes, but they ran into a brick wall in the other crease, and came up short, 2-1.

Pavel Cajan was magnificent in goal for Kalamazoo, as he denied 35 of the 36 shots he faced in the victory. Tommy Nappier made 27 saves on 29 shots in the defeat for Wheeling.

The Nailers will continue their three-game homestand on Saturday night at 7:10, when they welcome the Reading Royals to town. Following the game, there will be a full team autograph session. Wheeling and Reading will also clash on Sunday afternoon at 4:10, and that will be followed by a full team post game skate with fans. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers End up With Two of Three in Norfolk
Hall of Fame Night Opens Three-Game Homestand Next Weekend

NORFOLK, VA- Two out of three isn't bad. That's what the Wheeling Nailers took out of a week-long series against the Norfolk Admirals at Norfolk Scope Arena. Norfolk came out on top 4-2 in Saturday night's finale, as Ryan Foss put the Admirals ahead with a power play goal in the second period, then Brian Bowen added to the lead in the third. Samuel Tremblay and Chris Ortiz were the goal scorers for Wheeling, who will play a three-game homestand next weekend.

Both teams put one goal on the board in the opening stanza. Samuel Tremblay picked up right where he left off, as he finished Friday's scoring with the overtime winner, then got the first marker on Saturday. Ross Krieger delivered a pass across the blueline for Louis Roehl, who drove a one-timer on goal. Cale Morris made the stop, but lost sight of the rebound, which was immediately whacked in by Tremblay. Norfolk knotted the score less than two minutes prior to the intermission. Darick Louis-Jean let a shot go from the left point, which was redirected by Danny Katic, as his tip squeezed the puck through Tommy Nappier's legs.

The Admirals collected the only tally in the middle frame, and they did so on the power play at the 4:29 mark. Dennis Smirnov had his shot from the right side blocked, but Mathieu Roy quickly settled down the rebound and slipped the pass into the slot for Ryan Foss, who threw a shot into the wide open left side of the cage.

Wheeling thought it had tied the game on a power play at the 4:40 mark of the third period, when Brooklyn Kalmikov swept in a loose puck on the left side of the crease. However, a hand pass was discovered prior to the goal, and thus, the equalizer was wiped off the board. Norfolk took advantage of that and got a key insurance goal in the seconds that followed a successful Nailers penalty kill. Josh McDougall's shot from the right wall got kicked aside, but the rebound went to Brian Bowen, who converted on the second chance from the inner edge of the left circle. Wheeling pulled within a goal with 2:38 remaining, when Chris Ortiz placed a center point wrist shot in the left side of the net past an unsuspecting Cale Morris. The Nailers' hopes at a comeback were dashed with 35 seconds to go, when Stepan Timofeyev fired in an empty netter from his own zone for a 4-2 final.

Cale Morris picked up the win for the Admirals in his return to the ECHL, as he denied 27 of the 29 shots he faced. Tommy Nappier made 36 saves on 39 shots in the defeat for Wheeling.

The Nailers will return home for a three-game weekend on March 24th, 25th, and 26th. Friday night's game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night, when former Nailers Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbirds Captain Brock Woods will get inducted. That will be a 7:10 contest against the Kalamazoo Wings. Then, the Reading Royals come to town on Saturday at 7:10 and Sunday at 4:10. Saturday's game will feature a full team post game autograph session, and Sunday's match will feature a full team post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Tremblay Caps Comeback for 4-3 Overtime Triumph
Wheeling Earns its Third Win of the Season When Trailing After Two

NORFOLK, VA- Comeback victories have been difficult to come by for the Wheeling Nailers, but on Friday night, they got one to secure their second straight win over the Norfolk Admirals at Norfolk Scope Arena. Wheeling trailed 3-2 after two periods, before Jordan Frasca evened things up in the third period, then Samuel Tremblay netted the overtime goal to lift the Nailers to the 4-3 road win.

The offenses came ready to go once again, as both squads lit the lamp twice in the opening stanza. Wheeling got on the board first at the 5:39 mark. Peter Laviolette wound his way around the back of the goal, then steered a pass into the low slot, where Ross Krieger buried a one-timer into the left side of the cage. The Admirals utilized their power play for their first tally of the evening. Brad Barone made a high blocker save on a right circle shot by Todd Burgess. The rebound dropped into the trapezoid, where Denis Smirnov quickly delivered a pass back into the slot for Ryan Foss, who tapped in the goal. The Nailers answered back just 20 seconds later. Samuel Tremblay won an offensive zone draw to Cédric Desruisseaux, who zipped a wrist shot into the right side of the net. That lead lasted for 1:15, before Norfolk pulled even. Mathieu Roy batted his own rebound out of the air, over Barone's right shoulder, and across the goal line.

One goal was scored in the middle frame, as the Admirals took the lead for the first time on the night. Ian White held onto the puck along the right wing wall, before Darick Louie-Jean joined the rush and skated into the slot. Louie-Jean stepped into the feed and drove his shot into the left side of the twine.

Early in the third period, Wheeling knotted the score. Ryan Frasca maneuvered his way off of the left corner boards, then banked a shot off of Tomas Vomacka's blocker and in at the 2:39 mark. There were only 13 combined shots on goal in the stanza, but there were some fireworks after an altercation around the net, which started with Vomacka swatting his stick at Tremblay.

Tremblay had the final laugh on this night, as sifted a right circle shot through Vomacka's wickets at the 2:31 mark of overtime for a 4-3 Nailers victory.

Brad Barone picked up the win for Wheeling, as he made 16 saves on 19 shots. Tomas Vomacka took the overtime loss for Norfolk, as he came away with 30 stops on 34 shots.

The Nailers and Admirals will wrap up their season series in Norfolk on Saturday night at 6:05. The next home game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night on Friday, March 24th at 7:10 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbird Brock Woods are the two inductees. That night is also a Frosty Friday. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers End Skid with Snowman in Norfolk, 8-4
Brooklyn Kalmikov Nets Hat Trick; Jarrett Lee Dishes out Three Assists in Pro Debut

NORFOLK, VA- The Wheeling Nailers put their seven-game winless skid to bed in a big way on Wednesday night, as they played the first of three games at Norfolk Scope Arena this week. Brooklyn Kalmikov was the brightest star of the game, as he kick-started a three-goal first period by Wheeling and ended up with a hat trick and an assist. Tyler Drevitch posted his fifth multi-goal game of the season, while Jarrett Lee dished out three primary assists in his professional debut. That all added up to an 8-4 Nailers triumph.

The first period was a superior one for the Nailers, as they came out with a purpose, and quickly put three goals on the scoreboard. The first two markers looked extremely similar with the finishing touches, as Jarrett Lee started his pro career with a pair of tape-to-tape feeds through the slot to Brooklyn Kalmikov. Kalmikov deposited both passes into the left side of the net, with one coming at the 6:27 mark, and the other at 11:03. Wheeling wasn't done there, and on goal number three, Kalmikov started the play with a pass from his own end, as he sent Tyler Drevitch and Jordan Frasca away on a 2-on-1 break. Drevitch dished the puck to Frasca, who stepped into the left circle and roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

Norfolk pushed back with two tallies in the middle frame. The first one came just 18 seconds in, as Carson Musser led Darren McCormick into the left circle, where he sifted a wrist shot in along the ice. Ryan Foss temporarily brought the Admirals within one, when he took Ian White's right point shot from ice level and redirected it up and into the top-right corner of the net. The Nailers answered that strike 1:11 later to carry their two-goal lead into the intermission. Cédric Desruisseaux stole the puck in the offensive zone, then zipped a left circle wrist shot into the right side of the goal.

The first two periods saw six total goals scored, and the third period matched that. Wheeling took full control of the game early in the stanza with a power play tally. Jordan Frasca slid a pass to Kalmikov, who completed his hat trick by driving a one-timer from the top of the right circle off of the left post and in. Tyler Drevitch and Gianluca Esteves followed with goals 1:44 apart from each other, as Drevitch tapped home a loose puck on the left side of the crease, and Esteves chipped a pass from Lee into the top-right corner. Todd Burgess notched back-to-back markers for the Admirals, before Drevitch turned turned out the lights with the final goal of the night, as he blazed a shot through his college teammate Troy Kobryn for the 8-4 score.

Tommy Nappier recorded the win for the Nailers, as he made 25 saves on 29 shots. Tomas Vomacka allowed four goals on 11 shots for Norfolk in two periods, before giving way to Troy Kobryn, who received the loss with 13 saves on 17 shots in the third.

