Vince Trocheck scored three goals with two assists and Stefan Noesen and Garrett Meurs scored two goals each as the Plymouth Whalers defeated the Sarnia Sting, 11-2, in Game 1 of a best-four-of-seven Ontario Hockey League Western Conference quarterfinal series played Friday night at Compuware Arena.
First-star Nick Malysa recorded three assists for Plymouth, a career high in one game for the veteran defenseman. Zach Lorentz and Connor Carrick contributed two assists each.
Tom Wilson, Gianluca Curcuruto, Matt Mistele and Cody Payne all scored one goal each for the Whalers, who led 5-1 after one period and 8-2 after forty minutes. In all, 14 of the 18 Plymouth skaters scored at least one point each.
Charles Sarault and Reid Boucher replied for Sarnia. Plymouth outshot Sarnia, 50-33.
The Whalers have scored 11 goals in the playoffs before. On March 20,1995, the Whalers - then known as the Detroit Jr. Red Wings – beat London, 11-0, in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series in a game played at Joe Louis Arena. On April 26,1995, the Jr. Red Wings defeated the Sudbury Wolves, 11-4, in Game 7 of the OHL Semi-Finals
Plymouth’s all time record for goals scored in a game is 13 in a 13-3 win over Windsor on Dec.10, 1995.
Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday at 7 pm at Compuware Arena (6:45 pm, 88.1FM WSDP, 7 pm, Comcast 900).