Garrett Meurs’ power play goal at 15:07 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and the Plymouth Whalers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Mississauga Steelheads, 3-2, in an Ontario Hockey League game played Friday night before 2,777 at Compuware Arena.
The Whalers improve to 22-13-5-3, good for 52 points and second place in the OHL West Division, three points behind first place Sarnia (26-15-0-3, 55 points). The Sting defeated Erie, 7-6 on Friday.
Mississauga is 20-19-0-4.
Besides Meurs’ 19th goal of the season, Plymouth also received goals from Gianluca Curcuruto (4) and first star Ryan Hartman (17).
The Steelheads built a 2-0 lead midway through regulation time on a first period goal Dylan Smoskowitz (28) and a power play goal in the second period by Josh Burnside (11) before the Whalers started their comeback on Curcuruto’s goal at 13:01.
Trailing 2-1 after forty minutes, the Whalers tied the game at 2-2 on Hartman’s power play goal at 1:48 of the third period and then took their first lead of the game on Meurs’ lead goal at 15:07.
Plymouth outshot Mississauga, 42-20.
The Whalers remain at home Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Compuware Arena, hosting Sault Ste. Marie (7 p.m., Comcast 900). Plymouth hosts Erie on Monday at 2 p.m. (1:45 p.m., 88.1 FM WSDP).