The Nailers and Admirals will continue their three-game series in Norfolk on Friday night at 7:05, then wrap things up with the finale on Saturday night at 6:05. The next home game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night on Friday, March 24th at 7:10 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbird Brock Woods are the two inductees. That night is also a Frosty Friday. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Komets Erase Multiple Multi-Goal Deficits to Win, 6-5
Cédric Desruisseaux Scores Twice, Bringing Team-Leading Total to 24

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers welcomed another great crowd to WesBanco Arena for Country Night on Saturday, as 3,259 fans came out to support the home town squad. Wheeling showed some great glimpses early with 2-0 and 4-2 leads, but just couldn't put the Fort Wayne Komets away. Fort Wayne scored three times in the third period, as Mark Rassell tied the match with a shorthanded goal, then Oliver Cooper scored the deciding goal with 12:47 left, as the Komets defeated the Nailers, 6-5. Cédric Desruisseaux potted a pair of goals for Wheeling, while Chris Ortiz had a three-point performance.

The first period featured some of everything, including six total goals, with four going the way of the home team. The Nailers came out with loads of energy and got their first two markers within the first five minutes. Brooklyn Kalmikov was first on the board, as he received a pass from Jordan Frasca, dangled his way through the bottom of the right circle, and shoveled a shot into the left side of the cage. 1:15 later, Cédric Desruisseaux finished off a 2-on-1 rush with Gianluca Esteves by chipping a shot into the top-right corner. Fort Wayne answered with two goals in a span of 1:11. Mark Rassell opened space for Shawn Boudrias wrist shot from the slot, then Matt Alvaro buried a one-time feed in front of the net, which came off of an Oliver Cooper pass. 1:47 after that, Wheeling regained its advantage. Chris Ortiz had all sorts of patience, as he handled the puck in the trapezoid. He eventually spotted Esteves, who slipped a shot along the ice and in from the middle of the zone. Desruisseaux netted his second of the contest on a 4-on-3 power play with 1:46 remaining, as he held the puck in the bottom of the left circle, and found an opening in the top-left corner, as he placed his shot into the top shelf.

The scoring subsided for the most part in the middle frame, as only one goal was scored, and that was by the Komets who pulled within one. Daniel Maggio let a wrist shot go from the right point, and the puck had eyes, as it sailed through traffic and into the twine for the power play marker.

The Nailers had multiple glorious opportunities to build on their lead, as they received three straight power plays, including one of the four-minute variety, which closed out the second and started the third. However, at the 2:06 mark of the final frame, Fort Wayne turned the tables, and tied the match with a shorthanded strike. Mark Rassell got a pass from Alvaro and flew into the slot, where he squeezed a backhander through Brad Barone's legs. The Komets took their first lead of the night 2:47 later. Marcus McIvor lofted a shot toward the goal from the left point, and got a deflection from Jacob Graves for the tally. Wheeling was able to answer that strike in quick fashion, as Chris Ortiz sizzled a shot into the top-left corner for a 5-5 score at the 6:15 mark of the stanza. It only took 58 seconds for Fort Wayne to go ahead again. Adam Brubacher slid a pass across the low slot for Oliver Cooper, who touched the puck in on the left side of the crease. The Nailers were unable to overcome that goal, and the Komets came out on top, 6-5.

Corbin Kaczperski settled down after a rocky start to collect the win for Fort Wayne, as he made 28 saves on 33 shots, which included a 21-for-22 effort over the last two periods. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for Wheeling, as he surrendered six goals on 29 shots.

The Nailers will play three games on the road next week, as they will visit the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday and Friday at 7:05, then Saturday at 6:05. The next home game is Wheeling Hockey Hall of Fame Night on Friday, March 24th at 7:10 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Former Nailers Head Coach Peter Laviolette and former Thunderbird Brock Woods are the two inductees. That night is also a Frosty Friday. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Go Down, but Not Without a Fight
Wheeling & Fort Wayne Combine for 162 Penalty Minutes; Re-Match at WesBanco Arena on Saturday

FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers and Fort Wayne Komets finished the first half of their home-and-home series with a bang on Friday night at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. There was a goalie fight and 162 combined penalty minutes dished out. As for the contest itself, the Nailers had some moments where they looked great, as they had 2-0 and 3-2 leads, which included Ross Krieger's first professional goal. However, the Komets netted three goals in less than five minutes during the second period, as they rallied back for a 6-4 victory.

Both teams came out ready to score, as the first period resulted in a 2-2 deadlock. The Nailers had some good jump out of the gates, and they responded to an altercation by scoring the opening goal moments later. Cédric Desruisseaux battled his way in on the left side of the offensive zone. As he crashed toward the goal, he was able to put the puck on his backhand, and jam in his league-leading ninth opening marker of the year. Louie Roehl added to the Wheeling advantage, when he whirled around the back of the net, and banked the puck in off of a Fort Wayne defender. The Komets got their first goal off of a deflection as well. Garrett Van Wyhe tossed the puck toward the low slot from the left wall, and got a bounce off of a Nailer to send the puck floating into the net. 2:10 later, Fort Wayne pulled even on a power play. Matt Alvaro slid a pass from circle to circle for Drake Rymsha, who drove a slap shot in along the ice from the left side.

Wheeling had all of the energy in the world to start the middle frame, and that led to the visitors' second lead of the night. Ross Krieger flew down the left side of the ice and into the circle, where he proceeded to roof a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage. Krieger became the second straight Nailer to score a goal in his professional debut. However, Fort Wayne pushed back in a big way with three goals in a span of less than five minutes. Oliver Cooper netted the equalizer, when he lifted a shot into the top-right corner from the inner edge of the left circle. 58 seconds later, Marcus McIvor threw in a right point wrist shot that clanged off the bottom of the left post and dribbled in over the goal line. Rymsha followed that with his second of the contest, as he pounded in a rebound, after mutliple attempts by Shawn Boudrias and Mark Rassell.

The Nailers continued to battle hard, and they climbed to within one at the 6:33 mark of the third period. Gianluca Esteves sent Tyler Drevitch in on a partial breakaway, which Drevitch converted by faking to his backhand and reaching his shot around Ryan Fanti. Drevitch followed that up with a fight 22 seconds later, as he challenged Matt Boudens after a hit on Esteves. But that was only a minor incident compared to what was to come. Matt Alvaro put the finishing touches on Fort Wayne's 6-4 win with an empty netter, then proceeded to get up and shove with Roehl. A bunch of scrums took place around the Wheeling net, but the main event took place on the other side of the red line, as Brad Barone and Ryan Fanti gave the 7,619 fans a goalie fight.

Ryan Fanti got the win for the Komets, as he stopped 38 of the 42 shots he faced. Corbin Kaczperski didn't face a shot in his 34-second relief outing. Tommy Nappier suffered the loss for the Nailers, as he gave up five goals on 24 shots. Brad Barone was a perfect 15-for-15 in relief for Wheeling.

The Nailers and Komets will race down the highways to Wheeling for a re-match on Saturday night at WesBanco Arena, which starts at 7:10. The promotion is Country Night, as the Nailers will be wearing specialty jerseys, and there will be a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. The St. Baldrick's Foundation will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary, shaving heads and collecting donations to help find conquer childhood cancer. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

School Day Sells Out, but Nailers Fall
Over 5,000 Local Students Pack WesBanco Arena

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers faced an early deficit on Wednesday morning, and were unable to come back, as they took on a Toledo Walleye team that has been playing its best hockey over the past two months. Conlan Keenan scored 35 seconds into the tilt, and ultimately netted a hat trick for the Walleye, who earned their 14th consecutive victory, 4-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 5,167 fans on Education Day at WesBanco Arena.

All in all, the Nailers turned in a solid performance in the first period, but a pair of mistakes left them trailing 2-1 at the intermission. Toledo got on the board just 35 seconds into the contest. Drew Worrad skated onto a loose puck on the right side of the ice, and fed Conlan Keenan, who chipped in a shot from the left side of the crease. Keenan got his second of the day at the 15:38 mark. Kirill Tyutyayev made a centering pass to Keenan, who crushed a one-timer into the top-right corner of the cage. Wheeling was able to respond 13 seconds later. Brooklyn Kalmikov navigated his way into the left circle, where he zipped a shot in along the ice.

One puck found the back of the net in the middle frame, as the Walleye were successful on the power play. Gordi Myer played the puck to Brandon Hawkins, who stepped up into the right circle, and sifted in a low wrist shot.

