IceMen Leave Nailers with Cold Result
WHEELING, WV- After what took place at WesBanco Arena on Friday night, the Wheeling Nailers will be a hungry bunch to take the ice on Saturday. The Evansville IceMen stormed into Wheeling, and came away with a 6-1 win, as six different players found the back of the net. Zack Torquato's power play goal in the second period was the lone bright spot for the Nailers.
The opening period featured a plethora of shots on goal, and in the final five minutes of the stanza, the IceMen had two of their shots find the back of the net. The first marker came off of a turnover, as Justin MacDonald stole a puck at the offensive blueline, before skating in alone and ripping a shot into the left side of the cage. 62 seconds later, Phil Bushbacher redirected in Zack Currie's shot from the left point, putting the visitors ahead by a pair.
Evansville continued to control the play in the early stages of the middle frame, extending its lead. Robin Soudek danced through the slot off of an offensive zone face-off at 1:17, before Mark Anthoine tipped in Colin Murray's turnaround shot in the slot at 5:02. At that point, Clark Donatelli made a change in the crease, as Eric Hartzell gave way to Brandon Whitney, after making 20 saves. At first glance, the Nailers responded, as Zack Torquato wristed home a power play goal from the middle of the blueline, cutting the deficit to three. However, a penalty on the following shift put the IceMen on the power play, and they cashed in with a pinpoint passing play, which ended with Luke Greiner's tap-in at the top of the crease.
Joe Zarbo added one more goal in the third period for a 6-1 ending in favor of the away team.
Branden Komm was the winning goaltender for Evansville, as he made 35 saves on 36 shots. Eric Hartzell suffered the loss for Wheeling, stopping 20 of 24 shots, before being replaced by Brandon Whitney, who went 14-for-16 in his fourth and longest outing of the year.
The Nailers will embark on a quick two-game road trip, starting on Saturday in Kalamazoo at 8:00. Wheeling's next home game is Friday at 7:35 against Elmira.
The Nailers have one home games remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, with a 7:35 battle against the Elmira Jackals on April 10th. That night will be a Flat Screen Friday, Frosty Friday, and Player Poster Giveaway, in addition to Fan Appreciation Night.
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.
Listen to all Nailers regular season and post-season games live on the Valley's rock station EAGLE 107.5 FM, on www.iheartradio.com or watch live on www.echl.tv. Catch every road game live on WLUTV on Comcast Cable 14.
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