WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced a transaction, which takes effect immediately. The Nailers have traded defenseman Brien Diffley to the Manchester Monarchs, which completes the deal that also involved Zac Lynch and Alex Rauter.
Diffley, 23, made his professional debut with the Nailers on October 27th in Reading, after completing his four-year collegiate career at Boston University. Brien recorded his first professional point with an assist in a 6-2 win over Indy on November 30th, then scored his first career goal in a 7-6 shootout triumph at Norfolk on December 19th. December was the rookie blueliner's most productive month, as his goal against the Admirals capped off a four-game point streak. Diffley amassed one goal, five assists, and six points in 33 games with Wheeling, while ranking tied for third on the team with a +8 rating.
The Nailers will travel to Brampton for game three of their road stretch on Tuesday morning at 11:00. Wheeling's next home game is Pittsburgh Penguins Night on March 2nd against Cincinnati at 7:05. Mike Lange, Ken Wregget, and Tyler Kennedy will be the special guests, plus the Nailers will wear special jerseys. All tickets are $12, there will be a yellow rally towel giveaway, and fans are encouraged to wear black. The Wheeling Nailers, considered one of the top things to do in Wheeling, West Virginia, provide affordable family entertainment for fans throughout the Ohio Valley. For information on season tickets, group tickets, flex plans, and more, call (304) 234-GOAL.