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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.

The Whalers beat the Belleville Bulls on Saturday, but Kitchener also pulled out the win over the Ice Dogs. The win lowers the amount of points needed down to  34. What needs to continue to happen…

  • The Whalers win.
  • Kitchener  and Sarnia loses.

All three teams play on Friday, but Kitchener play the Guelph Storm tonight. So we have four games to look at going into Friday.

  • Guelph (38-9-2-1 | 79 points | 3rd place in the West) at Kitchener (17-30-1-1 | 36 points | 9th place in the West)
    • Season Record: The Storm have had the Rangers’ number this season winning all five meetings so far. Guelph has also shutout the Rangers two times this season.
  • Oshawa (32-15-0-4 | 68 points | 1st place in the East) at Kitchener (17-30-1-1 | 36 points | 9th place in the West)
    • Season Record: Kitchener beat the Generals 5-3 back on September 29th.
  • Sarnia (15-30-1-5 | 36 points | 10th place in the West) at Ottawa (17-28-1-3 | 38 points | 9th place in the East)
    • Season Record: This is the meeting between these two teams.
  • Sault Ste. Marie (35-12-1-4 | 75 points | 2nd place in the West) at Plymouth (18-27-0-5 | 41 points | 8th place in the West)
    • Season Record: The Soo hold a 3-0-0-1 lead in the season series against these two teams.

There are a lot of scenarios that can happen with these four games, too many to list really. What I can tell you is that best case scenario, the Whalers will be down to needing 28 points to clinch. Worst case is that we are stuck at 34 points.


I cannot stress this enough, the Whalers are in the drivers seat in this situation. They cannot control the games that Kitchener and Sarnia are playing this weekend and they have the sights set on overtaking the Whalers in the standings. Like the Seahawks did in the Super Bowl this past weekend, you don’t let up.

36. That’s amount of points the Whalers need to get to secure a playoff spot and there are two ways that number goes down.

  • The Whalers win.
  • Kitchener (as of now) loses.

There are nineteen games remaining for the Whalers including two against the Rangers and another against the Sting. Here’s what the matchups look for the next game for each of the teams.

  • Kitchener (16-30-1-1 | 34 points | 10th place in the West) at Niagara (17-27-2-4 | 40 points | 8th place in the East)
    • Season Record: Niagara beat Kitchener in OT on January 10th.
  • Mississauga ( 19-27-1-3 | 42 points | 7th place in the East) at Sarnia (15-29-1-5 | 36 points | 9th place in the West)
    • Season Record: Mississauga beat Sarnia 4-3 on November 10th
  • Belleville (14-31-2-2 | 32 points | 10th place in the East) at Plymouth (17-27-0-5 | 39 points | 8th place in the West)
    • Season Record: Belleville beat Plymouth 4-1 on December 18th

What happens if:

  • Plymouth, Sarnia and Kitchener win
    • Whalers would need 34 points to clinch
  • Plymouth and Sarnia win, Kitchener loses. / Plymouth wins, Sarnia and Kitchener lose.
    • Whalers would need 32 points to clinch.
  • Plymouth, Sarnia, and Kitchener lose
    • Whalers would need 34 points to clinch
  • Kitchener wins, Plymouth loses
    • 18 games remaining for the Whalers and they would still need 36 points to clinch.

It should be of note that Kitchener has a game in hand on us right now, but they will catch up when they face Guelph on Tuesday. In the best case scenario that number can drop by four by the end of the day. Worst case, we will still be at 36.

The Whalers are on a three game road trip, and boy did they start it off right by getting their first road win of the season. It was a long time coming after starting the season in the Soo and dropping that game in OT and letting up three goals in the third against the Storm, etc., and so on. So let’s get to the the stats from the game.

Rakell scored 3:05 into the first to give the Whalers a lead. However the Petes convert on the extra man to tie the game at 1-1.

The ice was tilted in the Whalers favor for the second as they outshot the Petes 18-4, however Andrew D’Agostini keeps the game a tie for the Petes.

It was Connor Carrick scoring one minute into the third that holds up as the game winner, moving the Whalers to 3-3-2-1 on the season.

The Whalers earned this victory. They outshot the Petes 41-24, though to take one negative out of this game, is that the Whalers went 0/5 on the power play in this game. They were getting the shots, but they need to convert on the extra man.

The Whalers now take on Kingston for the second game of this three game road trip.

Guelph nets four goals in the third for the 5-4 victory Friday night. Photo:

The Whalers got to work early and did not look back… Until the third period that is, but starting off the scoring was Whalers d-man Gianluca Curcuruto 1:30 into the first. Justin Auger starts the scoring for the Storm and the game is tied at one less than halfway through the first. Then is comes Cody “Max” Payne. (Side note: The Whalers Twitter called him Max Payne instead of Cody Payne. Ladies and gentlemen, this nickname is sticking) Cody knock the puck into the net, but after going upstairs, the goal is overturned. Don’t worry, 24 seconds later Cody scores a goal that counts and gives the Whalers a 2-1 lead.

The second period was scoreless. The Guelph radio team commented on how the Rakell-Noesen-Wilson line were men against boys, basically playing keep away and keeping the puck in the zone. Which stayed true until the third. The Whalers started the third with 2:44 remaining on a 4:00 power play after Noesen received a high stick to the face. Nosen scored on the power play 2:22 into the third to give the Whalers a 3-1 lead.

Then the Storm started to roar back. As the third ticked on, goal after goal went past Mahalak to a point where Guelph took a 4-3 lead. Rakell would tally a goal to tie the game at four-a-side. The game looked like it was heading to OT when Justin Auger scores his third of the game with 4.4 remaining in the game giving the Storm a 5-4 win and ruining an attempt to give Whalers coach Mike Vellucci his 400th OHL win.

The Whalers head home to face the Niagara Ice Dogs at Compuware Arena and look to give Vellucci his 400th win on home ice.

Whalers defeat the Wolves 6-2.

The Whalers were looking to get their first win of the season on Saturday and they did so with an amazing show of skill. Where last week was a lot of sizzle and little finish, this week against the Wolves, the Whalers proved that they could get the puck to the back of the net in a convincing fashion. (more…)