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Nailers Ice Idaho in Homestand Opener

Thursday, March 23rd
Nailers Ice Idaho in Homestand Opener

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers got their five-game started off in winning fashion on Wednesday night, as they took down the Idaho Steelheads, 4-1 at WesBanco Arena. Tyler Currier lit the lamp twice, Cody Wydo scored his team-leading 29th goal of the season, and Daniel Leavens netted a goal in his professional debut, while Sean Maguire backstopped the triumph with 20 saves.

The Nailers had a couple of leads in the first period, and went into the intermission ahead, 2-1. The first goal was scored at the 9:58 mark. Garrett Meurs sped in on the right side of the offensive zone, stashing a pass to Kale Kerbashian along the goal line. Kerbashian turned a feed back into the slot, where Tyler Currier drove in and buried a one-timer. Idaho knotted things up with a power play goal off of the rush, as Rob Linsmayer set up Will Merchant for a tip-in on the left side. With 4:08 to go, Wheeling pulled back ahead with a man advantage strike of its own. Meurs zipped a pass through the slot to Nick Sorkin, who put a pass into the middle of the ice. The recipient was Cody Wydo, who turned in his league-leading 15th power play goal of the campaign.

Neither team scored in the middle frame, leading to a third period in which the Nailers put the game away. With 4:46 remaining, Sorkin swept a pass through the crease to Daniel Leavens, who banged in his first career goal in his professional debut. Currier put the icing on the cake of a 4-1 win with an empty netter in the closing seconds, which was assisted by Sorkin, who had a three-point night.

Sean Maguire was the winning goaltender for Wheeling, as he made 20 saves on 21 shots. Branden Komm took the loss for Idaho, despite turning away 30 of the 33 shots he faced.

The Nailers and Steelheads will play twice more this week on Friday at 7:35 and Saturday at 7:05. Friday is a Flat Screen Friday and Frosty Friday, in addition to Mascot Mania. Saturday is Nailers Fight Cancer Night, featuring special jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the Team Ryan Charitable Foundation. That will also be Ladies Night, and there will be a trading card set giveaway, as well as a post game autograph session with the entire team. To purchase tickets, or to get more information about season tickets, group tickets, and more, call (304) 234-GOAL.

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
Faith & Family Night
Sunday, March 3rd
Faith & Family Night
Puck Drops:
4:10 PM EST
WesBanco Arena
Cincinnati Cyclones
CIN Cincinnati Cyclones
at
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena
Education Day
Tuesday, March 19th
Education Day
Puck Drops:
10:45 AM EDT
WesBanco Arena
Indy Fuel
IND Indy Fuel
at
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena
Frosty Friday
Friday, March 22nd
Frosty Friday
Puck Drops:
7:10 PM EDT
WesBanco Arena
Kalamazoo Wings
KAL Kalamazoo Wings
at
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena

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