Whether the Wheeling Nailers are winning or losing, one constant over the past two seasons has been the reliable production of Cody Wydo. After a sluggish start to his first pro season last year, he’s been a man on a mission. In his last 100 regular season games, he has 45 goals and 44 assists for 89 points in that time.
This past weekend was more of the same for Wydo, who had a point in each of the Nailers’ three games. It started off with an overtime game-winner in Indy, then he found another tuck the next night at Fort Wayne. The second-year pro earned an assist by setting up Gage Quinney for a highlight reel goal on Sunday to close out Wheeling’s three-in-three.
Wydo now has 11 points in his last 10 games, a run that includes nine goals. His OT clincher on Friday night was also his fifth game-winning goal of the season, tying him with Nick Sorkin for the team lead in that category.
After four years at Robert Morris University, Wydo has played the entirety of his pro career with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate. He’s one point away from the 100th of his career.
Here’s what else the Nailers have cooked up over the past week…
Friday, Mar. 3 – NAILERS 3 at Indy Fuel 2 (OT)
Wheeling outshot Indy by 20, but couldn’t find a winner until Wydo’s tally at 2:52 of the extra frame.
Earlier in the contest, Alexandre Carrier scored his first goal as a Nailer. Carrier came to the Penguins organization via trade with the Orlando Solar Bears on Feb. 18 this season.
Saturday, Mar. 4 – NAILERS 3 at Fort Wayne Komets 4
The Nailers scored three-straight goals, but then allowed three unanswered in the third period for the Komets to come away with the win. Wheeling appeared to be destined for overtime again until a late power play goal by Fort Wayne with 1:12 left in regulation broke the 3-3 tie.
Garrett Meurs and Wydo scored their 21st and 25th goals of the season, respectively. They are first and second on the team in that category. Defenseman Kevin Schulze posted two assists, his 14th multi-point game this season.
Doug Carr recorded 33 saves in the loss.
Sunday, Mar. 5 – NAILERS 1 at Fort Wayne Komets 2
Another nail-biter, but once again Fort Wayne emerged victorious. Quinney scored the Nailers’ only goal of the evening, but boy, oh boy, was it a pretty one:
Sean Maguire set a new career-high with 41 saves, too. Unfortunately, his new personal best was achieved in a loss.
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UP NEXT: Home, sweet home. The Nailers finally return home after their midwestern road swing and have another three-in-three on the docket. After back-to-back tilts with the Quad City Mallards, Wheeling will have to contend with the league-leading Toledo Walleye. Jeff Christian’s Nailers are 4-4-1-0 against the top squad in the ECHL this season.