Boak Back With WBS



It was announced today that the WBS Penguins have recalled defenseman Alex Boak  from loan to the Wheeling Nailers.

Boak has appeared in 22 games for the Penguins this season, recording one goal, three assists and 49 penalty minutes.  A 25-year old rookie from Norwood, NY, Boak has also collected one goal, one assist and 19 PIM this year over 14 contests with the Nailers.

Boak totaled 31 points (7G-24A) and 357 penalty minutes over 148 games with Clarkson University from 2010-14.  He went on to make his pro debut last spring with Wheeling, where he played in eight games and recorded 24 penalty minutes.

The Penguins head to Binghamton on Friday, March 27 to face the Senators at 7:05 pm.

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Harrison Ruopp Returns To WBS



The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Harrison Ruopp to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL), it was announced today.

Ruopp, a second-year pro, has registered one assist and 58 penalty minutes over 30 games this season with the Nailers, while also appearing in four contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The 22-year-old from Zehner, Saskatchewan compiled 34 penalty minutes in 21 matches with the Penguins last season, while collecting three assists and 42 PIM in 19 games for Wheeling.

Originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the third round (84th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Ruopp was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 22, 2012.

The Penguins head to Binghamton on Friday, March 27 to face the Senators at 7:05 pm.

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Matt Murray Sets AHL Record – Penguins Trap Phantoms



WBS got off to a slow start this afternoon not able to get a shot on net until just past the halfway point of the first period.  It seem like the first half of the first. Was all Lehigh Valley but Matt Murray in net did a great job of keeping it 0-0.

Archibald and Akeson did a little dance after some rough stuff between Farnham and Stortini  and ended up sitting. The Penguins ended up on the power play but did not get anything out of it. That is how the first word in I’ll even at zero heading for the dressing room WBS would have 45 seconds of carryover to start the second period.

WBS gets no satisfaction out of the power play but seem to have gained some momentum picking up their pace a little bit. Tom Kostopoulos  scores the Penguins first goal a nice wrister past Zepp at 11:15 of the second making it one to none WBS.

Bobby Farnham makes its two nothing just fifty five seconds later with a rocket blast past Zepp helping the Penguins gain more momentum. That’s how the second wall and heading off the ice for the second or omission penguins leading two nothing.

It was an all out effort for the Phantoms putting everything they could on net attempting to get back into this game but Matt Murray and the rest of the Penguins held them out.

WBS would get one more goal in the night an empty netter Scott Harrington would get the tally to make it a WBS Penguin Shut Out that’s number ten for Matt Murray setting a new AHL record (as I said before Goaltender Of The Year) beating Gordie Bell’s for shutouts in a season by a rookie goaltender, this record is from way back too 1942-43, what a spectacular job by rookie Matt Murray.

Ending result today the WBS Penguins take the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-0

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Senators Override Penguins

It was the Binghamton Senators getting on the boards first Michael Sdao would snap one past Zatkoff a little past the half way mark of the first. Troy Rutlowski would get whistled for high sticking “Double Minor” and sit for 4, but just fifteen seconds into the WBS Power Play the Senators Buddy Robinson would tally a short handed goal beating Zatkoff clean.

Nearing the two minute mark of the double minor WBS’s Danny Syvret would let one lose and hit pay dirt scoring a nice WBS power play goal cutting the Senators lead in half. That’s where the first would end WBS looking at a one goal deficit heading into the second frame.

WBS would even things up on a nice second effort goal by Carter Rowney proving the old play until you hear a whistle mentality just :47 into the second period. Both sides would get some chances throughout the second but it wouldn’t be until late in the second someone would break the 2-2 tie.

Scott Wilson would tally the Penguins third of the night giving the WBS Penguins a one goal lead now 3-2 heading off  the ice for the second intermission with momentum for the third.

The momentum would be short lived as the Senators would score an even up goal just 1:39 into the third period. The Penguins would make attempts to get the go ahead goal but would not be able to find the right combination.

The Senators would tally their fourth of the game taking a 4-3 lead at 14:09 of the third. WBS would try to even it up again but would not be able to get things done dropping tonight’s game to the Senators 4-3

 

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Elmira Evens Weekend Series

The two-game weekend between the Wheeling Nailers and Elmira Jackals was highlighted by defense and goaltending. After the Nailers prevailed 2-1 in a shootout on Friday, the Jackals came back with a 2-1 regulation win on Saturday. Travis Fullerton stood tall in goal with 35 saves, while his teammates picked up one goal each in the first and second periods. Zack Torquato extended his point streak to 11 games, assisting on Chaz Johnson’s third period goal for Wheeling.

After combining to make 69 saves on Friday night, the goaltenders announced their presences in the first period. It took until the final minute of the first period for the scoreless deadlock to be broken, and that tally was notched by the Jackals, who capitalized on a turnover. Kevin Hart broke up a pass at his own blueline, springing Trevor Gerling in on a breakaway. Gerling took the puck from his forehand to his backhand, slipping a shot through Franky Palazzese’s legs.

