Palazzese Returns to Nailers, Foster Recalled to AHL
WHEELING, WV - The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced two transactions, which both take effect immediately. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled goaltender Brian Foster, while returning goaltender Franky Palazzese to the Nailers.
Foster, 29, most recently joined the Nailers in the middle of March, and proceeded to put together his best individual month of the season. After going 24-of-25 in his first start, a shootout loss to Toledo, Brian went 3-0-1 in his next four outings, earning his tenth victory of the season, while helping Wheeling make its climb up the Eastern Conference Standings. His best performance out of the four came in his second clash against the Walleye, when he turned away all 30 shots he faced for his first shutout with the team. Thus far this season, Foster has gone 10-8-3 in 22 appearances with the Nailers, bringing his career win total as a pro to 95.
Palazzese, 22, appeared in one game during his time with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, earning the victory by turning away all four shots he faced in a 6-5 comeback win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Prior to his time in the AHL, Franky was playing some of his best hockey with the Nailers, as he won all three of his starts in March, while going 9-3-0 in his last 12 outings with the club. The Toronto, Ontario native leads Wheeling in wins for the second consecutive year, as he enters the final month of the regular season with a 19-14-2 mark in 35 games. Palazzese is one win away from becoming the fifth goaltender in team history to reach 40 career victories, as well as the second to record multiple 20-win seasons.
Franky Palazzese joins the Nailers in time for their three-game weekend, which begins at WesBanco Arena on Friday night against the Reading Royals at 7:35. That will be Duck Dynasty Night Starring Si Robertson, in addition to Biker Night Presented by Valley Harley Davidson. On Saturday night, the Manchester Monarchs make their lone visit to West Virginia at 7:35, and fans will get to meet the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. On April 8th, the home regular season concludes with Fan Appreciation Night Sponsored by Main Street Bank, and one lucky fan will have a chance to win a car from Whitesides, as the Nailers pack the house during their March to the Playoffs.
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