Hartzell Halts Jackals With 38-Save Shutout

Hartzell Halts Jackals With 38-Save Shutout Army Scores Twice, as Wheeling Blanks Elmira, 2-0 Phot Credit - Wheeling Nailers

Hartzell Halts Jackals With 38-Save Shutout
Army Scores Twice, as Wheeling Blanks Elmira, 2-0
Photo Credit – Wheeling Nailers

Eric Hartzell has dominated the Elmira Jackals during his first two ECHL seasons, as he entered Sunday afternoon with a 6-0-0 head-to-head record. Thanks to a pair of goals by Derek Army, Hartzell added another win to that tally, as he blocked away all 38 shots he faced, giving the Wheeling Nailers a 2-0 win at First Arena.

The Nailers netted the lone goal during the first period, taking the lead at the 11:28 mark of the stanza. Matia Marcantuoni won the puck out of the corner for Chaz Johnson at the left side of the net. Johnson tapped a pass into the crease for Derek Army, who finished off the play for his third goal of the season.

From that point on, the story of the game was the goaltenders, as Eric Hartzell and Sam Marotta matched each other save for save. One of Hartzell’s most impressive stops came during the first period, when he gloved a quality scoring chance by Mike Seidel from low in the slot.

Derek Army ended up finishing the same scoring that he started, when he tacked on an empty net goal from the right side of center ice. Nick D’Agostino and Clark Seymour picked up the assists, clinching the 2-0 triumph for the visiting Nailers.

Eric Hartzell was perfect on 38 shots, earning his first shutout and second victory of the season for Wheeling. Sam Marotta was almost as good for Elmira, but was solved once on 25 shots, taking the loss.

The Nailers will begin a five-game homestand on Wednesday night at 7:05, when they take on the Greenville Road Warriors.

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Monarch’s Edge Out Penguins 3-2

The WBS Penguins came home to take on the Manchester Monarch’s who beat the Penguins 4-1 back in Octoboer this time the Penguins were looking to send the Monarch’s back with a loss.

Things got off to a slow start for the WBS Penguins getting called for two penalties and giving the Manchester Monarchs the first power plays of the night. The Monarchs take advantage and scored during the power play making it one nothing Manchester.

The Monarchs would tally a second goal just 73 seconds later making it two nothing Manchester. The WBS Penguins would cut the lead in half on a 5 on 3 power play with a nice top shelf shot from Jean Sebastien Dea. The first period would go in the books Monarchs 2 WBS Penguins 1.

The WBS Penguins would even things up on the power play as Conor Sheary swooped in and snapped off a top shelf shot beating Berube clean making it two all just under five minutes in to the second.

The Monarchs would answer right back with another tally taking the lead once again now 3-2 Manchester. Bobby Farnham and Ryan Horvat do a little polka a nice fight score it for Farnham. End of two Pens trailed by one with 20 more minutes to go in regulation.

Third period saw a lot of action but nothing in the way of scoring. The WBS Penguins getting a lot of chances but just not the bounces that they needed. Manchester coming right back at the Pens with some chances of their own but Jeff Zatkoff making some great saves keeps it a close game for WBS.

The Penguins got a great chance in the closing minutes of the game as Sean Backman got called for a trip putting WBS on the power play, the Penguins pulled Zatkoff for the extra attacker making it a 6 on 4 but it wasn’t enough. The Monarch’s held on for the 3-2 win over WBS.

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Nailers Come Back, but Jackals End Up Victorious, 6-3

For the second straight game, the Wheeling Nailers put together a comeback against the Elmira Jackals, rallying to even the score 3-3 in the third period. However, this time, the Jackals didn’t let the end result slip completely away, rallying back for three goals in a 6-3 win at First Arena. Mike Seidel had a hat trick for Elmira, who was 3-for-7 on the power play.

One goal was scored during the opening period, and it was tallied while the teams were skating 4-on-4. Mike Seidel took a pass in center ice from Allan McPherson, and proceeded to burst up the right side. Once he got to the circle, Seidel cut toward the slot, keeping the puck on his backhand, ultimately roofing a shot into the top-right corner of the goal.

