WHEELING NAILERS TRYOUT CAMP JULY 21-22


The Toyota SportsPlex is excited to once again announce an open tryout for the Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The tryout is scheduled for Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018, and a minimum of three participants will be invited to attend Wheeling’s 2018-19 training camp.

“Last year, Wheeling ended up offering four players training camp invites from this tryout,” said Jarrod Skalde, Pittsburgh Penguins player development coach. “It’s a great opportunity, and we’re already looking forward to another strong showing from some of these skaters.” Skalde, along with former Nailers assistant coach Jay Spess, will oversee this year’s tryout.

Registration information is available at www.toyotasportsplex.com. The tryout is limited to 75 participants. All interested parties must provide proof of medical insurance and be paid in full prior to participating. The cost to attend the camp is $350.00.

“This was a great event last year, and I’m glad we’re able to host it again,” added Jason Jarecki,  General Manager of the Toyota SportsPlex. “As I’ve said before, this might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these players.”

A full tryout camp itinerary will be provided upon completion of registration. For additional information, please contact Jay Spess via e-mail at jspess@toyotasportsplex.com

WYDO NAMED TO ECHL ALL-STAR TEAM


The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, are excited to announce that forward Cody Wydo has been selected to participate in the 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic.

Wydo, 26, is enjoying another tremendously successful season with the Nailers, and has recently been recalled to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He leads Wheeling with 33 points in 28 games this season, racking up 14 goals and 19 assists. The Southgate, Michigan native opened the year with a three-point game in Greenville, and is the team leader with nine multiple point contests.

Wydo has played in parts of four seasons with the Nailers, appearing in 166 games, accumulating 68 goals, 81 assists, and 149 points. The 68 goals are the seventh most in team history.

The ECHL is using a new format for the 2018 ECHL All-Star Classic, as there will be four teams, competing in a 3-on-3 tournament to determine a winner. Wydo is a member of the North Division squad, along with Adirondack’s Ty Loney (former Nailer), Brampton’s Matt Petgrave, Manchester’s Joel Lowry, Reading’s Alex Krushelnyski, Worcester’s Woody Hudson, and the host Indy Fuel’s Etienne Marcoux.

Wydo becomes the 41st player in Wheeling’s team history to be named to an ECHL All-Star Classic.

The 2018 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic will take place on Monday, February 15th at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, and will air live exclusively on NHL Network, beginning at 1:00.

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NAILERS NEWS – December 19, 2017


The Wheeling Nailers posted a 2-1-0-0 mark last week, and currently sit in second place in the ECHL’s North Division with a 15-10-2-0 record.  Here’s a look at the latest team info in our NAILERS NEWS feature.


RECENT ACTION

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 vs. INDY (3-2 WIN):  Troy Josephs netted the decisive goal at 6:29 of the third period, leading the Nailers to a one-goal victory against the Fuel.  Freddie Tiffels and Cam Brown staked Wheeling to a two goal lead, before Indy rallied late in the second frame for a pair of goals just 55 seconds apart.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 at READING (4-0 Loss):  The Nailers suffered their first shutout of the season in the opener of a two-game set against the Royals.  The result wasn’t for lack of trying, however, as Wheeling peppered Reading goalie Mark Dekanich with 50 shots.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 at READING (4-2 WIN):  Wheeling bounced back for a road win against the Royals.  After a quiet first 39 minutes, Kevin Schulze opened the scoring with 42 seconds remaining in the second period.  Wheeling extended the lead to 3-0 on third period tallies by Reid Gardiner and Troy Josephs, before Reading stuck twice.  Cody Wydo’s empty netted capped the win for the visitors.


THE WEEK AHEAD

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 vs. BRAMPTON:  The Nailers head into the holiday with a pair of games on home ice against their North Division foes.  The Beast sits in fifth place in the six team division with a 12-10-1-2 record, but have won four of their past five contests.  The clubs split their first two meetings on Oct. 22 and 27 in Brampton.


LEAGUE LEADERS

The NAILERS lead the entire ECHL with a  22.6% conversion rate on the power play (26 goals/115 attempts).

CODY WYDO is ninth in the ECHL with 30 points, tied for 13th with 17 assists, tied for eighth with 13 goals.

GARRETT MEURS is tied for 17th in the league with 25 points and tied for 14th with 12 goals.

REID GARDINER is tied for 17th in the ECHL with 25 points and tied for 14th with 12 goals.  Gardiner also ranks second among ECHL rookies in points and goals.

DEREK ARMY is tied for fourth with five power play goals.

CAM BROWN is tied for third in the ECHL with 20 assists.  He also ranks third among league rookies in points (24) and leads first year players in assists.

NICK SORKIN is tied for 13th in the league with 17 assists.

HUNTER FEJES is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 13 goals and tied for 11th with four power play goals


NAILERS NOTES

TROY JOSEPHS has three goals in six games since joining the Nailers earlier this month, including a pair of game-winning goals.  Josephs began the season sidelined after off season surgery.

The NAILERS’ first goal last Tuesday against Indy was the team’s 6,000th all-time.

WHEELING’S game on Friday night in Reading was the 1,800th game in team history.


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PENGUINS ANNOUNCE FOUR ROSTER MOVES


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned forward Freddie Tiffels and defenseman Ethan Prow from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Furthermore, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has assigned forward Troy Josephs to Wheeling, and goalie Colin Stevens has been released from his professional tryout agreement.

Tiffels, 22, has posted three goals and seven assists for 10 points over the course of the first nine ECHL games of his career. The Cologne, Germany native has appeared in five games for the Penguins this season and scored his first AHL goal on Nov. 25, 2017 against the Syracuse Crunch.

Prow has played in six games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, picking up an assist on Nov. 11, 2017 against the Hershey Bears. The former Hobey Baker Award Finalist skated in 59 games for the Penguins last season and registered 16 points (1G-15A). Prow, 25, also appeared in one game for Wheeling last season, posting two assists in that lone contest on Oct. 20, 2016 against the Reading Royals.

Josephs is returning from injury and has not played any games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. Last season, the 23-year old forward led Clarkson University in goals (20) during his senior year. Josephs, who hails from Whitby, Ontario, joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following the conclusion of his college campaign and suited up for 13 regular season games and one Calder Cup Playoff game for the Penguins. Josephs notched one goal and one assist for the Penguins in that time.

Stevens recently earned his first AHL win in his first AHL start on Friday, Dec. 1 against the Milwaukee Admirals. The 24-year-old goaltender from Niskayuna, New York put forth 29 saves to earn an overtime victory for the Penguins over the Admirals. Stevens will also report to Wheeling, where has played three games this year and posted a 2-0-1 record. Stevens owns a .907 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average with the Nailers.

The Penguins’ next game is tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 6, when they travel to PPL Center to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 8 against the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers’ visit to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is also a WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Friday. All tickets for non-glass seating for Dec. 8’s contest are $14, and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, 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.

NAILERS NEWS – DECEMBER 4, 2017

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.


RECENT ACTION

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.


THE WEEK AHEAD

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).


LEAGUE LEADERS

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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NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 21, 2017

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.

RECENT ACTION

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.

LEAGUE LEADERS

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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NAILERS NEWS – NOVEMBER 13, 2017

NAILERS NOTES

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.


RECENT ACTION

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 VS. TOLEDO (4-3 OT WIN)

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.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 AT TOLEDO (5-3 LOSS)

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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 VS. NORFOLK (5-3 WIN)

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.


LEAGUE LEADERS

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 TicketMaster.com, 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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