TRENTON, N.J - The Wheeling Nailers visited the Trenton Titans on Saturday night and were able to escape with the victory, thanks to some help from a few former Titans. Matt Germain lit the lamp twice, and Peter Lenes broke a tie with 3:49 to go, as the Nailers defeated the Titans, 3-2, at Sun National Bank Center.
Peter Delmas made 42 saves in the triumph, which was just the third of the season away from home for Wheeling, which plays host to Cincinnati at 4 today at WesBanco Arena.
Six minutes in the Nailers struck as Germain took a pass from Peter Child and raced up the left side of the ice. Once at the face-off circle, he snapped a wrist shot on goal, beating Cal Heeter high over the glove.
Wheeling nearly took a 2-0 lead in the latter half of the second period, when a turnover by Heeter led to an opportunity in front of the net. The Nailers knocked the puck in, but the goal was disallowed due to a kicking motion.
A little more than seven minutes into the third period, the Nailers retook the lead as Germain dashed the other way and pumped a slap shot over Heeter's glove. Jacob Drewiske finished a 2-on-1 rush with a wrist shot from the right circle to tie it.
The score remained tied until 3:49 showed on the clock, when Chris Barton tossed a pass through the slot to Lenes, who lifted a backhander in for a 3-2 Wheeling lead, and ultimately a victory.
Wheeling1 0 2 - 3
Trenton0 1 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Wheeling, Germain 3 (Child, Delmas), 6:00. Penalties-Hansen Whl (tripping), 2:16; Corcoran Whl (delay of game), 7:25; Berube Tre (high-sticking), 15:44.
2nd Period-2, Trenton, Ullrich 3 (Haczyk, Baier), 17:08. Penalties-Cianfrini Tre (cross-checking), 14:14.
3rd Period-3, Wheeling, Germain 4 7:02. 4, Trenton, Drewiske 9 (Baier, Haczyk), 7:11. 5, Wheeling, Lenes 7 (Barton), 16:11. Penalties-Carrier Tre (roughing), 2:17; Lenes Whl (boarding), 5:23; Tamblyn Tre (hooking), 6:45; Heeter Tre (game misconduct - throwing equipment), 7:02.
Shots on Goal-Wheeling 14-8-8-30. Trenton 14-14-16-44.
Power Play Opportunities-Wheeling 0-4; Trenton 0-3.
Goalies-Wheeling, Delmas 8-4-0-2 (44 shots-42 saves). Trenton, Heeter 0-0-0-0 (25 shots-23 saves); Wedgewood 13-13-2-1 (5 shots-4 saves).
Referees-Chris Pitoscia (3); Linesmen-Joe DeMizio (59), Ray King (39).