The second period took a different spin, as the two sides exchanged two goals each. Elmira took a two-goal advantage at the 3:38 mark, when Seidel redirected Nick Tuzzolino’s wrist shot from the left point. 1:07 later, the Nailers registered their first goal of the contest. Bobby Shea dribbled a pass across the blueline to Nick D’Agostino, who faked out a defender, before sniping a shot from the left face-off dot. Allan McPherson’s power play tally at 8:21 made the score 3-1 in favor of the home team, but Wheeling responded with an answer 46 seconds later. Zack Torquato gathered the puck in the left circle, before skating to the slot, and picking the top-left corner of the cage.

The Nailers eventually pulled even at the 4:56 mark, capitalizing on a two-man advantage. Riley Brace slipped a pass through the crease to Max MacKay, who hammered in the goal from the side of the left post. Unfortunately for Wheeling, the rest of the celebrating was done by the Jackals, who stormed back with three goals. Steven Shamanski smoked a shot from the top of the left circle on the power play with 6:49 to go, breaking the deadlock, before Mike Seidel and Taylor Stefishen added insurance goals for a 6-3 final score.

Travis Fullerton was the winning netminder for Elmira, making 25 saves on 28 shots. Franky Palazzese suffered the loss, turning away 27 of the 33 shots he faced.

The Nailers will visit the Jackals again on Sunday at 4:05, before returning home on Wednesday to face the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:05.

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Pens Freeze Devils 5-1

It was a trip to Albany for the WBS Penguins tonight taking on the Devils at the Times Union Center. The Penguins got off to a quick start tonight Dominik Uher tallied the Penguins first goal aas a bit of a tussle broke out in front of the team benches kind of a strange set of events but anyway after a quick review the goal stuck one to none Pens.

Just eighteen seconds later Scott Wilson netted the Penguins second goal of the night making it a two to nothing game and the WBS Penguins were in the lead. that would be about it for the first period no more goals a few chances but the Penguins would hold the lead heading off the ice for the first break.

The second period would be just as good to the Penguins as was the first just fifty five seconds in Josh Archibald would light up Keith Kinkaid making it a three to nothing WBS. The WBS Penguins weren’t done yet Brian Dumoulin made it four to nothing Penguins at 2:36 of the second frame, this would be all for Kinkaid the Devils would switch him out for Wedgewood and it would seem to work.  That would be all for the second frame Penguins leading 4-0 at the break.

Jayson Megna would get his name on the score sheet netting the WBS Penguins fifth of the game and putting a dent in Wedgewood’s armor. The Devils would score taking away Zatkoff’s shutout. PL3 and Thompson do the five knuckle waltz, from the sound of it I would have to give this one to PL3. Later Scott Wilson and McKelvie do a dance as well score this one for Wilson.

All in all a good game for the WBS Penguins coming out of the contest 5-1 over the Albany Devils. The Pens will now travel back to WBS to take on the  Manchester Monarchs at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tomorrow night. If you don’t have tickets I would go out and get them it’s going to be a great game.

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Wheeling Nailers Produce Enormous Attendance For First Five Home Games

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have gotten off to another successful season on the ice, going 6-5-0 in their first 11 games, including a 4-1-0 mark on home ice. In addition, the support from the local fanbase has produced numbers that haven’t been seen in over a decade.

During the first five home games, WesBanco Arena has seen over 4,000 tickets sold on two occasions, as Wednesday’s morning game produced a crowd of 4,855, while Opening Night delivered a victory to 4,754 fans. Both of those numbers eclipsed the previous high under the ownership of The Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley, LLC, which was 3,782, set on October 18, 2013. Prior to this season, Wheeling had only surpassed 4,000 fans in a single game once in the previous three campaigns, doing so at the final regular season home game of 2011-12.

The total attendance of 16,249 through five games marks a start to the season that has gone unseen in 12 years. Prior to 2014-15, the last time the Nailers had a five-game start with a higher number was 2002-03, when 19,110 fans flew through the gates to open that slate of home games. In fact, during the 11 years in between, only the 2006-07 season (3,122) produced an average of over 3,000 fans during the first five home contests.

“We have been extremely thrilled to see the incredible support from our terrific fanbase during the first five home games,” said Nailers Vice President Craig Bommer. “Our staff has put in lots of hours to help us reach these heights, and we will be looking for even more success going forward,” he said.

The Nailers will play their next five home games over the next few weeks, with all five of the contests taking place between November 26th-December 6th. November 29th (Jersey Bank Giveaway) and December 6th (Patrick McGrath Bobblefist) are both “Big Six” Promotional Games, while November 28th and Demember 5th are both Flat Screen Fridays. In addition, fans can purchase McDonald’s Friends & Family Packages for the November 29th game, which include four tickets, four hats, and four value meal coupons for $39.99.

