Royals Trip up Nailers, 3-1



The Wheeling Nailers and Reading Royals played the second of 12 emotional contests in their 2014-15 season series on Thursday night, and for the second time, it was the home team getting the two points. Reading’s Adam Hughesman scored 34 seconds into the game, and Connor Knapp made 29 saves, as the Royals defeated the Nailers, 3-1 at Santander Arena.

The first period was done in the blink of an eye, as it took only 25 minutes to play the frame. The lone goal was scored at the 34-second mark, when the Royals came out with a spook in their Halloween jerseys. Bryant Molle dished the puck to Adam Hughesman, who wristed a shot through Franky Palazzese’s legs from the right face-off dot.

After a scoreless second, Reading extended its advantage in the third. At the 6:30 mark, Jordan Heywood tossed in a wrist shot from the right point, which appeared to deflect off of something in the slot, before bouncing into the bottom part of the net. Later in the stanza, Olivier Labelle added an insurance tally, when he followed up Cam Reid’s initial chance, batting in a rebound on the right side of the crease. Unfortunately, the Nailers were unable to overcome the deficit, but they did get a goal late, as Sahir Gill dangled through the defense, before sliding a shot into the left side of the goal. The Royals victory came by a 3-1 score.

Connor Knapp was the winning goaltender for Reading, after stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced. Franky Palazzese came up on the short end for Wheeling, making 19 saves on 22 shots.

The Nailers and Royals will meet again on Saturday night at 7:35, as Wheeling hosts Mascot Mania at WesBanco Arena.

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Murray is Solid As Dea Breaks The OT, Pens Win 2-1 Over Phantoms



It was the WBS Penguins taking on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at PPL Center in Allentown l.

The Phantoms had a few chances early in the first period but Matt Murray kept it a 0-0 game. Aton Zlobin would get a nice chance just about 12:30 into tonight’s game putting one on net but Rob Zepp would deflect the shot up into the netting causing a stoppage in play. The Penguins would get the first chance on the power play as the Phantoms Scott Laughton would sit for a cross check.

Just as the WBS power play takes off Nick Cousins takes a slashing call giving the Penguins 1:41 worth of 5 on 3. Derrick Pouliot would get a nice blind backhand pass to Andrew Ebbett who would put it top shelf past Zepp giving the Penguins a 1-0 lead nice power play goal.

Late in the first Tom Kostopoulos and Pierre-Luc Leblond would head to the sin bin giving the Phantoms a full 2:00 5 on 3 but With only a few second left in the first Zack Stortini would get called for playing with a broken stick taking the 5 on 3 down to a 4 on 3. That would be all for the first leaving the ice for the first intermission WBS leading Lehigh Valley 1-0.

WBS kills off the Phantoms power play to start the second and get an abbreviated :40 power play of their own but WBS gets called for too many men and Pierre-Luc LeBlond would serve it nullifying the short power play bring on 4 on 4 hockey and then a Phantoms power play. WBS handed the Phantoms some great chances for the beginning of the second with a few choice power plays but WBS penalty kill did the job keeping it a 1-0 WBS lead.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms would even up the score at one later in the second frame as Zack Stortini would tally one for his team. The Penguins despite all the power plays the they gave the Phantoms in the second along with the 5 on 3 action, could not seem to find the handle only netting one and left the ice even with the WBS Penguins. WBS looking at 20 more minutes of hockey but needed to buckle down.

Penguins came out for the beginning of the third looking the same as when they went off the ice for the second intermission, Matt Murray really fighting to keep his team in this game with some really great saves. Power plays all around this period but no scoring to be had 5 on 4’s 4 x 4’s 5 on 3’s you name it.  Seemed like the Refs were just handing out power plays but the WBS PK did it’s job 8 times in regulation. As far as scoring after the first period it seemed the Pens could not find an opening. This game came down to two things, penalty kills and goal tending. After three periods of play it was all even at one each and heading for OT.

