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CINCINNATI, OH — The Wheeling Nailers and Cincinnati Cyclones have developed a lot of hatred for each other this season, and that was the case Friday night at the Heritage Bank Center. Another thing the Nailers didn’t like was the final score, as Cincinnati scored three goals in the second and three in the third en route to a 7-2 home win. Tim Doherty and Shaw Boomhower scored for Wheeling.

Both teams lit the torch in the first period, but fans had to wait a bit as both goals came in the final five minutes. Cincinnati was the first to strike, moments after a successful penalty kick. Jesse Schultz led a 3-on-1 run on the ice, which mostly featured passes between him and Lincoln Griffin. Griffin had the best angle at the net and he ended up driving his shot from the middle of the slot.

With 1:51 to go, the Nailers equalized. Josh Maniscalco had a few blocked attempts, before the puck finally found Tim Doherty, who turned and wrist shot up and under the crossbar.

A few errors cost Wheeling midway through the game, as the Cyclones scored three of four to go ahead by two. At 4:13, a turnover at the offensive blue line drove Cincinnati the other way with numbers. Wyatt Ege ended up sifting the puck into the crease, where it was tagged in goal by Jesse Schultz. The Cyclones used strong puck movement during the 4-on-4 game to extend their lead. Louie Caporusso skated the puck left to right through the slot, before dropping a pass high up the crease for a tap-in from Griffin. The Nailers salvaged a goal when the penalties expired, as Shaw Boomhower escaped the box and dodged Sean Bonar’s lunge, before slamming the puck into a wide-open cage.

Cincinnati regained its two-goal lead with 2:09 to go, as Griffin completed his hat trick by smashing out a single pass from Bair Gendunov.

The Cyclones added three more in the third period, as Wyatt Ege exploded in a left circle on a shot on the power play, Louie Caporusso swept a shot from the slot and Gianluca Esteves covered a wrist shot on the left side for a Final 7-2.

Sean Bonar got the win for Cincinnati, as he made 31 saves on 33 shots. Stefanos Lekkas was defeated by the Nailers as he stopped 23 of 30 shots he faced.

The Nailers wrap up their road trip Saturday at 7:15 p.m. when they visit the Toledo Walleye. Wheeling’s next homestand is Feb. 4, 5, and 6, starting on Frosty Friday against Indy Fuel at 7:10 a.m. The next big promotional night is the Pittsburgh Penguins night on Saturday, February 12, which will feature the Stanley Cup. Season passes, single-game tickets and partial packages are available, and fans can get more information by calling (304) 234-GOAL.

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