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McRae has winner as Plymouth rebounds for 5-2 win over Greyhounds

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Phil McRae and the Plymouth Whalers knew what they had to do to even their Western Conference quarter-final playoff series.

McRae had the eventual winner as the Whalers swam to a 5-2 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Ontario Hockey League playoff action Saturday night.

"We started to get a lot of shots and it was a matter of time before they started to go in," said McRae. "Finally, we were able to break them down and get a couple of goals."

The Whalers had 47 shots on net, 15 more than Friday night's effort when they lost to the Greyhounds 3-2.

Matt Hackett made 11 saves on 12 shots in the first period for Plymouth. He was replaced by Scott Wedgewood at the start of the second period, stopping 13 shots for the win.

"We wanted to work extra hard for 'Wedge' (Wedgewood)," McRae said. "He sat on the bench over the entire period and came in cold."

"We have a lot of confidence knowing that both of our goalies are great goalies, so it really doesn't matter who plays. It doesn't matter who gets hurt or doesn't play - they're both great goalies."

The quarter-final series is tied 1-1, with Game 3 in Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday night.

Elsewhere in the OHL it was Saginaw 3 Kitchener 1 and Barrie 2 Sudbury 1.

At Plymouth, Mich., top prospect Tyler Seguin had a power-play goal for the Whalers, while James Livingston, AJ Jenks and Joe Gaynor added singles.

Jake Carrick and Vern Cooper scored for Sault Ste. Marie.

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Spirit 3 Rangers 1

At Saginaw, Mich., the Spirit broke open a scoreless tie with two goals in the second period to beat Kitchener.

Jordan Skellett had the eventual winner for Saginaw, while Barry Sanderson and Anthony Camara also scored.

Michael Catenacci scored the lone goal for the Rangers.

The win evens up the best of seven quarter-final series at a game apiece. Game 3 will be in Kitchener Monday night.

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Colts 2 Wolves 1

At Sudbury, Ont., Bryan Cameron had the eventual winner as Barrie nipped the Wolves.

Alexander Burmistrov opened the scoring for the Colts.

John McFarland replied for Sudbury.

Barrie leads the series 2-0 and will host Game 3 Sunday night.

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