Keenan completed his hat trick with an empty netter in the third period to put the finishing touches on Toledo's 4-1 triumph. After putting 15 shots on goal in the first period, the Nailers were limited to 11 over the course of the final two frames.

John Lethemon earned his 13th straight win in goal for Toledo, as he denied 25 of the 26 shots he faced. Tommy Nappier suffered the defeat for Wheeling, as he came away with 18 saves on 21 shots.

The Nailers will face the Fort Wayne Komets this weekend in a home-and-home series. The set will begin at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Friday at 8:00. The two teams will then travel to WesBanco Arena for Saturday's 7:10 re-match. Saturday is Country Night, as the Nailers will be wearing specialty jerseys, and there will be a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Game Comes Down to One Goal, as Toledo Wins, 1-0
Nappier & Cossa Combine to Stop 66 of 67; Hawkins Nets Lone Marker

TOLEDO, OH- The Wheeling Nailers played their hearts out on Sunday afternoon, as they faced the red hot Toledo Walleye at Huntington Center. The goaltenders stole the show, as 66 of the 67 shots taken were kept out of the nets by Wheeling's Tommy Nappier and Toledo's Sebastian Cossa. The lone puck to make its way in came off of Brandon Hawkins' stick with 9:16 left in the third period, as the Walleye earned their 13th straight win and 20th in the last 22 games by a 1-0 final score.

Both teams came out ready to fire, as 32 shots found their way onto the goaltenders in the first period, with the Walleye holding an 18-14 advantage. Every single one of those attempts was denied. Although the shot total was significantly smaller, the result was the same in the middle frame, as 11 more saves by Tommy Nappier and Sebastian Cossa continued to keep the door shut.

It was becoming obvious that one goal was going to decide the match, and that marker came with 9:16 left in the third period. Brandon Hawkins worked his way deep on the right side, then lifted a shot from a tight angle that snuck into the top-left corner of the net. Wheeling put together a strong push in the closing minutes, as the team attacked 6-on-5 for the final 1:47. However, a tying goal wasn't in the cards, as Toledo picked up the 1-0 win.

Sebastian Cossa earned his third shutout in his last six games and fourth of the season, as he was perfect on 23 shots for the Walleye. Tommy Nappier played phenomenal in goal for the Nailers, as he made 33 saves on 34 shots in the defeat.

The Nailers and Walleye will meet again on Wednesday, as the scene shifts to WesBanco Arena for the annual Education Day Game, which will begin at 10:45 a.m. That game is sold out. Then, Saturday night is Country Night at 7:10 against the Fort Wayne Komets, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Fort Wayne's Lone Lead Decides Game in Third
Nailers Drop Third Straight Match by One Goal

FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers were less than four minutes from earning at least one point in a key match-up against the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday night at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. However, with 3:52 left in the contest, Garrett Van Wyhe's second goal of the game gave the Komets their only lead of the night, as they skated away with a 4-3 win on home ice. Wheeling had three separate leads in the game, courtesy of tallies by Cédric Desruisseaux, Sean Josling, and Jordan Frasca.

Both offenses came ready to play in the first period, as the two sides each put a pair of goals on the scoreboard. Wheeling was the only team to hold a lead, which it did twice, starting at the 4:37 mark. Luke Santerno's right point shot off the glass set off some chaos, as the puck ended up hopping into the slot, where Cédric Desruisseaux swatted a backhander into the bottom left side of the net. The Komets pulled even just after the midway mark of the stanza. Garrett Van Whye blocked a shot at his own blueline, and created a breakaway for himself, as he faked from forehand to backhand, and sifted the puck through Brad Barone's legs. The Nailers regained their lead on a power play less than two minutes later. Samuel Tremblay won a battle for possession along the wall to Brooklyn Kalmikov, who set up Sean Josling, who sniped a wrist shot into the top-right corner from the inner edge of the right circle. Blake Siebenaler tied the score with 2:04 to go, when he took advantage of traffic and squeezed in a shot from the left point.

Wheeling got a couple of great chances to pull ahead in the early stages of period two. Peter Laviolette was disturbed on a breakaway at the 4:39 mark, as he earned a penalty shot. On the attempt, Laviolette attempted to send a wrist shot through Ryan Fanti's legs, but the Fort Wayne goalie was able to get his stick on the shot. The Nailers did cash in to take the lead with a 4-on-4 tally. Jordan Frasca stormed into the left circle, then picked his spot, as he roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

The goal of the third period was to get the game to the finish line, but the Komets provided a detour in a matter of 25 seconds. Matt Alvaro scooped up a loose puck behind the goal, and stuffed a backhander inside the left post. The tilt stayed tied until the final four minutes, when Fort Wayne took its first lead of the night. Daniel Maggio's shot from the left wall got denied, but the rebound hopped out to Van Wyhe, who deposited the deciding marker into the right side of the goal with 3:52 left, as the Komets were victorious, 4-3.

Ryan Fanti got the win for Fort Wayne, as he made 24 saves on 27 shots. Brad Barone stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced in the defeat for Wheeling.

The Nailers will conclude their three-game road weekend on Sunday, when they visit the Toledo Walleye at 5:15. Wheeling will play a pair of home games next week. Education Day returns on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:45 a.m. against Toledo, and that game is sold out. Saturday, March 11th is Country Night at 7:10 against Fort Wayne, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Close, but No Cigar in Road Trip Opener
Lane Gillis Scores in Pro Debut for Wheeling

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The Wheeling Nailers were close, but unfortunately, not close enough on Friday night, as they opened their three-game road trip at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a clash against the Indy Fuel. Chase Lang's power play goal at the 11:59 mark of the second period was the difference, as Indy edged Wheeling, 3-2, keeping the Nailers five points behind Fort Wayne for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Lane Gilliss netted his first career goal in his pro debut for Wheeling.

The Nailers played great for the majority of the first period, as they had a 1-0 lead with one minute remaining. However, two goals in ten seconds by Indy flipped the script, as the home team took a 2-1 advantage into the intermission. Wheeling got its goal with some terrific puck movement in the offensive zone. Davis Bunz tossed a shot on goal through traffic from the right point, which produced a rebound to the left circle. Lane Gilliss pounced on the loose puck and slammed in the goal - a great way to celebrate his pro debut. A power play strike got the Fuel on the board with 25 seconds left. Alex Wideman's attempt from the left side dribbled its way to the bottom of the right circle, where Max Golod powered a one-timer inside the right post. Ten seconds later, Logan Nijhoff dropped a pass to Andrew Bellant, who roofed a one-timer from the top of the right circle.

The deficit remained at one in the middle frame, as both squads converted on power plays. The Nailers pulled even at the 2:37 mark. Samuel Tremblay forced his way deep on the left side of the offensive zone, and although his first try didn't go in, he quickly moved the puck to Sean Josling, who threaded in a shot from along the left side of the goal line. Indy went back in front with 8:01 remaining. Spencer Watson sent a pass from circle to circle for Luc Brown, who let a shot go from the left side. Chase Lang had his first tip ring off the right post, but he continued to bang away at the loose change, and eventually got the puck to trickle in over the line.

Wheeling fought hard to try to find an equalizer in the third period, as the visitors held a 17-7 advantage in shots, and included 1:08 of 6-on-4 power play time at the end. The Fuel bent, but didn't break, and took the 3-2 final score into the win column.

Zach Driscoll earned the victory in goal for Indy, as he thwarted away 29 of the 31 shots he faced, including all 17 attempts in the third. Brad Barone made 24 saves on 27 shots in goal for the Nailers.

The Nailers will continue their three-game road weekend on Saturday at 7:35 against the Fort Wayne Komets, before making one final stop on Sunday at 5:15 against the Toledo Walleye. Wheeling will play a pair of home games next week. Education Day returns on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:45 a.m. against Toledo, and that game is sold out. Saturday, March 11th is Country Night at 7:10 against Fort Wayne, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Admirals Rally Past Nailers, 6-5
Tyler Drevitch Nets Two, but Norfolk Scores Four in Final Ten Minutes

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers were in terrific shape for the first 50 minutes of Sunday afternoon's game against the Norfolk Admirals at WesBanco Arena. However, the final ten minutes were the exact opposite. The Norfolk Admirals scored four unanswered goals, as they collected a 6-5 comeback victory. Todd Burgess started and ended the comeback from Norfolk, who also got two goals from Brian Bowen. Tyler Drevitch put two pucks into the back of the net for the Nailers, giving him nine in the month of February, while Justin Addamo returned from the AHL with three assists.

