Coming into tonight’s game, the elephant in the room regarding the Wheeling Nailers’ was their struggling power play. Coming into this game against the Reading Royals at Santander Arena, the Nailers’ had converted just one of their first twenty-eight chances to start the season. It did not get any better tonight.
They went 0-4 and Reading scored on two in the second period to take the win, 2-1.
In the opening period, both teams slugged back and forth, but could not score. Wheeling’s best chance came from Denver Manderson. Sanding in the slot, he wristed a puck at the net, but Riley Gill was up to the task.
In the second period, Reading struck at 7:39. With Wheeling’s Ryley Miller in the box for putting the puck over the glass, Reading’s Stanislav Galiev got the puck in the corner and waited out Nailers’ defenseman Jake Areshenko, who had dropped down to block the shot. Seeing an opportunity, he threw the puck at the net. It clipped the skate of the Royals Domenic Monardo and past Nailers’ goalie Mike Condon. It was his fifth goal of the season.
Reading would strike again exactly 4 minutes later, again with the man-advantage. With a faceoff in the Wheeling zone, Dustin Gazley won a faceoff back to Ryan Kavanagh, who passed the puck to Sean Wiles, and Wiles blasted a one-timer past Condon. It was Wiles’ third of the year. Wheeling would strike back late in the period on Colin Mulvey’s first ECHL goal. Mulvey intercepted a pass in the Reading defensive zone, skated in and went low glove side on Royals’ goaltender Riley Gill. “It’s good to get a goal and help the team win, unfortunately, we didn’t get it done tonight.”
In the third, Wheeling came out with the jump, getting several great chances. They had back to back power plays but couldn’t convert. There best chance came with roughly four minutes left. With a power play ending, Zack Torquato had a breakaway and tried to go five-hole on Gill. However, Gill squeezed his pads shut to make the save.
Ice Chips: Regarding the power play, Assistant Coach Doug Bradley said: ” We gotta keep working at it in practice. You know, hopefully those things, sometimes you’ll end up scoring 4 or 5 in 8 or 9 attempts. That’s what we gotta hope will happen. It’s not a lack of effort or a lack of practice, it’s just not going our way right now. Hopefully that’ll change in upcoming games.”– Reading finished with a 29-21 advantage in shots.– Three Starts were all from Reading 3-Ethan Cox 2-Matt Campanale 1-Sean Wiles–Wheeling be gins a 3 game in 3 day seat with Elmira on Friday
Wheeling Nailers 1 at Reading Royals 2 – Status: Final
Sunday, November 10, 2013 – Santander Arena
Wheeling 0 1 0 – 1
Reading 0 2 0 – 2
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Galiev Rea (boarding), 7:58; Manderson Whl (tripping), 10:13.
2nd Period-1, Reading, Monardo 5 (Galiev, Cajkovsky), 7:39 (PP). 2, Reading, Wiles 3 (Kavanagh, Gazley), 11:39 (PP). 3, Wheeling, Mulvey 1 16:39. Penalties-Miller Whl (delay of game), 6:42; Ratchuk Whl (holding), 8:31; Stevenson Whl (roughing), 11:34; McGrath Whl (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 11:40; Molle Rea (removing the helmet, fighting – major), 11:40; Flanigan Whl (high-sticking), 19:11.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Rowney Whl (fighting – major), 7:14; Flemming Rea (fighting – major), 7:14; McGrath Whl (charging), 7:48; Grassi Whl (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:47; Cajkovsky Rea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:47; Tifu Rea (tripping), 10:13; Wiles Rea (tripping), 12:29; Ruegsegger Rea (boarding), 19:06.
Shots on Goal-Wheeling 5-5-11-21. Reading 13-10-6-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Wheeling 0 / 4; Reading 2 / 6.
Goalies-Wheeling, Condon 3-3-0-0 (29 shots-27 saves). Reading, Gill 4-2-0-0 (21 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Don Jablonski (18).
Linesmen-Francis Trempe (85), Brian Oliver (36).
*Boxscore Courtesy ECHL.com