The Wheeling Nailers sit in a tie with the Manchester Monarchs at the top of the ECHL’s North Division with a 12-7-2-0 record this season.  Here’s your weekly look at the team in our NAILERS NOTES feature.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 VS. READING (4-3 LOSS):  The Nailers carried a 3-2 lead into the third period, but a pair of power play goals from the Royals allowed the visitors to pull out a one-goal victory.  Cody Wydo (1+1) led the offensive attack for Wheeling, and extended his point streak to four games (3+3=6)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 VS. READING (5-4 OT WIN):  Once again Reading rallied late, posting a pair of goals in the third period to force overtime.  But Garrett Meuers popped home his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 2:10 of the extra frame to pull out the win for the Nailers.  Zach Tolkinen picked up his first two goals of the season in the win.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 VS. FORT WAYNE (3-2 LOSS):  A rested Fort Wayne squad (they didn’t play the previous night) rolled into Wheeling and took home a one-goal victory.Wydo and Dan Milan picked up goals in the loss for the Nailers.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 @ READING:  The Royals currently sit in third place in the ECHL’s North Division with a 11-7-2-0 mark, just two points behind the division leading Nailers and Monarchs.  Only five points separate the first place teams from fifth place Adirondack in the division.  Reading is one of three teams in the league without a shorthanded goal this year.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ INDY:  The Nailers begin a two-game swing through the Central Division against the Fuel, who currently sit in seventh place with a 5-10-2-1 mark.  Indy’s 48 goals scored is the second-fewest in the ECHL.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 @ TOLEDO:  The Walleye (14-4-2-1) carry a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) into the week, and have extended their lead at the top of the Central to six points over the second place Cincinnati Cyclones.   Toledo paces the league with a 90.9% success rate on the penalty kill (7 goals against/77 times shorthanded).


The NAILERS lead the entire ECHL with a  25.5% conversion rate on the power play (22 goals/98 attempts)

CODY WYDO is third in the ECHL with 27 points, tied for fourth with 12 goals and tied for seventh with 15 assists

REID GARDINER is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 24 points, tied for eighth with 11 goals and tied for second with four game-winning goals

GARRETT MEURS is tied for 10th in the league with 23 points, tied for fourth with 12 goals and tied for first with two overtime goals

HUNTER FEJES is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 11 goals and tied for eighth with four power play goals

CAM BROWN is tied for third in the ECHL with 18 assists.

NICK SORKIN is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 16 assists

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Peter Ratchuk recorded one of the Penguins’ eight goals against the Admirals on January 13, 2002

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will welcome an unfamiliar foe to NEPA on Friday night, as they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.

The contest will be just the third ever regular season meeting between the clubs, and the first since the 2001-02 season.

January 4, 2002 saw the Pens and Admirals square off for the first time, with Milwaukee taking a 2-1 decision in Wisconsin.  Robert Dome scored the lone Wilkes-Barre goal, while Robbie Tallas made 36 saves in a losing effort.

The Penguins came out on top in the return meeting, an 8-5 victory on January 13 in Wilkes-Barre.  Eric Meloche (1+2), Martin Sonnenberg (2+0), Tomas Surovy (1+1), Mike Wilson (1+1) and Alexandre Mathieu (0+2) each recorded multiple point efforts for the home club.  Sebastien Caron made 33 saves in net for the Pens.

The teams also met in the 2004 Calder Cup Finals, with the Admirals posting four straight wins to capture their only AHL championship.


Milwaukee left wing HARRY ZOLNIERCZYK spent the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 36 points (18+18) in 57 games with the Penguins.

Admirals center TREVOR SMITH skated in 75 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2012-13 season, recording 54 points (23+31).

Friday night’s meeting between the Penguins and Admirals is our first EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY of the season.  We’ll have lower bowl tickets available for just $14, select draft beers for just $2 (from 6-7:30), the first 5,000 fans will receive a Penguins Team Photo (courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times-Tribune and the Citizens’ Voice), and Freddie Tiffels and Daniel Sprong will take part in our post-game autograph session.

Get your tickets for Friday night’s game at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or give the Penguins a call at 570-208-7367.

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The Penguins Holiday Hat Trick is the perfect one-size-fits-all gift for any hockey fan.  This special package features four undated ticket vouchers, redeemable for any Penguins regular season home game, as well as a Penguins winter hat.

Packages start at just $50 and are available through the Penguins front offices (40 Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre), by calling 570-208-7367, or through the Penguins Online Store.

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Come on out this Friday, December 1 to root on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins as they take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05pm.  It’s the first of our Eyewitness News Fan Fridays, with lower level tickets available for just $14 (while supplies last).  Plus we’ll be serving up select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.

Grab you official Penguins team photo courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times Tribune and Citizens Voice Team, and stick around for our postgame autograph session with a pair of Pens players.

Fan Friday tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.


It’s the one time we LIKE to see bears inside the arena!

Join the Penguins on Saturday, December 2 when we take on the Rochester Americans at 7:05pm for our annual Tobyhanna Army Depot Teddy Bear Toss.

Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed toys to the game, which will be tossed onto the ice following the Penguins’ first goal of the game.  The plush toys will be collected and distributed to children in need through Tobyhanna Army Depot’s “Operation Santa Claus” program.

The first 4,000 fans in attendance will also receive the second of our four Penguins Card Strips, featuring five Pens players and a voucher good for a free personal pizza (with purchase) from Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre.

Tickets for the game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at or by calling 570-208-7367.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will once again be doing their part to bring a little warmth to those in need this winter.

