Plymouth Whalers grind out 4-1 win over Ottawa
Whalers stay in 1st with win over Ottawa 67s
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.