Nailers Earn Point for Third Straight Game



Saturday night’s game between the Wheeling Nailers and Greenville Road Warriors featured loads of emotion and a bit of controversy, and in the end, both teams came away with at least one point. Unfortunately for the Nailers, it was Greenville who got the bonus point, as Mike Banwell’s goal from the left wing wall at 2:31 of overtime was the difference in a 4-3 final score at WesBanco Arena.

The teams battled to a scoreless first period, before exploding to combine for five goals in the middle frame. Emerson Clark put the Road Warriors on the board first at the 5:29 mark, when he potted the rebound of Mike Banwell’s initial shot from the left point. Wheeling had a quick answer, needing just 42 seconds to square the game at one. Three seconds into a power play, Jean-Sebastien Dea found himself open on the left side of the slot, where he roofed a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the cage. Derek Army followed up that tally 1:29 later, slamming in the rebound of Dea’s chance from the left side of the blueline. Domenic Alberga pinballed in a tying goal for Greenville with 4:32 remaining, which appeared to send the game to intermission even. However, as the clock was ticking down, Vinny Saponari trickled a puck over the line for a play which was ruled a goal, leading to Clark Donatelli’s third career ejection and second this season.

Sticking up for their head coach, the Nailers played a spirited third period, outshooting the Road Warriors, 14-6, while netting the tying goal. That came from Jarrett Burton, who tipped in Riley Brace’s pass from along the right side of the goal line.

Despite the comeback, the game didn’t have a happy ending for the home team, as Banwell flicked in a screened shot from the outer edge of the left circle, lifting the Road Warriors to the 4-3 win.

Jason Missiaen recorded the win for Greenville, making 27 saves on 30 shots. Eric Hartzell suffered the overtime defeat, stopping 23 of the 27 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Road Warriors will meet again on Sunday afternoon at 4:05.



Sunday, March 1st wraps up the weekend at 4:05 against the Road Warriors on a Family Funday with $5 kids tickets, Oglebay Good Zoo Day, and a post game skate with the team. That day will also be the annual Pucks & Paws Day, when fans are invited to bring their dogs and cats to the game.

Tuesday, March 3rd will be the make-up game for the postponed contest from February 16th against the Jackals. Face-off is scheduled for 7:05, and fans will be able to purchase a hot dog and soda combo for $5.

Later on in March, the Nailers will have the Stanley Cup at WesBanco Arena on March 14th, while hosting NASCAR Night on March 28th.

Wheeling Nailers 2015-16 season tickets, as well as flex tickets, group tickets and single-game tickets for 2014-15 are on sale now. For more information, call 304-234-GOAL or visit wheelingnailers.com.

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WBS Penguins Edge Out Wolf Pack



Here is tonight’s game from the press release, I had family engagements to attend tonight and could not get to the radio or computer for the game.

Andrew Ebbett’s breakaway goal at 2:27 of overtime allowed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to edge past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, and extend the Penguins’ season-best point streak to nine games.

The Penguins held a 2-1 lead in the third period before Chris Mueller’s second goal of the game tied the score for the Wolf Pack with 8:43 remaining in regulation.  Mueller got a piece of a center blueline shot from blueliner Mike Kostka and was able to put back his own rebound after Jeff Zatkoff slid across the crease to make the initial save.

Both teams earned a point after regulation ended in a 2-2 deadlock, but it would Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coming on top for the seventh win in its last eight matches.  Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin won a wall battle at just outside his own zone and feathered a pass behind the Wolf Pack defense for Ebbett.  The veteran center skated in alone and beat Hartford goalie Yann Danis with a wrister to the blocker side for his 13th goal of the season.

After a scoreless first, the Penguins jumped ahead, 1-0, 1:54 into the second frame when a quick snap shot from the left by Reid McNeill deflected off a stick and floated over the shoulder of Danis.

Hartford was able to respond at the 6:00 mark of the same period with its first man-advantage of the match.  It took only seven seconds of the power play for Chris Bourque to set up Mueller on the far circle for his first tally of the night – a wrist shot that sneaked under the arm of Zatkoff.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went back on top on its first power play in the game when Jayson Megna cashed in on a rebound chance with 8.6 seconds left until the second intermission.

The Penguins completed the month of February without a regulation loss, going 7-0-1-1 and have recorded points in 13 of their last 14 games (11-1-1-1).

Zatkoff raised his record to 14-10-4 with 29 saves on 31 shots.  Danis suffered his seventh consecutive loss, turning aside 26-of-29.

The Penguins head to Bridgeport on Sunday, Mar. 1 to face the Sound Tigers at 3:00 p.m.

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Dea and Ruopp Reassigned to Wheeling



The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced this afternoon that they have assigned forward Jean-Sebastien Dea and defenseman Harrison Ruopp from the WBS Penguins to the Wheeling Nailers. 

 

Dea, 21, has posted two goals and an assist over eight contests with Wheeling.  Currently in his first pro season, Dea has also skated in 37 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, amassing nine goals, 10 assists and 14 PIM.  

 

Dea set career highs in 2013-14 with 49 goals for Rouyn-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League –fourth most in the league – and ranked second on the team with 75 points.  In three seasons with the Huskies, Dea totaled 192 points (111G-81A) over 183 contests. 

 

A second-year pro from Zehner, Saskatchewan, Ruopp has registered one assist and 47 penalty minutes during 23 matches with the Nailers and also appeared in two games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  

 

The 21-year-old compiled 34 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Penguins last season, while recording 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 return to Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 28 for another match-up against the Wolf Pack at 7:00 p.m.

