READING, Pa. - Goaltender Matt Dalton made 45 saves to help lead the Reading Royals to a 3-2 shootout victory against the Wheeling Nailers at the Sovereign Center on Wednesday night.
Despite the loss, the Nailers picked up a key point in the standings, leaving them with 77 with two games remaining.
The Nailers held off the Royals for the first 15 minutes of the third. However, just like they have done all year, Reading finds away to stay alive. While on the power play Jarred Ross fired a slapshot from the point which was redirected in front by Olivier Labelle past Peter Delmas for the game-tying goal, sending the game to overtme.
Neither team was able to light the lamp in overtime, which sent the game to a shootout. Wheeling was unable to crack Dalton in the shootout, while Reading received goals from Yannick Riendeau and Andrew Sarauer to seal the 3-2 shootout victory.
All four goals were scored on the power player. The Nailers outshot the Royals 47-27.
The Nailers return home to WesBanco Arena to battle the Toledo Walleye at 7:05 tonight.
Tonight is College Night! $8 tickets to all college students with college ID. The game also features $1 hot dogs and special drink considerations through the first intermission. There will also be a free postgame concert featuring Mace Ballard
The Nailers will wrap up the regular season Saturday, also against Toledo.