Both teams had their shining moments in the first period, as the Nailers controlled the opening half with the first strike, while Norfolk had the better back half, which came with an equalizer. Wheeling got its marker off of a face-off win by Justin Addamo, who dropped the puck back to David Drake at the left point. Drake let a wrist shot go that had eyes, as it sailed into the right side of the goal. The Admirals converted on a power play to tie things up. Eric Williams stole a clearing attempt and immediately directed a shot on goal from the right point. The save was made, but the rebound kicked straight to Danny Katic, who deposited it back home.

After getting outshot 15-10 in the first frame, the Nailers controlled the play in period two, as they had a 13-7 shots advantage, which led to three pucks turning on the red light. Cédric Desruisseaux needed just 36 seconds to give his team the lead, as he rang a wrist shot in off of the crossbar to start the stanza. Norfolk pulled even at the 10:51 mark, as Brian Bowen backed up off of the crease, but put enough force on his shot to send the puck into the right side of the cage. Wheeling wiped that tie off the board in a matter of 44 seconds, as Brooklyn Kalmikov found Tyler Drevitch at the left face-off dot, where Drevitch whistled a wrist shot into the right side of the net. With 2:12 remaining, the Nailers grabbed a two-goal lead. T.J. Fergus created the play by taking the puck deep below the dots. Kalmikov then rolled the puck along the goal line, where it was smashed in by Drevitch.

Kalmikov finished off an odd-man rush by roofing in a one-time feed from Justin Addamo to put Wheeling ahead 5-2 at the 9:44 mark of the third. A few moments later, the Admirals called a timeout, Nico Blachman left the game, and the script got completely flipped. Todd Burgess ramped Dean Yakura's shot up into the top-right corner of the twine at 10:51, as Norfolk began its comeback. With 3:57 left, things really started to go south, as Bowen spun a pass from Carson Musser into the left side of the net to bring the Admirals within one. 36 seconds later, Darren McCormick knotted the score, as he fluttered in a backhander from the left circle. 24 seconds after that, Darick Louis-Jean's point shot bounced off of Burgess and floated in, as Norfolk completely erased its 5-2 deficit and took a 6-5 lead. The Nailers were unable to shake off the gut punch, as they suffered the regulation loss.

Tomas Vomacka got the win for the Admirals, as he made 30 saves on 35 shots. Tommy Nappier was the losing goaltender for Wheeling, as he gave up six goals on 32 shots, and was pulled after the sixth goal. Brad Barone didn't face any shots in relief.

The Nailers will head out on the road for three games next weekend. They will visit the Indy Fuel on Friday at 7:00, then the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday at 7:30, and finally the Toledo Walleye on Sunday at 5:15. Wheeling will play a pair of home games the following week. Education Day returns on Wednesday, March 8th at 10:45 a.m. against Toledo, and that game is sold out. Saturday, March 11th is Country Night at 7:10 against Fort Wayne, which features a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Nailers Power Past Admirals in Third
Luke Santerno Scores First Two Pro Goals & Tyler Drevitch Nets a Hat Trick

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers and Norfolk Admirals skated into Saturday night's third period deadlocked at three, looking for something to put the game into their favor. Wheeling's power play stepped up to the occasion. Luke Santerno and Tyler Drevitch both netted their second goals of the contest with the man advantage, as the Nailers opened up a two-goal lead. Drevitch then finished his first career hat trick, as the Nailers were victorious, 6-3 in front of 3,177 fans on First Responders Night at WesBanco Arena. Santerno's night was also a special one, as his two goals were the first of his professional career.

Both teams turned on the red light in the first period, and the goals came 73 seconds apart from each other. Wheeling was first on the board at the 12:40 mark. T.J. Fergus poked the puck ahead to Gianluca Esteves, who was joined by Cédric Desruisseaux for a 2-on-1 rush. Esteves made a perfect dish to Desruisseaux on his left, where he snapped a one-timer into the top-right corner of the cage. The response by the Admirals also came off of a slick pass, as Danny Katic placed the puck on the left side of the low slot, where Ryan Foss ramped a redirection up and under the crossbar. The stanza ended with a scuffle, which resulted in a pair of ejections.

Period two saw the offense double, as the two squads each found the twine on a pair of occasions. The Nailers grabbed their second lead of the night at the 6:02, mark, when Tyler Drevitch pounced on the puck in the right circle, and whizzed a wrist shot into the left side of the goal. Norfolk responded with an equalizer 2:19 later, when Foss lifted in his second of the night from the right side of the crease moments after a power play expired. The Admirals then went ahead for the first time, when Denis Smirnov placed a right-circle one-timer into the left side of the net. Wheeling bounced right back to even things up. Peter Laviolette set the tone with some large hits on the forecheck, and Luke Santerno took advantage, as he flipped in his first professional goal from the right side of the slot.

The Nailers had experienced some struggles with their power play over the past few weeks, but the third period turned those tides around in a big way. Sean Josling fired a one-timer from the left circle that bounced off of Santerno and went in at the 7:36 mark to put the Nailers on top, 4-3. Wheeling used another man advantage to add insurance with 3:51 remaining, as Drevitch picked the top-right corner of the cage with his right circle wrister. Norfolk was quick to pull its netminder, and the Nailers cashed in with the empty netter, as Drevitch completed his hat trick as well as the 6-3 triumph.

Brad Barone was great in goal for Wheeling, as he blocked away 33 of the 36 shots he faced. Cale Morris took the loss for the Admirals, as he gave up five goals on 20 shots.

The Nailers and Admirals will wrap up their three-game weekend series at WesBanco Arena on Sunday at 4:10. Following the game, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the odd-numbered players. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is part of the next set of home games - Country Night on Saturday, March 11th, featuring a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nappier Bests Vomacka in Goalie Duel to Start Weekend Series
Kalmikov Scores Shootout Winner, Following 30-Save Performance by Nappier

WHEELING, WV- Tommy Nappier and Tomas Vomacka put on a show between the pipes on Friday night, as both had excellent performances, while looking to outdo the other. In the end, it was Nappier who got to celebrate the victory, as he stopped 30 shots in the game and another three in the shootout. Brooklyn Kalmikov netted the lone shootout goal, as the Wheeling Nailers earned a key 2-1 triumph over the Norfolk Admirals to begin the three-game weekend set at WesBanco Arena.

The Nailers and Admirals played a chess match for the majority of the first period, but with 22 seconds left until intermission, the home side got a timely opening marker. David Drake banked a pass from the defensive zone, off the bench wall, and ahead to a streaking Cédric Desruisseaux on the right side of the offensive zone. Desruisseaux flew past his defender, then roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

Norfolk battled back to tie the match with a 4-on-4 goal at the 4:55 mark of the middle stanza. Eric Williams floated a pass to the low slot for Stepan Timofeyev, who snuck in alone, made a bunch of stickhandles, and ultimately slid a forehand shot into the right side of the net.

The two sides played cautiously in the third period, as only ten shots made their way onto the goals. That changed in overtime, as the seven-minute frame saw six attempts find their way on target, as each club had multiple chances to end the contest.

Brooklyn Kalmikov started the shootout with a bang for Wheeling, as he drove a shot into the left side of the net. Tommy Nappier took over from there to shut the door. He forced Danny Katic wide in the first round, denied Ryan Foss with the blocker on the second try, and dove to deny Todd Burgess for the finisher in the 2-1 Nailers win.

Tommy Nappier was tremendous in goal for Wheeling, as he thwarted 30 of the 31 shots he faced during the game, then went a perfect 3-for-3 in the shootout. Tomas Vomacka also had a strong showing for the Admirals, as he made 28 saves on 29 shots in the game, then went 2-of-3 in the shootout.

The Nailers and Admirals have two more games at WesBanco Arena this weekend. Saturday night at 7:10 is First Responders Night, as the team honors its local heroes. Then, following Sunday's 4:10 tilt, fans will have the opportunity to skate with the odd-numbered players. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is Country Night on Saturday, March 11th, featuring a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Hampton is the Hero in 5-4 Overtime Win at Iowa
Wheeling Earns First One-Goal Win Since January 7th

CORAVILLE, IA- The Wheeling Nailers and Iowa Heartlanders played their highest scoring game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon at Xtream Arena, and despite a late scare to take the game to overtime, the Nailers came out on top. Bobby Hampton was the hero for Wheeling, as he zipped in a shot from the left side of the slot for the 5-4 win. Cédric Desruisseaux netted a pair of goals in the victory as well, while Cam Hausinger and Gianluca Esteves posted multi-point efforts.

