Nailers’ First Trip to Maine Doesn’t Go as Planned
Phillips scores lone goal in 4-1 loss to Mariners
PORTLAND, Maine — The Wheeling Nailers got one of each result from their three-game trip to New England. Unfortunately, Sunday afternoon was the regulation defeat, as the Nailers visited Portland, Maine for the first time. Terrence Wallin scored twice for the Maine Mariners, and despite a goal by Michael Phillips, Wheeling was unable to overcome the deficit, falling 4-1 at Cross Insurance Arena.
After a scoreless first period, the Mariners got a pair of early goals to begin the middle penalty. Wheeling ran into penalty trouble, which led to a 5-on-3 goal to break the deadlock, as Drew Melanson’s shot dribbled into the left side of the crease, where it was poked into the net by Terrence Wallin. A little less than four minutes later, Maine extended its lead, when Greg Chase broke behind the defense, and lifted a backhander into the top-right corner of the cage.
The Nailers attempted to start a comeback with a power play goal at the 11:11 mark of the third period. Troy Josephs wound his way around the back of the net, before feeding Phillips, who smoked in a one-timer from the right circle. Unfortunately, a comeback wasn’t in the cards, as Wallin battled in his second of the afternoon, as the puck just trickled in over the goal line. Drew Melanson tacked on an empty netter for the 4-1 Mariners win.
Connor LaCouvee rebounded from two bad outings to stop 34 of 35 shots in the win for Maine, while Jordan Ruby made 30 saves on 33 shots for Wheeling.
The Nailers will return for three home games this week, starting with a 7:05 match against Reading on Wednesday. The next big promotional night is Country Roads, featuring a Mason Jar Giveaway to the first 2,000 fans Saturday. All tickets for that game are $12.