Nailers Shutout by Missiaen, Greenville
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Jason Missiaen spent the first part of the 2013-14 season in the American Hockey League with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Saturday night, he played in his first ECHL game of the campaign, and turned in a perfect effort for the Greenville Road Warriors.
The 6-foot-8 goaltender turned away all 40 shots he faced, blanking the Wheeling Nailers, 3-0, at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
After a scoreless opening period, the Road Warriors started the scoring at the 5:19 mark of the second, while playing on the man advantage. Mike Marcou teed up a shot from the right point, which got blocked in the slot. Todd Hosmer found the loose puck in skates, shifted it to his left, and slid a shot into the left side of the goal.
Later in the period, Greenville received a glorious opportunity to extend the lead as Dustin Stevenson received a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding. However, Mike Condon stood on his head, making a pile of 10-bell saves, keeping the score 1-0 after two.
Early in the third period, the Road Warriors grabbed an insurance goal. Once again, Marcou began the play, letting a shot go from the right point. Condon made a kick save, but the rebound was bounced into the net by Andrew Rowe, who was crashing into the slot.
With 11:36 remaining, Greenville upped its lead to three when Marc-Olivier Vallerand redirected Sam Klassen’s shot from the left point. The Nailers had a pair of power plays in the third, but couldn’t dent the twine.
Condon stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced for Wheeling, but suffered a tough-luck loss.
The Nailers will continue their six-game road trip at 12:30 p.m. on Monday against the Gwinnett Gladiators. Wheeling’s next home game takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, when they play host to the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Wheeling0 0 0 – 0
Greenville0 1 2 – 3
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Vallerand Grn (high-sticking), 5:25; Fernandez Whl (interference), 13:23.
2nd Period-1, Greenville, Hosmer 3 (Rowe, Marcou), 5:19 (PP). Penalties-Johnson Whl (interference), 3:48; Marcou Grn (cross-checking), 5:34; served by Lagace Whl (bench – unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:24; Stevenson Whl (boarding – major, game misconduct – boarding), 12:24; Noreau Grn (roughing), 12:24; MacLellan Whl (roughing), 18:04; Isaacs Grn (roughing), 18:04; Klassen Grn (cross-checking), 18:42.
3rd Period-2, Greenville, Rowe 10 (Marcou, Hosmer), 4:19. 3, Greenville, Vallerand 12 (Klassen), 8:24. Penalties-Rowe Grn (delay of game), 13:34; Noreau Grn (boarding), 16:42.
Shots on Goal-Wheeling 11-12-17-40. Greenville 15-15-11-41.
Power-Play Opportunities-Wheeling 0-5; Greenville 1-3.
Goalies-Wheeling, Condon 11-8-0-4 (41 shots-38 saves). Greenville, Missiaen 1-0-0-0 (40 shots-40 saves).
Referee-Tyler Puddifant (28); Linesmen-Jesse Pletsch (54), Zach Thornton (80).