Manchester Downs Penguins 4-1



It was the WBS Penguins taking on the Manchester Monarchs this afternoon here in WBS, the Penguins looking to redeem their loss from last night against the Phantoms and the Monarchs looking to extend the Pens losing streak to two games.

The Pens would get tree chances in the first to convert on the power play but would not be able to get things going the Monarchs wouldn’t be able to convert either on the one power play chance they had.

The Monarchs would score twice in the first even strength putting the Pens in a two goal rut heading into the second period, if it’s worth anything WBS was ott shooting Manchester 10-7.

Finally in the second period the Penguins broke their silence Jean-Sebastien Dea would get the tally on a delayed penalty call cutting the Monarchs lead in half Penguins trailing 2-1, but it wasn’t long after that the Monarch’s stretched their lead back to two goals as Jeff Zatkoff got schooled on a forehand / backhand combo that beat him clean Monarch’s now lead 3-1.

Manchester would go ahead by three as Kevin Raine tossed one from the blue line beating Zatkoff, in not so impressive numbers that would be the ninth goal on Zatkoff in a game and a half not something we are used to seeing from Jeff. Thats how things would end after 2 the Monarch’s leading the Penguins 4-1.


Third period wasn’t really any better for the Penguins it seemed that the Monarch’s had

Uher grabs a partner with Kevin Raine for a little two step  Photo - PensFans4Ever

Uher grabs a partner with Kevin Raine for a little two step
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their number, the boys just couldn’t catch a break. Dominic Uher grabbed a dance partner Kevin Raine form the Manchester Monarch’s, and did a little two step but it didn’t seem to spark anything with WBS.

The Penguins seemed to rally now and then but again this afternoon it seemed as if they were not on the same page as each other, passes not tape to tape  a lot of miss communication maybe not really sure but it just seemed they were off.

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Bobby Farnham gets penalty shot awarded Photo – PensFans4Ever

Later in the third period Bobby Farnham got a fast break went in on Jean-Francois Berube and was hooked drawing the penalty and giving Bobby a penalty shot. Unfortunately Jean-Francois Berube kept Farnhams attemp out keeping it a 4-1 game.

After all was said and done the Monarch’s would walk away from this game the victor the Penguins getting their second L for the weekend, not something you want to see as a Penguins fan but sometimes you will have that for a weekend. It’s deffinately better to get this kind of a weekend this early in the season than it is to get it later in the season, but it never and easy thing to swallow.

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Cyclones Earn Split in Preseason Series



Pittsburgh Native Madore Makes 19 Saves; Army Nets Third Goal in Two Games

Historically, the Wheeling Nailers and Cincinnati Cyclones have been very evenly matched. Thanks to matching 5-3 scores, they can add the 2014 preseason to that list. After Wheeling came away with the 5-3 win on Friday, the Cyclones rebounded on Sunday, taking home a victory of an identical count. Pittsburgh native Rob Madore stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced for Cincinnati, while Derek Army notched a pair of points for the Nailers.

Despite a 15-10 advantage in shots on goal for the Nailers, it was Cincinnati who stormed out of the gates with a pair of tallies in the first period. At the 4:08 mark, Wade Megan set up David Pacan, who drilled in a one-timer from the right circle, finding the top-left corner of the net. Then, in the midst of killing off a four-minute penalty to Francis Beauvillier, the Cyclones struck again. Stephan Vigier stole the puck in the right circle, skated to the slot, and flipped a shot into the top of the cage.

The second period featured an exchange of goals and a goaltending switch. Both markers occurred before the change in net, starting with the Nailers, who netted their first power play goal of the preseason at the 5:51 mark. Derek Army swung a pass across the offensive zone to Zack Torquato at the top of the left circle. With plenty of space on hand, Torquato glided toward the net, wristing a shot in off of the right post. Cincinnati regained its two-goal lead 2:11 later, when Wade Megan picked up a loose puck at the right side of the crease, before roofing a shot for a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes.

