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.
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