Penguins Hold Lead Beat Bears 3-2 

Tonight’s game against the Hershey Bears at the Mohegan Sun Arena was the rematch that the Bears wanted but the outcome they really didn’t want.

There was a lot of end to end action in the first period tonight both sides getting some nice chances but neither one able to sink the puck in the net. Matt Murray took a puck to the wrist right off the face off tonight as he sat in the chute he was attended to by the trainers and seemed to be OK by the end of the period.
WBS had some nice setups but just could not find an opening to get on the boards. At the end of one period it was 0-0 heading for the dressing room.

Second period for off to a great start for WBS Kevin Porter tallied the Pens first goal just 26 seconds in giving the Pens a 1-0 lead. Niclas Andersen would get off a nice wrist shot from the point just under nine minutes later to make it 2-0 WBS.

J. S. Dea would tally a nice backhanded top shelf shot past Justin Peters to make it 3-0 Penguins, but the Bears would not give up that easy netting one of their own with just 14.6 seconds left in the second to head off the ice 3-1 WBS and another twenty minutes to play.

Hershey came out looking for war in the third trying to even things up, they would score for the second time at 5:39 of the third making it 3-2. The Pens would pull it together after the Bears goal and keep them out taking tonight’s game 3-2. This win adds to the Penguins at home win streak now sitting at ten.

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Murray Perfect In 3-0 SO As WBS Sets New Team High

Tonights Win Sets New Team High 9 Straight Home Wins For WBS

It was the WBS Penguins taking on the Providence Bruins tonight burning off some of that Thanksgiving day food. First period the Penguins out shot the Bruins 12-5.

Conor Sheary would tally the Penguins lone goal in the first but not until later in the period making it a one to nine game heading off the ice for the first intermission.

Providence came out looking to even things up in the second but could not seem to find the right combination, WBS seemed to answer every chance the Bruins had.

Oleksy and Dalton doing a little dance after Oleksy got whistled for boarding Photo- PensFans4Ever

Steve Oleksy and Dalton Smith doing a little dance after Oleksy got whistled for boarding
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The Penguins would put together a nice power play goal just past the eight minute mark of the second as Kael Mouillierat tipped the puck past Subban making it a 2-0 WBS lead. Steve Oleksy and Dalton Smith do a little dance after Oleksy gets whistled for boarding, that would be that for the second heading off the ice WBS holding its lead.

Again the Bruins came out looking for some sort of vindication for the last two periods but WBS was looking to make it a record night.  The Penguins would tally a third goal Dominick Simon would make it a three to nothing game for the Penguins with just under  five minutes to play in tonight’s game. Providence brought it to the Pens trying just about everything even pulling Subban during a power play giving them a 6 on 4 in the last few minutes of the game but it did not help the Bruins.

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Pens Send Matia Marcantuoni to Wheeling

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that forward Matia Marcantuoni has been assigned to the Wheeling Nailers by the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL).

Marcantuoni has appeared in five games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season and recorded one goal and two assists for three points.

In his rookie season last year, Marcantuoni had 10 points (4G-6A) in 11 games while playing for Wheeling.

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Nailers Thankful for Goaltending on Thanksgiving Eve

Palazzese Stops All 28, Torquato Scores Lone Goal in 1-0 Victory 

It’s very rare that a hockey game at any level sees only one player record a point, but on Wednesday night, that was the case. Zack Torquato scored the only goal of the game at the 2:59 mark of the second period for the Wheeling Nailers, and Franky Palazzese made 28 saves, as Wheeling blanked the Reading Royals, 1-0 at WesBanco Arena.

There were two highlights during the opening stanza. The first came via a fight, as Patrick McGrath and Derek Mathers dropped the gloves 4:49 into the evening. That marked the third time that the two combatants went at it this season, and it lifted McGrath’s career penalty minute total against the Royals over 100. Palazzese also turned in his first significant save, denying a breakaway by Matt Hatch with his left shoulder.

Early in the second period, the Nailers broke the deadlock on a terrific individual effort. Torquato gathered the puck in his own slot, beginning to skate his way through neutral ice. Upon gaining the offensive blueline, Zack slanted to the right, letting a wrist shot go, which flew up and over a surprised Adam Morrison’s right shoulder.

Reading turned on the heat during the third period, equaling its shot total from the first two frames, putting a 14-2 advantage on the board. However, the Nailers did not break, and Palazzese made one more spectacular key save, again robbing Hatch on a breakaway, as the Royals forward tried to sneak a backhander through the legs.

Franky Palazzese stopped all 28 shots he faced in his second shutout of the season and third of his career for Wheeling. Adam Morrison made 24 saves on 25 shots in his Reading debut.

The 1-0 win was the Nailers’ first by that score since April 23, 2014, when they edged South Carolina in game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. It was also Wheeling’s first shutout win over Reading since January 25, 2012 and first shutout win against the Royals at WesBanco Arena since January 7, 2007.

The Nailers will host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, in which the first 2,000 fans will receive a camouflage hat, courtesy of Main Street Bank. The puck drops at 7:35 against Brampton. Wheeling will then be home for three games next week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, led by Star Wars Night on December 5th. The Star Wars characters will be on hand for meeting and greeting, the team will be wearing special jerseys, and the first 2,000 fans will receive a t-shirt.