For the second consecutive game, the final stanza started with a goal for the visitors, as Shayne Taker converted off of a rush with Joe Basaraba, putting the Cyclones ahead by three. That’s when Wheeling began to battle back. Carter Rowney centered a pass for David Makowski, who slammed in a power play goal from high in the slot at 7:01, making the score 4-2. Derek Army then closed the gap to one, when he shifted from forehand to backhand for his third goal and fifth point in two games. Unfortunately, the Nailers were unable to complete the comeback, as Brian Nugent blistered in a shot from high in the zone for a 5-3 final score in favor of Cincinnati.

Joe Howe picked up the win in goal for the Cyclones, making four saves on six shots. He relieved Rob Madore, who thwarted 19 of the 20 attempts sent his way. Jeff Wyer was the losing netminder for Wheeling, turning away ten of the 12 shots he faced. Eric Hartzell started, going 10-for-13.

The Nailers will open the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday at 7:35, when they play host to the Reading Royals.

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Army’s Shorty Gives Nailers Tall Victory



Photo Credit - Wheeling Nailers

Photo Credit – Wheeling Nailers

Third periods tended to be magical for the Wheeling Nailers during the 2013-14 season, and on Friday night, the 2014-15 squad wrote a similar script. After falling behind 3-2 in the third period, the Nailers rallied with three goals, including a shorthanded marker by Derek Army, completing a 5-3 comeback victory. Army had two goals and an assist, while Jeff Wyer stopped 19 of 20 shots in goal.

The Nailers wasted little time in opening the scoring, as they tallied the first marker just 1:37 into the contest. Tyler Fernandez and Derek Army battled for a loose puck in the left corner, with Army ultimately driving a shot on goal from the left circle. Cincinnati netminder Sam Brittain made the initial save, but the rebound deflected out to Stefano Momesso, who found the left side of the cage.

The middle frame started in similar fashion to the first, with Wheeling striking at the 1:27 mark. Fernandez led Army into the offensive zone, before Army’s creativity led to the goal. The rookie forward carried the puck on his backhand, lifting a shot over Brittain’s glove, putting the home team ahead, 2-0. However, the Cyclones battled back, tallying twice in a span of 2:01 to knot the game at two. David Pacan stormed through the defense, beating Franky Palazzese with a wrist shot, before Brian Nugent connected for the equalizer, picking the top-right corner from the left circle.

Cincinnati used a shorthanded goal to earn its first lead of the evening at the 14-second mark of the third period. Pacan won the face-off ahead to Nugent, who slipped a backhander through Jeff Wyer’s legs. The Nailers bounced back to tie the game 4:27 later, thanks to an alert play by Jarrett Burton. Justin Baker’s point shot glanced off of Burton, who quickly found the loose puck, flipping in a backhander to even the score at three. With 4:03 left in regulation, Army put Wheeling back on top. Myles Harvey’s lead pass set up his college teammate, who went to his backhand, roofing the eventual game winning goal. Chaz Johnson added an empty netter for at 5-3 Nailers triumph.

Jeff Wyer stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced in relief, earning the victory in goal for Wheeling. Joe Howe took the loss for Cincinnati, surrendering two goals on seven shots. Franky Palazzese of the Nailers made 14 saves on 16 shots, while Sam Brittain turned away 13 of 15 shots for the Cyclones, as the two starting netminders.

The Nailers and Cyclones will meet again in Wheeling on Sunday afternoon at 5:05. Opening Night for the Nailers takes place on October 18th at 7:35, when they host the Reading Royals.

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Phantoms Float Past Penguins In Home Opener



Dickenson Children drop the first puck of the 2014-15 Season. Photo Credit - PensFans4Ever

Dickson Children drop the first puck of the 2014-15 Season.
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It was a nice start to tonight’s game the Dickson children did the puck drop to a standing ovation. It was a nice beginning and show of support for the Pa State Police.

WBS got off to a decent start getting a few chances but not getting the breaks they were looking for. The Phantoms would get the first power play of the game but did nothing with it. Farnham and Powe did a little dancing, Farnham seemed to have the upper hand.

The Phantoms would get the first tally of the game as Jayson Megna sat in the bin for interference. As the first period came to an end the WBS Penguins trailed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms by one but were outshooting them 6 to 1.

The second period saw more phantoms scoring and more Penguins mishaps, not saying that they were not playing well but it seemed to be a really bad period for WBS.

