Matt Rosen Accepts Position with Nashville Predators



After Five Years in Wheeling, Rosen Will Serve as New Fan Development Representative in “Smashville” 

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, are excited to announce that a member of the front office has graduated from the organization, climbing the ladder to the National Hockey League. Matt Rosen is joining the Nashville Predators as a New Fan Development Representative.

Rosen, 27, came to the Nailers in the summer of 2010, when he began his tenure with the club as an intern. That fall, he was promoted to a full-time position, which ultimately led him to become the team’s Season Ticket Manager, in addition to the Director of Game Operations, as he spent five full seasons in Wheeling. Prior to making the move to the Ohio Valley, Matt, a graduate of Northwood University, got his start in sports with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit.

“Everyone in the organization is thankful for all of the tireless hours that Matt put in with the Nailers, and are extremely proud of him for making the leap from the Nailers to the National Hockey League,” said Nailers Vice President Craig Bommer. “Whether it’s on or off of the ice, our goal is to produce the very best product we can here in Wheeling, while helping our players and staff members achieve the highest possibilities in the sports industry.”

Matt Rosen will join a fellow Wheeling alum in Nashville, as Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette held that role with the Nailers during the 1997-98 season.

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Penguins End Season With Loss To Monarchs In Game 5



Tonight’s game was a do or die situation for the WBS Penguins looking at an elimination from the post season with a loss, and a game 6 and possibly 7 with a win. Manchester made it look easy with the first two goals of tonight’s game putting the WBS Penguins behind the eight-ball. WBS in a must win game tonight or pack your bags tomorrow were hitting well in the first period getting some good chances even had a waived off goal red said whistle had blown, just couldn’t catch a break.

Matt Murray got the hook after the Manchester second tally and Jeff Zatkoff took the net. WBS still could not break Berube’s line and headed off for the first intermission trailing 2-0.

It would seem that the Penguins were just not going to recover tonight no matter what they did the Monarchs had the answer to it. Berube was stopping g everything the boys would throw at him.

Just as I tweeted “1:21 left in second WBS getting more chances sooner or later they have to go in  #WBSPenguins #Pensfans4Ever #WBSvsMCH” and it happened, Conor Sheary let one fly and in it went cutting the Monarchs lead in half and bringing the house to life.

That’s how the second period ended with WBS gaining momentum and looking at twenty more minutes of regulation to go.

The WBS Penguins would give it all that they had but the3 Manchester Monarch’s would hold on to the lead taking it right to the buzzer. It would be a season ending loss for the Penguins as they watch their quest for the cup slip away once again.

The WBS Penguin fans saluted their team in grand fashion and the boys saluted their fans in grand fashion as we and they have done all season, would it have been good to finally win a cup? Yes not going to say that it wouldn’t be and I am sure that one season we will just not this season. So hats off to the Penguins and to our followers, users, and readers hope you all have a great summer keep in touch and keep coming back to our blog for news and information. Remember as soon as we get it you get it.

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Jordan Weals Hat Trick Helps Monarchs Past Penguins



It was Game four tonight in Wilkes-Barre in the best of seven series between the Manchester Monarchs and the WBS Penguins, WBS trailing 2 games to 1 at this point looking to even the series at two each.

Tonight didn’t start well for the WBS Penguins as the Manchester Monarchs tallied the first goal :42 in. WBS seemed to lose a little on that goal and were trying to play catch up.

WBS seemed to pick up a bit in intensity about half way through the first getting more chances and creating some opportunities but just couldn’t get the bounce they were looking for. The first period would end WBS trailing 1-0 with 40 more minutes of regulation to play.

Second period was not much better for the WBS Penguins as the Monarchs tallied three unanswered goals putting the Penguins down 4 to 0 and giving them a huge hole to climb out of. The Penguins seemed to be getting some chances but nothing going the right way, struggling at times to get out of their own end and passing seemed just off a bit.

Heading for the dressing room after 2 periods of play the WBS Penguins not looking at a good thing falling behind the Monarch 4-0.

The Penguins would make a change in goal for the third period giving Jeff Zatkoff the pipes to guard but Manchester would get yet another goal on the Penguins making it 5-0 as Weal would get his Hat Trick just about putting the nail in the lid for WBS, but the Penguins found some gas left in the tank and buried two goals in a matter of thirty seven seconds to make it a 5-2 game.

WBS would pull Zatkoff with just under seven minutes to play in the third looking for the extra attacker to give them an edge but Manchester would not allow the Penguins to score. Ironically the Monarchs did not score either; maybe WBS should have went the entire game with the extra attacker instead of a goalie. Just joking folks but it was sort of ironic.