OT starts and you guessed it Penguins in the box Tom Kostopoulos goes for cross checking and yep the WBS PK with the assistance from Matt Murray keeps it even at one, Murray with some great saves. WBS gets a shot on the power play as Cousins gets called for holding Coach Hynes takes his time out and sets his team and they score Jean Sebastien Dea tallies the WBS OT goal making it a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

 

 

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New Goal Song For WBS?



How do you feel about adopting a new goal song? Seems we need some new things around our arena to get more fans and entertain the younger fans maybe a new goal song could help a little. We at PensFans4Ever like the KONGOS Come With Me Now and think the chorus would make a fantastic goal song and obviouosly the KONGOS agree as they favorited our tweet.

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Now granted not saying that the Penguins are going to change the goal song but we think it’s time. Other franchises have used newer songs like The Fratellis, Chelsea Dagger and it caught on well.

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Darling Becomes 49th Former Nailer to Reach NHL



 

Darling, 25, first broke into the ECHL with the Florida Everblades in 2011-12, before spending the majority of the 2012-13 campaign with the Nailers Photo Crefit - Wheeling Nailers

Darling, 25, first broke into the ECHL with the Florida Everblades in 2011-12, before spending the majority of the 2012-13 campaign with the Nailers Photo Crefit – Wheeling Nailers

In a release this morning the Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, were thrilled to announce that a 49th former Nailer/Thunderbird has made his National Hockey League debut. Scott Darling reached the NHL on Sunday night, backstopping his first career victory with 32 saves, as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 2-1 at United Center.

Darling, 25, first broke into the ECHL with the Florida Everblades in 2011-12, before spending the majority of the 2012-13 campaign with the Nailers. That year, Scott appeared in 32 games for Wheeling, posting a 13-12-4 record, a 2.80 goals against average, a .907 save percentage, and two shutouts. One of the two whitewashes came in his WesBanco Arena debut, when he earned his first career win, blocking away all 18 shots he faced in a 4-0 triumph against the Evansville IceMen on November 21, 2012. Other highlights for the Lemont, IL native with Wheeling included a personal five-game winning streak and a career-high 47-save effort in a 3-2 victory at Kalamazoo.

Since his time with the Nailers, Darling has spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League, playing with the Milwaukee Admirals in 2013-14 and the Rockford IceHogs in 2014-15. Last December was one of Scott’s best months, as he posted a 6-1 record with two shutouts, earning AHL Goaltender of the Month honors. After compiling a 13-6-2 record with Milwaukee, he has gone 2-0-0 in two starts with Rockford this season, improving his overall mark to 15-6-2 in 29 AHL appearances.

On Sunday, Darling made 32 saves on 33 shots for his hometown Blackhawks, earning first star honors, in addition to his first career victory with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. 16 of the 32 stops came during the third period, and five of his saves came against 2011-12 Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, who led the Senators in shots on goal.

Scott Darling becomes the 49th Nailer/Thunderbird to reach the NHL and first this season. He is also the second player from the 2012-13 Wheeling squad to reach the NHL, joining Adam Payerl, who debuted with the Penguins in April. Darling, Daniel Carcillo (Chicago), Mark Letestu (Columbus), and Zach Sill (Pittsburgh) are the four former Nailers who have played in at least one NHL game this season.

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Penguins Over Senators 3-2



The WBS Penguins took on the Binghamton Senators tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to round out a three game weekend, the boys just coming home from a trip down interstate 81 yesterday for thier game in Chocolate Town.

First period was good to pens getting on the board first with a nice goal by Tom Kostopoulos a chipped in rebound on the power play would be the ticket Pens go up 1-0 on the Senators

Later in the first WBS strikes again as Derrick Pouliot puts one in making it 2-0, Pouliots first pro goal gives the Pens some breathing room. Binghamton would score later in the first after Tom Kostopoulos broke a stick giving the Senators the advantage.

After one period of play the Pens left the ice leading the Sens 2-1 and looking at :45 of carry over power play to start the second frame.

Senators even the score during the second period with a power play goal making it two all and putting some pressure on the WBS Penguins.

WBS would get some carry over to start the third period as the Senators Johnson gets called for a hook landing him in the sin bin.

