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Plymouth Whalers rally past Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6-5

Friday, 02.01.2013 / 10:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Plymouth Whalers rally past Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6-5

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Plymouth Whalers led Sault Ste. Marie 3-2 after one period Friday night, but the Greyhounds roared back to win the second and third periods and hold on for a 6-5 win in Ontario Hockey League action.

Defenceman Ryan Sproul scored twice and had three assists for the Greyhounds (27-19-4), while Andrew Fritsch added a pair of goals. Brandon Alderson and Michael Schumacher added singles.

Vincent Trocheck struck twice for Plymouth (25-15-9), while Ryan Hartman, Mitchell Heard and Gianluca Curcuruto rounded out the offence.

Hartman and former Greyhounds' defenceman Curcuruto staked Plymouth to a 2-0 lead 7:41 into the first period before Sproul cut the lead to 2-1 for Sault Ste. Marie.

Trocheck restored the two-goal lead 26 seconds after Sproul's goal only to have Schumacher score at the 17:02 mark to make it 3-2 Whalers.

Fritsch and Sproul gave Sault Ste. Marie a 4-2 lead with the only goals of the second period.

Trocheck opened the third period with his second of the game to cut the Sault Ste. Marie lead to 4-3, but Alderson scored at 6:51 and Fritsch's second of the game at 17:20 made it 6-4 Greyhounds.

Heard scored with 12 seconds left, but it was too little, too late for Plymouth. The Whalers are now one point ahead of the Greyhounds for first place in the West Division.

Justin Nichols started and made 34 saves in goal for the Greyhounds before Matt Murray played the final 11:30 and made seven saves.

Matt Mahalak and Alex Nedeljkovic combined for 33 stops in the Plymouth net.

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