1. Home
  2. News
  3. Nailers Drop Difficult Decision to Iowa

Nailers Drop Difficult Decision to Iowa

Sunday, February 6th
Nailers Drop Difficult Decision to Iowa

WHEELING, WV- The chance at a winning home weekend will come down to Sunday afternoon for the Wheeling Nailers, who had a difficult go at it on Saturday night, as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Iowa Heartlanders. After scoring once in the first period, Iowa rattled off three goals in a span of 4:16 in the second to collect the win at WesBanco Arena. Tyler Drevitch was the lone goal scorer for Wheeling.

The Nailers got off to a bit of a slow start in the first period, as Iowa held a 13-6 advantage in shots, and took a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard. Joe Widmar carried the puck down the left wing wall, then dished a pass into the slot for Jack Billings, who kicked the feed to his backhand, and slipped it through Stefanos Lekkas' legs.

The Heartlanders opened things up in the early stages of the middle frame, as they tallied three times in the opening seven minutes. Zach White netted the first goal of the period off of a rush with Ryan Kuffner and Kris Bennett, as he roofed a wrist shot from the right circle. 1:26 later, Bennett stole the puck at his own blueline and was off to the races, as he broke away and sifted in a backhander. Billings added his second of the night a few minutes after that, when he converted a feed from Cole Stallard in the right circle.

Tyler Drevitch gave Wheeling a bright spot at the 5:33 mark of the third period, when he drilled in a centering pass from Bobby Hampton. Unfortunately, the Nailers were unable to dig themselves back into the game, as the fell, 4-1.

Hunter Jones picked up the win for Iowa, as he denied 33 of the 34 shots he faced. Stefanos Lekkas took the loss for Wheeling, as he surrendered four goals on 18 shots, before Brody Claeys went 8-for-8 in relief.

The Nailers will finish their three-game home weekend on Sunday afternoon, when they face the Cincinnati Cyclones at 4:10. Wheeling also has a pair of home contests next weekend, highlighted by Pittsburgh Penguins Night on Saturday, February 12th at 7:10. Fans attending that game will have a chance to take their picture with the Stanley Cup. Season memberships, single game tickets, and partial packages are available, and fans can get more information by calling (304) 234-GOAL. 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.

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
Bloomington Bison
Wheeling Nailers
Saturday, November 2nd
Bloomington Bison @ Wheeling Nailers
Puck Drops:
7:10 PM EDT
WesBanco Arena
Bloomington Bison
BLM Bloomington Bison
at
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena
Trois-Rivières Lions
Wheeling Nailers
Friday, November 8th
Trois-Rivières Lions @ Wheeling Nailers
Puck Drops:
7:10 PM EST
WesBanco Arena
Trois-Rivières Lions
TR Trois-Rivières Lions
at
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena
Trois-Rivières Lions
Wheeling Nailers
Saturday, November 9th
Trois-Rivières Lions @ Wheeling Nailers
Puck Drops:
7:10 PM EST
WesBanco Arena
Trois-Rivières Lions
TR Trois-Rivières Lions
at
Wheeling Nailers
WHL Wheeling Nailers
WesBanco Arena

Latest News

More News
Nailers Re-Sign David Jankowski
Nailers Re-Sign David Jankowski
Nailers Re-Sign Louie Roehl
Nailers Re-Sign Louie Roehl
Nailers Re-Sign Matt Koopman
Nailers Re-Sign Matt Koopman

Get Hockey Updates

Sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to know about news and upcoming games!