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Nick Moutrey scores winner late in third as Spirit beat Whalers 6-5

Wednesday, 01.09.2013 / 10:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Nick Moutrey scores winner late in third as Spirit beat Whalers 6-5

SAGINAW, Mich. - Nick Moutrey scored the winning goal with less then five minutes to play and the Saginaw Spirit beat the Plymouth Whalers 6-5 on Wednesday in the Ontario Hockey League.

Greg Sutch and Justin Kea scored two goals each while Eric Locke had a goal and an assist for Saginaw (18-19-5). Moutrey had two assists.

The Spirit ran their winning streak to three games while halting the Whalers four-game winning streak.

Matthew Mistele had two goals and two assists for Plymouth (19-13-8), while Tom Wilson, Mitchell Heard and Connor Carrick had a goal and an assist each.

Saginaw came out strong scoring three times in the first five minutes to chase starting goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic.

Sutch opened the scoring, letting go a hard wrist shot past Nedeljkovic at 2:15.

Forty one seconds later Locke scored on his back hand and Nedeljkovic's night came to an early end at 4:21 as Kea slid a back hand shot to the far side with the puck grazing the inside post before slipping into the net.

Heard put Plymouth on the board at 8:50, roofing a shot over Paterson shoulder from in front.

Carrick made it closer at 3-2 scoring on the power play with a slap shot from inside the face off circle at 15:31.

Saginaw responded as Kea tapped in the puck to finish off a wild first period that included six goals.

Plymouth scored 52 seconds into the second period on a goal from Mistele, who then tied the game at 3:05 while on the power play.

Such got his second goal at the mid way point of the period.

Wilson tied the game at 9:40 of the third period as he took a pass from Mistele, broke in alone and scored.

Moutrey one timed the puck after receiving a pass from Terry Trafford as Saginaw recaptured the lead for good.

Jake Paterson was back in net for Saginaw and he stopped 29 of 34 shots.

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