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Noesen three points, Nedeljkovic 19 saves as Whalers blank Attack for 3-2 series lead

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 10:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Noesen three points, Nedeljkovic 19 saves as Whalers blank Attack for 3-2 series lead

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Stefan Noesen had two goals and an assist as the Plymouth Whalers blanked the visiting Owen Sound Attack 5-0 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 19 shots he faced in Game 5 for the Whalers, who lead the best-of-seven second-round matchup 3-2.

The 17-year-old goaltender bounced back from being pulled in a Game 4 loss in which he allowed four goals on 19 shots in 24 minutes of game time.

Mitchell Heard also scored twice for Plymouth while Tom Wilson added a single goal.

Daniel Catenacci was a team-worst minus-3 for the Attack and picked up three minor penalties, the first one leading to the game's second goal late in the first period.

Owen Sound's Jordan Binnington took the loss after allowing five goals on 20 shots in 23 minutes of action. Brandon Hope replaced Binnington early in the second period and stopped all 23 shots against.

Noesen opened the scoring 6:41 into the game and Wilson and Heard sored 16 seconds apart late in the first to give Plymouth a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Noesen made it a four-goal advantage 1:33 into the second and Heard scored just over two minutes later, which led to Binnington being pulled for Hope.

The Whalers went 1 for 7 on the power play while the Attack failed to score on either of their chances with the man advantage.

Plymouth has an opportunity to wrap up the series on Sunday when Owen Sound hosts Game 6 at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. The winner of the series will meet the London Knights in the Western Conference final.

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