Friday, December 09, 2005

Whalers double Sarnia, 6-3, on Thursday

The Plymouth Whalers used balance and excellent special teams and goaltending en route to a 6-3 victory over the Sarnia Sting last night at the Sports and Entertainment Centre in Sarnia.

Six different Whalers scored, including James Neal in the first period, Dan Collins, Tom Sestito, Steve Ward (pictured left) and Andrew Fournier in the second period and newcomer Derek Merlini in the third. Neal added two assists as did Evan Brophey.

Merlini, in his first game for Plymouth, played a regular shift skating most of the game with Ryan McGinnis.

Collins and Sestito scored 20 seconds apart in the second period to overcome a 2-1 Sarnia lead and then Ward scored on a power play to give the Whalers a 4-2 lead they didn't relinquish.

Harrison Reed, Richard Clune and Nick Tuzzolino scored for Sarnia.

The Whalers (15-10-1-3, two points behind Saginaw in the OHL West) went 4-for-11 on the power play and killed 10-of-11 Sarnia power plays.

Plymouth goaltender Ryan Nie was excellent in goal, stopping 37 of 40 Sarnia shots. Parker VanBuskirk started in net for the Sting and made 17 saves on 22 shots. Jeff MacDougald played the third period and had six saves on seven shots.

The Whalers host the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday night.

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