Friday, March 8, 2013
Whalers host Saginaw at 2 p.m. Sunday at Compuware Arena.
PLYMOUTH – It’s not often that the Windsor Spitfires do a favor for their arch-rivals, the Plymouth Whalers. But that’s what happened on Thursday when the Spitfires defeated the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 7-4. The Hounds’ loss to Windsor mathematically eliminated the Soo from winning the West Division and gave the Whalers their 12th division championship in the team’s 23-year history. The Whalers didn’t back into the West Division title. Using an effective combination of balance on all ends of the ice, Plymouth has gone 24-6-0-1 since December 27 to improve to their current record of 38-17-5-4. Plymouth has won with West Division title in 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2011-12 …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Alex Nedeljkovic named CHL goaltender of the week.
SAGINAW – Plymouth goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 27-of-28 shots as the game’s first star, and the Whalers showed a balanced offensive attack in defeating the Saginaw Spirit, 4-1, on Tuesday morning at Dow Event Center before 5,527 in Saginaw. The Whalers have won four games in a row (and 12 out of 13) to improve to 38-17-5-4, good for 85 points and first place in the Ontario Hockey League’s West Division. Saginaw is now 29-27-3-3, good for 64 points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference race. The Spirit have lost four games in a row. The game - played at 10:45 am - is Saginaw's annual Education Day Game, where school children from all around the Saginaw-region attend the game as a field trip. But an …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Plymouth improves to 37-17-5-4 with win.
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Mitchell Heard scored twice and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Plymouth Whalers defeated the Mississauga Steelheads, 5-0, on Sunday before 2,756 at the Hershey Centre. Besides Heard's pair (10-11), Plymouth also received goals from Zach Lorentz (12), Vince Trocheck (46) and Cody Payne (22). The Whalers improve to 37-17-5-4, good for 83 points and first place in the Ontario Hockey League's West Division. Plymouth is nine points ahead of second place Sault Ste. Marie (34-22-3-3, 74 points), who defeated Peterborough, 4-0, on Sunday. Plymouth is 23-6-0-1 since Dec. 27 and went 3-0 on the road this weekend, defeating Niagara, 7-1, on Thursday and Erie, 7-2, on Friday. Mississauga (now …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Here is the Whalers' schedule for this week.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Whalers' Vince Trocheck nets 2 goals, 2 assists in rout.
ERIE, PA - Plymouth Whalers center Vince Trocheck put on a show Friday night at Erie Insurance Arena. With nearly 30 family members and friends watching, Trocheck - from Pittsburgh, PA - scored two goals and added two assists as the Whalers beat the Erie Otters, 7-2, before 3,042. Plymouth improves to 36-17-5-4, good for 81 points and first place in the OHL West. The Whalers are nine points up on second place Sault Ste. Marie (33-22-3-3, 72 points), who lost, 6-3, to Guelph on Friday. Plymouth is 11 points ahead of third place Sarnia (33-25-0-4, 70 points), who lost, 4-3 in a shootout, to London on Friday. Besides Trocheck's pair (44-45), the Whalers also received goals on Friday from Garrett Meurs (27), second star Rickard Rakell (24), …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Monday, February 25, 2013
Spitfires snap Whalers' 8-game win streak.
WINDSOR - Brady Vail's goal at 17:30 of the third period snapped a 5-5 tie and the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Plymouth Whalers, 6-5, before 6,038 at Windsor Family Credit Union Centre on Sunday. The Whalers had an eight-game winning streak snapped and remain in first place in the Ontario Hockey League's West Division with a record of 34-17-5-4, good for 77 points and six points ahead of Sault Ste. Marie (33-21-3-2, 71 points), who defeated Mississauga, 4-3, on Sunday. Windsor - in ninth place in the Western Conference playoff race - improves to 24-29-1-6, good for 55 points to keep their slim playoff chance alive. The Spits gained two points on Saginaw, who lost, 3-2, in London on Sunday. Windsor trails Saginaw for the final playoff …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Rookie goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stops 20 shots for first OHL shutout.
National Hockey League draft choices Stefan Noesen, Rickard Rakell, Mitchell Heard and Stefan Noesen all scored goals and rookie goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 20 shots for his first Ontario Hockey League shutout as the Plymouth Whalers won their eighth straight game, 4-0, over the Sarnia Sting on Saturday night at Compuware Arena. A near-sellout crowd of 3,429 saw the Whalers improve to 34-16-5-4, good for 77 points and first place in the OHL West. Plymouth is now eight points up on second place Sault Ste. Marie (32-21-3-2, 69 points) and Sarnia (33-25-0-3, 69 points). The Whalers are 20-5-0-1 since December 27. Although the Whalers scored four goals, the Plymouth penalty killers shut down Sarnia’s top-rated power play, going five-…
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Whalers improve to 33-16-5-4, six points ahead of Sault Ste. Marie.
Cody Payne and Rickard Rakell scored hat tricks as the Plymouth Whalers won their seventh straight game, 9-1, over the Windsor Spitfires in an Ontario Hockey League game play Friday night at Compuware Arena before 2,604. The Whalers’ seven-game winning streak is the team’s longest this season. Plymouth improves to a season-best record of 33-16-5-4, good for 75 points and six points ahead of Sault Ste. Marie (32-21-3-2, 69 points) and Sarnia (33-24-0-3, 69 points). The Soo lost, 4-3, in overtime to London on Friday; Sarnia pounded Erie, 13-3, on Friday. Windsor is now 23-29-1-6, good for 53 points and 11 points behind Saginaw for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with nine games left. Plymouth has scored 26 goals over its …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Whalers come back from 0-3 deficit to Storm.
It was logical to assume that Plymouth Whalers head coach Mike Vellucci wasn't happy Saturday night after the Guelph Storm took a 3-0 lead over the Whalers after one period on Saturday at Compuware Arena. And it is logical to assume that Vellucci would let the Whalers know how he felt about the period, on no uncertain terms. According to veteran Plymouth defenseman Austin Levi, that's not what happened. "Mike really didn't say anything," Levi said. "He left it up to us to decide what we wanted to do and how we wanted to respond." The Whalers responded in a big way in the second period, roaring back with five unanswered goals in the second period to defeat the Storm, 7-4, in an Ontario Hockey League game played Saturday night before 2,970 …