Plymouth Whalers grind out 4-1 win over Ottawa

Whalers stay in 1st with win over Ottawa 67s

Published On: Dec 01 2012 10:32:59 AM EST
PLYMOUTH, Mich. -

Stefan Noesen scored twice, while Ryan Hartman and Tom Wilson scored one each as the Plymouth Whalers defeated the Ottawa 67s, 4-1, in an Ontario Hockey League game played Friday before 2,604 at Compuware Arena.
 
The Whalers remain in first place with a record of 14-8-3-1, good for 32 points and two points ahead of the Sarnia Sting (14-11-0-2, 30 points).  Ottawa is now 7-19-0-2.
 
Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, 16, won his second straight game for the Whalers as the game’s second star in stopping 22-of-23 shots.  Dante Salituro’s disputed goal in the second period was the only offense Ottawa could muster.
 
Noesen –- a first round pick of the Ottawa Senators –- scored the game winning goal on a power play at 17:41 of the first period, moving in on the right wing and roofing a backhand past Ottawa goaltender Clint Windsor to give Plymouth a 2-0 lead after one period.  Earlier in the period, Hartman scored his ninth goal of the season at 15:07, scoring from the left goal line on a severe angle past Windsor.
 
After Salituro cut the Whalers’ lead to 2-1 at 11:14 of the second period, Noesen struck again at 18:02, deflecting Gianluca Curcuruto’s shot from the point past Windsor at the right side of the Ottawa blue ice for his 16th goal of the year.  Plymouth led, 3-1, after forty minutes.
 
The Whalers wore down the 67’s in the third period, outshooting Ottawa 20-7, and scoring the only goal of period on Wilson’s empty netter and fifth goal of the year at 18:19.
 
Plymouth outshot Ottawa, 48-23, in the game.
 
The Whalers remain home Saturday night, hosting Kitchener at 7:05 pm at Compuware Arena (6:45 pm, 88.1FM WSDP).
The game is the Plymouth’s annual Teddy Bear Toss night.