Nailers Conclude Regular Season with Fourth Straight Win
BRAMPTON, ON- The Wheeling Nailers played some of their best hockey during the final week of the regular season, winning four games in five days in four different cities to end up with a 37-33-2 record. The last of those victories came on Sunday afternoon at Powerade Centre, where David Gilbert scored a pair of goals in a 4-2 triumph over the Brampton Beast.
Midway through the opening period, the Nailers started the scoring, lighting the lamp twice in quick succession. The first tally came off of a netmouth scramble, as Chaz Johnson fed the puck to the front of the crease, where Riley Brace setup Shane Bakker, who lifted a backhander over Ryan DeMelo's left pad. 1:19 later, Wheeling netted its second goal. Derek Army flew down the left side of the ice, before swerving into the slot, and flicking a shot into the top-left corner of the cage. Sahir Gill and Tommy Fallen assisted on the tally, with Fallen recording the first point of his professional career.
The Nailers added to their lead at the 2:02 mark of the second period on a delayed penalty. Gill whipped a pass through the slot to David Gilbert, who connected with a simple redirection on the left side of the crease. Brampton got on the board around the midway mark of the contest, when Matt McCready cashed in off of an offensive zone face-off. With 3:22 left in the frame, the visitors regained their three-goal edge. Nicholas Kuqali set up David Makowski for a one-timer from the middle of the blueline, which was tipped into the net by Gilbert for his second marker of the afternoon.
Mathew Maione picked up a power play goal at 15:17 of the third period for the Beast to conclude the regular season scoring, as the Nailers prevailed, 4-2.
Eric Hartzell backstopped his 17th win of the year for Wheeling, making 31 saves on 33 shots. Ryan DeMelo suffered the loss for Brampton, giving up four goals on 29 shots.
The Nailers will begin the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Thursday night in Toledo. Wheeling's three home games will take place on April 22nd, 24th, and 25th (if necessary).
The Nailers will open the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs against the Toledo Walleye. Dates and times for the series will be released in the coming days.
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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