Wheeling Nailers Update

By Ron Valerino

Wednesday, February 6Cincinnati 1 – Wheeling 3

The Cyclones made their final visit of the season to Wheeling and the Nailers looked to avenge a 1-0 home loss to Cincinnati just six days earlier. Dylan Gyori started the scoring for the Nailers at 1:44 of the opening period to give the Nailers a 1-0 lead. J.P. Soucy and Chris Wells assisted on the goal. In the second period the Nailers extended their lead to 2-0 on a Chris Wells goal at 10:51. David Koci tallied his first point as a Nailer this season by picking up an assist on the Wells goal, Arpad Mihaly got the other assist.

At 16:45 of the second period the Cyclones scored their lone goal of the game to get the score to 2-1. The Nailers began the third period with a two-man advantage power play and took advantage by scoring the final goal of the game. Gyori scored his second goal of the game to give the Nailers a 3-1 lead and eventual win. Kurt Drummond and J.C. Ruid assisted on the goal. Joel Laing made 31 saves on 32 shots for the win.

Saturday, February 9Wheeling 4 @ Atlantic City 2

This game marked the last visit of the regular season for the Nailers to Atlantic City. The Nailers won for the first time in Boardwalk Hall their last visit, 4-3 in a shootout. Atlantic City took a 1-0 lead just 3:35 into the game on a power play goal. Mark Moore tied the game 1-1 for the Nailers at 15:19 of the opening period with J.C. Ruid assisting. The Boardwalk Bullies out shot the Nailers 14-8 in the second period but neither team managed to break the 1-1 tie. Atlantic City took their second and final lead of the game at 2-1 just :37 into the third period.

Ruid scored his first goal as a Nailer to tie the game 2-2 at 4:46. The goal was a power play goal and was assisted by Kurt Drummond and Dylan Gyori. Gyori gave the Nailers the lead with another power play goal at 12:56 from Mike Hurley and Drummond. The Nailers ended the scoring with a Mark Major shorthanded, empty net goal at 19:56 of the final period with Dan Kopec and Chris Wells assisting. Joel Laing picked up his 14th win of the season by making 35 saves on 37 shots. With the win the Nailers extended their win streak to three games and their road win streak to four games.


Friday, February 15
Wheeling @ Peoria 8:05p.m.
The Nailers are 3-3-0 against the Rivermen this season. The only game in Peoria this season was the worst loss of the season for the Nailers 6-0. The game was played on November 9. Counting this game there are four head to head game left with Peoria for the Nailers, all in Peoria.

Saturday, February 16
Wheeling @ Peoria 8:05p.m.
The second game in as many nights for the Nailers in Peoria. This game will be the third of five straight road games for the Nailers before returning home on Friday, February 22 against Richmond. After this game the Nailers will play two more games in Peoria on March 2 and March 3.

Sunday, February 17
Wheeling @ Dayton 6:00p.m.
The Nailers end a three game in three night road trip against the Northwest Division leading Dayton Bombers. The Nailers are 2-3-0 against the Bombers this season, including an 0-2-0 mark in Dayton. This game is the fourth of five straight road games for the Nailers.

Brophy Countdown to 1000

By going 2-0-0 this past week the Nailers are now 26-21-1 for the season and with the 26 wins, head coach John Brophy is 10 wins away from his 1000th professional coaching victory. His total stands at 990 wins.

Player of the Week

The Nailers Player of the Week is Dylan Gyori. In two games last week, Gyori had four points on three goals and one assist. On February 6 against Cincinnati he scored two goals in a 3-1 win, one on the power play. On February 9 in Atlantic City he had one goal and one assist. His goal was a power play goal and the game winner.

Special thanks to Ned Bowdern, Wheeling Nailers Director of Communications & Broadcasting.