The first period is exactly what the Nailers needed, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The opening tally came 3:15 into the contest, as Cam Hausinger started the play by wrapping the puck into the left side of the crease. Cédric Desrussieaux followed up his teammate by continuing to jam at the puck, which eventually dribbled in over the line. Wheeling added to its advantage off of a rush with 7:33 remaining. Desruisseaux led Hausinger in on the right side of the slot, where he slid a shot under Darion Hanson.

The Nailers maintained their two-goal edge in the middle frame, as both sides turned on the red light twice. Iowa got on the board on a power play at the 3:02 mark, when Tanner MacMaster delivered a pass from circle to circle, as James Sanchez roofed a wrist shot on the left side. Wheeling answered back 1:50 later, as the visitors beat out an icing race, which allowed Bobby Hampton to set up Desruisseaux for a wide open shot from along the right side of the goal line. Former Heartlander T.J. Fergus helped create the fourth Nailers goal, when he sauced a wrist shot on goal from high in the zone. Luke Santerno and Brooklyn Kalmikov took a couple of whacks at the loose disk, before Gianluca Esteves ultimately lifted it up and over Corbin Kaczperski. Steven Leonard trimmed Wheeling's lead to two, when he used his backhand to shovel in the rebound of Carson Denomie's shot.

Iowa didn't go away quietly, as the home side produced a 13-6 advantage in shots in the third, and potted a pair of goals to even the score at four. With 4:19 left, Michael Pastujov's left circle shot got padded away, but Kevin McKernan crashed in to deposit the rebound. The Heartlanders then got a favorable bounce from their home rink, as Justin Wells' shot whistled wide of the net, but the rebound went right to Brendan Robbins for a tap-in on the right side to force overtime with 2:51 on the clock.

The Nailers got four big saves in the extra session from Bailey Brkin, then rewarded their netminder at the 6:03 mark. A loose puck bounced its way to Bobby Hampton on the left side of the slot. Hampton immediately fired a dart through Kaczperski and into the left side of the cage for the 5-4 Wheeling overtime triumph.

Bailey Brkin earned the victory for the Nailers, as he denied 32 of the 36 shots he faced. Corbin Kaczperski took the overtime loss, as he made 13 saves on 15 shots in relief of Darion Hanson, who gave up three goals on eight shots.

The Nailers will return home next weekend for a three-game series against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday at 7:10, Saturday at 7:10, and Sunday at 4:10. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is Country Night on Saturday, March 11th, featuring a live post game concert by Jonathan Moody. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

HEARTLANDERS WIN FEISTY MATCH, 4-3
Tyler Drevitch Records Second Two-Goal Game in as Many Weeks

CORALVILLE, IA- One thing has been very evident in the first two games of the weekend at Xtream Arena - the Wheeling Nailers and Iowa Heartlanders do not like each other. The two Central Division rivals played a spirited tilt on Saturday night, which resulted in a plethora of penalties. The game was also tightly contested, but for the second straight night, it was Iowa who came out on top, as Zach White tallied two goals and an assist, including the deciding marker in the 4-3 Heartlanders win. Tyler Drevitch posted a two-goal game for the second week in a row for Wheeling.

The Nailers did their best to control the play in the opening stanza, as they had a 16-7 advantage in shots on goal. However, the scoreboard read the other way, as Iowa skated into the intermission with a 3-1 lead. The Heartlanders struck first at the 3:13 mark, when James Sanchez won a face-off back to Nolan Orzeck, who let a shot go from the point. Tanner MacMaster got a piece of the attempt to ramp the puck into the top-right corner of the cage. Wheeling battled back with an equalizer a little more than six minutes later. Davis Bunz's right point wrister set off some chaos around the crease. Tyler Drevitch was able to locate the loose biscuit, which he dragged into the right circle, and threw into the net with his backhand. Iowa regained the lead with a power play goal at 13:46. Orzeck again played a key role in helping to create the tally, as his wrist shot along the ice produced a rebound, which was stashed in by Zach White. Tommy Parran followed that up 51 seconds later, when he sifted a wrist shot along the ice and in from the top of the right circle, off of a face-off win by White.

In addition to all of the scoring, the first period also featured a penalty parade, which continued through all three frames, as the two rivals combined to rack up 86 minutes in the box. Neither side turned on the red light in the second, but the third period was a different story. The Nailers climbed back to within a goal on two occasions. Drevitch collected his second of the night at the 8:57 mark, following a magnificent keep-in by Ryan Da Silva at the left point. Drevitch faked to the backhand, then roofed a forehand attempt up and under the crossbar. The Heartlanders regained their two-goal edge when Zach White banged home Brendan Robbins' centering feed, which set off more rage between the clubs. Cédric Desruisseaux followed just under three minutes later, when he threw a shot through a screen and in from the outer edge of the right circle. Wheeling pressed with the goaltender pulled, but was unable to pot an equalizer, as Iowa prevailed, 4-3.

Darion Hanson was the winning goaltender for the Heartlanders, as he stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, after taking over for Hunter Jones, who left with an injury on Wheeling's first goal. Jones ended up with ten saves. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for the Nailers, as he made 20 saves on 24 shots.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will conclude their three-game weekend series at Xtream Arena on Sunday at 3:05. Wheeling will then return home for three games against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Drop Opener in Iowa, 5-1
Fists Fly Early, but Goals Tough to Come by

CORALVILLE, IA- The Wheeling Nailers could have used a few of their goals from last Saturday's thumping of the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night, as they opened a three-game series against the Iowa Heartlanders at Xtream Arena. The contest started with a bang, as there were two fights in the first six minutes. However, the Nailers fell behind, and were unable to recover, as they came out on the short end of a 5-1 result. Brooklyn Kalmikov was the lone goal scorer for Wheeling.

The game got off to a wild start, as the gloves went flying right off the opening face-off between Wheeling's Cam Hausinger and Iowa's Steven Leonard. Five minutes later, more punches were thrown, and most of them came from Félix Paré, who fed Justin Wells with an onslaught of rights. A third fight nearly took place 1:08 after that, but the temperatures got quieted by a large scrum. There was one goal in the first period, and that went to the Heartlanders, who also enjoyed a 14-3 advantage in shots. Yuki Miura grabbed a loose puck behind the goal, and centered a pass to Tanner MacMaster, who wired a one-timer into the right side of the cage.

The Nailers did a better job of generating chances in the middle frame, but an early strike on the other side put them behind by two. Iowa was able to keep possession in the midst of a line change, and that ultimately led to the goal, as Tyler Busch delivered a pass to the left side of the crease, where he connected with Michael Pastujov for a redirection from the left side of the crease.

Brooklyn Kalmikov put Wheeling on the board at the 2:14 mark of the third, when Gianluca Esteves' pass bounced out to him in the left side of the slot, where he tossed in a wrist shot. Unfortunately, the Nailers were unable to find a tying goal, and the Heartlanders put the match away in the final five minutes. Pastujov sent Busch on a breakaway with 4:04 to go, which he converted by sifting a backhander through Brad Barone's legs. Steven Leonard then tacked on two more - one into an empty net, and another on the rebound of Zach White's initial shot for a 5-1 final score.

Hunter Jones picked up the win for Iowa, as he blocked away 23 of the 24 shots he faced. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for Wheeling, as he made 25 saves on 29 shots.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will continue their series on Saturday at 8:05, then wrap up the weekend on Sunday at 3:05. Wheeling will then return home for three games against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Blow Admirals Out of the Water, 10-2
Justin Addamo Scores Second Hat Trick; Tyler Drevitch & Brooklyn Kalmikov Post Four-Point Nights

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers had one thing on their mind on Saturday night, and they were going to do everything in their power not only to win, but to dominate the Norfolk Admirals in front of a crowd of 3,201 at WesBanco Arena. Wheeling's offense was on fire all night long, as the team scored ten goals in a game for the first time since February 6, 2010. Justin Addamo netted his second career hat trick, Tyler Drevitch and Brooklyn Kalmikov put four points each on the board, and Félix Paré turned on the red light twice. 12 different players registered points, including seven multi-point efforts, as the Nailers clobbered the Admirals, 10-2.

The first period was exactly what the Nailers needed. Peter Laviolette put the energy into his team right away, as he laid a punishing check, then answered the bell with a victorious fight against Callum Fryer. A little less than six minutes later, Wheeling's offense got going in a big way. Félix Paré put the home side on the board, when he took a pass from Dilan Peters, then lifted in the rebound of his initial shot. 36 seconds later, Justin Addamo kept the good times rolling, as he stole the puck and flew the other way on a breakaway. Addamo kept it simple, threading a wrist shot through Cale Morris' legs. The Nailers weren't done yet, as they turned the red light again 56 seconds after that. Louie Roehl popped the puck into the crease, where it was battled into the goal by Tyler Drevitch.

