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OHL Roundup: A look at Saturday's games

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The playoffs haven't even started but the Plymouth Whalers are having visions of the Memorial Cup.

Matt Mahalak stopped all 35 shots he faced to lead the Whalers over the Windsor Spitfires 2-0 on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action.

Stefan Noesen and Jamie Devane scored for the Whalers (42-17-3), who clinched the West Division on Friday with their win over Brampton and Sarnia's loss to Ottawa.

"We have such great depth with four lines that can produce on any given night, great defence and not to mention, two of the best goalies in the league (Scott Wedgewood and Mahalak)," said Plymouth forward Tom Wilson.

"We all believe in our team and buy in to the goal of winning the Memorial Cup. The Western Conference is very much up for grabs and I can see our team making it close for that first spot with London."

Elsewhere in the OHL it was: Ottawa 2, London 1; Niagara 10, Belleville 3; Sudbury 4, Peterborough 1; Oshawa 5, Barrie 1; and Owen Sound 2, Kingston 1 (SO).

At Plymouth, Mich., Noesen opened the scoring on the power play 11:29 into the first.

Devane added a goal just about four minutes later, and Mahalak shut the door from there.

"We have a big stretch coming up here and if we want to finish first overall, each game is a must-win game for us," said Whalers' defenceman Nick Malysa. "You can't look too much at what the other teams are doing and you really have to take it one game at a time.

"Once the playoffs hit, a lot can happen in a seven-game series, but I think with the team we have and the confidence we have in one another, this could be a big year for us."

Jaroslav Pavelka made 47 saves for Windsor (27-29-6), who sit seventh in the Western Conference, just two points ahead of eighth-place Guelph and ninth-place Sault Ste. Marie.

67's 2 Knights 1

At London, Ont., Petr Mrazek made 39 saves to help Ottawa (38-16-7) deny the Knights (45-15-1) first place in the Midwest Division.

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IceDogs 10 Bulls 3

At Belleville, Ont., Freddie Hamilton and Steven Shipley each scored hat tricks for Niagara (41-17-3), which crushed the Bulls (31-30-1).

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Wolves 4 Petes 1

At Sudbury, Ont., Michael Sgarbossa moved atop the OHL scoring race with a goal and two assists in the Wolves' (33-23-5) win over Peterborough (26-30-7).

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Generals 5 Colts 1

At Barrie, Ont., Kevin Bailie made 41 saves for Oshawa (28-28-6), which cruised by the Colts (36-22-4).

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Attack 2 Frontenacs 1 (SO)

At Owen Sound, Ont., Daniel Catenacci scored in regulation and in the shootout as the Attack (31-24-7) edged Kingston (19-37-7).

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