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Penguins Take Senators In OT 4-3

The WBS Penguins looking for a little revenge headed to Binghamton tonight to take on the Senators. The last meeting between these two teams did not go as planned for WBS.

Penguins get an early chance Kael Mouillierat rings one off the crossbar, refs review the play but rule no goal. Carter Rowney would get WBS on the board just a few minutes later getting his own rebound and putting it in the net. Kael Mouillierat would make good on his next chance on net sliding one past O’Connor making it a two nothing game for the WBS Penguins. Binghamton would get a great chance to cut the WBS lead in half on a bad turnover near the Penguins net but Matt Murray would keep them out.

Binghamton would cut the Penguins lead in half on the power play Eric O’Dell would tally one for the Senators giving WBS something to think about and possibly giving the Senators a little lift.

Sestito and Stortini do a little dance in the beginning of the second period Stortinin looking to spark a little magic for the Senators trying to even things up as the WBS Penguins held on to a two to one lead. Schneider would tip one in for Binghamton later on the power play making it a 2-2 game. Each side would get chances on the power play during the second frame but would not have any luck.

WBS getting off to the start they wanted tonight at the end of the second were losing the special teams battle, the Senators making good on two power plays and WBS getting nothing through the end of the second at the buzzer the Senators made up the Penguins two goal start leaving the ice 2-2.

Third period gets underway both sides looking to get something going for themselves, it would be the Senators who find the lucky ticket as Ryan Dzingel would pick Dominik Uher’s pocket right in front of Matt Murray and send one into the Penguins net making it a 3-2 Senators lead.

Dominik Simon would put one on net about three quarters of the way through the third it looked as if it was deflected but it just may have went off of Matt O’Connor’s shoulder either way Simon gets the tally and the Penguins were even with the Senators at three. Despite both squads looking for the winning goal neither one found it in regulation forcing tonight’s game to head to OT.

Matt Murray came up big for WBS stopping two nice Binghamton chances keeping his boys in this game, it would be Derrick Pouliot who would be the hero tonight for the Penguins making it a 4-3 OT victory sending the boys back down the interstate to a nice turkey dinner tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving all



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Clark Seymour Recalled By WBS

Sorry for the late add had work today and didn’t get time to check the email until now.

The WBS Penguins announced today they have recalled defenseman Clark Seymour from the Wheeling Nailers.

Seymour has appeared in 15 games for Wheeling this season, earning four goals, five assists, and 28 penalty minutes in that time.

Seymour, a second-year pro, played in 12 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15. He recorded one assist and 13 penalty minutes.

The Penguins are set to face-off against the Binghamton Senators tonight at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

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Everblades Rally to Salvage Finale

Nailers Suffer First Loss of the Season When Leading by Two or More Goals 

The Wheeling Nailers nearly completed the rare feat of sweeping a three-game road series against the Florida Everblades, as they had a 2-0 lead in the early part of the second period. However, the Everblades rallied back with five consecutive goals, including three in the final stanza, as they defended their home ice with a 5-2 win at Germain Arena.

For the third time in as many games, the Nailers scored during the first three minutes of play, as they grabbed a quick 1-0 lead. Sahir Gill slid a pass back to Evan Wardley, who teed up a drive from the right point. Anthony Peters made the save, but booted the rebound out to Brett Stern, who delivered a slap shot of his own from the left point. Stern’s shot found its way into the cage, making him the first Wheeling blueliner to reach double digits in points this season.

The Nailers added to their lead early in the second period. John McCarron took a shot from the right wing wall, which was stopped by Peters. However, the rebound sat loose for Riley Brace, who jumped in to pound in his fifth goal in the last four games. The Everblades rallied back to tie the score. An initial shot was blocked to Carter Sandlak, who wired in a half-slapper from high in the slot at 6:58. Then, with 6:11 remaining, Rob Florentino tallied the equalizer, taking advantage of a broken play, by sliding in a wrist shot from the middle of the offensive zone.

Unfortunately for Wheeling, the third period didn’t go its way, as the Everblades completed their comeback victory with three goals. The first one came at the 4:31 mark, with the home team playing on the man advantage. Ethan Werek and Matt Willows jammed the puck toward the front of the goal, and while their chances didn’t go in, Corey Syvret’s did, as he flipped in a shot from the right side of the net. 1:12 later, Florida built off of that goal, by ringing in another. Carter Sandlak’s shot off of an odd-man rush was stopped, but Ethan Werek cleaned up the trash for his third point of the contest. Brant Harris slipped in a shorthanded empty net marker, giving the game a 5-2 final score.

Anthony Peters got his lone win of the week for Florida, making 23 saves on 25 shots. Brian Foster took the defeat for Wheeling, despite twisting away 38 of 42 attempts.

The Nailers will return home for two games during Thanksgiving Week. Wednesday night at 7:05 will be a WesBanco Winning Wednesday, the first 2,500 fans will receive thundersticks, and Turkey Bowling will take place during intermission, as Wheeling hosts Reading. Then, on Saturday at 7:35, it’s Military Appreciation Night, and the first 2,000 fans will receive a free camo hat, courtesy of Main Street Bank, as the Nailers battle division rival Brampton.

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