Nailers Thankful for Goaltending on Thanksgiving Eve

Palazzese Stops All 28, Torquato Scores Lone Goal in 1-0 Victory 

It’s very rare that a hockey game at any level sees only one player record a point, but on Wednesday night, that was the case. Zack Torquato scored the only goal of the game at the 2:59 mark of the second period for the Wheeling Nailers, and Franky Palazzese made 28 saves, as Wheeling blanked the Reading Royals, 1-0 at WesBanco Arena.

There were two highlights during the opening stanza. The first came via a fight, as Patrick McGrath and Derek Mathers dropped the gloves 4:49 into the evening. That marked the third time that the two combatants went at it this season, and it lifted McGrath’s career penalty minute total against the Royals over 100. Palazzese also turned in his first significant save, denying a breakaway by Matt Hatch with his left shoulder.

Early in the second period, the Nailers broke the deadlock on a terrific individual effort. Torquato gathered the puck in his own slot, beginning to skate his way through neutral ice. Upon gaining the offensive blueline, Zack slanted to the right, letting a wrist shot go, which flew up and over a surprised Adam Morrison’s right shoulder.

Reading turned on the heat during the third period, equaling its shot total from the first two frames, putting a 14-2 advantage on the board. However, the Nailers did not break, and Palazzese made one more spectacular key save, again robbing Hatch on a breakaway, as the Royals forward tried to sneak a backhander through the legs.

Franky Palazzese stopped all 28 shots he faced in his second shutout of the season and third of his career for Wheeling. Adam Morrison made 24 saves on 25 shots in his Reading debut.

The 1-0 win was the Nailers’ first by that score since April 23, 2014, when they edged South Carolina in game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. It was also Wheeling’s first shutout win over Reading since January 25, 2012 and first shutout win against the Royals at WesBanco Arena since January 7, 2007.

The Nailers will host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, in which the first 2,000 fans will receive a camouflage hat, courtesy of Main Street Bank. The puck drops at 7:35 against Brampton. Wheeling will then be home for three games next week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, led by Star Wars Night on December 5th. The Star Wars characters will be on hand for meeting and greeting, the team will be wearing special jerseys, and the first 2,000 fans will receive a t-shirt.

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Penguins Take Senators In OT 4-3

The WBS Penguins looking for a little revenge headed to Binghamton tonight to take on the Senators. The last meeting between these two teams did not go as planned for WBS.

Penguins get an early chance Kael Mouillierat rings one off the crossbar, refs review the play but rule no goal. Carter Rowney would get WBS on the board just a few minutes later getting his own rebound and putting it in the net. Kael Mouillierat would make good on his next chance on net sliding one past O’Connor making it a two nothing game for the WBS Penguins. Binghamton would get a great chance to cut the WBS lead in half on a bad turnover near the Penguins net but Matt Murray would keep them out.

Binghamton would cut the Penguins lead in half on the power play Eric O’Dell would tally one for the Senators giving WBS something to think about and possibly giving the Senators a little lift.

Sestito and Stortini do a little dance in the beginning of the second period Stortinin looking to spark a little magic for the Senators trying to even things up as the WBS Penguins held on to a two to one lead. Schneider would tip one in for Binghamton later on the power play making it a 2-2 game. Each side would get chances on the power play during the second frame but would not have any luck.

WBS getting off to the start they wanted tonight at the end of the second were losing the special teams battle, the Senators making good on two power plays and WBS getting nothing through the end of the second at the buzzer the Senators made up the Penguins two goal start leaving the ice 2-2.

Third period gets underway both sides looking to get something going for themselves, it would be the Senators who find the lucky ticket as Ryan Dzingel would pick Dominik Uher’s pocket right in front of Matt Murray and send one into the Penguins net making it a 3-2 Senators lead.

Dominik Simon would put one on net about three quarters of the way through the third it looked as if it was deflected but it just may have went off of Matt O’Connor’s shoulder either way Simon gets the tally and the Penguins were even with the Senators at three. Despite both squads looking for the winning goal neither one found it in regulation forcing tonight’s game to head to OT.

Matt Murray came up big for WBS stopping two nice Binghamton chances keeping his boys in this game, it would be Derrick Pouliot who would be the hero tonight for the Penguins making it a 4-3 OT victory sending the boys back down the interstate to a nice turkey dinner tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving all



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Clark Seymour Recalled By WBS

Sorry for the late add had work today and didn’t get time to check the email until now.

The WBS Penguins announced today they have recalled defenseman Clark Seymour from the Wheeling Nailers.

Seymour has appeared in 15 games for Wheeling this season, earning four goals, five assists, and 28 penalty minutes in that time.

