Monday, March 14, 2005

Whalers clinch 2nd place in West Division

The Plymouth Whalers clinched second place in the OHL's West Division yesterday with a 2-0 shutout over the first-place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the Compuware Sports Arena.

Mike Looby and John Vigilante scored for Plymouth (29-28-6-3), while goalie Ryan Nie stopped all 26 shots for his thid shutout of the season.

There is still a question as to who Plymouth will meet in the playoffs. Owen Sound is a distinct possibility, but the Whalers could also catch the Erie Otters for fifth in the Western Conference race.

If that's the case, Plymouth could meet the Kitchener Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

The Whalers beat Erie, 3-1, on the road Friday night behind short-handed goals from Dan Collins and John Mitchell and a power-play tally from Tim Sestito (also his 100th career point). Goalie Justin Garay, from nearby Monaca, Penn., made 25 saves in front of more than 35 friends and family.

Next up for Plymouth is a road game in Sarnia Friday night and their regular season home finale Saturday night against London. The OHL playoffs begin March 24.

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