The team that goes by the hashtag #bleedblue made it 2
straight wins over the Wheeling Nailers after a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in game 2 of their ECHL conference semifinals.
Josh Nicholls recorded the overtime winner as the Road Warriors head back to
Greenville for 3 games having taken both games in Wheeling.
Here is the game report from Andy Zilch who is the media
relations manager and broadcaster for the Greenville Road Warriors.
Road Warriors Battle Back to Win 4-3 in Overtime
Wheeling, WV: The Road Warriors fought back from a two goal
deficit in the third period to force overtime and eventually win 4-3 on a goal
from Josh Nicholls.
Dustin Stevenson struck first for the Nailers with shot that
snuck past goaltender Jason Missiaen along the post. Stevenson’s first of the
playoffs was scored after Denver Manderson shot the puck wide and rolled to the
boards. Zack Torquato also assisted on the only score of the first period. Both
teams had a power play which they could not capitalize on. Wheeling outshot the
Road Warriors 17-11 during the first frame.
5:06 into the second period, the Nailers took a 2-0 lead
with a power play goal from Manderson. His slapshot goal came after a scramble
in front of the Greenville net. Max MacKay and Sahir Gill assisted on the
tally. After a hit that knocked Manderson out of the game, tempers began to
rise. Directly after the hit, Scott Arnold put the Road Warriors on the board
with a wrist shot that hit the post and went into the net. Emerson Clark made
the pass the Arnold to continue his point streak to three games. Jordie
Johnston also assisted on the goal. A penalty to Justin Vaive was issued late
in the second and carried over to the third period with the Nailers leading
The Nailers didn’t waste any time as the third period
began. Just 31 seconds in, Zack Torquato
beat Missiaen blocker side for his first goal of the playoffs. Andrew Yogan brought the Road Warriors back within a goal at 6:52. The power play tally,
Yogan’s third goal of the playoffs, made the game 3-2. The Road Warriors
thought they had the game tied up when Josh Nicholls knocked a puck out of
midair past Condon on the power play. However, after a conference, the
officials ruled the puck had been batted in by a high stick. The tying goal
would come just a few minutes later. Kyle Jean found a loose puck in traffic in
front of the net and buried it to tie the game 3-3 and force overtime.
The teams exchanged scoring chances in extra time. A bad
angle shot from Andrew Rowe nearly beat Condon; but after a scrum in front of
the net, the Nailers goaltender was able to cover. Just a few minutes later,
Road Warriors forward Josh Nicholls sailed a backhander wide on a breakaway.
Nicholls redeemed himself later on in overtime. After Andrew Yogan launched a
shot on goal from the point, Josh Nicholls hammered in the rebound to give
Greenville the 4-3 win.
Missiaen recorded his fifth win of the playoffs for
Greenville, stopping 42 of 45 shots. Condon took the loss for Wheeling, turning
away 42 of 46 shots faced. The Road Warriors now return to Greenville with the
2-0 series lead.
The Baby Ranger’s performance in this game and overall stats
Samuel Noreau (2011 5th) scoreless on 0 shots but
a +1 and 7 PIMs which includes a fighting major. Is 0-2-2 with 13 PIMs.
Kyle Jean (2013 UFA) 1-1-2 +2 on 5 shots. Is 4-1-5 in 7
games and 3rd star of the game.
Andrew Yogan (2010 4th) 1-1-2 +1 on 9 shots (game
high); overall is 3-4-7 which is 2nd on the team
Michael St. Croix (2011 4th) 0-1-1 Even on 2
shots. Is 1-5-6
Josh Nicholls (2012 UFA) 1 goal which was game winner and his
first career playoff game winner and 1st goal of the playoffs.
Jason Missiaen (2011 UFA) Stopped 42 out of 45 shots faced.
Is 5-2 2.09 goals against with 0.939 save percentage.
Jeff Malcom (2013 UFA) DNP backup goalie. Is 1-0
1.79 goals against with 0.946 save percentage.