Sunday, February 05, 2006

Armstrong's hatter leads Whalers past 67's

John Armstrong's first OHL hat trick led the Plymouth Whalers over the Ottawa 67's, 4-2, Sunday afternoon in Ottawa.

The Whalers came into the game with only two wins in their past 10 contests and had scored only six goals in their previous five outings.

Plymouth captain John Vigilante also scored for the Whalers, who took four of six points this weekend.

"Well, I've been working hard and they just kept coming," Armstrong, a second-year centre who broke an 11-game goal-less drought, told the Canadian Press. "(Scoring) was just relieving to everybody. We've been getting lots of shots, but they haven't been going in the back of the net. Once we got the first couple, I could see in the room that everybody was more confident."

Justin Peters made 28 saves in goal as Plymouth (25-22-1-3) rebounded from a 4-1 defeat a night earlier in Belleville.

Plymouth is now one point out of first place in the OHL West behind the idle Saginaw Spirit.

The Whalers play in Windsor on Thursday and in London Friday before hosting Barrie Saturday night.

Armstrong photo by Walt Dmoch/Plymouth Whalers.

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