Saturday, September 16, 2006

Whalers and Spirit both win again

A.J. Jenks’ goal at 2:35 of the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and the Plymouth Whalers went on to defeat the Erie Otters, 3-1, Saturday afternoon in Saginaw.

Plymouth finishes the preseason 5-1-0.

Jenks, Plymouth’s seventh-round draft choice last spring, also assisted on Wes Cunnigham’s insurance goal with 1:14 remaining in the third period.

Plymouth came from behind for the victory after spotting Erie a 1-0 lead after one period of play on Nick Palmieri’s goal at 4:28 of the first period. But the Whalers tied the game at 1-1 at 9:40 of the second period. Joe McCann outworked an Erie defender for the puck on the left wing and scored with a low shot from the lower rim of the left circle that beat Otters’ goaltender Ryan Ludzik.

That set the stage for Jenks’ game-winner and Cunningham’s insurance marker in the third period.

Plymouth outshot Erie, 33-23. Jeremy Smith played the entire game in goal for the Whalers, stopping 22 Erie shots. Ludzik started in goal for Erie, stopping 17-of-18 Plymouth shots. Jeff Dawson replaced Ludzik in the Erie goal midway through the second period and turned aside 8-of-10 Whaler shots.

In the second game of the day and final game of the tournament, the Saginaw Spirit beat Team Mexico, 10-0. Jack Combs, Patrick Asselin, Kevin Tuckey and Tim Priamo each scored twice and T.J. Brodie and Tomas Zaborsky added singles. Chris Chappell and Combs added four assists, Priamo with three and Ryan Berard and Zaborsky contributed two helpers apiece. Goalie Jovica Zelenbaba finished with eight saves for the Spirit.

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