Seymour, a second-year pro, played in 12 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15. He recorded one assist and 13 penalty minutes.

The Penguins are set to face-off against the Binghamton Senators tonight at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

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Everblades Rally to Salvage Finale

Nailers Suffer First Loss of the Season When Leading by Two or More Goals 

The Wheeling Nailers nearly completed the rare feat of sweeping a three-game road series against the Florida Everblades, as they had a 2-0 lead in the early part of the second period. However, the Everblades rallied back with five consecutive goals, including three in the final stanza, as they defended their home ice with a 5-2 win at Germain Arena.

For the third time in as many games, the Nailers scored during the first three minutes of play, as they grabbed a quick 1-0 lead. Sahir Gill slid a pass back to Evan Wardley, who teed up a drive from the right point. Anthony Peters made the save, but booted the rebound out to Brett Stern, who delivered a slap shot of his own from the left point. Stern’s shot found its way into the cage, making him the first Wheeling blueliner to reach double digits in points this season.

The Nailers added to their lead early in the second period. John McCarron took a shot from the right wing wall, which was stopped by Peters. However, the rebound sat loose for Riley Brace, who jumped in to pound in his fifth goal in the last four games. The Everblades rallied back to tie the score. An initial shot was blocked to Carter Sandlak, who wired in a half-slapper from high in the slot at 6:58. Then, with 6:11 remaining, Rob Florentino tallied the equalizer, taking advantage of a broken play, by sliding in a wrist shot from the middle of the offensive zone.

Unfortunately for Wheeling, the third period didn’t go its way, as the Everblades completed their comeback victory with three goals. The first one came at the 4:31 mark, with the home team playing on the man advantage. Ethan Werek and Matt Willows jammed the puck toward the front of the goal, and while their chances didn’t go in, Corey Syvret’s did, as he flipped in a shot from the right side of the net. 1:12 later, Florida built off of that goal, by ringing in another. Carter Sandlak’s shot off of an odd-man rush was stopped, but Ethan Werek cleaned up the trash for his third point of the contest. Brant Harris slipped in a shorthanded empty net marker, giving the game a 5-2 final score.

Anthony Peters got his lone win of the week for Florida, making 23 saves on 25 shots. Brian Foster took the defeat for Wheeling, despite twisting away 38 of 42 attempts.

The Nailers will return home for two games during Thanksgiving Week. Wednesday night at 7:05 will be a WesBanco Winning Wednesday, the first 2,500 fans will receive thundersticks, and Turkey Bowling will take place during intermission, as Wheeling hosts Reading. Then, on Saturday at 7:35, it’s Military Appreciation Night, and the first 2,000 fans will receive a free camo hat, courtesy of Main Street Bank, as the Nailers battle division rival Brampton.

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Penguins Get Two In Third, Rally Past Devils

It was the Albany Devils taking on the WBS Penguins this afternoon at the Times Union Center, WBS coming off a loss last night against the Binghamton Senators ending the 11 game winning streak for the Pens. Not much going on in the first period this afternoon that is in the way of scoring anyway. Both sides getting some good looks and chances but nothing going in the net.

Tristan Jarry doing a good job in net for WBS today keeping the minimal shots that the boys were letting through out of the Penguins net.

Second period would get things started today J.S. Dea would tally the first goal of the night putting the Penguins up one to none but the Devils weren’t going to let that slide, just four minutes later on the power play the Devils even it up at one each Mike Sislo would get the credit for Albany’s goal.

The Penguins would tally two more goals to take a 3-1 lead in a matter of 1:48 Scott Wilson would get the Penguins go ahead goal making it 2-1 on a WBS power play and Carter Rowney would get the third making it 3-1 WBS giving the Devils a challenge to meet. Albany would get a chance to cut the Penguins lead on a power play later in the period but the WBS PK would do it’s job keeping the 2 goal lead.

Albany would come out looking for blood in the third netting a goal just 1:07 in making it a one goal game. The Devils would keep the throttle to the floor looking for the even up goal trying to get the penguins to collapse.

They would get the even up goal at 8:30 of the third making this a fight to the finish but the WBS Penguins were not giving up, Conor Sheary would give WBS the go ahead goal just over six minutes later and Oskar Sundqvist would get the insurance empty net goal to make it a 5-3 victory for the Penguins


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Senators End Penguins Streak Downing Penguins 2-1

The WBS Penguins headed north tonight to take on the Binghamton Senators looking to extend their team record, but the  Senators sitting on a 4-9-1-0 record were looking to spoil the Penguins 12-1-0- record.

