Syracuse With 3rd Period Come Back Take Pens 3-2



Different first period tonight from last night the WBS Penguins scoring twice in the opening period. The first was Conor Sheary getting the boys on the board at 12:33

WBS would tally a second goal this time on the power play Andrew Ebbett would get the Penguins second goal on the power play giving the Pens a 2-0 lead.

That’s where things would end at the first break WBS heading for the first break leading the Syracuse Crunch 2-0.

Charlie Roper enjoying the game along with our favorite Mascot Tux.  Tweet your pic @PensFans4Ever to get on our site Photo Credit - C.Roper

Charlie Roper enjoying the game along with our favorite Mascot Tux. Tweet your pic @PensFans4Ever to get on our site
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The WBS Penguins would get so great chances but would not find an opening. WBS would hold on to he two goal lead into the later parts of the second period until Syracuse would cut it in half.

At the second break it was the WBS Penguins 2 the Syracuse Crunch 1 with just twenty more minutes left in regulation.

Syracuse would mount a come back in the third period netting two unanswered goals one a power play goal making it all even at two each and putting the WBS Penguins in a bad spot with momentum gaining for the Crunch.

The Crunch would tally one more goal just past the ten minute mark of the third taking the lead for the first time in the contest and taking some of the wind out of the WBS sail. The Penguins would rally towards the end of the game but it would prove to be just to much and the Crunch would leave WBS victorious. The WBS Penguins falling tonight 3-2.

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Power Play Goals Push Fuel Past Nailers, 3-2



McGrath Gets First Career Goal, But its not enough

Just one of the signs that was around the WBS Arena when Patrick took to WBS ice Photo - PensFans4Ever

Just one of the signs that was around the WBS Arena when Patrick took to WBS ice Photo – PensFans4Ever

The Wheeling Nailers made their first ever visit to Fairgrounds Coliseum on Saturday night, and despite the first career goal for Patrick McGrath, the celebrating was done by the home team. The Indy Fuel erased a 2-1 deficit with two power play goals, including the deciding tally by Robert Czarnik, as it edged the Nailers, 3-2 in front of 5,349 fans.
The first period was loaded with entertainment and emotion, as well as three goals. Indy netted the first marker of the evening on an end-to-end rush. Patrick Cullen dropped a pass back to Robert Czarnik in the right circle, and Czarnik proceeded to shoot a wrist shot through Eric Hartzell’s legs. However, the Nailers battled back, tying the game and eventually taking the lead. With 6:11 remaining, Matia Marcantuoni sprang Riley Brace on a breakaway. Brace faked from his forehand to his backhand, slipping a shot through Cody Reichard for the equalizer. Later in the frame, Wheeling took the lead, when Patrick McGrath rang a shot off of both posts, with the puck trickling over the line in the middle. The tally was the first of McGrath’s professional career.

The Fuel was the only team to score in the middle frame, doing so with 9:29 to go, while playing on the man advantage. Matt White took a pass from Dean Chelios, before roofing a shot from the left circle.

Early in the third period, Indy jumped ahead, courtesy of its second straight power play goal. Brett Perlini won a face-off to Robert Czarnik, who found himself open in the slot. Czarnik lifted a wrist shot into the top-right corner of the net for what turned out to be the game winner in a 3-2 final score for the Fuel.

Cody Reichard took the win for Indy, making 21 saves on 23 shots. Eric Hartzell suffered the defeat for Wheeling, despite stopping 30 of the 33 shots he faced.

The Nailers will host the Elmira Jackals on Wednesday morning at 10:35.

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WBS Penguins Trap Phantoms 3-1



Tonight the WBS Penguins took on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

First period the WBS Penguins seemed a little flat in the beginning not seeming to get a lot of chances, but then again neither were the Phantoms.

Seemed to be a fast moving period WBS getting the first chance on the power play early in and I mean early :19 to be exact but would not convert. It wouldn’t be until WBS got a 5 on 3 that they would score Wilson would get the credit for the goal and the Pens would be up one to none.

An uneventful second period power plays traded between the two clubs but nothing in the way of goals. WBS had a few nice chances but just didn’t get the bounce they wanted.

At the end of the second period both teams left for the dressing rooms looking at the same score as in the first intermission WBS leading the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1-0.

The third was some more end to end hockey the Phantoms would even the score just over two minutes into the third on the power play giving the Penguins somewhat of a scare.

Bryan Rust would give the Pens a boost with a nice second effort goal making it two to one WBS just over eight minutes into the third. The WBS Penguins would score one more tally an empty netter with just a few seconds left in the game making it a 3 to 1 victory trapping the Phantoms once again.

Here are some highlights from tonight’s game

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Louis Dumont Named to 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame Class



ECHL’s All-Time Leading Scorer Becomes Third Wheeling Tie Named to ECHL Hall of Fame

On Thursday afternoon, the ECHL announced the inductees for the 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame class. One of the inductees is former Wheeling Thunderbirds forward Louis Dumont.

Louis Dumont  inductee for the 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame class  Photo Credit - Wheeling Nailers

Louis Dumont inductee for the 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame class
Photo Credit – Wheeling Nailers

Louis Dumont spent two seasons in Wheeling as a member of the Thunderbirds from 1994-96. The then 21-year old forward began to make his mark on professional hockey as a rookie in 1994-95, accumulating 25 goals, 33 assists, 58 points, and 81 penalty minutes in 62 games. The following year, Dumont posted similar numbers, recording 24 goals, 39 assists, 63 points, and 57 penalty minutes in 66 games with the T-Birds.

