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The Whalers Harpoon their Opponents last week.


     The Whalers depth is a dangerous weapon. Even as some key players, starting goaltender Scott Wedgewood, Forwards J.T. Miller, Rickard Rakell and defenceman Dario Truttman, are busy contributing to the World Juniors – Plymouth still seems to dominate both offensively and defensively.
           
     In the past 5 games, Plymouth has won 4 and scored a total of 26 goals with allowing 13 goals against in those 5 games. Backup goaltender Matt Mahalak has been strong in between the pipes in Wedgewood’s absence. Malahak put up 3 W’s this past weekend, ending December with a 5-1 record. December was Matt’s worst statistical month posting a .933 SV% and a 2.33 Goals against. 

     Beau Schmitz, Whalers captain, was announced OHL’s player of the week for December 26th- January 1st. Schmitz notched 4 goals, 1 assist and was a +8 in the past 3 games. He is the first defensemen in the OHL to win the honor this season. But Schmitz isn’t the only one stepping up offensively, Alex Aleardi put up 4 goals, 9 points and a plus 6; in addition, Stefan Noesen had 5 tallies with 7 points and a +4.

     Speaking of forward Stefan Noesen, he inked a three-year entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators last week. The deal is similar to many players getting signed this year, $925,000 plus bonuses for a cap hit over $1.1million a season.
     
     The Whalers have won 3 straight since winter break and hope to keep that streak alive as January continues. Plymouth has three games this weekend. A home and home with Saginaw, who could have a new roster look real soon, and the Whalers end the weekend Sunday in Sarnia where they could be going up against some new faces (Spooner, Brace, Anderson). It is that time of year after all. 

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