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Whalers sweep first-round series against Sting

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 10:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Whalers sweep first-round series against Sting

SARNIA, Ont. - Vincent Trocheck scored twice and set up two more as the Plymouth Whalers eliminated the Sarnia Sting from Ontario Hockey League playoff action with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.

Mitchell Heard had two goals and an assist for the Whalers, who swept the first-round matchup four games to none, while Tom Wilson and Connor Carrick each chipped in with two assists.

Bryan Moore and Nickolas Latta scored for the Sting, who were outscored 24-8 in the series, and Charles Sarault and Reid Boucher had two assists apiece.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 22 saves for the win as JP Anderson turned away 43-of-48 shots in defeat.

Plymouth went 2 for 2 on the power play while Sarnia scored once on five chances with the man advantage.

The Whalers are the first team in the Western Conference to qualify for second-round action and will have to wait for each of the other three series to finish before knowing who they will face.

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