PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Chris Terry's goal late in the second period proved the winner as the Plymouth Whalers edged the Sarnia Sting 3-1 in Wednesday night Ontario Hockey League action.
Plymouth (30-21-2-2) moved into the fifth spot, two points ahead of Sarnia (30-22-2-0) in the OHL's Western Conference standings. The Sting hold one game in hand on the Whalers.
Terry, who leads the Whalers with 36 goals, took a stretch pass from Vern Cooper and after splitting the defence, moved across the slot and snapped a shot just under the crossbar past Sarnia goalie Tomi Karhunen.
Both teams were undermanned due to injuries and suspensions, but Sarnia suffered a potentially serious blow when starting goaltender Andrew Perugini left the contest with 2:23 remaining in the opening period. He was in pain and helped off the ice favouring his right leg. He would not return to the bench.
Sarnia's Steven Stamkos scored the game's first goal in the first, but Plymouth's A.J. Jenks replied with a power play marker early in the second, setting up Terry's heroics. Joe Gaynor added an insurance tally with 1:13 left in regulation.
Whalers goalie Jeremy Smith earned the win making 29 saves, while Sarnia goalies Perugini (6) and Karhunen (35) combined for 41 saves.