The Wheeling Nailers pulled off an improbable weekend sweep with a convincing, 5-0 blanking of the South Carolina Sting Rays at WesBanco Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Goaltender Peter Delmas made 20 saves for his first shutout of the season, and seventh of his career.
Wheeling defenseman Zach Hansen scored his second goal of the season, and second of the weekend, when he pounced on a rebound and buried the puck in the net just 25 seconds into the opening period.
The Nailers made it 2-0 after one period when defenseman Carl Sneep, who may have played his final game in a Nailers uniform, drilled a blast from the blue line for his third goal of the season.
The Nailers scored with the man-advantage in the middle period when Zack Torquato set up defenseman Cody Wild for his sixth goal of the season. Wild could've also played his final game as a Nailer, with an impending call-up on the way.
Christiaan Minella scored a pair of goals (6) to complete the scoring.
The Nailers defense, and especially the penalty kill, has been on fire. Despite several new faces on the blue line, the defense hasn't allowed a power-play goal in five straight games, killing off the last 19 power plays.
The Nailers move to a season-high five games over .500 at 18-13, and have won 11 of the last 12 games at home.
They fly to Florida on Wednesday for a Thursday, Saturday, Monday triple-header with the Orlando Solar Bears.