Nailers Fall to Fort Wayne
FORT WAYNE, IN- The Wheeling Nailers got off to a great start in Friday’s game against the Fort Wayne Komets at Allen County Memorial Coliseum, but unfortunately, the game as a whole didn’t go the way they had hoped. Fort Wayne converted on two of five power plays to pick up a 4-2 win on its home ice. Nick Rivera and Brady Tomlak both had a goal and an assist for the Nailers.
The Nailers got things started with their fastest goal of the season, as they got on the board just 55 seconds into the contest. Brady Tomlak stole the puck in his own end and led a transition rush in the other direction. Nick Rivera joined him and went directly to the net, where Tomlak put a perfect pass on his tape, so Rivera could convert with a redirect. Fort Wayne tied things up on a power play. The Komets took the lead at the 7:09 mark of the middle frame but Wheeling rebounded to tie the game shortly after on a power play of its own. Cody Sylvester’s one-timer made its way into a pile, where it was fished out by Rivera and given to Tomlak for a top shelf shot. Fort Wayne went back into the lead just 22 seconds later and never looked back.
Alex D’Orio made 29 saves in the defeat for Wheeling.