Whalers Trail Storm Two Games To None

Posted: March 24, 2014 in 2013-14, Playoffs, Whalers

Image: GuelphStorm.com

This weekend we saw the top team in the OHL host our Plymouth Whalers. Plymouth came in knowing that they were the underdog. There were many predictions of a sweep, the Whalers are trying to give Guelph a run for their money.

GAME ONE: Plymouth 2 – Guelph 5
Whalers struck first blood in the series with a Carter Sandlak powerplay goal. Later in the period the Storm tie the game with a powerplay tally of their own. At the first intermission the score was tied, but the shots on goal stat (18-3) showed that the ice was tilted in favor of the Storm.

Then this happened…

What I said on Twitter at the time: 

I think that Rathgeb’s hit looks worse when it is slowed down. I think it was more of a mistimed hit. Had Fabbri not been held up by Ned, the hit would have been along the boards. This game moves fast.

I still hold by that statement. I have been trying to find a clip of the hit, but have been unable to find one.

And this happened….

Now the Whalers are down two players, not just for the rest of the game, but for at least the rest of this round. Rathgeb is out indefinitely pending review from the league. Sandlak is out a minimum of three games according to the OHL Media Notes.

Guelph was able to score a goal in the second period along with another two goals in the third to give them a 4-1 lead. Plymouth was able to pull Nedeljkovic for the extra man and pull the game within two with forty seconds remaining, but Guelph chipped home an empty netter and sealed the win for game one.

GAME TWO: Plymouth 0 – Guelph 3
Plymouth started the game missing both Sandlak and Rathgeb and after 3:25 of play in the first period, they ended up missing Ryan Hartman who was thrown out of the game for arguing with the refs.

Still, being down three players, the Wahlers still made it a close game. Storm goaltender, Justin Nichols, still had to make a number of key saves to keep the Whalers off the board.

After two games, we have seen great goaltending from Nedeljkovc, great shot blocking from the defense, frustration from the Whaler players, and some gritty hockey. As the series now shifts to Compuware Arena the Whalers need to settle down and stop taking stupid  penalties. That will be the key to possibly stealing one of these games.

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