The east coast road trip was not kind to the Whalers defense as the OHL announces suspensions on both Mitch Jones and Gianluca Curcuruto.

From the OHL Press Release:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the result of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Kingston on the 17th of October, 2014, involving the Frontenacs and the visiting Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Mitch Jones of the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Mitch Jones shall be suspended for eight (8) games.

Click here for video/rationale of the Mitch Jones suspension.

Yes, Jones sends a check to the head and had some time to try to avoid hitting the head. I’m not saying Jones was aiming for the head, it looked to me that the player had his head lowered. Jones need to realize that and adjust his target. The Whalers will miss him in the lineup until they take on the Otters in Erie on the 30th.

From the Press Release:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the result of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Ottawa on the 19th of October, 2014, involving the 67’s and the visiting Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Gianluca Curcuruto of the Plymouth Whalers Hockey Club.

Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Gianluca Curcuruto shall be suspended for twelve (12) games effective immediately.

Click here for video/rationale of the Gianluca Curcuruto suspension.

This hit got Curcuruto 12 games, and I am not sure how I feel about it. I feel that the player that got hit put himself in a worse position because he saw the hit coming and put his arm up to defend himself. However, still the distance and speed still come in to play with this. They should not judge based on an injury, but on the intent, granted which is harder to determine. The Whalers will have this OA back in the line up when Niagara comes into town on November 22nd.

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Guelph, ON – The Whalers were on the road taking on the defending OHL Champion Guelph Storm for the third game of the regular season.

Plymouth started off strong as they have in their previous games scoring early in the first and converting on the 5-on-3 early in the second. Guelph answered back just as quickly as the they brought the game back to a one goal lead with a shorthanded goal by Jason Dickinson.

That was the spark that the Storm needed as Guelph took control of the game, outshooting the Whalers 26-8 in the final two periods and scoring four unanswered goals to give them the 4-2 win.

The goal scorers for tonight were:
1. PLY M. Campagna, (3) (M. Jones), 6:40
2. PLY V. Crus Rydberg, (2) (M. Campagna, M. Mistele), 0:19 (PP)
2. GUE J. Dickinson, (1) (P. Suter), 1:28 (SH)
2. GUE S. Pierog, (1) (G. McFadden), 4:22
3. GUE P. Suter, (1) (B. Harpur, J. Dickinson), 2:51
3. GUE P. Suter, (2) (J. Dickinson, C. Bauman), 14:31

The Plymouth Whalers (1-1-1-0) head home to host the London Knights (1-2-0-0). Game time is at 7:05pm at Compuware Arena.

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Josh Wesley celebrates after scoring in the third period.

Plymouth Township, MI – The Whalers came home from London to host the Erie Otters. Erie, who reached the conference finals just the year before, is also know for having OHL superstar Connor McDavid on their team.

Plymouth came out quickly on the attack putting up goals from Bitten and Mistele in the first six minutes of the game. Erie got back in the game due to undisciplined play by the Whalers. Allowing the Otters to go 4/7 on the power play.

The Whalers thought the game was locked up by an amazing goal by Josh Wesley, however Erie pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with just under two minutes remaining. Allowing Connor McDavid to snipe from the left faceoff circle tying the game at four goals apiece.  Nedeljkovic made a highlight reel stop to keep the game tied in the final seconds of the third.

Both teams had their chances in the overtime period, but it was Erie that was able to recover Vanderwiel’s blocked shot and was able to wrist it home for the win.

Plymouth (1-0-1-0) now will head to Guelph to face the defending OHL champion Guelph Storm (0-1-0-0) of Friday.

Other Notes: Last night’s win had this interesting stat to go with it.

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 9.30.11 PMLondon, ON – In the first game of the Don Elland era, the Whalers took advantage of London’s mistakes closing the night with a 5-0 win in the season opener.

Power play goals from Wesley and Campagna helped start the attack for the Whalers as they went 2/9 in the power play department. Campagna scored a second goal late in the second, Crus Rydberg and Dunda also notched goals in tonights win.

Nedeljkovic starts the season with a shutout. Last season, he did not get a shutout until game 56 of the season in a 5-0 win against Windsor.

Overall, the Whalers improved on the areas they needed to in the offseason. They added scoring with Matt Campagna, and they are stopping the puck from getting to Ned.

The Whalers (1-0-0) now head home to host the Erie Otters for the home opener of their 25th season in the league. Erie comes into Compuware with a 1-0 record as they defeated Windsor tonight with a score of 5-2.

This is what happens. Scott was in town to play in the Whalers Alumni game and we were lucky enough to be able to strap a GoPro camera to his mask.

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