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Saginaw Spirit @ Plymouth Whalers 12/2/09

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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2009

Spirit Fall to Whalers 6-2, Look Ahead to Re-Match Friday
(Plymouth, MI) The Saginaw Spirit suffered a 6-2 loss to cross-state division rivals the Plymouth Whalers Thursday night. The Whalers win evened up the eight game season series at a win apiece between the two teams - with the Spirit having taken the first game 6-1 in late September - and the two teams will square off again this Friday at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw. The game saw goal scoring from Jordan Skellett and Brad Walch, the later of which who tallied his first OHL goal in the effort. The Spirit are ranked second in the OHL West Division with 34 points and a record of 16-10-2-0.

The Whalers secured a three goal lead in the opening frame. Center Tyler Seguin tallied his first goal of the night at 6:36 in the first, courtesy assists from center A.J. Jenks (NHL FLORIDA PANTHERS) and center Tyler G. Brown. Jenks continued with a goal minutes later, taking the score to 2-0 Plymouth. Brown earned the assist on the goal, his second of the night. First period scoring was wrapped up by center Garrett Meurs, who scored at 15:54 off of an assist from defenseman Colin MacDonald and center Joe Gaynor. The Whalers secured a 3-0 lead heading into the second period.

Seguin opened the second period with a power play marker at 3:43 in the frame, assisted by defenseman Michal Jordan (NHL CAROLINA HURRICANES). The Spirit would respond with their first goal of the night at 10:11 in the second to take the score to 4-1. Winger Jordan Skellett tallied a power play marker that was assisted by center Ivan Telegin and winger Josh Shalla. The Whalers would continue to hold the advantage in the period, with center Robbie Czarnik scoring his first OHL goal at 19:38 courtesy an assist from winger Josh Brittain (NHL ANAHEIM DUCKS). The second period ended with the Whalers holding a 5-1 lead.

For the third time in the game the period started with the Whalers Seguin scoring a goal, this one marking his fourth hat trick of the season. Jenks and Gaynor assisted on the goal, which came at 8:41 in the third. Saginaws Brad Walch would score his first OHL goal at 11:24 in the frame, a power play marker that was assisted by center Vince Trocheck. The Whalers would stymie any further Spirit goal scoring however, posting a 6-2 victory in regulation.

Spirit netminder Edward Pasquale (NHL ATLANTA TRASHERS) posted 18 saves on 22 shots before leaving the game in favor of Anthony Peters, who earned 13 saves on 15 shots. Whalers goalie Matt Hackett (NHL MINNESOTA WILD) stopped 31 of 33 shots.

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