Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Whalers one game from advancing in first round of OHL playoffs.
SARNIA, Ontario - A precision skating group performed during the second intermission Monday night at RBC Centre in Sarnia during Game 3 of the Plymouth Whalers-Sarnia Sting Ontario Hockey League playoff game. A crowd of 2,427 enjoyed the performance. The crowd did not enjoy the performance of the Whalers, who were far more precise than the skating group. Plymouth dominated much of the first two periods en route to a 5-2 victory over Sarnia to take a three-games-to-none lead in the best-four-of-seven OHL Western Conference quarterfinal series. Game 4 of the series is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at RBC Centre (6:45 p.m., 88.1 FM WSDP). Game 5 (if necessary) will be played Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Compuware Arena. Rickard Rakell and Ryan Hartman …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Games 3 and 4 are in Sarnia on Monday and Wednesday.
The Plymouth Whalers battled on several fronts in a 3-2 victory over Sarnia on Saturday night before 2,893 at Compuware Arena. Not only did they battle the Sting and their potent power play to take a two-games-to-none lead in the best four-of-seven OHL Western Conference quarterfinal series, at times they battled referees Ryan Hutchison and Scott Ferguson and penalty issues. No playoff run is easy and the Whalers - after blowing out the Sting in Game 1, 11-2 on Friday - worked through a ton of adversity tonight to win their tenth straight game and 18 out of 19 dating back to Feb. 9. Plymouth started the game without Matt Mistele, who was suspended for a checking to the head penalty in the first period in Game 1. Mistele played the rest of …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Whalers now 39-17-5-4.
Rick Pracey is the Director of Amateur Scouting for the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche and has been a regular at Compuware Arena for years watching the Plymouth Whalers. Sunday afternoon – before a good crowd of 3,094 at Compuware Arena - Pracey saw Colorado-drafts Garrett Meurs and Mitchell Heard lead Plymouth to a 7-5 victory over Saginaw for the Whalers’ fifth straight victory and their 13th win in their last 14 games. The Whalers improve to 39-17-5-4, good for 87 points and first place in the OHL West Division and second overall in the Western Conference. First star Garrett Meurs (taken by Colorado in 5th round in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft) led Plymouth with a hat trick (28-29-30) and an assist and was +2…
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 …
Noesen scores game-winner in shootout.
KITCHENER - Stefan Noesen scored the only goal in a shootout and first star Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 52-of-54 shots he faced through 65 minutes plus four shootout attempts as the Plymouth Whalers defeated the Kitchener Rangers, 3-2 in a shootout, before 7,241 Friday night at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. VIDEO - See the highlights of the game. Plymouth has won four in a row and improves to 30-16-5-4, good for 69 points and first place in the Ontario Hockey League's West Division The Whalers are four points ahead of Sarnia (31-22-0-3, 65 points), who moved into second place Friday with a 2-1 win over Windsor. Sault Ste. Marie (idle on Friday) is in third place in the OHL West with a record of 31-2-4-4, good for 64 points. …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Whalers at home today, in Sarnia on Monday.
Saturday, February 16
The Plymouth Whalers are in action this weekend in Plymouth and Sarnia: Saturday - Guelph at Plymouth, Compuware Arena, 7:05 p.m. (7 p.m. on Comcast 900 and 88.1 FM WSDP). Monday - Plymouth at Sarnia, RBC Centre, 2:05 p.m. (1:45 p.m., 88.1 FM WSDP).
Friday, February 15, 2013
Plymouth (29-16-5-4) remains in first place, three points ahead of the Soo.
SAGINAW - First star Sebastian Uvira scored two goals and added an assist, while second star Vincent Trocheck scored twice as the Plymouth Whalers led from start to finish in a 5-1 victory over the Saginaw Spirit on Wednesday evening before 2,766 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw. AUDIO - Sebastian Uvira interview. Matt Mistele scored the other goal for the Whalers, who won their third straight game to improve to 29-16-5-4, good for 67 points and three points ahead of second place Sault Ste. Marie (30-21-2-2, 64 points), who hammered Sarnia, 8-0, on Wednesday at Essar Centre. Saginaw is 26-22-3-3, with 58 points and fourth in the West Division. While the Whalers scored five goals, Plymouth's stifling team defense dominated the game. The …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Whalers remain in first place in OHL West.
BRAMPTON - Plymouth Whalers assistant coach Scott MacDonald called the Whalers game on Sunday afternoon in Brampton a business trip. “Go in, work hard, get the two points and go home,” MacDonald said. Led by the forward line of Vince Trocheck, Tom Wilson and Ryan Hartman and 36 saves by goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, that’s exactly what the Whalers did in a 5-2 victory over the Battalion before 2,380 at Powerade Centre. Plymouth remains in first place in the OHL West Division and improves to 28-16-5-4, good for 65 points. Sarnia (30-21-0-3, 63 points) moved into second place in the West Division with a 6-5 win over Barrie in overtime. Sault Ste. Marie (29-21-2-2, 62 points) is in third after losing, 4-2, on Sunday in Oshawa. Trocheck …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Whalers regain top spot in tight division race.
If you've watched the Plymouth Whalers for any length of time, you know that Whalers head coach Mike Vellucci shuffles his forward lines constantly. The lines announced at the start of the game may not be the same at any point during the game. On Saturday, change was good for the Whalers and they moved back into first place in the tight Ontario Hockey League West Division race. Garrett Meurs’ power play goal at 12:45 of the second period snapped a 3-3 tie and the Whalers went on to defeat to Owen Sound Attack, 7-3, in an Ontario Hockey League game played Saturday night before 2,867 at Compuware Arena. Plymouth’s victory – coupled with Sault Ste. Marie’s 3-2 loss in Peterborough – move the Whalers back into first place in the OHL’s West …