Whalers' Four Goal Explosion Shells Brampton, 4-2
Photo - Matt Mistele scores the game-winning goal in the second period Friday in the Whalers' 4-2 win over Brampton. credit - Rena Laverty.
PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Whalers broke open a scoreless first period with four goals in the second period and the Whalers defeated the Brampton Battalion, 4-2, in an Ontario Hockey League game played Friday night before 2,369 at Compuware Arena.
Plymouth improves to 20-13-5-3, good for 48 points and second place in the OHL West. The Whalers gained on first place Sarnia (24-15-0-3, 51 points), who lost, 5-1, on Friday in Kitchener. Brampton is now 19-18-3-4.
Matt Mistele led the Whalers’ attack as the game’s first star with a pair of goals (team-leading 20th and 21st). Ryan Hartman (13th) and Tom Wilson (13th) scored a goal and an assist each while Vince Trocheck – playing his first game for the Whalers after being acquired in a trade with Saginaw on Thursday – contributed two assists. Matt Mahalak stopped 32-of-34 shots in goal for the Whalers to improve his record to 13-9-4-3.
Brenden Miller (6) and Brandon Robinson (9) replied for Brampton.
After Mistele and Miller traded goals early in the second period, the Whalers replied with three straight goals in the period – Hartman at 10:47 (one timer from the left circle on a pass from Trocheck), Mistele at 11:49 (three-way passing play with Wilson at the right circle finding Mistele at the left circle) and Wilson on a power play at 19:20 – to lead, 4-1, and put the game away.
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After scoring two goal and two assists Wednesday in a 6-5 loss in Saginaw, Mistele scored two more tonight. He credited linemates Mitchell Heard and Tom Wilson for much of his success.
"They're both so easy to play with," Mistele said. "A lot of people don't give Willy (Tom Wilson) credit, but he sees the ice so well. He's a fantastic play maker, uses his body and is easy to play with. Heardy (Mitchell Heard) wins every battle and works hard no matter what. They make it easy to play and I'm just trying to do what I can to help the team."
Trocheck made an impressive debut with the Whalers after battling them in a Saginaw uniform for three-an-a-half seasons.
"They've been my rivals for three-and-a-years, but I wanted to come here," Trocheck said. "Plymouth has always been a hard team to play against, so I have a lot of respect for them. I'm happy to be here. I pride myself as a guy that does a little of everything. I take pride in the penalty kill and the power play as well."
Plymouth outshot Brampton, 44-34.
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The Whalers remain home Saturday night, hosting the Erie Otters at 7:05 pm at Compuware Arena (6:45 pm, 88.1FM WSDP).
The Whalers played without Stefan Noesen, a first round pick of the Ottawa Senators, who is attending the Senators’ NHL training camp. Rickard Rakell (first round pick of the Anaheim Ducks) is schedule to leave for Anaheim’s camp on Saturday. Tom Wilson – a first round pick of the Washington Capitals – will also leave Saturday for their training camp.