Sylvester Player Of Week

WHEELING – The Wheeling Nailers have announced that forward Cody Sylvester has been named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Jan. 20-26.

Sylvester, 21, becomes the second member of the 2013-14 Nailers to earn ECHL Player of the Week honors, joining Zack Torquato, who posted a seven-point week at the end of November. Last week, Sylvester found the scoresheet in three of Wheeling’s four contests, racking up five goals, one assist, six points, and a +6 rating. Three of his five tallies were game winners, as the Nailers won 2-0 at Gwinnett on Monday, 4-1 at Toledo on Friday, and 3-1 against Cincinnati on Sunday.

Despite playing in 22 of the team’s 41 games due to time spent in the AHL, Sylvester leads three statistical categories for the Nailers. His 11 goals are two better than Max MacKay and Torquato, his five game-winning goals are one better than Mike Ratchuk, and his two shorthanded goals are one better four different players. Between Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sylvester has appeared in 39 games during his rookie campaign, totaling 13 goals, three assists, and 16 points.

On behalf of Sylvester, a case of pucks will be donated to the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 29,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Johnson Suspended

Wheeling’s Chaz Johnson has been suspended for eight games as a result of his actions Cincinnati last Saturday night.

Johnson is suspended five games under Rule 70.10 – leaving the player’s bench and three games as a result of his match penalty under Rule 46.15.

D’Agostino, Ruopp Down; Goers Up; Lagace Suspended

WHEELING – The Nailers also announced four transactions Tuesday, with all four taking effect immediately. Pittsburgh has reassigned defensemen Nick D’Agostino and Harrison Ruopp to the Nailers, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have signed defenseman Barry Goers to a 25-game professional tryout, and forward Jacob Lagace has been suspended by Wheeling.

D’Agostino, 23, returns for his second stint with the Nailers, after appearing in four games from Jan. 8-12. During that stretch, D’Agostino picked up one assist, as he set up Jack MacLellan’s shorthanded goal against Toledo on the 11th. The Bolton, ON native has spent the majority of the 2013-14 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he has appeared in 25 games, accumulating one goal, six assists, seven points, and 11 penalty minutes. His lone goal came in a 1-0 victory for the Penguins against the Utica Comets on Dec. 14.

Ruopp, 20, also returns for his second stint with the Nailers after appearing in nine games from Nov. 14-Dec. 1. Harrison made his professional debut during that time, registering his first pro point in his second game – a 5-4 victory against Elmira on Nov. 16. He also added an assist on Nov. 30 against Toledo, as Wheeling posted a 7-0-2 record with him in the lineup. The Zehner, SK native has also appeared in 11 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, totaling 18 penalty minutes.

Goers, 27, joins the Penguins for the second time this season, having posted strong numbers at both the AHL and ECHL levels this season. During his most recent stretch with the Nailers, Goers appeared in six games, recording one goal, one assist, and a +4 rating. Overall, the Ivyland, Pa., native has appeared in 16 games with Wheeling, posting two goals, five assists, and seven points. He has also suited up in seven games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, tacking one goal, four assists, and five points onto his season totals.

Lagace, 24, has opted to join the Tonsberg Vikings in Norway, and has therefore been suspended by the Nailers so that they maintain his ECHL rights. Lagace appeared in 15 games with Wheeling this season, registering four goals, four assists, and eight points, following six points in 26 games with the Orlando Solar Bears. The St-Hyacinthe, QC native had two multiple-point games during his time with Wheeling, including his final game Sunday. This will be Lagace’s first experience playing in Europe, following three and a half seasons in the AHL and ECHL.

Agostino (No. 27) and Harrison Ruopp (32) will join the Nailers this week, as they will play three games at WesBanco Arena. The first contest takes place tonight at 7 against the Fort Wayne Komets.