Reading Edges Nailers, Earns Weekend Split

The Wheeling Nailers came into Sunday afternoon’s tilt at Santander Arena looking to pick up a crucial 4 points on the weekend. Unfortunately for them, the Royals had other ideas. Sean Wiles’ had a goal an assist, and Ryan Cruthers had 3 assists to lead Reading to a 5-3 win.

The scoring opened up just 5:13 into the first period on Jack MacLellan’s 11th of the season. Sahir Gill had the puck behind the net, faked a wrap around that fooled Royals’ netminder Brandon Anderson and got the puck to MacLellan who put the puck into a wide open net. The secondary assist went to Cody Sylvester. Reading would tie it just four minutes later on the power play. With Nailers’ Captain Dustin Stevenson off for high-sticking, Sean Wiles found Michal Cajkovsky streaking down the right side and he blasted a one-timer from the dot past Wheeling goalie Mike Condon. The period ended tied with shots 14-7 in favor of the Royals.

Reading came out flying in the middle frame and it paid near immediate dividends. At 2:15, Domenic Monardo would give Reading a 2-1 lead. Streaking into the offensive zone on the far-side boards, he took a shot from an extreme angle that escaped Condon. 2:22 later, Denver Manderson, on loan from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would tie the game. With Reading on the power play, Manderson would get a mini-breakaway and put a wrist shot from the top of the circle over Anderson’s shoulder. It was Manderson’s 4th of the season. The lone assist on the goal went to Stevenson. Reading would re-take the lead 9 minutes later on a breakaway goal by Sean Wiles. Assist to T.J. Syner and Ryan Cruthers.

Reading would take the lead for good early in the final frame on a goal from Marvin Degon. Degon got the puck in the neutral zone and came into the With the faceoff in the Reading end, Denver Manderson won the draw back to Max MacKay. MacKay passed to the veteran Ratchuk at the point and a slapshot beat Anderson. Wheeling had a few more chances, but could not tie the game. The Royals’ Julien Cayer added an empty netter at 19:39 to seal the victory for the hosts.

Wheeling Nailers 3 at Reading Royals 5 – Status: Final
Sunday, February 9, 2014 – Santander Arena

Wheeling 1 1 1 – 3
Reading 1 2 2 – 5

1st Period-1, Wheeling, MacLellan 11 (Sylvester, Gill), 11:53. 2, Reading, Cajkovsky 8 (Wiles, Cruthers), 15:13 (PP). Penalties-Banwell Rea (high-sticking), 2:12; Stevenson Whl (high-sticking), 15:13; Cayer Rea (slashing ), 18:36.

2nd Period-3, Reading, Monardo 13 (Cajkovsky, Brittain), 2:15. 4, Wheeling, Manderson 4 (Stevenson), 4:37 (SH). 5, Reading, Wiles 12 (Cruthers, Syner), 13:40. Penalties-MacLellan Whl (hooking), 2:53; Stevenson Whl (tripping), 5:03; McGrath Whl (fighting – major), 7:29; Banwell Rea (fighting – major), 7:29.

3rd Period-6, Reading, Degon 4 (Cruthers), 6:04. 7, Wheeling, Ratchuk 8 (MacKay, Manderson), 15:46 (PP). 8, Reading, Cayer 5 (Cox, Blandina), 19:39 (EN). Penalties-Bakker Whl (tripping), 6:53; Cayer Rea (elbowing), 14:42; Sylvester Whl (boarding), 16:12.

Shots on Goal-Wheeling 7-4-9-20. Reading 14-8-8-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Wheeling 1 / 3; Reading 1 / 5.
Goalies-Wheeling, Condon 14-11-0-4 (29 shots-25 saves). Reading, Anderson 13-7-1-0 (20 shots-17 saves).
Referees-Tyler Puddifant (28).
Linesmen-Tom Dellafranco (68), Patrick Cunningham (58).

*Box Score courtesy

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