The Penguins and Eye Care Specialists will be hosting their annual winter coat drive, benefitting Luzerne County Head Start, at the team’s December 8 game against the Charlotte Checkers.  New and gently used coats will be collected at the East Gate Entrance of the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins will also be accepting donations at their front office location inside the Toyota SportsPlex at 40 Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre in advance of the game.

Tickets for December 8 are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at or by calling 570-208-7367

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The Wheeling Nailers have moved to the top of the ECHL’s North Division after posting a 2-1-0-0 record last week.  Get up to speed on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins affiliate in this edition of NAILERS NEWS.


November 14, 2017:  Cody Wydo and Freddy Tiffels each scored a pair of goals in a 6-4 victory over the Adirondack Thunder.  Cam Brown and Garrett Meurs also each registered two points.  Sean Maguire picked up the win while recording 34 saves.

November 17, 2017:  Derek Army led the Nailers attack with a goal and four points in a 6-2 win against the Norfolk Admirals.  Garrett Meurs (1G, 2A) and Dylan Zink (1G, 1A) also recorded multi-point games in the win.  Sean Maguire stopped 36 shots.

November 18, 2017:  Garrett Meurs recorded the only goal in the 4-1 loss during the second game of a back-to-back with Admirals.  Zach Tolkinen and Will King assisted on the on goal of the game for the Nailers.  Along with the assist, King stopped 30 shots.


Cody Wydo is third in the ECHL with 20 points in 14 games played.  Wydo is tied for 12th in the league with eight goals, and is eighth in the league in assists with 12.

Reid Gardiner is fourth in points with 19 and tied for second in the league in goals with 11.

Garrett Meurs is tied for 10th in the league with 17 points and is tied for seventh in the league with nine goals.

Cam Brown is tied for third in the ECHL with 14 assists.

Nick Sorkin is tied for fifth in the ECHL in assists with 13.

Sean Maguire is tied for third in the league with six wins on the season.

compiled by Kenny Jarema

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Get your holiday hockey shopping done this weekend, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins roll out great savings.

The Penguins Black Friday Sale runs from 9:00am to 9:00pm on Friday, November 24th; 9:00am to 7:00pm on Saturday the 25th; and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday the 26th at the Pens Team Store, located inside the Toyota SportsPlex.  Save 25% off all items in the store, including jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, hockey equipment and more (can not be combined with any other discount offers).

Coming to Saturday night’s game against the Syracuse Crunch?  The sale will also be going on in the Igloo Store that evening, with savings across the board.

We’ll also be rolling out our Holiday Hat Trick package, the one-size-fits-all gift for any hockey fan, which includes four undated ticket vouchers and a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins winter hat.  That’s a $104 value starting at just $50 (sorry, no discounts apply to the Holiday Hat Trick).

Plus, everyone’s favorite visitor from the North Pole, Santa Tux, will be in the store Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm for lots of fun!

To get a preview of the sale and all of the items involved, log on to our online store (Black Friday weekend sales not available online, but check back for CYBER MONDAY info soon)

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Fresh back from his trip to the Karjala Tournament in Finland, a tired and jet-lagged Christian Thomas gutted out a podcast appearance with Obie and Nick. They get in depth on alien abduction, top 3 arena appearances and skating on either side of the WBS/Hershey rivalry.

Nick and Obie also take stock of the Penguins as the team extends its point streak to 10 games.



The Wheeling Nailers are off to a solid start in ECHL action, posting a 7-2-2-0 mark through 11 games, good for the fourth-best points percentage in the league.  The Nailers took two of three contests this past weekend, and currently sit in second place in the North Division standings.



Reid Gardiner netted his league-leading fourth game-winning goal – this one coming in overtime – to lead the Nailers to a 4-3 win against the Walleye at WesBanco Arena.  Wheeling took a 2-0 lead into the third frame thanks to goals by Hunter Fejes and Gardiner before Toldeo got on the board.  Cody Wydo reestablished the two-goal cushion before the visitors scored twice in a 1:06 span late in the game to force OT.  Sean Maguire made 30 saves in net.


Derek Army had a goal and an assist, while Gardiner posted a pair of helpers in the second game of the home-and-home series.  Freddie Tiffels, reassigned to Wheeling from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earlier in the week, recorded his first pro goal in the defeat.  Cody Wydo netted his fourth goal of the season.


Cody Wydo extended his goal streak to three games, picking up the game-winning goal, in the home win over the Admirals.  Garrett Meurs recorded his third multiple-goal game of the season, Cam Brown had three points (1+2) in the win, and Tiffels chipped in with two assists.  Goaltender Will King stopped 39 shots for his first professional win.


REID GARDINER is tied for second in the ECHL with 10 goals and 17 points, is tied for fourth with three power play goals, and leads the league with four game-winning goals.  He had his 10-game point streak snapped on Sunday against Norfolk.

CODY WYDO is tied for second in the ECHL with 17 points and 12 assists.

CAM BROWN is tied for second in the ECHL with 12 assists.

HUNTER FEJES is tied for second in the ECHL with four power play goals.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ next game takes place on Friday, November 17 when they travel to face the Binghamton Devils at 7:05 p.m.  The team returns him for a Thanksgiving eve contest with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, November 22.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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Great podcast this week as veteran defenseman Chris Summers swings by to talk with Obie and Nick. They discuss the make-up of the Penguins blueline, living the Ann Arbor dream and hiding Halloween candy from the kids. Chris also doles out his best broadcast voice sign-off.