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Nailers at Gladiators Game Day Snap Shot

October 24, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Wheeling Nailers News Release

Wheeling Nailers (1-0-0-0, 2 PTS) at Gwinnett Gladiators (0-1-0-0, 0 PTS)

WHEELING NAILERS

(1-0-0-0, 2 PTS, T-3rd North, T-5th East)

6 GF, 3 GA

PP: 33.3% (1-for-3), T-2nd

PK: 66.7% (2-for-3), T-19th

23-F-Riley Brace (3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points in 1 game)

17-F-Carter Rowney (1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points in 1 game)

32-D-Ben Shutron (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points in 1 game)

8-D-Zach Yuen (2 assists, 2 points in 1 game)

12-F-David Gilbert (1 goal, 1 point in 1 game)

29-G-Franky Palazzese (1-0-0 record, 3.00 GAA, .925 Sv% in 1 game)

GWINNETT GLADIATORS

(0-1-0-0, 0 PTS, T-5th East, T-11th East)

1 GF, 3 GA

PP: 25.0% (1-for-4), T-9th

PK: 80.0% (4-for-5), 11th

16-D-Joel Hanley (1 goal, 1 point in 1 game)

9-F-Garry Nunn (1 assist, 1 point in 1 game)

36-F-Daniel O'Donoghue (1 assist, 1 point in 1 game)

1-G-Mark Guggenberger (0-1-0 record, 3.02 GAA, .875 Sv% in 1 game)

Head-to-Head

2013-14 Season Series: Nailers 1, Gladiators 1

2013-14 Season Series at The Arena at Gwinnett Center: Nailers 1, Gladiators 1

All-Time Series: Gladiators 11, Nailers 9

All-Time Series at The Arena at Gwinnett Center: Gladiators 8, Nailers 4

Lots of People Left Smiling

The Wheeling Nailers welcomed their largest crowd to WesBanco Arena in over two years on Saturday night, as they opened the 2014-15 regular season with a 6-3 victory over the Reading Royals. 4,754 fans watch the Nailers fall behind 2-1 in the first period, before rallying to score five of the contest's final six goals, to earn the win. Riley Brace and Carter Rowney both put together stellar performances, as Brace had three goals and an assist, while Rowney registered one goal and three assists. With the triumph, Wheeling improved its all-time record to 17-5-1 in home openers.

Another Home Opening Weekend

After playing in their home opener last weekend, the Nailers will witness two more home openers this weekend, as they visit the Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday and the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday. Similar to Wheeling, the Gladiators only took the ice for one tilt last weekend, as they fell 3-1 to the Evansville IceMen at Ford Center. Joel Hanley was responsible for the lone tally in the game, while Mark Guggenberger made 21 saves between the pipes. Last season, Gwinnett manufactured a 17-17-2 mark on home ice, as it ultimately missed the postseason for the first time since 2010-11. Rick Emmett is in his second year as head coach of the Gladiators, after serving as the team's assistant coach for two seasons under former Nailer assistant John Wroblewski.

Everything but the Penalty Shot

On December 31st, 1988, Mario Lemieux tallied five goals against the New Jersey Devils, doing so in five different ways. On Saturday night, Wheeling nearly duplicated that feat as a team, falling a penalty shot short of doing so. David Gilbert and Ben Shutron both netted even strength goals, Carter Rowney scored a power play marker, and Riley Brace dented the twine while playing at even strength, shorthanded, and into an empty net. Special teams goals were one of the Nailers' strengths in 2013-14, as they finished tenth in the ECHL on the power play, while tallying the third most shorthanded goals in the league. Counting the preseason, each of Wheeling's games this year has featured at least one shorthanded goal.

Big Rookie Shoes to Fill

The 2013-14 version of the Nailers had a tremendous rookie class, led by Mike Condon's 23 wins in goal, in addition to 182 points from Sahir Gill, Carter Rowney, Cody Sylvester, and Max MacKay. On opening night, fans in Wheeling got a taste of the 2014-15 rookie class, which featured a splendid goaltending performance by Franky Palazzese, who turned aside 37 of the 40 shots he faced, earning the win. Rookie blueliner Ben Shutron also made his mark, recording a goal and an assist, including the insurance tally in the third period, which lifted the Nailers to a 5-3 lead with under five minutes to play. David Makowski and Clark Seymour were the other players who debuted on Saturday, while Troy Barss, Justin Sefton, and Jeff Wyer will all be looking for their first tastes of pro hockey this weekend.

Getting Used to Georgia

For the second consecutive season, the Nailers and Gladiators will have two head-to-head meetings on the schedule, and both contests will take place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Last year, the two sides split the pair, with Gwinnett picking up a 4-1 win December 27th, before Wheeling answered with a 2-0 shutout victory on January 20th. The Gladiators currently hold an 11-9 advantage in the all-time series, including an 8-4 mark on home ice. Since December of 2010, Gwinnett has visited WesBanco Arena only twice, while Friday night marks Wheeling's ninth game in the Peach State during that time.


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