The Wheeling Nailers, have announced their 2014 preseason schedule. Wheeling will play two games against the Cincinnati Cyclones, with one contest at WesBanco Arena, followed by a tilt at US Bank Arena the following night.
On Friday, October 10th, WesBanco Arena will open its doors to the first game of the preseason schedule, as the Nailers will play host to the Cyclones at 7:35 p.m. . Then, on Saturday, October 11th, the two teams will make their way to US Bank Arena, where they will do battle again at 7:35 p.m. .
In addition to being the Nailers' closest opponent geographically, Wheeling and Cincinnati have developed a tremendous rivalry in the eleven seasons that the Cyclones have been members of the ECHL. In fact, last season, the two clubs met for their 100th regular season encounter all-time, marking the sixth time in team history that Wheeling has reached that milestone against a single opponent. The Nailers hold a slim 54-53 lead in the historical series, although the Cyclones have a 4-3 edge in playoff meetings. After a thrilling 12-game season series which featured six wins per team last year, Wheeling and Cincinnati will meet only four times during the 2014-15 regular season, with two games taking place at each facility.
The Nailers and Cyclones last met in the preseason during October, 2012, when the two sides exchanged home victories.
Opening Night for the Wheeling Nailers takes place on Saturday, October 18th at 7:35, when the Reading Royals visit WesBanco Arena.