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Mistele scores three times in come-from-behind win over the Storm

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 10:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Mistele scores three times in come-from-behind win over the Storm

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Matthew Mistele scored three times as the Plymouth Whalers came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 7-4 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League play.

Stefan Noesen and Rickard Rakell each had a goal and two assists for the Whalers (31-16-9), who trailed 3-0 before scoring five straight goals, and Sebastian Uvira had a goal and an assist.

Vincent Trocheck tacked on a single goal to round out Plymouth's offence.

Robby Fabbri, Tyler Bertuzzi, Hunter Garlent and Justin Auger scored for the Storm (31-19-5), who have dropped back-to-back contests.

Alex Nedeljkovic earned the victory for Plymouth after making 21 saves in 44 minutes of relief. Nedeljkovic replaced starter Matt Mahalak, who allowed three goals on 11 shots through the opening 15 minutes of the game. Garret Sparks took the loss after giving up five goals on 36 shots in two periods of play. Sparks was replaced to start the third period by Michael Nishi, who stopped 8-of-9 shots.

Plymouth went 2 for 4 on the power play while Guelph scored twice on eight chances with the man advantage.

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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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