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Nailers vs. Wings Game Day Snap Shot

Thursday, November 17th
Nailers vs. Wings Game Day Snap Shot

WHEELING NAILERS(3-3-1-0, 7 PTS, T-4th North, T-8th East)23 GF, 20 GAPP: 22.2% (6-for-27), 4thPK: 77.8% (21-for-27), 24th

25-F-Josh Shalla (6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points in 7 games)8-F-Nick Sorkin (2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points in 7 games)17-F-Jordan Kwas (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points in 7 games)11-F-Cody Wydo (1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points in 7 games)26-D-Kevin Schulze (1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points in 7 games)23-F-Garrett Meurs (3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points in 7 games)30-G-JP Anderson (First Start of 2016-17)

KALAMAZOO WINGS(5-2-0-1, 11 PTS, 3rd Central, T-4th West)24 GF, 21 GAPP: 18.2% (8-for-44), 13thPK: 85.2% (23-for-27), T-11th

93-F-Justin Taylor (2 goals, 6 assists, 8 points in 8 games)10-D-Dajon Mingo (1 goal, 7 assists, 8 points in 8 games)26-F-Tyler Biggs (3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points in 6 games)16-F-Tyler Shattock (3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points in 8 games)11-D-Charlie Vasaturo (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points in 8 games)44-D-Michael Trebish (1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points in 8 games)29-G-Nick Riopel (2-1-0 record, 3.00 GAA, .906 Sv% in 3 games)

Head to HeadSeason Series: Nailers 2, Wings 0Season Series at WesBanco Arena: Nailers 1, Wings 0All-Time Series: Nailers 21, Wings 21All-Time Series at WesBanco Arena: Nailers 11, Wings 11

Back on TrackThe Wheeling Nailers have had an up-and-down weekend thus far. On Friday night, they took one on the chin from the Toledo Walleye, falling 6-1 at WesBanco Arena. However, the Nailers responded on Saturday night, giving the Walleye a taste of their own medicine at Huntington Center. Wheeling fell behind 2-0 in the opening five minutes, but slowly chipped away at the deficit. The game began to turn in the first minute of the second period, when Gage Quinney tipped in Brett Stern's shot on a 5-on-3. Jordan Kwas netted the equalizer before the midway mark, creating a brand new game. Then, with 41 seconds left in the middle frame, the Nailers went ahead, as Josh Shalla fed Nick Sorkin on the left side of the net. Shalla added a monumental insurance tally of his own with less than five minutes to go, and Kwas capped off the 5-2 victory with his second of the night, into an empty net. Doug Carr rebounded with a 23-save performance in goal, earning his third win of the campaign.

They've Also ReboundedThe Kalamazoo Wings would like to forget their last trip to Wheeling, and in the two games they've played since then, they have managed to put it out of their minds relatively quickly. Kalamazoo went home to defeat Allen 5-3 last Sunday, then on Friday night, it handed Brampton its first regulation loss of 2016-17. In Friday's game, the teams exchanged goals in the final minutes of the first period, as well as the middle stages of period two, creating a 2-2 deadlock. Justin Taylor and Tyler Shattock were responsible for the markers on the Wings side. With 2:25 left in the second period, Kalamazoo took the lead for good, when Anthony Camara netted his first goal in his new uniform. Camara potted another tally in the third period, and 21 seconds after that, Scott Henegar delivered the final nail in the coffin. Joel Martin earned his second straight win between the pipes, turning away 31 of 34 shots, as the Wings were the victors, 5-3.

The Trade That Keeps on GivingThe first transaction involving the Nailers in the 2016 offseason was the future considerations portion of a trade, which saw them acquire Josh Shalla from the Walleye. After being held off of the scoresheet in his first game against his former club, Shalla made significantly more noise on Saturday night, as he was involved with the winning goal, as well as an insurance tally. Shalla set up Nick Sorkin for the winner at the 19:19 mark of the second period, feathering a pass through the slot from the right wall. Then, in the third period, Josh battled in a loose puck on the right side of the net, giving Wheeling a big two-goal lead. The goal was Shalla's sixth of the season, which leads the Nailers, and it was also his tenth point of the year, as he becomes the first Wheeling player to reach double digits in 2016-17. The deal was to complete a previous trade which saw defenseman Mike Slowikowski go to Toledo. Slowikowski attended training camp with Elmira, but did not make the team.

Nice Addition Since We Saw Them LastIn the week since Wheeling and Kalamazoo last faced off, the Wings made an addition to their roster, signing forward Anthony Camara. The signing immediately paid off for Kalamazoo, as Camara turned on the red light twice in Friday's triumph, capturing the game winning goal and an insurance tally. Anthony was originally selected in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, and he went on to play the majority of his first three professional seasons with Boston's AHL affiliate in Providence. The Toronto, Ontario native concluded the 2015-16 campaign with the Charlotte Checkers, before becoming a free agent in the summer. His best season as a pro came as a rookie during 2013-14, when he notched nine goals and 22 points in 58 games. Prior to turning pro, Camara played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts. He was teammates with two current Nailers - Josh Shalla in Saginaw and Michael Webster in Barrie.

One Week LaterSunday afternoon marks the third of ten head-to-head meetings between the Nailers and Wings this season, as well as the second of five battles at WesBanco Arena. Last weekend, Wheeling swept a home-and-home series against Kalamazoo, taking a 3-2 shootout decision in Michigan last Friday, followed by an 8-1 thumping in West Virginia. Josh Shalla had the most outstanding performance in the two-game set, compiling a hat trick as part of a five-point night in Saturday's blowout. Derek Army also picked up four points for the winning squad. Doug Carr was the winning netminder in each game for Wheeling, as he bested both goaltenders for Kalamazoo - Joel Martin on Friday and Nick Riopel on Saturday. Riopel's start on Saturday ended a streak of 14 straight starts against the Nailers by Martin, dating back to the 2013-14 season, when Jordan Binnington stood in the Wings crease at WesBanco Arena. This game is one of four in the season series that is not part of a home-and-home set. The two teams will say farewell to each other until the middle of January, when Kalamazoo returns to Downtown Wheeling for the first game of two that weekend.

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