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OHL: Whalers use big third period to beat Bulls

The Canadian Press

2/8/2009 12:01:54 AM

Rookie Tyler Seguin took it upon himself to lead the Plymouth Whalers to an unlikely comeback victory on Saturday night.

Seguin scored two goals and added two assists as the Plymouth Whalers scored five times in the third period to hand the Belleville Bulls a 6-2 loss in Ontario Hockey League action.

Seguin, Plymouth's first round pick in the 2008 OHL Draft, is on a six-game point streak, with six goals and six assists in that span, including a goal and an assist on January 31st, his 17th birthday.

After Belleville jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Saturday, Seguin scored late in the first period to cut Plymouth's deficit to one. The Brampton, Ont., native then assisted on Joe Gaynor's marker early in the third, the first of four Whalers goals in two minutes and 45 seconds.

Heading into Saturday night's contest, the Bulls were 27-0 when leading after two periods.

Plymouth (26-22-5-0) also got goals from Matt Caria, AJ Jenks and Ryan Hayes, while captain Chris Terry chipped in with four assists. With the win, the Whalers remained tied with the Saginaw Spirit for fifth place in the Western Conference.

In other OHL action Saturday, it was: Ottawa 3, Oshawa 2 (OT); Saginaw 5, Erie 2; Peterborough 3, Sudbury 2; Windsor 6, Niagara 1; Barrie 3, London 2 (OT); and Sarnia 5, Guelph 4 (OT).

At Plymouth, Mich., Belleville (35-15-2-2) got first-period goals from Brandon Mashinter and Shawn Lalonde, who set a Bulls team record for goals by a defenceman in a single season with his 18th.

Whalers netminder Matt Hackett earned the win, making 28 saves, while Belleville goaltenders Mike Murphy and Phillip Grubauer combined on 52 saves as Plymouth outshot the Bulls 58-30. Murphy was chased from the Belleville net after Plymouth's final goal with 7:32 left in the game.

67's 3, Generals 2 (OT)

At Oshawa, Ont., Thomas Kiriakou scored the overtime winner Saturday afternoon as Ottawa defeated the Generals.

The goal came with three minutes and 45 seconds into the extra period and was Kiriakou's second of the night. Logan Couture scored the other goal for the 67's (30-17-3-2), a game-tying marker with just 1:19 remaining in regulation.

Nick Esposito and Tony DeHart scored for Oshawa (22-24-2-4).

Spirit 5, Otters 2

At Erie, Pa., Tyler Murovich scored late in the second period to spark Saginaw past the Otters.

Daniel Pachis, Jack Combs, Jordan Szwarz and Chris Chappell also scored for the Spirit (30-18-0-3), who snapped Erie's four-game winning streak.

Zack Torquato and Luke Gazdic scored for the Otters (27-24-2-0).

Petes 3, Wolves 2

At Peterborough, Ont., Tony Romano's sixth game-winning goal of the season lifted the Petes over Sudbury.

Brett Theberge also scored in the third period to rally Peterborough (22-31-0-2) from a 2-1 deficit. Ryan Spooner had the other goal and Sergey Korostin had two assists.

John MacFarland and Daniel Maggio had second period goals for the Wolves (21-26-2-4), who suffered their fourth straight loss.

Spitfires 6, IceDogs 1

At Windsor, Ont., the Spitfires received goals from six different players in a rout of Niagara.

Adam Henrique, Greg Nemisz, Scott Timmins, Taylor Hall, Austin Watson and Harry Young all scored for Windsor (47-6-0-1) while Andrei Loktionov, Rob Kwiet all chipped in with two assists apiece.

Matthew Maione had the lone goal for the IceDogs (22-23-4-5).

Colts 3, Knights 2 (OT)

At Barrie, Ont., Daniel Michalsky scored the overtime winner as the Colts handed London its third straight loss.

Michalsky also assisted on Andrew Eastman's first-period goal and Stefan Della Rovere scored the tying goal for Barrie (23-26-3-1).

Jason Wilson and Nazem Kadri replied for the Knights (37-13-1-2), who played without John Tavares after he aggravated a shoulder injury during Friday's game against the Windsor Spitfires.

Sting 5, Storm 4 (OT)

At Sarnia, Ont., Jamie Arniel tied the game and then won it in overtime as the Sting edged Guelph.

Both of Arniel's markers came on the power play. He also assisted on Justin DiBenedetto's goal for Sarnia (26-21-2-3). DiBenedetto finished with a goal and three assists, while Michael Neal scored twice.

Brandon Buck scored a pair and Ben Chiarot and Denis Hollenstein added goals for the Storm (28-18-3-3).