Wheeling maintained its three-goal advantage through the middle frame, as both teams put two biscuits into the baskets. Gianluca Esteves gave the Nailers their fourth tally of the night, when he roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner. Norfolk followed with two goals in a span of 2:14, as Stepan Timofeyev banged in the rebound of Griffin Lunn's shot, then Nico Blachman jammed away at a loose puck on the left side of the crease. Addamo responded 47 seconds to put Wheeling ahead 5-2, as he ripped a wrist shot into the top shelf on the right side of the goal.

The Nailers were a team on a mission, and in the third period, they put a bunch of exclamation points on their enormous triumph. Paré used extra effort to collect his second of the night, as he lunged forward to touch in the rebound of Brooklyn Kalmikov's initial shot. 31 seconds later, Drevitch joined the parade of two-goal players, as he converted on a power play, which was set up by Bobby Hampton. Carter Johnson crashed in to poke home the rebound of Davis Bunz's shot 1:13 after that to put a snowman on the scoreboard. C. Johnson then won a face-off back to Brooklyn Kalmikov for a left circle snipe and goal number nine. All that was left was double digits, and that came courtesy of Addamo's hat trick, assisted by Drevitch's fourth point, as Wheeling potted five in the third for the 10-2 final.

Brad Barone had a great performance in goal for the Nailers, as he stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced in the victory. Cale Morris gave up five goals on 16 shots in the loss for the Admirals, before giving way to Brett Epp, who allowed five goals on 21 shots.

The Nailers will spend next week on the road, as they will visit the Iowa Heartlanders on Friday at 8:05, Saturday at 8:05, and Sunday at 3:05. Wheeling will then return home for three more games against Norfolk on Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th. The Friday game is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, the Saturday game is First Responders Night, and the Sunday game will feature a post game skate. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Two Power Play Goals Turn Game to Admirals
Wheeling Gets Two Tallies From Blueliners - Van Boekel & Roehl

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers were less than five minutes away from ending their skid on home ice, but Friday night's game took a turn in the other direction, as the Norfolk Admirals scored a power play goal to tie the game, then a power play goal to win the game, 4-3 in overtime, while Wheeling had two man advantages all night. The Nailers got great contributions from their blueline, as Jack Van Boekel and Louie Roehl found the back of the net, while Dilan Peters notched his first pro point with an assist.

The opening seconds of the game weren't what the Nailers envisioned, but they were able to dust themselves off and get a lead to take into the intermission. Norfolk came one second from history, as Stepan Timofeyev zipped a wrist shot into the left side of the net just seven seconds into play. Wheeling answered back at the 8:02 mark. Justin Addamo muscled the puck into the offensive zone for Cédric Desruisseaux, who sifted a pass to the top of the crease, where Jack Van Boekel lifted a redirection into the top portion of the cage. 91 seconds later, Jordan Frasca put the home side ahead, as he wired in his second goal in as many games with a wrist shot from the left wing wall.

Both squads put one on the board in the middle frame. The Admirals pulled even at the 6:18 mark, when Timofeyev maneuvered his way into the slot, and deposited a centering pass from Mathieu Roy into the right side of the goal for his second of the night. The Nailers regained the lead with a shorthanded strike. Wheeling had just finished killing off a 5-on-3, when Louie Roehl exited the penalty box with all sorts of speed, as he chased down a loose puck in front of the bench. He proceeded to fly into the offensive zone, deke out a defender, and roof a wrist shot into the top-right corner.

Wheeling carried its 3-2 lead into the final five minutes of regulation, but with 4:20 to go, the tide turned. An altercation took place in front of the benches, which led to matching minors on Cam Hausinger and Nico Blachman. The Nailers got dinged for a holding minor shortly after, and Norfolk proceeded to tie the contest on the power play. After his penalty expired, Blachman set up Danny Katic, who dragged the puck to his backhand and shoveled it into the bottom of the net.

Overtime was played with a very open style, as the two teams combined for six shots on goal. However, another Wheeling penalty led to the deciding goal on an Admirals man advantage. Timofeyev forced the puck to the left side of the crease, where former Nailer Griffin Lunn slid in the final marker for the 4-3 result in Norfolk's favor.

Cale Morris picked up the win for the Admirals, as he made 24 saves on 27 shots. Brad Barone suffered the overtime defeat for the Nailers, despite stopping 29 of the 33 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Admirals will clash again on Saturday night at 7:10. Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Additionally, the Nailers will be wearing specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Lots of Frustration in Late Game Loss for Nailers
Jordan Frasca Scores First Pro Goal, but Toledo Wins on Odd Deciding Marker

WHEELING, WV- There are a lot of words that can describe how the Wheeling Nailers felt about the final four minutes of Wednesday night's game against the Toledo Walleye. Most of those words would have a common theme - anger. Wheeling was 3:06 away from potentially being able to take a point out of the game, but a strange sequence led to Cédric Lacroix's deciding goal, as the Walleye took a 4-3 decision at WesBanco Arena. Jordan Frasca scored his first pro goal for the Nailers, while Carter Johnson came an assist away from a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Both teams got on the scoreboard with special teams goals in the first period. Wheeling had the chance to score first on a penalty shot by Brooklyn Kalmikov, but his backhander was gloved by Sebastian Cossa. Ten seconds later, the Walleye opened the scoring with a shorthanded strike. Trenton Bliss stole the puck in front of the crease, and immediately threw in the goal on the left side. Kalmikov ended up finding the twine on a power play with 6:06 remaining. Cédric Desruisseaux fed him the puck at the top of the right circle, and Kalmikov roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage.

The beginning of the middle frame was wild, as the two sides combined for four goals in a span of 1:46 to take a 1-1 score to 3-3. Bliss got the avalanche of goals started, when he dragged a backhander in on the left side, off of a cross-slot feed from Brandon Hawkins. Jordan Frasca's first pro goal knotted the score 27 seconds later for the Nailers, as he followed up his own rebound by dribbling in a right side shot. 39 seconds after that, Mitchell Heard briefly regained the lead for Toledo, as he wired a shot from the slot into the left side of the goal. Wheeling had another response in a matter of just 40 seconds. Cam Hausinger dished the puck through the crease to Carter Johnson, who crashed in to body in the equalizer.

Caution was the key to the third period, as both squads made an effort to earn at least a point. However, with 3:06 left in the game, an extremely bizarre scenario unfolded. Hawkins sent the puck the length of the ice on a play that the Nailers thought should have been icing. However, play was allowed to continue, and Cédric Lacroix took advantage, as he banked the puck in from the left corner. Wheeling had a difficult time establishing offensive zone possession in the closing minutes, then a slashing penalty with 31 seconds left put the finishing touches on the end result, as the Walleye came out on top, 4-3.

Sebastian Cossa got the win for Toledo, as he stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat for the Nailers, as he made 24 saves on 28 shots.

The Nailers have two more home games coming up this weekend, as they will face the Norfolk Admirals on Friday and Saturday, with both contests starting at 7:10. Friday's game is a Frosty Friday featuring $2 beers. Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring former Penguins players Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Saturday will also feature specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL

Lethemon Leaves Nailers Empty-Handed
Wheeling Suffers First Loss in Toledo, Despite 40-Shot Effort

TOLEDO, OH- The Wheeling Nailers threw everything they had at the net on Sunday afternoon, as they recorded 40 shots on goal at Huntington Center against the Toledo Walleye. Unfortunately, they ran into the hot goaltending of John Lethemon, who stopped every single one of them to earn a point in his 13th straight outing. Toledo gave him four goals of support to pick up its first home win of the season series, 4-0.

Despite the score, the Nailers turned in a decent first period, as they outshot Toledo, 15-8. However, a goal with 2:32 left in the stanza gave the Walleye the lead. Cédric Lacroix led the way on a transition rush, as he delivered a pass to Drew Worrad, who stepped into the right circle, and drove a wrist shot along the ice and into the net.

There was plenty of physicality throughout the match, and in the middle frame, three sets of matching minor penalties were handed out. There was also a goal in period two, and that went to Toledo. Gordie Green dropped a pass to Conlan Keenan in the left circle, then skated to the right post, where Keenan put a return feed on his tape for a tap-in and a 2-0 advantage.

