Author: Zachary Alvarado

Inside The Rink journalist covering the Wheeling Nailers and Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. I am a Duquesne University Sports Information and Media major graduating in December. I have been passionate about hockey since I was 4 years old.

Admirals salute their home crowd after a game vs the South Carolina Stingrays

ECHL: Norfolk Admirals 2023-24 Season Recap

Before the start of the 2015-16 season, the Norfolk Admirals re-joined the ECHL when the Anaheim Ducks announced they would move their American Hockey League team to San Diego to be closer to the team. Since then, it has been a rough journey for the team and the community. The Admirals were unable to have […]

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Wheeling Nailers salute their home crowd after being eliminated by the Toledo Walleye in Round 2.

ECHL: Wheeling Nailers 2023-24 Season Recap

The Wheeling Nailers 2023-24 season was a complete 180 from last season. The Nailers finished in 12th place in the Western Conference last season but finished in 5th this season with a regular season record of 38-28-4-1, which was good enough for 81 points. The Nailers went 21-13-1 at home while going 17-15-4 on the […]

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Toldeo Walleye salute their home crowd after a game two win over the Wheeling Nailers.

ECHL Playoffs Series Recap: Wheeling Nailers vs. Toledo Walleye | Round 2

The Wheeling Nailers and Toledo Walleye met in the 2024 Kelly Cup Playoffs second round in a best-of-seven series to determine who moves on to play for the Western Conference championship. The Nailers put up valiant efforts in games one and four, but it was all Toledo in games three and four as it swept […]

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ECHL Announces Fines and Suspensions | 05/11/2024

The ECHL Department of Player Safety announced today that Norfolk Admirals forward Keegan Iverson and Idaho Steelheads forward Jordan Kawaguchi have each been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended as a result of their actions in Friday Night’s games. At 16:23 of the first period, Adirondack Thunder forward Mac Welsher went in for a hit […]

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Lewandowski goes through the line after tying the game at 1.

ECHL Playoff Recap: Wheeling Nailers Vs. Toledo Walleye Game 3 | 05/08/2024

The Wheeling Nailers are in a 0-3 hole in the Central Division Finals after a 7-3 loss to the Toledo Walleye Wednesday night at WesBanco Arena. The Nailers could not find a way to stop the absolute domination tandem of Sam Craggs and Riley Sawchuk in the game. With the win, Toledo extends its win […]

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ECHL: Norfolk Admirals Transactions | 05/06/2024

The Norfolk Admirals announced earlier today that 24-year-old goaltender Oskari Salminen has been reassigned to Norfolk from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. The Kotka, Finland native was called up to the Moose following the Admirals Game 1 win of the 2024 Kelly Cup Playoffs North Division Semifinals against the Trois-Rivieres Lions. Salminen […]

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Toledo Walleye celebrate a 5-3 win over the Wheeling Nailers to go up 2-0 in the series.

ECHL Playoffs Recap: Wheeling Nailers Vs. Toledo Walleye Game 2 | 5/4/2024

After winning game one of the Central Division Finals Friday night, the Toledo Walleye hosted the Wheeling Nailers for game two of the Central Division Finals, with the Walleyes taking a 2-0 series lead after a 5-3 win Saturday night at Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. With tonight’s win, the Walleye extended their win streak […]

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Mitchell Lewandowski celebrates his game-tying goal late in the third period.

ECHL Playoffs Recap: Wheeling Nailers Vs. Toledo Walleye Central Division Finals | Game 1

Game one of the Central Division Finals between the Wheeling Nailers and Toledo Walleye did not disappoint at the Walleye took game one 2-1 in overtime Friday night at Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. John Lethemon picked up the win between the pipes for the Walleye, stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced. The […]

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Scrum happens in front of the Admirals net after a whistle.

ECHL Playoffs Series Recap: Norfolk Admirals vs. Trois-Rivières Lions | Round 1

The 2014-15 season brought a lot of pain to the Norfolk, VA community, with the Norfolk Admirals missing out on the playoffs and the Anaheim Ducks relocating their American Hockey League affiliate to San Diego, CA. Professional hockey was not entirely lost, as it was announced the city would bring back an ECHL team for […]

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ECHL: Wheeling Nailers Transactions | 04/29/2024

The Wheeling Nailers and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that goaltender Taylor Gauthier was reassigned to the Nailers following the Penguins’ elimination from the American Hockey League playoffs. Gauthier was listed on Wheeling’s playoff-eligible list before the start of playoffs, and he will be available to the team when the Central Division Finals start. Gauthier was […]

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