No team in the history of the ECHL has ever won a conference final while trailing three games to two and having two back to back games on the road until now.
The Nailers facing elimination and pulled out a thrilling 3-2 overtime win to tie the series and set the stage for a deciding game seven.
Anytime you are going into an opponents building it’s kind of like a hostile atmosphere you work within the group and within each other to find the momentum and find the little things you need to win a game,” said Connor Leen, Wheeling Nailers Forward.
That hostile atmosphere had no effect on the Nailers in game seven. It was tied at two after two when they exploded for three goals in less than five minutes in route to a 5-2 win.
“We’ve been doing the things the hard way all year. So we thought..Hey! Why change now.m We went down there and found a way to get it done. Were happy and were ready for the next round,” said Shane Bakker, Wheeling Nailers Forward.
When the team returned home they were greeted by a large group of fans excited about the win.
“They deserve it, they really do. They went down there down 3-2 and low and behold we did it,” said Taylor Grimm, Nailers Fan.
The championship round gets underway this Saturday when the Nailers travel to Texas to take on the defending ECHL Champions the Allen Americans.
The Nailers will be on the road for the first two games of the series, then the action heads back to Wes Banco Arena for game three on Wednesday.