Wheeling poured 13 more shots on target in the third period for a game total of 40, but the Walleye tacked on two insurance markers in the closing minutes. Lacroix won a face-off back to Charlie Curti, who launched a one-timer under the crossbar, then Conlan Keenan threw in an empty netter for a 4-0 final.

John Lethemon secured his second shutout of the season for Toledo, as he thwarted away all 40 shots he faced. Brad Barone suffered the defeat for the Nailers, as he made 21 saves on 24 shots.

The Nailers and Walleye will make their way to WesBanco Arena for a re-match on Wednesday night at 7:10. Wheeling will then welcome the Norfolk Admirals to town for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday, both starting at 7:10. Friday night will be a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, then Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring former Penguins players Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Saturday's contest will also feature specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Puppies Provide Smiles for Tough Night on the Ice
Wheeling Will Look to Turn it Around on Sunday in Toledo

WHEELING, WV- Saturday night was one of the more challenging nights of the season for the Wheeling Nailers, who suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of the Iowa Heartlanders. Iowa scored multiple goals in each period of a 7-2 result at WesBanco Arena. Former Nailers Bo Hanson was one of four players with multiple points for Iowa, who got two goals from Brendan Robbins. Samuel Tremblay and Félix Paré were the Wheeling goal scorers, while David Drake pitched in with a pair of assists.

Iowa got things going in its favor early on, as the visitors notched both goals in the first period. Former Nailer Bo Hanson put the Heartlanders on the scoreboard 2:50 into the contest, as he stepped onto a loose puck in the high slot, and clobbered a slap shot into the right side of the cage. The Heartlanders added to their lead off of a Wheeling turnover. Ted McGeen intercepted the puck in the left circle, and immediately fed Brendan Robbins, who roofed a shot under the crossbar.

The middle frame had a similar start, as Iowa struck again. Zach White put a pass into Carson Denomie's wheelhouse on a 2-on-1 rush, and Denomie slammed in a one-timer from the right side of the low slot. Zach White had a chance to add to the lead, but he fumbled his penalty shot attempt at the 9:25 mark. However, the Heartlanders did get a fourth goal less than five minutes later, when Alec Broetzman broke down the right side and shoveled a shot into the left side of the net. The Nailers got on the board 44 seconds after that, when Samuel Tremblay deposited the rebound of Gianluca Esteves' initial shot. However, Iowa snatched one back before the intermission, when Jordan Martin found a gap with his wrister from the right circle.

Félix Paré netted his first goal of the season off the rebound of David Drake's shot in the third period, but that was sandwiched around Robbins' second of the night on the breakaway, and Tommy Parrottino's rebound marker during a five-minute power play, as the Heartlanders finished off their 7-2 win.

Hunter Jones picked up the victory in goal for Iowa, as he turned away 35 of the 37 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat, as he allowed five goals on 21 shots, before giving way to Brad Barone, who made eight saves on ten shots in relief.

The Nailers will head out to Toledo for a 5:15 game against the Walleye on Sunday. The two teams will then meet up again in Wheeling on Wednesday at 7:10. The Nailers will follow that up with a two-game home set against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday and Saturday, with both matches starting at 7:10. Friday night is a Frosty Friday with $2 beers, then Saturday is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Saturday's contest will also feature specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Heartlanders End Road Drought in Wheeling
Max Johnson Scores in Back-to-Back Games

WHEELING, WV- Friday night at WesBanco Arena was a long time coming for the Iowa Heartlanders. Yuki Miura snapped a deadlock in the early stages of the second period, and his goal held up the rest of the way, as the Heartlanders collected a 2-1 victory over the Wheeling Nailers - their first road win of 2022-23. Max Johnson scored for the second straight game to provide the offense for Wheeling.

Opportunities were few and far between in the first period, which saw a combined total of seven shots on goal. However, both teams were able to get one shot to go into the net. The Nailers got on the board first, just 1:29 into the contest. Louie Roehl cruised into the trapezoid, where he centered the puck to Max Johnson, who slammed in a one-timer from the low slot. Iowa knotted the score on a power play rush. Carson Denomie navigated his way into the slot, then wired a shot inside of the left post.

The Heartlanders took the lead in the early stages of the middle frame, as turnovers plagued Wheeling. James Sanchez stole the puck on the right side of center ice, and led the way on a 2-on-1 rush into the offensive zone. Sanchez sifted a pass through the low slot to Yuki Miura, who pounded in a one-timer on the left side.

The Nailers outshot Iowa, 14-8 in the third period, but weren't able to find a tying tally, as they came up short, 2-1.

Hunter Jones picked up the win for the Heartlanders, as he stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin turned in another good effort for Wheeling, as he made 22 saves on 24 shots for his ninth straight start allowing three goals or less.

The Nailers and Heartlanders will do battle again on Saturday at 7:10, which is Pups & Pucks Night, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. Wheeling will also play three home games next week, highlighted by Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th. Pittsburgh Penguins Night will feature guest appearances by Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux, in addition to specialty jerseys. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Gallop Past Mavericks, 6-2
Wheeling Gets Goals From Six Different Players, Including Max Johnson's First

INDEPENDENCE, MO- The Wheeling Nailers had revenge on their minds on Saturday night, and they weren't going to settle for anything less at Cable Dahmer Arena in the back half of their weekend set with the Kansas City Mavericks. Wheeling took control from the start with a dominant first period, and ended up turning on the red light twice in each stanza for a 6-2 victory. Six different players were responsible for the goals, including Max Johnson, who tallied for the first time in his pro career. Adam Smith contributed three points from the blueline, while Samuel Tremblay picked up a shorthanded marker.

The Nailers were fired up at the start of the game, as they flew out of the gates with a 15-6 advantage in shots, which included a pair of goals. The first tally came at the 8:15 mark. Louie Roehl swept the puck ahead to Justin Addamo, who drove into the offensive zone, then let a shot go from the high slot, which rifled through Shane Starrett. Wheeling added to its lead with 1:34 remaining. Tyler Drevitch battled his way to the front of the net, where he was able to squeeze a pass through the crease to Cédric Desruisseaux for a tap-in on the left side.

Special teams were the story of the middle frame, as both teams found the net twice. The Nailers briefly extended their lead with a shorthanded strike. Bobby Hampton led the charge into the offensive zone, then handed the puck to Samuel Tremblay, who zipped his left slot wrist shot into the right side of the cage. Kansas City responded on the power play, when Keegan Howdeshell lifted in the rebound of Jordan Sambrook's initial attempt. Wheeling followed by cashing in on a two-man advantage. Desruisseaux's sizzler of a wrister crashed off of the end boards, but ended up producing a perfect rebound for Carter Johnson, who pounced on the loose puck and slammed a shot into the right side of the goal. The Mavericks got another connection from Sambrook and Howdeshell for their second of the night on the power play, as Howdeshell tipped in Sambrook's right point shot.

The Nailers were able to maintain their two-goal lead through the majority of the third period, thanks to some terrific penalty killing, as the team killed off four in a row after allowing two power play markers in the second. Two more insurance goals followed, as Wheeling put the match to bed. Max Johnson's special moment came with 3:58 left in the contest, as he wired in the first goal of his pro career from the right circle, while the squads were playing 4-on-4. Then, Adam Smith provided the final dagger in the 6-2 triumph, as he broke out of the penalty box, and lofted a shot into the top-right corner of the net.

Brad Barone grabbed the win in goal for the Nailers, as he made 18 saves on 20 shots. Shane Starrett took the loss for the Mavericks, as he gave up six goals on 35 shots.

The Nailers will return home next week, where they will play five of their next six games. The first of those contests is a Frosty Friday against the Iowa Heartlanders on February 3rd at 7:10. Iowa will be the opponent the next night as well, which is Pups & Pucks Night at 7:10 on February 4th, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Night is also part of this home stretch. That is Pittsburgh Penguins Night, starring Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Suffer Heartbreaker in Kansas City
Louie Roehl Collects Goal & Assist, but Mavericks Score in Final Minute

INDEPENDENCE, MO- The Wheeling Nailers were less than one minute away from earning a point in Friday's game at Cable Dahmer Arena, but instead, were left with a heartbreaking defeat. Pascal Laberge scored a 4-on-4 goal with 40 seconds left in the third period to lift the Kansas City Mavericks to the 3-2 home ice victory. Defenseman Louie Roehl led Wheeling's offensive attack with a goal and an assist.

The first period was a feeling out process for two teams who were playing for just the third time ever. However, one puck did find the back of the net for Kansas City with two minutes remaining. Joshua Lammon stole the puck at the top of his defensive zone, then flew in the other direction on a breakaway. Lammon kept the puck on his forehand, and zipped a wrist shot into the top-left corner of the net.