Well it’s on to game 5 tomorrow night the WBS Penguins in a must win situation now looking at elimination with a loss, a win would send them back to Manchester for the last 2 games in the series. WBS needs to take all three games to win.

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Penguins Down Monarchs For Game 3

It was the WBS Penguins taking on the Manchester Monarchs in game three of round 2. WBS trailing in the series 2-0 coming into tonight’s game looking at a need to win situation, or go down 3-0 and try to make a come back

The WBS Penguins would get on the boards first tonight something they haven’t done yet this series, a nice tic tac toe play by Sheary, Megna and ending with a nice shot by Brian Rust beating Berube putting the Pens up one to none.

Both sides traded power plays with both sides killing them off at the end of the first the WBS Penguins held a one goal lead something they have not done in this series yet.

Matt Murray turns the puck aside keeping the WBS Penguins in the lead. Photo - PensFans4Ever

Matt Murray turns the puck aside keeping the WBS Penguins in the lead.
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It was a battle in the second the Monarchs looking to even up the score and the Penguins looking to get another goal. Hard work and winning battles paid off for WBS as Tom Kostopoulos would go top shelf on Berube on a rebounding puck making it two to nothing WBS.

Manchester would pick up the pace but WBS met the match and stepped up as well keeping it 2-0 through the end of the second. Manchester still out shooting WBS 18-16 but Matt Murray doing a stellar job in net for the Penguins has held the line so far.

The third period was more of the same WBS holding on to the 2 goal lead Matt Murray coming up big on some of his saves a few point blank snuffs as well, both sides getting chances on the power play but both PK’s doing their jobs killing each other’s power play off.

Manchester would tally a goal on a blown coverage by the Pens and a nice stretch pass by the Monarchs cutting the Penguins lead in half now 2-1. The WBS Penguins would hold the fort even with the Monarch’s extra attacker on the ice for the last moments taking tonight’s game three by the score of 2-1 forcing now a game 5.

That means 2 more home games here in WBS if you don’t have your tickets now is the time to go get them. Playoff hockey if you have never been to a game is something you have to experience to explain.

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Monarchs Push Past Penguins In Game 2

The WBS Penguins were looking for a little pay back tonight as they took on the Manchester Monarchs in game 2 of round 2  in the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Manchester Monarchs are leading the series 1-0 coming into tonight and looking to make it a clean 2-0 on home ice heading to WBS for games 3, 4 and 5 if needed.

Oskar Sundqvyst made his North American AHL Debut tonight against the Manchester Monarchs for game two of round 2 in the Calder Cup Playoffs. It seemed to be a tighter game tonight than last night Penguins rising to the occasion, but the Monarchs Brian O’Neill would put his team out in front first  for the second time in two days.

WBS Penguins getting a few chances even a power play late in the first but just couldn’t break the silence for the first period but would have 44 seconds of carryover to start the second. According to a tweet by JB “Sundqvyst went down  awkwardly on a hit in front of the WBS bench very early in the first. 1st or 2nd shift. Don’t think I’ve seen him since.” not a good thing for the Penguins.

The WBS Penguins do nothing with the 44 second man advantage to start the second period, but on a good note OB announced that Sundqvist was back on the ice for WBS. Jeff Schultz clears the puck over the glass putting WBS on the first power play of the second giving them the chance they could use. Manchester’s Schultz clears the puck over the glass putting WBS on the power play  Conor Sheary squeaks one past Berube, after review they say good goal all even at one each.

Nine second later Manchester pulls into the lead again scoring their second of the game, but not to be out done just 14 seconds later Dominik Uher evens it up at two each, talk about a ping pong match. After two period recorded in the books tonight the WBS Penguins were back where they were at the beginning of the second trailing by one but this time the score was 3-2 Monarchs.

Penguins open the third seeming to have a little skip in their step picking up the tempo just a bit, Tom Kostopoulos puts one on net it gets past Berube but goes wide. Derrick Pouliot would get whistled for a cross check putting th Penguins down a man at a bad time and gues what, the Monarchs take full advantage making it a two goal game now leading the Penguins 4-2.

WBS would get two glorious chances in the third period on the power play but would not be able to do anything with them. Manchester killing the second power play was a spirit killer with under 4 minutes to play the Penguins were looking at falling behind 2-0 in the series WBS pulled Matt Murray with just under three minutes left in regulation but it just wasn’t in the cards for WBS tonight. Manchester would get the empty net goal with 2:03 left in the game making it a 5-2 win for the Monarchs.

Now the Penguins will head to home ice Saturday, Monday and Tuesday if needed, if ytou don’t have your tickets you will want to get them as I said before playoff hockey is here and you have to experience it to appreciate or understand it. Get your tickets and come on out and support your team in their quest for the Calder Cup, remember it’s  White Out so wear your white.