After his time in the Ohio Valley, Louis spent parts of the next ten seasons in the ECHL, suiting up with the Louisiana IceGators, Augusta Lynx, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Mississippi Sea Wolves, and Utah Grizzlies. His most productive season came in 2001-02 with Pensacola, when he topped the 100-point plateau, finishing the campaign with 102 to lead the league. His career high in goals occurred in 1996-97, when he lit the lamp 41 times with Louisiana.

Dumont’s 566 career assists and 891 career points are the most in ECHL history, while his 771 games played rank third, and his 325 goals are tied for third.

Louis Dumont becomes the third ECHL Hall of Fame member with Wheeling ties, joining Head Coach John Brophy (2009 inductee) and forward Darren Schwartz (2013 inductee).

Dumont, Darren Colbourne, Scott Sabatino, and Carl Scheer will be formally inducted as the eighth class of the ECHL Hall of Fame at a luncheon ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando. The 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame luncheon, presented by BFL Canada, will take place on Wednesday, January 21st at noon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown.

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Penguins Assign D’Agostino and Hartzell to Wheeling



The Pittsburgh Penguins released today that they have assigned defenseman Nick D’Agostino and goaltender Eric Hartzell from the WBS Penguins to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

In two appearances this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hartzell has gone 2-0-0 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .882 save percentage.  Hartzell, a 25-year old second-year pro, split the 2013-14 season between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling.   He went 10-8-1 over 25 games with the Penguins, registering  a 2.48 GAA a .901 save percentage, three shutouts and was also named AHL Goaltender of the Month for January.    In 14 contests for Wheeling last year, Hartzell posted a record of 8-5-1 with a 3.13 GAA, a .900 save percentage and one shutout.

D’Agostino, 23, has skated in one match for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.  In 2013-14, the second-year defenseman collected 10 points (1G-9A) and 15 penalty minutes in 48 games for the Penguins.  He also posted three assists in seven contests with the Nailers.   A native of Bolton, Ontario, D’Agostino was a seventh-round pick by Pittsburgh (210th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Penguins have two home games this weekend when they battle rival Lehigh Valley Friday night at 7:05pm and then host Syracuse Saturday night.

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Brace Named Grand Vue Park Player of the Month



John Stewart Wins Weekend Stay at Grand Vue Park, on Behalf of Brace

The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have introduced the Grand Vue Park Player of the Month and Fan Cabin Giveaway.

Each month, the Nailers will select their Player of the Month, based on numbers and performance on the ice. From there, they will select one lucky fan to win a weekend stay in a luxurious cabin at Grand Vue Park, on behalf of the player. The lucky fan will also receive an autographed puck by the player.

“We have an awesome partnership with the Nailers, which we believe will help the Nailers grow in Marshall County, while we continue to build up our recognition in and around Wheeling,” said Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White. “We are excited to invite the great fans of the Nailers to our park this season, so they can enjoy all of our tremendous amenities.”

October’s Grand Vue Park Player of the Month is forward Riley Brace. During October, Brace compiled three goals, three assists, and six points in four games, and is currently the team leader in all three categories with 5-9-14 totals. Riley’s impact on the scoresheet occurred almost immediately, as he picked up a hat trick, as part of a four-point game on Opening Night.

“We are thrilled to have this partnership with Grand Vue Park, as they are providing our fans with a new opportunity to enjoy a complimentary stay at their beautiful facility,” said Nailers Vice President Craig Bommer. “We believe this will enhance our fan experience, while also giving us a chance to publicly recognize our players for their efforts,” he said.

On behalf of Riley, the Nailers have selected John Stewart to receive a weekend stay in a luxurious cabin at Grand Vue Park.

The Nailers will play host to the Orlando Solar Bears on Friday night at 7:35.

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A Perfect 3 For 3 Weekend As WBS Beats Syracuse In OT



The Syracuse Crunch came to town this afternoon for a bit of hockey and the WBS Penguins were just the ticket.

There was a lot of end to end hockey for both sides, WBS getting five power plays one a 5×3 that was cut short and did not convert any of them. Andrew Ebbett had one of the best chances on an open net but couldn’t find the handle.

By the end of the first the Penguins lead the Crunch in shots on net but the score stayed 0-0 heading to the dressing room for the first intermission.

Syracuse scored just 2:06 into the second period giving the Crunch the lead, but the Penguins answered back two minutes later as Jayson Megna even it up at one each going top shelf.

Syracuse would take the lead again as Richard would put one past Eric Hartzell the Pens now trailing 2-1. Taylor Chorney would take care of business for the Penguins playing equalizer making it all even at two with a power play goal. That’s where the second would end scoring wise but there were a few fights, the best was Payerl and Corrente.

Third period saw more end to end action Derrick Pouliot tallied the Penguins third goal giving them the lead for the first time in tonight’s game on the power play, Penguins now leading 3-2.

Just over five minutes later Jayson Megna and Beau Bennett team up for a nice tic tac goal putting the Penguins up by a pair now leading 4-2. Syracuse wasn’t going to lay down and give up though as they came back with two goals of their own making it even at 4 at the end of regulation.

Nearing the halfway point of OT Brian Dumoulin centers a puck sort of blindly to Jean Sebastien Dea who roofs it behind Andrei Vasilevskiy giving the WBS Penguins the win. That is a perfect weekend for the Penguins 3 for 3 a total of 6 points WBS sits in 1st place with 17 points a record of 8-5-1

Here are the interviews after tonight’s game with Coach Hynes and Beau Bennett

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