The Nailers bounced back with a strong middle frame, as they held an 11-6 advantage in shots, and that was complemented by a tying tally. Adam Smith set up the play in his return from the AHL, as he directed a shot in from the left point. The puck rebounded to Samuel Tremblay who took a step to his right and wired his wrist shot into the open side of the twine.

The final stanza started on a positive note for Wheeling, as the visitors took the lead at the 10:53 mark. Cédric Desruisseaux delivered a perfect pass through the slot to Louie Roehl, who jumped up from the blueline, and drove a one-timer into the right side of the cage. Unfortunately, that advantage lasted for just 42 seconds, as Keegan Howdeshell's wraparound stuff inside the right post brought the Mavericks even at two. Then, with just 40 seconds left in the game, Kansas City netted a 4-on-4 goal to come out on top. Pascal Laberge cruised across the offensive zone from left to right, then fired a shot against the grain, which flew into the left side of the goal. The Nailers were unable to pick themselves back up from that, as they fell, 3-2.

Shane Starrett picked up the win against his former team for the Mavericks, as he made 27 saves on 29 shots. Bailey Brkin suffered the defeat for Wheeling, despite turning away 25 of the 28 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Mavericks will meet up in Independence again on Saturday at 8:05. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when the team welcomes the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. The special guests for Pittsburgh Penguins Night are Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Nailers Earn Big Comeback Win in Indy, Get 3 of 4 points on weekend
Wheeling Scores Three in Final Eight Minutes; Davis Bunz Leads the Way With Goal & Assist

INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The first 52 minutes of Sunday's game proved to be challenging at times for the Wheeling Nailers, but they rallied back in a big way to defeat the Indy Fuel, 3-1 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Chase Zieky started the comeback with the tying goal, then Davis Bunz followed with the go-ahead strike, before Samuel Tremblay put the finishing touches on the triumph. All three goals came during the final eight minutes of play, which put Brad Barone into the win column with 22 saves.

The game got off to an incredibly slow start, as the two squads combined for just nine shots on goal during a scoreless first period. A puck finally found its way into the cage at the 12:51 mark of the middle frame. Indy's Chris Van Os-Shaw forced a turnover in the offensive zone, which allowed Nate Pionk to set up Cameron Hillis for a one-time dart from the middle of the slot.

Once the offense got clicking for the Nailers in the third period, the visitors completely turned the game around. Wheeling got great sustained pressure to lead to the tying goal, which eventually led to Davis Bunz centering the puck to Chase Zieky, who blistered a wrist shot from the slot into the right side of the net. 3:17 later, Cédric Desruisseaux held onto the puck until Bunz stepped in for a one-timer from the blueline. Bunz had his initial shot stopped, but followed it up, and roofed the rebound from the right circle. After allowing 17 shots in the second period, the Nailers played a nearly perfect third period in their own end, as they limited the Fuel to just two attempts on target. Wheeling iced its 3-1 victory in the final minute, when Samuel Tremblay tossed in an empty netter from the right side.

Brad Barone turned in another great performance in goal for the Nailers, and was rewarded with the win, as he denied 22 of the 23 shots he faced. Zach Driscoll took the loss for Indy, as he made 15 saves on 17 shots.

The next part of the road trip will take the Nailers to Independence, Missouri next weekend, where they will play two games against the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday and Saturday at 8:05. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when the team welcomes the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. The special guests for Pittsburgh Penguins Night are Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Wings Steal Another One in Overtime
Carter Johnson Scores Twice, as Wheeling Extends Road Point Streak to Four

KALAMAZOO, MI- An old saying will tell you that bad things happen in three's. For the Wheeling Nailers, that three is overtime. On Saturday night, the Nailers suffered their third consecutive overtime setback, as the Kalamazoo Wings came from behind with less than one minute to go, and defeated Wheeling, 3-2 at Wings Event Center. Carter Johnson netted both goals for the Nailers, giving him points in eight of his last ten contests.

There were some very high quality opportunities in the first period, which came as part of a ten-shot attack by the Nailers. However, the visitors faced a 1-0 deficit when the dust settled. The Wings scored on their first shot of the night, which came at the 6:42 mark. Ryan Cook took advantage of traffic set up by his teammates, as he drove a shot through a set of bodies and in from the right circle.

Wheeling completely controlled the play in the middle frame, as the Nailers outshot Kalamazoo, 16-2. One of those attempts found its way home to even the score. Jordan Frasca delivered a perfect pass to the top of the crease, where Carter Johnson crashed in and got a deflection to send the puck through goaltender Pavel Cajan's legs.

Early in the third period, Wheeling snagged its first lead of the contest. Davis Bunz made a tremendous rush in on the left side of the offensive zone, and eventually shuffled the puck over to the right side of the crease, where Johnson poked home his second goal of the night. The Nailers dodged a bullet a little more than eight minutes into the stanza, when a Matheson Iacopelli tally was wiped off the board due to goaltender interference by Leif Mattson. However, Wheeling was unable to dodge the next one, which came with 31 seconds left in regulation. Chad Nychuk fired a slap shot, which was heading wide to the left, but Justin Taylor's redirection led the puck to ramp up to the right and in under the crossbar to force overtime.

For the second straight contest, the Wings prevailed quickly in the extra session. Carson Focht forced a turnover in the right corner of the offensive end, then proceeded to dangle his way to the net, where he reached a forehand shot around Bailey Brkin's right pad for the deciding marker in a 3-2 Kalamazoo triumph.

Pavel Cajan collected the win in goal for the Wings, as he stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin earned a point for the seventh time in eight decisions as a Nailer, as he made 24 saves on 27 shots in the overtime defeat.

The Nailers will continue their road trip on Sunday afternoon at 3:00, when they tangle with the Indy Fuel at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when the team welcomes the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. The special guests for Pittsburgh Penguins Night are Tyler Kennedy, Jean-Sébastien Aubin, and François Leroux. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting wheelingnailers.com or calling (304) 234-GOAL.

Overtime is the Enemy for the Second Straight Night
Carter Johnson & Brooklyn Kalmikov Both Produce Two Points in Third Period Comeback

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers faced a tall hill on Sunday afternoon, as they trailed by two goals in the third period, while playing their fourth game in five days. Despite forcing overtime to earn a point, Wheeling wasn't able to get into the win column. Chad Nychuk scored on the lone shot of the extra period to give the Kalamazoo Wings a 3-2 victory at WesBanco Arena. Carter Johnson and Brooklyn Kalmikov both had a goal and an assist for the Nailers.

The Nailers controlled the play in the first period, as they outshot Kalamazoo, 14-3, but neither team was able to find the twine. The scoreless bout continued in the middle frame, as only ten combined shots found their way on target.

Both offenses finally came alive in the third, as each side put two goals on the board. The Wings broke the deadlock at the 3:25 mark off of a turnover. Max Humitz had his shot stopped, but Brandon Saigeon followed up, and clobbered a slap shot into the top-right corner. 3:31 later, Matheson Iacopelli won a face-off to Anthony Florentino, whose shot from the left wall got tipped in by Darby Llewellyn. Wheeling battled back extremely hard to earn a point with two tallies in a span of 2:31. David Drake created the first goal, as he tossed a shot on target, which produced a rebound for Brooklyn Kalmikov, who touched a pass to Carter Johnson for a backhand goal from the low slot. The equalizer had the forwards go in the reverse order, as it was Johnson making the pass to Kalmikov for a tap-in on the left side of the crease.

Overtime was over in the blink of an eye. Chad Nychuk flew into the offensive zone, and zipped a wrist shot into the right side of the cage just 33 seconds into the extra stanza for the 3-2 Kalamazoo win.

Hunter Vorva was the winning netminder for the second straight Sunday for the Wings, as he stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced. Bailey Brkin sufffered the overtime defeat for the Nailers, as he made 15 saves on 18 shots.

The Nailers will spend the next two weeks on the road. The first of four straight contests on enemy ice will take place on Saturday night, when they meet up with the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:00. Wheeling's next home game is a Frosty Friday on February 3rd, when they welcome the Iowa Heartlanders to town for a 7:10 face-off. Saturday, February 4th is also a 7:10 game against Iowa, and that will be the annual Pups & Pucks Game, when fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game. The next Big 6 Promotional Game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 11th at 7:10 against the Norfolk Admirals. Ticket packages and single game tickets are available for the 2022-23 season by visiting