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Penguins Fall To Monarchs 4-3 In Triple OT

Round 2 Calder Cup Playoffs started tonight for the WBS Penguins and the manchester Monarchs, WBS making a road trip to Manchester for the first two in a best of seven series. Turned out to be the second longest game in Penguin history lasting through two and started into the third OT.

Manchester took an early lead starting the series out with a tally just 18 seconds in to tonight’s game but the WBS Penguins were not taking it. Taylor Chorney put one past Berube just 3:16 later making it a 1-1 game with a lot of hockey yet to play. Manchester responds as Brian O’Neill gets one past Matt Murray who had a little trouble with the rebound. Manchester would tally a second goal 10:49 in to the first putting the Pens behind once again.

LaBlond gets pushed into JF Berube Gratton takes offense they end up doing a little dance and sitting for five, PL3 drawing the extra 2 giving the Monarchs a power play, but the Pens kill it before the Monarchs get anything. WBS would get a chance on the power play guess who, yep Bobby Farnham doing what he does best draws a hooking penalty giving WBS a great catch-up chance. Scott Wilson wastes no time on the WBS power play smoking one past JF Berube just six seconds in making it all even at two goals each.

Second period was a battle of goaltenders Matt Murray keeping the Monarchs out and JF Berube keeping the Penguins out. Both sides looking for that go ahead goal but not able to find any openings to sneak the puck through. Manchester would be the ones to get the goal, O’Neill goes on HTA getting his second of the night making it 3-2 Monarchs.

That would be about all for the second frame WBS getting chances but not getting any points on the board, the Manchester Monarchs take a one goal lead into the dressing room for the second intermission and the WBS Penguins would have twenty more minutes to even things up.

WBS would eventually even it up Conor Sheary would get a nice backhander past JF Berube to make it three all just 8:19 in to the third period. Regulation would end the same way it started tonight all even we started 0-0 we ended 3-3 and heading for the first OT the WBS Penguins have had so far in the 2015 post season.

The first OT gets going up in Manchester, Matt Murray and JF Berube really putting on a show for the fans tonight both making some unbelievable saves keeping things all tied up and keeping their boys in the hunt for a win tonight.

The first power play of the OT comes late int the first round as Bobby Farnhamd draws a slashing calll on Manchesters Forbort giving the WBS Pens the chance they needed but the Monarchs held tight bringing the first OT period to and end everything still even up. WBS getting 1:20 of carry over power play to start the second OT period.

Matt Murray standing tall for the second OT stopping an onslaught of shots from the Monarchs keeping it a tie game and giving his team the oppertunity to get teh puck moving in the other direction. Scott Wilson did not come out for the first few minutes of the second OT but returned and seemed to be OK. WBS getting some good chances and JF Berube making some nice saves again for his team. Everything ends even after two OT’s looks like a marathon game.

The WBS Penguins try to make short workof the third OT but JF Berube comes up with the save, Manchester would score taking game on of round two 4-3 in triple OT.

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Penguins Add Four From Wheeling

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned goaltender Eric Hartzell and defenseman Harrison Ruopp to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), it was announced today.  In addition, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has recalled defenseman Clark Seymour from loan to Wheeling.

Hartzell, 25, went 2-0-0 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .882 save percentage in two appearances this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Currently in his second season of professional hockey, Hartzell also compiled a record of 17-14-1 for the Nailers, while recording a 2.75 GAA, a .914 save percentage and one shutout.  In five games during the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, Hartzell was 2-2-1 with a 2.36 GAA and a .924 save percentage.

Ruopp, a second-year pro, registered one assist and 58 penalty minutes over 30 games this season with the Nailers, while appearing in seven contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.   The 22-year-old from Zehner, Saskatchewan also played in four games for Wheeling during the team’s North Division Semifinal series versus Toledo.

Seymour, 21, notched one goal and 72 penalty minutes over 54 games with Wheeling while ranking first among team defensemen with 14 assists.  A first-year professional hailing from Brockville, Ontario, Seymour appeared in 12 contests for the Penguins, posting one assist.  He also skated in two postseason matches with the Nailers.

In a separate transaction, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have signed forward Sahir Gill to a professional tryout agreement (PTO).

Gill joins the Penguins for the second time this season.  Signed to a PTO on Dec. 4, 2014, Gill played in 12 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, collecting one goal and two assists.  He also dressed for 25 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), registering two goals, two assists and six penalty minutes.

Gill, 23, averaged more than a point per game during the 2014-15 season the Nailers, amassing nine goals and 20 assists in 26 contests.  Gill was third on the team during the playoffs with six points (4G-2A) in seven games.

The Penguins are in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 13th consecutive year – the longest active streak in the AHL – and begin their Eastern Conference Semifinal series versus the Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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