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Looked like an old fashioned square dance with Leblond as the caller
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PL3 had a nice fight in the WBS end and WBS had one good power play during the second period. The silence would finally be broken as Bryan Rust fires a last stitch shot at the buzzer to get WBS on the board, after review the Pens left the ice trailing the Phantoms at the end of two periods 3-1. The Penguins weren’t looking to good tonight passes were off and they couldn’t seem to keep the puck in the Phantoms end. The power play looked weak except for one they had a good set up and got some quality chances on net.

The third frame was not any nicer to the Penguins than the first two. Jamie Koharski was not any better to the Penguins either making some chouice calls and some choice non calls as well.  Lehigh Valley would score two more times on the Penguins both on the power play  giving the Phantoms 5 goals on the night. WBS would also tally another goal Connor Sheary would net the Penguins second goal a nice chip shot as the puck sat in front of the Phantoms net giving WBS 2 goals on the night.

That is where tonight’s game would end the Phantoms 5 the WBS Penguins 2, we will have more stats on the interactive schedule here.

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WBS Penguins Sign Tyler Murovich



Tyler Murovich Photo Credit - TheAHL.com

Tyler Murovich Photo Credit – TheAHL.com

The WBS Penguins announced today that they have signed forward Tyler Murovich to a one-year American Hockey League contract and assigned him to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

Murovich, 24, split last season between the Iowa Wild (AHL) and Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.  In 60 games with Orlando, Murovich posted 18 goals, 12 assists and 64 penalty minutes, while notching one goal in 14 appearances with Iowa.

Now entering his fifth year as a pro, Murovich was acquired from Springfield by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during his rookie season in 2010-11.  The Pittsburgh-native skated in two contests for the Penguins before going on to record 10 points (5G-5A) in 20 games for the Nailers.

In 64 career AHL games between Hamilton, Iowa, Springfield, Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Murovich has registered eight goals, seven assists and 62 penalty minutes.  He has also appeared in 207 ECHL games, totaling 120 points (52G-68A) and 252 PIM.

The Penguins open their 2014-15 regular season with a pair of home games on Saturday night, Oct. 11, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12, against the Manchester Monarchs

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Sill, Ebbett and Chorney Recalled By Penguins



It was released today that the Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Zach Sill and Andrew Ebbett and defenseman Taylor Chorney from Wheeling, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The Penguins also assigned forward Kasperi Kapanen to KalPa of the Finnish League and placed forward Beau Bennett on injured reserve.

Pittsburgh plays its 2014-15 regular-season opener tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

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Nailers Announce Extensions to Team, Coach, Donatelli Signs Through 2016-17



The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, hosted the 2014 State of the Team Event at Generations Restaurant & Pub on Wednesday night.

Wheeling Nailers Governor Don Rigby was the first to speak, and he had breaking news to share. First, The Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley, LLC (the Wheeling Nailers) has agreed to a three-year extension with WesBanco Arena and the City of Wheeling. The deal guarantees that the Nailers will stay in Wheeling through the 2017-18 season.

Rigby then stayed around to make a second announcement. Wheeling Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli has received a three-year extension on his contract, which will carry him through the 2016-17 season. Donatelli currently ranks second in team history in wins as a head coach (96), trailing Doug Sauter, whose Wheeling Thunderbirds recorded 124 victories. Clark will tie Sauter for the most games coached in team history (200) on Opening Night.

Between the speeches by Rigby and Donatelli, fans and media in attendance heard from Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron, who discussed the new improvements set to happen at WesBanco Arena. Over the course of the next 18 months, the 37-year old facility will see changes to the entrance, seats, and scoreboard.

Finally, Pittsburgh Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill gave an update on the organization. 2014-15 marks the 15th consecutive season that the Nailers and Penguins have been affiliated, which has led to 13 former Nailers making their NHL debuts with Pittsburgh. Last year, the trio of Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Wheeling was the lone organization in which all three teams (NHL, AHL, ECHL) reached the second round of the playoffs.

The Wheeling Nailers begin their ECHL record 23rd season on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35 against the Reading Royals at WesBanco Arena.

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