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Whalers lock up fourth spot in West with 6-1 win over Sarnia @NHLdotcom

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Plymouth Whalers secured fourth place in the Ontario Hockey League's Western Conference with a 6-1 win over the Sarnia Sting on Sunday afternoon.

Plymouth, Sarnia, and the Guelph Storm were all tied with 77 points heading into Sunday, the final day of the regular season. Even though Guelph has yet to play, the Whalers (37-26-5-0) are guaranteed fourth spot because they have more wins.

Tyler G. Brown scored twice to go along with single goals from Matt Caria, Vern Cooper, Tyler J. Brown and Michal Jordan. Tyler Seguin chipped in three assists and AJ Jenks had two helpers for Plymouth.

Matt Hackett made 34 saves for the win.

"This game had a playoff atmosphere and definitely the type of win we wanted going into the playoffs," Whalers head coach Mike Vellucci said.

Plymouth will face either the Sting or the Storm in the first round, depending on the outcome of the Guelph-Erie Otters game.

"We'll find out who we play pretty shortly," Plymouth captain Chris Terry said. "It doesn't matter who we play. We just need to be ready and go out and play our game. The past couple games have been playoff games in our minds, but we knew that going into today that if we won, we'd have home ice and we took care of that."

Justin DiBenedetto scored the lone goal for Sarnia (35-26-4-3) and Dan Spence stopped 40 shots.

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