The ECHL schedule showed March 13th as a Game in Reading between the Royals and Nailers.
Some would say the Nailers never left Wheeling
T.J. Syner had 5 points, including a natural hat-trick, as the Royals put on a 7-1 rout at Sovereign Center.
Wheeling came out strong for the first few of the opening frame, putting several quality chances on Royals’ netminder Riley Gill. However, Gill stood strong. Reading struck first at 10:45. With the Nailers’ Keven Veilleux in the box for boarding the Royals’ Dustin Stevenson, Joel Champagne broke down the left side and fed a cross-ice pass to Nikita Kashirsky, who buried it over the glove hand of Wheeling’s Peter Delmas. Roughly six minutes later, TJ Syner shoveled the rebound of a David Vallorani shot off a Wheeling defender and into the net, It was his 7th of the season at 6:53.
In the second period, things got bad in a hurry for the Nailers. Syner would strike again Tell me if you’ve heard this before: He shoveled in the rebound of a David Vallorani shot to make 3-0 at 3:11. Champagne also assisted. Syner’s trick would be completed at 6:07. With Reading defenseman Mark Mitera in the box for tripping, Syner would convert a shorthanded breakaway, going glove side on Delmas. It was 4-0. Yannick Tifu would get his 24th of the season 7 minutes later. At that point, Nailers coach Clark Donatelli replaced Delmas with Scott Darling. Unfortunately for Wheeling, the onslaught continued. Champagne notched his 15th of the season just 8 seconds after Adam Ross of the Nailers went to the box for slashing at 14:32.
In the third, Wheeling kept plugging away and broke up Riley Gill’s shutout bid at 5:43. Keven Veilleux, who was stationed in the slot, wristed a Cam Fergus pass over the blocker of Gill. The secondary assist went to Scott Zurevinski. The scoring would be completed at 12:33 when Vallorani would wrist a puck past Darling from the edge of the crease. Assists went to (who else) Champagne And Syner.
Notes: 3 Stars Were: 3. Vallorani 2. Gill 1. Syner. Wheeling scratched defensemen Joe Tolles and Gentry Zollars, and forward Chris Higgins. Of Reading’s 19 points on the night, 12 were attributed to the trio of Champagne, Vallorani and Syner. Reading was 2/7 with the man-advantage, Wheeling 0/7. Both teams are both off Thursday. Reading hosts Elmira Friday, While Wheeling begins the first of three straight versus Toledo. Attendance was 3,285
Wheeling Nailers 1 at Reading Royals 7 – Status: Final
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – Sovereign Center
Wheeling 0 0 1 – 1
Reading 2 4 1 – 7
1st Period-1, Reading, Kashirsky 14 (Champagne, Galiev), 10:45 (PP). 2, Reading, Syner 7 (Vallorani, Mitera), 16:53. Penalties-Veilleux Whl (boarding), 5:28; Stevenson Rea (high-sticking), 8:32; served by Lenes Whl (bench – too many men), 9:45; Crowder Whl (high-sticking), 13:11; McNeill Whl (fighting – major), 18:05; Cayer Rea (fighting – major), 18:05.
2nd Period-3, Reading, Syner 8 (Vallorani, Cox), 3:11. 4, Reading, Syner 9 6:07 (SH). 5, Reading, Tifu 24 (Sova, Kashirsky), 13:56. 6, Reading, Champagne 15 (Syner, Vallorani), 14:40 (PP). Penalties-MacKay Whl (roughing), 0:48; MacKay Whl (misconduct), 3:11; Mitera Rea (tripping), 4:40; Shelgren Rea (tripping), 7:04; Veilleux Whl (fighting – major), 9:09; Martine Rea (fighting – major), 9:09; Orlando Whl (fighting – major), 12:10; Stevenson Rea (fighting – major), 12:10; Ross Whl (slashing ), 14:32; McNeill Whl (roughing), 17:37; Cox Rea (roughing), 17:37; Corcoran Whl (holding the stick), 17:54; Champagne Rea (tripping), 17:54.
3rd Period-7, Wheeling, Veilleux 7 (Fergus, Zurevinski), 5:43. 8, Reading, Vallorani 15 (Champagne, Syner), 12:33. Penalties-Merth Whl (cross-checking), 2:03; Torquato Whl (holding), 8:23; Galiev Rea (tripping), 17:14; Cayer Rea (roughing), 17:35; Galiev Rea (tripping), 19:48.
Shots on Goal-Wheeling 14-5-9-28. Reading 10-16-12-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Wheeling 0 / 7; Reading 2 / 7.
Goalies-Wheeling, Delmas 15-9-0-4 (19 shots-14 saves); Darling 9-10-1-2 (19 shots-17 saves). Reading, Gill 5-2-0-0 (28 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Geoff Miller (7).
Linesmen-Ryan Daisy (64), Brian Oliver (36).
*Boxscore Courtesy of ECHL.com