Monday, March 07, 2005

Whalers tie, win, lose

The Plymouth Whalers got a notch in each column of their record last weekend as they tied Sudbury, beat Sarnia and lost in Sault Ste. Marie.

The loss against the Greyhounds was huge, as Sault Ste. Marie is now six points up on Plymouth for first place in the West Division.

Against the Wolves at home Friday night, rookie Cory Tanaka scored with the extra attacker at 19:37 of the third period to knot the game at 1-all. Ryan Hastings had given Sudbury a 1-0 lead just 62 seconds earlier.

Plymouth goalie Ryan Nie turned aside 27 shots.

Saturday night against the lowly Sting, Michael Haley scored at 19:40 of the third period to send the game into overtime for Sarnia. But Plymouth rookie James Neal stripped Sarnia defenseman Erik Schwanz, a North Lakeport native, and scored the game-winner on goalie Ryan Munce at 2:18 of OT for the 4-3 win.

Jonas Fiedler scored twice and Mike Letizia also scored for the Whalers. Rookie goalie Justin Garay made 26 saves.

Sunday, Nie made seven saves on 11 shots before being replaced by Garay, who finished with 17 saves on 19 shots. The lone Plymouth goal was scored by Dan Collins midway through the third period.

The Whalers (27-27-6-3) are in Windsor Thursday night and in Erie Friday night before a 2:00 p.m. matinee at home Sunday against the Greyhounds.

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