One goal was also scored in the second period, and unfortunately, that was also done by host Elmira. Nick Tuzzolino spun a pass through center ice, leading Taylor Stefishen in on the left side of the offensive zone. Stefishen separated himself from the defense, before taking a shot from the left circle, which found its way into the right side of the cage.

The Nailers attempted to rally back in the third period, and with 1:51 remaining, they pulled within a goal, while playing on the man advantage. Zack Torquato was the extra skater on the right side of the ice, which he used to his advantage, zipping a pass through the slot to Chaz Johnson, who drilled home his second goal in as many nights. Unfortunately, Wheeling was unable to climb back with an equalizer, as the game ended 2-1 in favor of the home team.

Travis Fullerton backstopped the win for Elmira, blocking away 35 of the 36 shots he faced. Franky Palazzese played well, but was on the wrong side of the equation for Wheeling, after stopping 28 of the 30 shots directed his way.

The Nailers will start a four-game homestand on Wednesday at 7:05 against the Toledo Walleye.

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New Day, New Shootout, Winning Result

Palazzese Stops All Four Shootout Attempts, as Nailers Earn Fourth Shootout Win

For the second straight game, the Wheeling Nailers battled their way past regulation and overtime, needing a shootout to decide the contest. Unlike Tuesday night, this script had a positive ending, as Franky Palazzese followed up a 36-save game with four more saves in the shootout. David Gilbert and Mike Ratchuk provided the offense in the shootout, as Wheeling defeated the Elmira Jackals, 2-1 at First Arena.

The game started with an extremely physical tone, as the two sides dropped the gloves on three separate occasions. Patrick McGrath went once each with Joe Houk and Justin Sawyer, while Harrison Ruopp had a disagreement with Lucas Bloodoff. As for the play, Elmira had the advantage with a 7-1 lead in shots at the beginning, before the Nailers responded with 11 of the final 14. Neither team was able to light the lamp in the first nor second periods, sending a scoreless deadlock into the third.

Midway through the third period, Wheeling finally cracked through with the opening tally. Derek Army circled around the back of the net, before slipping a pass through the crease. Chaz Johnson was the recipient of the pass, as he tapped in a shot on the left side of the net. For most of the night, the Nailers put forth a perfect penalty kill, but on their seventh opportunity of the game, the Jackals finally got on the scoreboard with 3:29 remaining. Zach Tolkinen took a wrist shot from the right point, squeezing it under Franky Palazzese’s right arm, to ultimately force overtime.

Despite 11 shots on goal for the two sides, overtime didn’t settle anything, leading to a shootout. Both opening shooters missed, but in round two, David Gilbert put the Nailers ahead with his second shootout tally of the season. Mike Ratchuk added to the advantage with a wrist shot over Travis Fullerton’s glove in the third round, and Palazzese preserved his teammates’ work, stopping all four attempts taken by the Jackals.

Franky Palazzese earned the victory with an outstanding 36-save performance during the game, before going 4-for-4 in the shootout. Travis Fullerton took the shootout loss, despite a solid 33-save effort during the game. He was only able to block two of four shootout attempts.

The Nailers and Jackals will meet again on Saturday night at 7:05 in Elmira, before Wheeling returns home on Wednesday to start a four-game homestand.

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Penguins Crunched In OT

The WBS Penguins traveled to Syracuse tonight to take on the Syracuse Crunch, Syracuse sitting in first place of the Northeast Division and WBS sitting in second place of the East Division tonight’s game should have been and was a great match up. WBS and Syracuse both trading shots for the first period both sides amounting 10 SOG’s. Matt Murray coming up with some nice saves for WBS.

The Penguins would get a chance late in the first period as Joey Mormina took a slashing penalty putting the WBS Penguins on a late power play that would spill over into the second period but would not generate any points for the Penguins.

Syracuse would be the first to get on board with a nice goal by Yanni Gourde just past the eight minute mark of the second period. WBS would give Syracuse a glorious chance to pull out a two goal lead just seconds after the Gourde goal as Barry Goers would sit for interference, but the WBS PK would hold it’s ground keeping it a one goal game.

One penalty each and one power play each after 40 minutes of play and looking at 17 SOG each heading off the ice for the second intermission the WBS Penguins were trailing the Syracuse Crunch 1-0.


Heading into the third period you just had that feeling that things were going to turn around for WBS. LeBlond and Dotchin got into a little shoving match after PL3 shot the puck after being whistled offside not much coming out of it but both would sit in the bin making it 4×4 hockey. This gave the Pens some open ice to work with, and Derrick Pouliot made it work a nice pass to Tom Kostopoulos who found his way through three Crunch players to the goal to make it 1-1.

That’s is where regulation would end everything even at one each forcing tonight’s game into OT with both sides earning a point. Unfortunately the it would be the Crunch who would come out of the OT with the second point and the win on the night but all in all this wasn’t a bad game for WBS.

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