Wheeling Earns Double-Overtime Win Saturday Night in Game 2

May 14, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC-Austin Fyten, Joe Devin and Caleb Herbert scored, but the Wheeling Nailers roared back with three goals in the final 5:56 of the third period and claimed a 4-3 victory in double-overtime in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Wheeling's Jarrett Burton scored the winning goal on the power play at 5:03 of double-overtime to tie the best-of-seven series, 1-1. Games 3-5 of the series are next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Wheeling. 

After winning 3-0 the night prior in Game 1, South Carolina appeared destined to do the same thing on Saturday night. The Stingrays jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the second period of play. Fyten opened the scoring in the first period with only 47 seconds on the clock. He accepted a pass from Colton Saucerman and skated in on a breakaway. He beat netminder Franky Palazzese through the five-hole with a backhand shot to make it 1-0. 
The Stingrays would score twice in a span of 1:01 in the second period, A slap shot from Devin at 16:35 gave him his ECHL-leading 10th goal of the playoffs, and pushed the Stingrays to a 2-0 lead. Herbert would score on the next shift, redirecting a Joey Leach slap shot from the slot for his eighth goal of the postseason. 
The Nailers roared back late in the third period. Clark Seymour broke South Carolina's lengthy shutout streak of 170:24, spanning back to Game 7 of the Conference Semifinals versus Adirondack. Seymour beat netminder Vitek Vanecek with a wrist-shot from the slot to make it 3-1. 
Only 1:34 later, the Nailers scored again as Paul Cianfrini beat Vanecek from the left wing with a wrist shot over the catching glove to make it 3-2. 
The Nailers would pull Palazzese for an extra-attacker and would tie the game with 1:12 left. Matthew Maione's shot towards the front of the goal deflected off the skate of John McCarron and rolled past the left pad of Vanecek. 
The Stingrays had a total of 7:55 of power play time during the overtime sessions, but failed to convert. The Nailers would cash in during the second overtime when Marcus Perrier was called for roughing at 4:37. Wheeling's McCarron would flip a pass across to Burton in the slot. He made a move ,and slid the puck past the glove of an outstretched Vanecek to earn Wheeling the victory. 
The Stingrays went 0-for-6 on the power play and outshot the Nailers 35-32.
The series shifts to Wheeling for Game 3 on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to head to King Street Grille-Northwoods for the Watch Party. 

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