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Mahalak stops 35 shots as Plymouth Whalers win 2-0 over Windsor Spitfires

Saturday, 03.03.2012 / 10:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Mahalak stops 35 shots as Plymouth Whalers win 2-0 over Windsor Spitfires

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Matt Mahalak stopped all 35 shots he faced to lead the Plymouth Whalers over the Windsor Spitfires, 2-0 on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action.

Stefan Noesen and Jamie Devane scored for the Whalers (42-17-3), who clinched the West Division on Friday with their win over Brampton and Sarnia's loss to Ottawa.

“We have such great depth with four lines that can produce on any given night, great defence and not to mention, two of the best goalies in the league (Scott Wedgewood and Mahalak),” said Plymouth forward Tom Wilson.

“We all believe in our team and buy in to the goal of winning the Memorial Cup. The Western Conference is very much up for grabs and I can see our team making it close for that first spot with London.”

“We have a big stretch coming up here and if we want to finish first overall, each game is a must-win game for us,” added Whalers' defenceman Nick Malysa. “You can’t look too much at what the other teams are doing and you really have to take it one game at a time.

"Once the playoffs hit, a lot can happen in a seven-game series, but I think with the team we have and the confidence we have in one another, this could be a big year for us.”

Jaroslav Pavelka made 47 saves for Windsor (27-29-6), who sit seventh in the Western Conference, just two points ahead of eighth-place Guelph and ninth-place Sault Ste. Marie.

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