Friday, January 27, 2006

Saginaw, Thuot blank Whalers Thursday

The Saginaw Spirit overtook the Plymouth Whalers for first place in the OHL West last night with a 3-0 shutout at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw.

Both teams now have 50 points, but Saginaw has a game in hand and two more wins.

Spirit captain Patrick McNeill assisted on all three goals and Francois Thuot made 39 saves for the shutout.

Tom Pyatt, Ryan McDonough and Michal Birner (pictured) scored for Saginaw (25-20-0-0). Birner also assisted on Pyatt's goal and fought Whalers' defenseman Wes Cunningham to earn himself the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick."

Justin Peters stopped 33 shots for Plymouth (23-19-1-3). Dan Collins missed his second straight game for the Whalers as he awaits further evaluation on a back injury.

The Whalers host Sault Ste. Marie tonight and then Saginaw Saturday night.

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