Will Oneill gets whistled for cross checking early in the first putting the Senators on the first power play of the game, it wouldn’t take Binghamton long to make the Penguins pay just a a few seconds into the power play Senators were up one nothing.  The Penguins would get their first power play a little over two minutes later but would not be able to even things up.

Later in the first Steve Oleksy gets knocked into Driedger Lepine and Uher get into a fight or should I say Lepine jumps Uher and draws a 5 minute major so it was 4X4 hockey for 2 minutes the the Pens got a 3 minute major power play, Binghamton killed the Pens 3 minute major and scored just as it expired with only 4 men on the ice putting the Penguins down 2-0.

The first period came to an end the WBS Penguins trailing the Senators 2-0 but on the power play and looking at starting the second period with a man advantage.

The man advantage would do no good for the Penguins to begin the second nor would it do any good for them throughout the second period, as the Binghamton Senators keep the Penguins scoreless for more than 36 minutes.  The Penguins scoreless streak would break as Tim Erixon would feed the puck back to Dominik Simon who fires one past Chris Driedger to cut the Senators lead by one.

At the buzzer heading off for the second intermission the WBS Penguins trailed the Binghamton Senators by a score of 2-1.

Penguins get some chances in the third period but couldn’t seem to find the right mix, Matt Murray would come up large keeping this a one goal game trying to give his team the chance but it just wasn’t enough. WBS even getting a 5 on 3 for 1:01 of the third and just couldn’t do anything with it.

Binghamton would tally an empty net goal as WBS pulled Murray looking for the extra attacker goal putting the nail in it and sealing the Senators win ending the WBS Penguins winning streak at 11 games.


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Nailers Win 6-5 Thriller in Florida

Wheeling has Lit the Lamp 23 Times in its Last Four Wins 

High scoring games are starting to become the norm for the Wheeling Nailers, who have been lighting the lamp with great regularity in November. On Wednesday night, Wheeling scored three goals in the first period and another three goals in the middle frame, building 3-0 and 6-2 leads against the Florida Everblades. Despite a pushback by the opposition, the early offense proved to be enough for a 6-5 Wheeling triumph at Germain Arena. The Nailers have scored 23 goals in their last four victories.

The first period was a story of two segments – the first five minutes, which resulted in three goals by the Nailers, and the final 90 seconds, which had two tallies from the Everblades. Wheeling’s first marker came at the 1:41 mark. Connor Leen gained the offensive zone, dropping a pass to John McCarron in the right face-off circle. McCarron picked the top-left corner of the cage. 1:21 later, the Nailers lit the lamp again, when Harrison Ruopp’s seeing-eyed wrister found the twine from the right point. 1:15 after that, Jarrett Burton made the score 3-0, converting a one-time feed from Ty Loney on the left side of the slot. With 1:02 to go in the stanza, Florida got on the scoreboard. Matt Marquardt and Mark Nemec battled the puck out of the left corner, finding Gabriel Desjardins for a one-timer in the slot. Then, with only 8.4 seconds remaining, Matt Stanisz wired in a slap shot from the middle of the blueline for a 3-2 result after 20 minutes.

The Nailers had a similar start to the middle frame, needing just 53 seconds to build to their advantage. Mike Gunn kicked the puck ahead on the left side of center ice, leading Zack Torquato into the offensive zone. Torquato glided toward the slot, before roofing a wrist shot over Anthony Peters’ right shoulder. A little more than three minutes later, Wheeling buried its first power play marker of the night, as a Florida clearing attempt found John McCarron’s stick for his second of the contest. Just 13 seconds after that, Ty Loney struck with a breakaway goal putting the visitors ahead by four. Ethan Werek got one goal back for the Everblades before the period ended, snapping in a shot from the left circle.

Florida closed the gap in the third period, bringing the margin to two in the early goings, when Brant Harris took Matt Marquardt’s feed, sped into the right circle, and zipped a shot into the goal. Harris struck again with 5:22 left, chipping a rebound in from the right side of the crease. However, that was as close as the game got, as Harrison Ruopp’s blocked shot at the buzzer clinched a 6-5 win for the Nailers.

Franky Palazzese picked up his fourth straight win in goal for Wheeling, making 31 saves on 36 shots, including 12 in the third period. Anthony Peters got the loss for Florida, letting in six goals on 25 shots.

The Nailers will play two more games against the Everblades on Friday, and Saturday, before returning home for two games during Thanksgiving Week. November 25th will be a WesBanco Winning Wednesday, the first 2,500 fans will receive thundersticks, and Turkey Bowling will take place during intermission. Then, on the 28th, it’s Military Appreciation Night, and the first 2,000 fans will receive a free camo hat, courtesy of Main Street Bank.
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