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Penguins Get Past Pirates 2-0

It was the Portland Pirates docking at the Mohegan Sun Arena tonight to try and shanghi the WBS Penguins, but the Penguins were ready for them making the Pirates walk the plank.

It wasn’t a real eventful first period WBS only getting five shots on net none of them making past McKenna. The Pirates amounted 4 shots on net as well none of them made it past Zatkoff. Only one penalty in the first round Harrington sat for a trip near the end of the first giving the Pirates 1:17 of carryover power play to start the second period.

The Penguins looked a little more alive for the second frame scoring on the power plat just over four minutes in as Adrew Ebbett slid one in near the back post giving the Penguins the first goal of the game and the lead, but there was a lot of hocky to go.

Mark Louis & Pierre-Luc Letorneau LeBlond do a little dance  Photo - PensFans4Ever

Mark Louis & Pierre-Luc Letorneau LeBlond do a little dance
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PL3 and Louis did a little dancing during the second frame I wouold score this one even neither dancer seemed to want to lead and the music wasn’t the greatest selection but it looked ok. Later in the second Chorney and Lane would do some dancing this time Chorney was the decisive leader.

The end of the second period would come the Penguins would lead 1-0 and Chorney drawing the extra minor during his fight would give the Pirates a carryover power play.

Third period was more of the first and second, a lot of end to end hockey but not much in the way of goals, not that the pirates weren’t trying Jeff Zatkoff made some great saves both in the second frame and the third keeping his team in the lead with one goal. McKenna did a nice job of keeping it a one goal lead as well.

WBS would score one more goal this was an empty netter as Portland went for broke in the final seconds of the game tonight. That’s how it would end the WBS Penguins taking the Portland Pirates by the score of 2-0.

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Nailers Were Comeback Kids on Education Day

The Wheeling Nailers gave their fans plenty of physical fireworks in the beginning of the game, but it was the end of the game that featured the best fireworks of all. Wheeling erased a 2-0 deficit, scoring twice in the third period, before a 2-for-4 effort landed the home team a 3-2 comeback win over the Elmira Jackals, in front of a season-high 4,855 fans at WesBanco Arena.

A pair of special teams goals allowed the Jackals to jump out to the 2-0 lead in the first period. At the 3:52 mark, Zach Tolkinen took a wrist shot from the top of the right circle, with loads of traffic parked in the slot. The shot found its way through for the power play marker, with Justin Kea and Thomas Nesbitt drawing assists. Later in the frame, Nesbitt helped to set up a shorthanded goal. The forward battled the puck through to the slot for a wide open Mike Seidel, who converted on a wrist shot from in close.

After a scoreless second period, the Nailers began to claw back in the third. Derek Army brought the home team within one at the 6:26 mark, when he grabbed a loose puck behind the net, wrapping it around and through Sam Marotta’s legs. Morgan Ellis and David Gilbert picked up the assists. 1:41 later, Wheeling pulled even, as Clark Seymour hammered home his first professional goal from the right point. Riley Brace extended his point streak to seven games with an assist, while Nick D’Agostino grabbed the second helper.

Seymour’s equalizer ultimately forced overtime, followed by a shootout, as the Nailers required bonus hockey for the first time in 2014-15. After Mike Seidel missed, David Gilbert’s backhand goal put Wheeling on the board in round one. The two sides exchanged saves in each of the next two rounds, as Taylor Stefishen, Sahir Gill, Stefano Momesso, and Riley Brace all came up empty. Then, in round four, an unsuccessful attempt by Steven Shamanski set up Zack Torquato for the dramatic finish, as he punctuated the 3-2 victory with a forehand shot through Marotta’s legs.

Eric Hartzell earned the win for Wheeling, thwarting 19 of 21 shots in the game, before a perfect 4-for-4 effort in the shootout. Sam Marotta took the shootout loss for Elmira, making 25 saves on 27 shots in the game, before allowing two goals on four shootout tries.

The Nailers and Jackals will meet in Elmira on Saturday at 7:05 and Sunday at 4:05, before Wheeling returns to WesBanco Arena to begin a five-game homestand on November 26th against Greenville at 7:05.

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