Monday, September 03, 2007

Plymouth doubles Windsor on Labor Day

Goaltender Jeremy Smith stopped 43 shots and Joe McCann scored twice as the Plymouth Whalers defeated the Windsor Spitfires, 6-3, in an OHL preseason game Monday afternoon at Windsor Arena.

Plymouth and Windsor are both 1-1-0-0 in preseason.

Besides McCann, Chris Terry, Taylor Carnevale, AJ Jenks (Wolverine Lake) and Brett Valliquette all scored single goals for the Whalers.

Matthew Bragg, Brad Snetsinger and Josh Bailey replied for Windsor.

Smith, a second-round pick of the Nashville Predators from Brownstown, was sharp in his first action of the preseason as Plymouth built a 3-0 lead after one period and never looked back. Terry started the scoring during a two-man advantage at 7:02 of the first period with a hard shot from the left faceoff dot that pinged off both goal posts and then beat Windsor goaltender Andrew Engelage. McCann made it 2-0 just 23 seconds later when he batted home Jordon O’Neill’s shot past Engelage. McCann chased Engelage at 16:57 of the period when he scored a shorthanded goal from the top of the right circle.

Bragg (12:13) and Snetsinger (15:27) cut the Plymouth lead to 3-2 with shorthanded goals in the second period for Windsor.

But Plymouth put the game away with third-period goals by Carnevale (4:15) and Jenks (4:28) 13 seconds apart and added some insurance on Valliquette’s goal at 6:55. Bailey closed the scoring with a minute left in the game.

Windsor outshot Plymouth, 46-27.

Plymouth scratches included Michal Neuvirth, Brett Bellemore, Tyler J. Brown, Leo Jenner, Steve Lock, RJ Mahalak, Steve McDonald, Sean O’Connor and Zack Shepley.

Plymouth continues in the preseason in Sarnia on Friday and then will host Sarnia on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Compuware Arena.

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