SAGINAW, Mich. - Former Spirit forward Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist each as the Plymouth Whalers stretched their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 win over Saginaw in Ontario Hockey League action Tuesday.
It was the fourth win in seven meetings for Plymouth (38-17-9) over their state rivals in a morning game before a crowd of 5,527 largely made up of schoolchildren.
Tom Wilson also had a goal and an assist for the Whalers, while Matthew Mistele and Mitchell Heard also scored. Rookie goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made 27 saves.
Andrey Alexeev scored the lone goal for Saginaw (29-27-6) as the Spirit dropped their fourth straight game.
The Spirit's lack of power-play success proved costly as they failed to score in five chances.
Plymouth outshot Saginaw 34-28 and had one goal in two power play opportunities.
Trocheck came back to haunt his former team who dealt him at the trade deadline in January, opening up the scoring at 6:34 of the first period by beating Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson through his pads.
Paterson stopped 30 of 34 shots in a second straight shaky performance.
Mistele scored a late goal at 17:44, batting a bouncing puck past Paterson to round out the first period scoring.
Alexeev sliced the lead in half for Saginaw, scoring at the 4:26 mark, but Wilson restored the two goal lead with the final goal of the second period at 11:07. The assist on the goal went to Trocheck, helping him reach the 100 point mark for the first time in his major junior career.
Trocheck put up 24 goals and 26 assists with the Spirit and has almost the same totals (23-27-50) with Plymouth.
Heard scored the lone power play goal of the game at 6:39 of the third period to finish off the scoring.