Nailers add offense to blue line with Goers

Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, announced that the club has signed defenseman Barry Goers for the 2013-14 season.

Goers, 27, is entering his fourth full season of professional hockey, following a four-year collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In the spring of 2010, at the conclusion of his senior season, Goers made the jump to the pro game, joining the Las Vegas Wranglers. There, he recorded three points in the final six games of the regular season, ultimately earning himself a spot in the lineup for all five of Las Vegas’ playoff contests, in which he again totaled three points.

The Ivyland, Pa. native’s offensive numbers were a sign of things to come, as Goers finished tied for the team lead in defensive scoring with the Wranglers during the 2010-11 campaign, posting 27 points in 64 games. One year later, he appeared in two games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and 19 games with the Lake Erie Monsters, dishing out seven assists. Despite spending a significant chunk of time in the AHL, the blueliner still managed to accumulate 26 points with Las Vegas, while helping to lead the club to the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals.

This past season saw Goers take the ice in 19 more games with Lake Erie, while also seeing action in three regular season tilts and five playoff games with the Central Hockey League’s Denver Cutthroats.