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Jeremy Smith makes 48 saves as Whalers defeat Spirit 4-1

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PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Goaltender Jeremy Smith made 48 saves as the Plymouth Whalers defeated the Saginaw Spirit 4-1 in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday night.

Smith, a second-round pick of the Nashville Predators in last June's NHL Draft, allowed just Jack Combs' 4-on-3 tip-in midway through the final period. Smith helped Plymouth (14-7-1-1) kill off eight of nine Spirit power plays.

"The defence played well and we communicated great tonight," said Smith. "They cleared rebounds away and I was able to get a good view of most of their shots. The shots were a reflection of the game so we know we can play better than that."

Chris Terry, Wes Cunningham and Andrew Fournier paced Plymouth's offence with a goal and an assist apiece while Joe McCann also scored.

Saginaw (9-10-2-1) got 21 saves from netminder Ryan Daniels.

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