Mike Condon played two solid games in Greenville, but saved his best
game for last this weekend, as the Wheeling Nailers battled the Gwinnett
Gladiators at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Condon made 31 saves,
earning his second shutout of the season, while Cody Sylvester lit the
lamp twice, as the Nailers blanked the Gladiators, 2-0.
After a scoreless first period, the Nailers drew first blood at the 13:17 mark of the middle frame. While playing shorthanded, Cody Sylvester forced a turnover at the Gwinnett offensive blueline, sending himself on a breakaway. Sylvester stick handled, before taking a forehand shot, which rolled up Brad Phillips' left side and into the top of the net. Wheeling put a season-high 21 shots on goal during the second period, gaining a 29-24 lead in that category, after the Gladiators had a 15-8 advantage in the first.
The Nailers maintained their one-goal lead all the way until the final minute of the third period, when they added an insurance marker to finish the 2-0 win. Jack MacLellan tapped a pass to Cody Sylvester, who nailed the center of the net from the middle of the center circle.
Mike Condon earned his second shutout of the season in goal for Wheeling, thwarting all 31 attempts sent his way. Brad Phillips also played well for Gwinnett, but suffered the loss, making 35 saves on 36 shots.
The Nailers will continue their six-game road trip in Toledo on Friday night, with a 7:15 p.m. face-off against the Walleye. Wheeling's next home game takes place on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. against the Cincinnati Cyclones.