Nailers Add Zack Torquato to Playoff Roster


The Wheeling Nailers, have announced a transaction, which takes effect immediately. The Nailers have added forward Zack Torquato to their playoff roster, after he was released from his professional tryout with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. Wheeling has now filled 21 of 23 available roster spots.

Torquato, 26, is back with the Nailers for the first time since the end of December, when he was first asked to join the Wolves. Zack started the year on the shelf, after having surgery in the offseason, but didn’t need much time to hit his stride, as he scored a goal in his second game back in the lineup. November was a spectacular month for the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native, who had eight goals and ten points in 13 games, including the tying goal in the Education Day Comeback Game, the lone goal in a 1-0 triumph against Reading on the 25th, and one of two winning goals during the club’s three-game trip to Florida. Torquato added four more goals and seven more points in December, giving him 12-5-17 totals in 23 ECHL games this season.

Zack then made his way to the American Hockey League, where he saw the most AHL action in a single season of his six-year professional career. Torquato appeared in 22 games, tallying two goals, one assist, three points, and 17 penalty minutes. His first goal in a Chicago Wolves uniform came on January 9th in a 5-2 loss to the Texas Stars. Fellow Nailer Riley Brace was responsible for the other Chicago marker that evening. Goal two was scored two weeks later against the Charlotte Checkers.

The veteran forward will be participating in his fourth postseason with the Wheeling Nailers, as he suited up for four games in 2012, six games in 2014, and six games in 2015. Torquato has amassed 13 points over the course of his last 12 playoff games, including a hat trick in game six against the Toledo Walleye last spring. His 14 career points places him tied for sixth in team history along with Joey Haddad.

The Wheeling Nailers and Florida Everblades are currently tied 1-1 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series, with games three, four, and five taking place at WesBanco Arena this week. Game three is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m., game four is Friday at 7:35 p.m and game five is Saturday at 7:35 p.m.

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