Archive for September, 2014

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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.

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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.