Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Whalers split weekend at home

The Plymouth Whalers split their two home games over the weekend.

The Whalers dominated in a 7-4 win against the Guelph Storm on Saturday and then fell 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to the Owen Sound Attack.

On Saturday, Czech imports Vaclav Meidl and Jonas Fiedler each scored twice and goalie Ryan Nie stopped 25 shots. Dan Collins, Cory Tanaka and Ryan Stephenson scored the other goals for Plymouth. James Neal added three assists.

The following afternoon, Neal scored twice and John Vigilante assisted on both, but Plymouth went down to the Attack. Former HoneyBaked midget minor star Bobby Ryan, Owen Sound's first-round pick in 2003, scored twice, including the game-winner 3:44 into the third period.

Justin Garay made 29 saves for the Whalers (19-17-4-3). Rookie defenseman Jake Helmick, signed as Plymouth's third wild-card (1988-born) player on Jan. 10, made his on-ice debut against the Attack. He dressed against Guelph, but didn't play.

Plymouth hosts the Barrie Colts (Friday) and Sarnia Sting (Saturday) this weekend at the Compuware Sports Arena. Game time both nights is 7:30 p.m.

Plymouth co-captain Tim Sestito is day-to-day after suffering a pulled abdominal muscle in Saturday's game. Defenseman Mike Letizia is out with concussion-like symptoms from the same Guelph game and rookie forward Andrew Fournier is still out with a foot injury suffered in the game against the Brampton Battalion on Dec. 28.

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