Good morning everyone. 10:45am does seem like an early start, but it happens every year, so let’s go. The Whalers are inching closer to clinching their second straight West Division Championship, while the Spirit have all but clinched the last playoff spot in the West, and potentially could knock Windsor out of contention with a win today and a Windsor loss on Thursday.
The puck is dropped, stay tuned for updates…
6:34 – WHALERS GOAL – Trocheck nets his 47th goal of the year with assists coming from Wilson and Carrick.
17:44 – WHALERS GOAL – Matthew Mistele scores his 32nd goal of the season late in the period to give the Whalers a 2-0 lead over the Spirit. Nick Malysa and Garrett Meurs assisting with the Mistele goal.
END OF THE FIRST – The Whalers go to the locker room with a 2-0 lead over the Spirit, and hold a slight edge in shots 11-10. There were no penalties in the first, but that might change coming up in the second period.
3:09 – FIGHT – Sebastian Uvira rocked Zach Bratina and Greg Sutch took exception and came after Uvira in what was described as the longest fight that Krupper has seen this year. Both players go to the box for five minutes.
3:45 – FIGHT – Carrick and Kia drop the gloves just :36 seconds after the Uvira/Sutch fight.
4:26 – SPIRIT GOAL – Andrey Alexeev shoots the puck over Nedeljkovic’s shoulder giving the Spirt life and making this game 2-1. Assist by Brandon Lindberg. This goal snapped Nedeljkovic’s shutout streak at 123:47 minutes.
11:07 – WHALERS GOAL – Tom Wilson jams the puck into the net to give a two goal lead back to the Whalers. Ryan Hartman and Vincent Trocheck get the assists. This was Wilson’s 23rd goal on the season and Trocheck’s 100th point on the season, being the first Whaler player to surpass the 100 point mark since Tyler Seguin.
11:53 – PENALTY – The first man-advantage of the game comes to the Spirit as Austin Levi heads to the box for a slashing call.
END OF THE SECOND – The Whalers and Spirt trade a goal this period, but the Whalers still have a two goal lead going into the locker room. The Whalers outshot the Spirt 16-8 in the second for a two-period total of 27-18 in favor of the Whalers. Vincent Trocheck is two points behind Charles Sarault of the Sarnia Sting for the position of top scorer in the OHL. Sarault and the Sting have five games remaining in the season while Trocheck and the Whalers have for more after this game. The Spirit had the only man-advantage of the game so far going 0/1 on the power play.
5:33 – PENALTY – Greg Sutch gets called for high sticking and the Whalers have their first power play of the game.
6:39 – WHALERS GOAL – Mitchell Heard scores on the power play giving the Whalers a 4-1 lead. The goal was Heard’s 12th of the year and it was scored unassisted.
10:08 – PENALTY – Vincent Trocheck heads to the box to serve two penalties. (Five minutes was previously reported on the OHL stat page) Two for slashing and another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
14:41 – PENALTY – Trocheck heads to the box for another two minutes for slashing.
15:42 – PENALTY – Kia gets called for goaltending interference and both sides will now play with four a side for the next 0:59 seconds.
18:05 – PENALTY – Tom Wilson gives the Spirit a power play in the last two minutes of the game as he is called for roughing. Saginaw is 0/4 today on the power play.
END OF THE GAME – Whalers win 4-1 in Saginaw this afternoon with Heard scoring the only goal in the third period. The Whalers were outshot in the third 7-10, but the Whalers outshot the Spirit a total of 34-28. The Whalers next game is five days from now when they host the Spirit at Compuware Arena this Sunday at 2:00 PM where postgame fans will be able to skate with the Whalers.
The three stars for today were:
1. PLY – 39 Alex Nedeljkovic (27/28 saves)
2. SAG – 8 Andrey Alexeev (1 goal)
3. PLY – 15 Mitchell Heard (1 goal)