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The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have announced their opponent and schedule for the Eastern Conference Final Round of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Nailers will face the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series, beginning on Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum.

During the 2015-16 regular season, the Nailers finished with the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference, going 37-26-9 for 83 points. That set them up with a first round date against the Florida Everblades. Wheeling trailed in the series 2-1, then fell behind 3-0 in game four, before rallying back for three straight wins, including a thrilling 2-1 decision to end the series in game six. Thanks to an upset, the Nailers found themselves with home ice advantage for round two against the Reading Royals. Records fell at a rapid rate in that series, as Wheeling played its longest contest ever (104:22) in a game four victory, then rallied from a 3-2 series deficit for the first time in team history, taking game six, 8-3, then coming out on top in overtime of game seven. The Stingrays missed out on the top spot in the conference by one point, as they went 44-18-10 for 98 points. South Carolina quickly disposed of the Kalamazoo Wings in five games during round one, before facing a much tougher challenge from the Adirondack Thunder. Similar to the Wheeling, the Stingrays had to win games six and seven on home ice, which they did, including a 3-2 comeback in double overtime of game seven. Riley Brace leads the Nailers with 14 playoff points, while South Carolina is led by Joe Devin and Kelly Zajac, who both have 13. Brace and Devin were the two heroes in their respective seventh games.

Unfortunately, there are no games between these two clubs on the 2016-17 docket, but they did meet twice during this year’s regular season, with both matches having occurred at WesBanco Arena. On December 4th, the Stingrays scored 18 seconds into the tilt, but Wheeling rallied back with goals from Zack Torquato, Adam Krause, and Brett Stern for a 3-2 triumph, backstopped by Brian Foster’s 38 saves. However, the following night was all South Carolina, as the visitors spoiled Star Wars Night with a 6-1 decision. All four goaltenders currently on the two rosters saw action that weekend.

This will be the third postseason series played between the Nailers and Stingrays, with the first two sets both going to Wheeling in four games. In 2011, the Nailers had home ice advantage in a first round best-of-five with a 2-3 format, and proceeded to open the series with back-to-back overtime victories at North Charleston Coliseum. The two squads then clashed again in 2014, when Wheeling swept South Division Champion South Carolina out of the opening round. The Stingrays mustered just four goals against current Montreal Canadien Mike Condon. Current Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl turned on the red light in overtime of game two. There have been 23 regular season games played between the two cities who have spent the longest time in the ECHL.



Eastern Conference Final
Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays
Game 1 – Fri. May 13th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 – Sat. May 14th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed. May 18th AT WHEELING, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri. May 20th AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Game 5 – Sat. May 21st AT WHEELING, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6 – Mon. May 23rd at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7 – Tue. May 24th at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)

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