TOLEDO, Ohio - On Friday night, the Wheeling Nailers returned to a building that had created miserable memories 12 days earlier. However, this particular game produced a completely different result.
Cody Sylvester netted a pair of goals, while Mike Condon stopped 26 shots as the Nailers knocked off the Toledo Walleye, 4-1, at Huntington Center.
The Nailers needed two minutes to break through on the scoreboard, and they did so while playing on the man advantage. Max MacKay dropped the puck to the left point, where Dustin Stevenson set up Myles Harvey with a cross-ice pass to the top of the right circle. Harvey was more than ready to receive, as he powered a one-timer into the right side of the net.
With 1:55 remaining in the period, Wheeling upped its lead. Jack MacLellan picked off a pass in neutral ice and skated in on the left side of the offensive zone, before finding Sylvester in the slot. Sylvester gathered in the pass, before ripping a wrist shot just under the crossbar on Mac Carruth's glove side.
Wheeling extended the lead at the 5:53 mark of the middle stanza. Sylvester took a shot from the top of the right circle that glanced off of a Toledo defender and into the vacant left side of the cage. Sylvester's fifth marker in four games was assisted by MacLellan, who also had two points in the contest.
Toledo picked up its lone goal of the game with 6:40 left in the second period. Emerson Clark wrapped the puck around the back of the net, with a deflection finding Russ Sinkewich, who lifted his shot in from the left side of the slot.
Midway through the third period, Chaz Johnson added an insurance marker for the Nailers, as he stepped into a wrist shot from high in the slot, beating Carruth on his glove side. Shane Bakker and Tyler Fernandez notched the assists.
Mike Condon posted another strong performance in goal for the Nailers, earning a victory with 26 saves on 27 shots. Carruth was the losing goaltender for Toledo, after surrendering four goals on 24 shots.
The Nailers will conclude their six-game road trip at 7:35 tonight when they visit the Cincinnati Cyclones. That game will begin a home-and-home series for Wheeling, which will play host to Cincinnati a 3 p.m. Sunday.
Wheeling2 1 1 - 4
Toledo0 1 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Wheeling, Harvey 3 (Stevenson), 2:00 (PP). 2, Wheeling, Sylvester 9 (MacLellan), 18:05. Penalties-Nedomlel Tol (roughing), 0:40; Lagace Whl (tripping), 6:50.
2nd Period-3, Wheeling, Sylvester 10 (MacLellan), 5:53. 4, Toledo, Sinkewich 1 (Clark, Rogers), 13:20. Penalties-Goers Whl (hooking), 7:40; Clark Tol (slashing ), 9:52; Sylvester Whl (roughing), 11:01; Bogosian Tol (roughing), 11:01; Koger Tol (interference), 16:17.
3rd Period-5, Wheeling, Johnson 7 (Fernandez, Bakker), 10:25. Penalties-Perlini Tol (tripping), 4:35; MacLellan Whl (holding), 11:42; Harvey Whl (double - roughing), 17:50; Bogosian Tol (double - roughing), 17:50.
Shots on Goal-Wheeling 9-11-4-24. Toledo 9-9-9-27.
Power-Play Opportunities-Wheeling 1-4; Toledo 0-3.
Goalies-Wheeling, Condon 13-8-0-4 (27 shots-26 saves). Toledo, Carruth 4-8-0-0 (24 shots-20 saves).
Referee-Frederic Leblanc (25); Linesmen-Shaun Morgan (71), Bob Marcis (94).