(PR) Wheeling, WV – After Trenton tied the game 3-3 with two goals 1:42 apart in the second period, the Wheeling Nailers scored four straight markers to defeat the Trenton Devils, 7-4, Saturday at WesBanco Arena.
Winning for the eighth time in nine games against the Devils, the Nailers improved to 26-15-0-2, opening up an 11-point lead in the North Division by winning their sixth straight. Losing for the fourth time in the last five, the Devils fell to 15-22-1-3.
There was no shortage of offensive headliners for the Nailers. Mikael Bedard scored five points (1g, 4a), Nick Peterson contributed four (1g, 3a), and defenseman Trevor Hunt put together the first two-goal game of his pro career. In net, Patrick Killeen won for the fourth straight time over the Devils, making 28 saves.
Jeff Prough, Ryan Ginand and Myles Stoesz compiled multi-point games for the Devils, but it wasn’t enough for Trenton on a night the Devils surrendered four power-play goals in six shorthanded situations. Making 26 saves, Shane Connelly lost his third straight start.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel opened the scoring at 2:54 of the first period off a feed from Nick Peterson. The score remained 1-0 Wheeling until Kory Nagy tied the game at 10:49 of the first on a wraparound, with Myles Stoesz and Dave Leaderer earning assists.
Wheeling’s Trevor Hunt made the score 2-1 when his point-shot found its way past Connelly after hitting Devils defenseman Martin Nolet in front of the net. The Nailers made the score 3-1 when Mikael Bedard struck 12:17 into the second period.
The Devils knotted the score by scoring twice in a span of 1:42 late in the second period. First, Jeff Prough potted his second five-on-three goal in as many nights off a setup by Darcy Zajac and Ryan Ginand. Ginand then pulled the Devils even by scoring his team-leading 17th goal on a rebound from the slot with J.S. Berube getting the helper.
Wheeling regained a lead it would not relinquish when Joey Haddad scored 28 seconds after Ginand had squared the teams, 3-3. Wheeling then blitzed Trenton to open up a 7-3 lead when Nick Peterson, Trevor Hunt and Ben Street scored 9:31 apart to start the third period.
Jeff Prough answered for the Devils by burying his second of the game with 2:20 remaining, but the Devils never got any closer in the final minutes as the Nailers won, 7-4.
The Devils and Nailers waste no time renewing acquaintances, meeting for the sixth time in 18 days Sunday at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA at 5:05 p.m.