Wheeling Nailer Update

By Ron Valerino


Wednesday, March 6Johnstown @ Wheeling 7:00p.m.
Wheeling plays their only home game in their first eight games to begin the month of March. This will be the first of three games against Johnstown in a five day span. With a win the Nailers will end their season high six game losing streak and pull closer in the standings to third place Johnstown.


Friday, March 1Wheeling 2 @ Dayton 4
The Nailers traveled to Dayton for the final time during the regular season to begin this three game road trip. During the game the two teams combined for 144 penalty minutes in a 4-2 loss for the Nailers. Wheeling took a 1-0 lead at 10:36 of the first period on a Chris Wells goal, his first since returning to the Nailers from the American Hockey League. Dmitri Doulebenets assisted on the goal. ayton tied the score 1-1 with their first power play goal of the game at 13:53 of the opening period. In the second period the Bombers scored three more times, all on the power play to take a 4-1 lead after two periods. Their goals came at 7:55 while on a two man advantage, at 10:34 and 15:13 of the middle period. The Nailers got back to within two goals at 15:13 of the third period with a power play goal of their own. Kurt Drummond scored the goal with Mike Hurley and Doug Schmidt assisting. yler MacKay made 41 saves on 45 shots in the loss.

Saturday, March 2 Wheeling 1 @ Peoria 2

The Nailers carried a season high, four game-losing streak into the two game series with the Rivermen. In this game the Nailers fell behind 1-0 in the first period on a Peoria goal at 13:44. The Nailers tied the game 1-1 with a power play goal at 19:36 of the opening period. J.P. Soucy scored the goal with J.C. Ruid and Mike Hurley getting the assists. Neither team scored in the second period and the game entered the third period tied 1-1. Peoria scored the eventual game-winning goal at 15:34 of the final period for the 2-1 lead. After combining for 144 penalty minutes the night before with the Bombers, Wheeling and Peoria were whistled for six minutes in penalties in this game with the Nailers picking up only two minutes. Joel Laing made 40 saves on 42 shots in the Nailers loss.

Sunday, March 3 Wheeling 1 @ Peoria 5
The final regular season game between the Nailers and the Rivermen ended the Nailers three game weekend. For the second night in a row the River took a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power play goal at 3:05. Mark Major scored his 21st goal of the season at 8:31 of the opening period to tie the game 1-1. J.C. Ruid picked up the only assist on the goal. Peoria scored again at 12:09 of the opening period to take the lead for good. Neither team scored in the second period and the Nailers entered the third period trailing 2-1. In the third period the Rivermen scored three goals, one on the power play, to take a 5-1 lead for the win. Joel Laing made his second consecutive start and made 40 saves on 45 shots in the loss.