Whalers Come From Behind, Beat Saginaw in OT, 4-3

Whalers Come From Behind, Beat Saginaw in OT, 4-3

In the current era of on-demand media, Ipad technology and the internet, it's easy to forget about a VCR.

For most families, the VCR may be overlooked in a garage, gathering dust in a closet or given away to the recycling bin.

The Plymouth Whalers have a VCR who currently plays a regular shift and tonight recorded the game-winning goal in overtime.

Victor Crus Rydberg picked up a loose puck just outside the blue-ice on the left side of the Sagniaw goal and beat Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson with the game-winning goal at 1:16 of overtime as the Whalers came from behind in dramtic fashion to beat Saginaw, 4-3, before an announced crowd of 2,929 Friday night at Dow Event Center in Saginaw.


Plymouth improves to 10-13-0-1.  Saginaw had a two-game winning streak snapped and is 13-8-2-1.

Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the Whalers came back to tie the game on Mitch Jones' goal at 13:16 (set up by Crus Rydberg and Brook Hiddink) and the equalizer by Zach Lorentz on a rebound at 14:33 (assisted by Josh Wesley and Danny Vanderwiel).

After being outshot over 60 minutes by a 46-28 count, the Whalers carried the play in the overtime, recording the only three shots in the extra session.

The game-winning goal started with Plymouth left wing Matt Mistele, who found defenseman Josh Wesley at the right point.  Wesley took a shot that seemed to pinball off the traffic in front of the Saginaw goal, but bounced directly to Crus Rydberg, who made no mistake.

Earlier, Saginaw had a territorial edge over the first three periods.  Plymouth goaltender Zack Bowman - overlooked in the Saginaw Three Star selection -deserved a star in stopping 43-of-46 shots.  He stopped all 17 shots faced in the first period.

Meanwhile, Mistele scored the only goal of the first period on a Whalers power play at 19:04.  Mistele's shot from the left circle caromed off Paterosn's catching glove to give Plymouth a 1-0 after one period.

Saginaw came back in the second period to lead, 2-1.  Sean Callaghan wired a shot from the high slot past Bowman at 3:44 for his fifth goal of the year and then Jimmy Lodge (who assisted on the Callaghan goal) scored from the left hashmark at 9:28 of the period on a Spirit power play.

Terry Trafford scored his fifth goal of the season at 7:53 of the third period, following up his original shot and scoring through traffic on the rebound, to give Saginaw a 3-1 lead.

Then the Whalers went to work to tie the game.

Crus Rydberg and Hiddink won battles for the puck along the right wing half-wall in the Saginaw zone and Crus Rydberg found Jones breaking in from the left point.  Jones beat Paterson with a rising shot from the top of the left circle at 13:16.

Lorentz tied the game a little more than a minute later, snapping home a rebound past Paterson with authority at 14:33.

That set the stage for the overtime game-winner by Crus Rydberg.

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE - Cory Butzin, Saginaw News/MLive.com.

In seven overtime games this season, the Whalers have three victories and three shootout wins to go with one loss.

Plymouth continues a busy weekend, hosting Guelph at Compuware Arena on Saturday (TV, 7 pm, CN900; Radio, 88.1FM WSDP) and then playing in Windsor on Sunday (2 pm, www.plymouthwhalers.com).

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