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Whalers tie Spitfires for first place in OHL West with 3-2 win over Sting

Friday, 11.02.2012 / 10:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

SARNIA, Ont. - Matt Mahalak made 32 saves as the Plymouth Whalers edged the Sarnia Sting 3-2 Friday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Garrett Meurs broke a 2-2 tie for the Whalers (8-4-3) at 11:30 of the third period when he scored on a rebound from the slot.

Plymouth began the season losing six of its first eight games, but has since turned things around, winning five of the last six, to tie Windsor for top spot in the West Division.

Alex Aleardi and Ryan Hartman scored in the first period as the Whalers jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Sting (8-7-1) tied the game in the second period with goals from Justice Dundas and Nick Latta.

The loss snapped Sarnia's three-game win streak.

JP Anderson took the loss despite making 22 saves.

Both teams were 0-2 with the man advantage.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round