WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced two transactions, which both take effect immediately. Wheeling has acquired defenseman Mike Krieg from the Norfolk Admirals in exchange for future considerations. The Nailers then released forward Mike Driscoll.
Krieg, 27, is playing in his second season of professional hockey and first in the ECHL, spending all of the 2016-17 campaign with the Admirals. Mike has appeared in 41 games, notching two goals, ten assists, and 12 points. He has produced multiple points on three occasions, with all three taking place against teams currently in a playoff position. Last season, the Phoenix, Arizona native played for the SPHL's Pensacola Ice Flyers, recording three goals, 23 assists, and 26 points in 56 games. Prior to turning pro, Krieg attended the University of St. Thomas for four seasons, where he appeared in 98 games, tallying 14 goals, 31 assists, and 45 points. His best year came when he potted 15 points as a sophomore in 2012-13.
Driscoll, 24, appeared in eight games with the Nailers, after he joined the team during its trip to Idaho in the middle of February. Mike collected one assist during that time, helping to set up Michael Webster's opening goal in a 6-3 win over Brampton at WesBanco Arena on February 15th. Wheeling was the forward's second ECHL club, as he picked up two points in three games with Norfolk at the end of January. This season, he has also suited up in 26 games with the SPHL's Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, posting nine points. The Milton, Massachusetts native spent his rookie season of pro hockey with the FHL's Danbury Titans, and prior to that, attended Babson College for four years.
The Wheeling Nailers will close out a stretch of seven straight road games over the weekend, when they visit Indy on Friday, followed by Fort Wayne on Saturday and Sunday. The next homestand at WesBanco Arena will take place on March 10th, 11th, and 12th. The 10th is a Flat Screen Friday and Frosty Friday at 7:35 against Quad City. The Mallards are the opponent on the 11th at 7:05, which is Duck Dynasty Night, starring John Godwin and Justin Martin, as well as a camouflage hat giveaway. Finally, the weekend wraps up on the 12th, which is Youth Hockey Day at 5:05 against Toledo. To purchase tickets, or to get more information about season tickets, mini plans, group tickets, and more, call (304) 234-GOAL.