Wheeling F Keven Veilleux has been suspended by the team indefinitely after using a racial slur directed towards South Carolina's Scooter Vaughn in the team's 5-0 win over the Stingrays on Sunday.
Vaughn, who is African-American, was involved in 2 separate fights with Veilleux during the 3rd period. The first took place at 6:48 of the period and as the players were being taken to the penalty box that's when Veilleux reportedly shouted at Vaughn and used the slur.
A spokesperson for the Nailers said the team would release a statement on Monday but the teams alternate governor Tim Roberts told the Wheeling News-Register "I'm horrified and I'm disgusted. It will not be tolerated." A spokesman for the Stingrays said the team would have no comment on the incident at this time.
As for the game, the Nailers scored :25 seconds into the first period thanks to a goal from Zach Hansen and never looked back. Defenseman Carl Sneep made it 2-0 at 16:38.
Blueliner Cody Wild gave the Nailers a three-goal lead on the power play at 14:51 of the second period blasting a feed past Zapolski from the left-wing point. Forward Christiaan Minella sent the Nailers into the second intermission with a 4-0 advantage with 42 seconds to play in the period.
Minella added one final tally at 17:22 of the third period. Nailers netminder Peter Delmas recorded his first shutout of the season stopping 20 Stingrays shots. The Stingrays finished the afternoon 0-for-5 on the power play while the Nailers went 1-for2.