Third period started WBS Penguins on the power play but could not get things moving, the Senators seemed to be gaining momentum looking for the go ahead goal. Just as I tweeted this

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Andrew Ebbett tallied the WBS Penguins go ahead goal and game winner making it 3-2 WBS.  Binghamton did get a glorious chance nearing the end of regulation as Payerl got called for Goal Tender interference and the Senators pulled Hammond giving them a 6 on 4, but Megna got a high stick to the chops nullifying the Senators power play and forcing Hammond to come back in net for the faceoff.

All in all a good game for WBS a nice home win.

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Nailers Bounce Back With A WIn



The Wheeling Nailers bounced back from a disappointing game on Friday with a complete effort on Saturday night. Four different players found the net, including Zach Yuen, who scored twice, while Franky Palazzese denied 32 of 33 shots, as the Nailers defeated the South Carolina Stingrays, 5-1 at North Charleston Coliseum. The loss is South Carolina’s first in a home opener in nine seasons.

Feeding off of pleasant memories from a season ago, the Nailers had a stellar start in the first period. At the nine-minute mark, Max MacKay broke into the offensive zone, before dropping a pass off to linemate Sahir Gill in the high slot. Gill skated in, before ripping a shot into the top-right corner of the net. South Carolina evened the score 1:35 later, when Andrew Rowe followed up his own shot, banging in a rebound from the right side of the crease. Wheeling quickly regained the lead less than three minutes after that, courtesy of a power play tally. Gill slipped a pass through the slot to David Gilbert, who drilled in a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle. Zach Yuen added another marker for the visitors with four minutes left in the opening stanza, when he connected on a slap shot from the middle of the blueline. Riley Brace and Carter Rowney assisted on the goal.

After a scoreless middle frame, Wheeling tacked on to its advantage in the third. A little less than halfway through the period, Patrick McGrath set up a 2-on-1 rush for Derek Army and Shane Bakker. Despite coming up empty on his first attempt, Army gathered in the loose puck, feeding Bakker with a pass, as he shifted to his backhand for his first of the campaign. Then, with 1:46, Zach Yuen applied the icing onto the cake, as he blasted home his second of the night for a 5-1 final score. The final tally also gave the Nailers a 2-for-3 mark on the power play, to go along with a 7-for-7 effort on the penalty kill.

Franky Palazzese performed great in goal for Wheeling, making 32 saves on 33 shots in the win. David LeNeveu was the losing netminder for South Carolina, after allowing five goals on 22 shots.

The Nailers will conclude their three-game road trip on Thursday, when they visit the Reading Royals at 7:30. Wheeling’s next home game is also against Reading, taking place on Saturday at 7:35.

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Bears Take Penguins 4-1



First things first, I just want to say Happy Birthday to our youngest daughter who turned 21 this week, last night we had her surprise party so again I have to leave you with the press release. Unfortunately the Penguins did not make out as well as we did last night with our party. So without further rambling here is the release.

The Hershey Bears netted a pair of first period goals just 40 seconds apart and never looked back, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins dropped a 4-1 decision at the Giant Center on Saturday night.  It was the first home game of the 2014-15 season for the Bears (4-2-0-0, T-1st place in East Division), who will face off with the Penguins (3-4-0-0, 3rd place in East Division) 11 more times this season.

Tim Kennedy opened the scoring at 12:15 of the first period, tallying his first goal of the season during the Bears’ second power play of the night.

Dane Byers wasted no time in extending the lead, beating netminder Matt Murray just 40 seconds later to give the home squad a 2-0 lead after one period of play.

The Penguins got the jump in the second period as Jayson Megna snuck his second goal of the season behind Philipp Grubauer only 24 seconds into the middle frame to cut the Hershey lead in half.

The 2-1 score line held for the next 15 minutes, before Casey Wellman extended his team-leading goal total to five with a power play tally with 4:29 remaining in the period.

Dusting Gazley finished the scoring with a successful penalty shot attempt with 1:34 left in the second.

Murray made 24 saves in his second start of the season, while Grubauer stopped 26 Penguins’ shots on the night.

The Penguins finish up their first three-in-three of the season on Sunday afternoon, when they host the Hershey Bears at 4:05pm.

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