Monday, November 14, 2005

Whalers beat Sarnia and London

Chris Terry is mobbed after his shootout winner Saturday night
(Photo by Matt Mackinder)

The Plymouth Whalers battled for a 4-3 win in Sarnia Friday night and then provided a dramatic finish Saturday night in a 3-2 shootout win over London.

Friday night, Ryan Nie made 33 saves and James Neal had a goal and two assists. Captain John Vigilante and Dan Collins chipped in with a goal and an assist and Jared Boll added a goal.

“It should have been 5-2 after the first period,” Whalers coach-GM Mike Vellucci said, noting three Plymouth goals were disallowed. “The three goals that didn’t count were definitely goals.”

Jeff MacDougald stopped 34 shots for the Sting.

Saturday night back home in front of a season-high 2,947 fans, Chris Terry repeated his shootout magic as he beat London goalie Adam Dennis in sudden death.

“I didn’t really analyze their goalie too much,” said Terry. “The most nervous part is watching the guys go ahead of you. I used a different move than last week and it turned out well.”

Mike Letizia and OHL scoring leader David Bolland scored in the shootout prior to Terry’s winner.

Terry had won the game the previous Saturday night against the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors on the last shot of the shootout.

“I wouldn’t have put (Terry) in to tie it,” said Vellucci. “But to win it, I think there’s less pressure.”

Letizia and Collins scored in regulation for Plymouth while Rob Schremp scored both for the Knights.

Nie finished with 44 saves while Dennis made 43 stops.

The Plymouth victory moves the Whalers into a first-place tie in the West Division with the Spirit. Plymouth’s record is 12-6-1-1 and Saginaw is 13-5-0-0 – both good for 26 points.

Plymouth hosts Kingston Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and then hosts Brampton Saturday night, also at 7:30 p.m.

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