On Wednesday night, the Wheeling Nailers took on the Reading Royals for the fourth time this season, in search of their fourth home win in a row. However, the Royals stopped that, with a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime win. Philippe Lefebvre netted a pair of goals for Wheeling, while Scott Wietecha scored twice for Reading, including the overtime goal.
Wheeling opened the scoring at the 4:26 mark of the first, when Philippe Lefebvre scored a deflection goal , off of Reid McNeill’s original shot from the middle of the blueline. Stefan Chaput also assisted on the marker.
At 6:20 of the middle frame, Lefebvre scored his second of the night, a beautiful goal right off the face-off, from Carl Sneep and Chaput. Chaput won the draw to Sneep, who fed Lefebvre in the low slot. This gave the Nailers a two-goal lead, which they added to later in the period. With 4:07 to go, Cody Chupp got his third goal of the season, ripping a shot over Philipp Grubauer’s glove from the inner edge of the left circle. The assists went to Sneep and Adam Ross. Chupp’s goal gave the Nailers a 3-0 lead going into the final period.
Unfortunately, Wheeling’s fun was halted there, as the Royals got their first of the night at 4:50. Patrick Wellar’s initial shot from the point was stopped, but Ian O’Connor was there to put back the rebound. With 8:02 left in the third, Kirk MacDonald tipped Dustin Stevenson’s shot through Patrick Killeen’s legs, bringing Reading to within one. Finally, with 3:52 remaining in regulation, the Royals got the equalizer, when Scott Wietecha rifled in a slap shot from the right point. That goal sent the contest into overtime.
Both teams exchanged quality scoring chances in the extra session, before the visitors escaped with the extra point. Scott Wietecha capitalized off of a neutral zone turnover, before picking the top corner of the goal, lifting the Royals to the 4-3 win.
Philipp Grubauer got the win for Reading, making 18 saves on 21 shots. Patrick Killeen played well, but suffered the overtime loss, after turning aside 26 of 30 shots for Wheeling.
The Nailers will be at home again on Friday, when they will battle the Toledo Walleye at 7:00.