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Zach Sill Traded To Leafs For Winnik



It was announced today that the  Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Zach Sill, a 2015 fourth-round draft pick and a 2016 second-round draft pick, it was announced by general manager Jim Rutherford.

Winnik, 29, has seven goals and 25 points in 58 games with Toronto this year. He led the team with a plus-15, which will also place first among Pittsburgh forwards and second overall on the club.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Winnik led all Toronto forwards with 50 blocked shots and ranked third with 99 hits this year. His 3:27 average shorthanded minutes per game is the highest total among all NHL forwards.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Winnik established career highs last season with Anaheim in points (30) and assists (24) in 76 games.

Winnik has played in 548 career NHL games with Arizona, Colorado, San Jose, Anaheim and Toronto, totaling 175 points (56G-119A). He has also suited up for 28 career NHL playoff contests.

Winnik played three years of college hockey at New Hampshire from 2003-06, surpassing the 40-point mark in each of his final two years.

Winnik was originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the ninth round (265th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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Archibald, Dea and Ruopp Heading Back To WBS



It was announced this afternoon that the Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forwards Josh Archibald and Jean-Sebastien Dea and defenseman Harrison Ruopp to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins from the Wheeling Nailers.

Archibald has recorded two goals, four assists and 11 penalty minutes in 31 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  The 22-year-old rookie registered his first professional hat trick on Sunday in Wheeling’s 4-1 win at Kalamazoo and overall has compiled 10 points (6G-4A) in eight games for the Nailers.

A sixth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins (174th overall) in 2011, Archibald was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award last season as the NCAA’s top college hockey player after ranking third in the nation with 29 goals for the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Dea, 21, has skated in 37 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, amassing nine goals, 10 assists and 14 PIM.  Currently in his first pro season, Dea has also posted two goals and an assist over eight contests with Wheeling.

Dea set career highs in 2013-14 with 49 goals for Rouyn-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – fourth most in the league – and ranked second on the team with 75 points.  In three seasons with the Huskies, Dea totaled 192 points (111G-81A) over 183 contests.

A second-year pro from Zehner, Saskatchewan, Ruopp has appeared in two games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and also registered one assist and 47 penalty minutes during 23 matches with the Nailers.

The 21-year-old posted 34 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Penguins last season, while recording 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 return to Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 28 for another match-up against the Wolf Pack at 7:00 p.m.

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Archibald, Nailers Trick Wings on Pink Ice



After a disappointing performance in Toledo, the Wheeling Nailers were looking for a big bounce back on Sunday afternoon, as they visited the Kalamazoo Wings. Josh Archibald provided the majority of the heroics, as he netted the club’s third hat trick of the season, while tacking on one assist, as the Nailers took down Kalamazoo, 4-1 at Wings Stadium.

The way the first period started, it appeared the game was going to be filled with goals. Kalamazoo struck for the opening marker just 1:51 into the contest, when Gergo Nagy slipped a wrist shot through Franky Palazzese’s legs from just below the left face-off dot. The Nailers responded quickly with the equalizer 84 seconds after they had fell behind. Josh Archibald skated into the middle of the offensive zone, before ripping a wrist shot, which rang into the net, after deflecting off of the right post. Zack Torquato and Riley Brace assisted on Archibald’s fourth goal in a Wheeling uniform.

Wheeling took its first lead of the game with 8:56 remaining in the middle frame, following a successful penalty kill. Archibald flew out of the box, and immediately received a pass from Tyler Fernandez, who lofted a backhand flip out to center ice. Archibald broke in alone, faked to his forehand, and chipped a shot over fallen goaltender Joel Martin.

At the 3:39 mark of the third period, the Nailers’ power play converted, extending the lead to two. Torquato walked in from the right point, drilling the crossbar with his initial shot. The rebound deflected down off of Martin, before rolling in over the line, as Torquato jumped into sole possession of eighth place on the the team’s all-time scoring list. With 1:55 to go, Archibald iced the triumph, as well as his hat trick, finding the center of the net with a backhander from in front of the team bench.

Franky Palazzese was magnificent in goal for Wheeling, earning the win a 37-save performance. Joel Martin took the loss for Kalamazoo, making 31 saves on 34 shots.

The Nailers will begin a four-game homestand on Friday night at 7:35, when they take on the Elmira Jackals.

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Penguins Out Run The Pack 4-1



It would be the WBS Penguins getting in the board first this afternoon in Hartford Andrew Ebbett getting the tally for his 100th AHL goal congrats to Andrew Ebbett. On a related note Tom Kostopoulos picked up the secondary assist and that would give hime his 400th AHL point,congrats to Tom as well.

Hartford would even things up late in the period on a long shot that gets deflected in past Jeff Zatkoff, Nick Tarnasky would get the credit for the Wolf Packs goal. That would be it for the first period heading for the dressing rooms even at one each.

The WBS Penguins would pull ahead of the Wolf Pack 2-1 on a goal by Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, yes PL3 got his first of the season a nice pass by Marcantuoni made it possible.

That would be it for the second no further scoring leaving the ice for the second intermission it was the WBS Pengujns 2 the Hartford Wolf Pack 1.

Andrew Ebbett scores just ten seconds into the third period making it a 3-1 Penguins giving some distance for the Wolf Pack to make up. WBS would get yet another chance in the power play late in the third, something they haven’t had any luck on 4 out of 5 times this afternoon.

Carter Rowney would put one past Yann Danis making it 4-1 WBS Penguins and giving the Pengukns their first power play goal of the night.

That’s where things would stay through the end of regulation the WBS Penguins picking up their second win in the weekend making it a clean sweep 4 out of 4 points but still trailing Hershey by 3.

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