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09-26-2013, 09:21 PM
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Whalers looked good in the first but the wheels came off after that. Lots of penalties taken on both sides tonight, looks like the Whalers are going to struggle with consistent offense throughout this year, even though they put up 5 goals...they just lack a full 60 minute effort defensively. The penalties that they had to kill early they looked good on, they were very aggressive and blocking shots. Plymouth scored two goals in the first, one off of a Rathgeb pp shot in which he got it off quickly. He looked better tonight, and has a cannon for a shot. The other off of a nice spin pass from Crus-Rydberg to Mistele for a tap in.

Still, the opposition outplayed the Whalers through most of the game, sometimes a little dominating, and the shots on net indicated that. Plymouth really needs to work on their breakouts more, and getting the puck over the blue line and getting shots off of a balanced attack. One of the goals against was a shorty in which the puck was turned over entering the zone. There also a play on one of Plymouth's last power plays in which Curcuruto was pretty much the whole forecheck entering the zone. Ned was not available tonight, and Riley Corbin gave up a couple soft goals. Didn't really matter though, as the Whalers had a few defensive breakdowns and not picking up a man, leaving Corbin out to dry.

Give credit where it is due though, the Petes had a nice bounce back game at hone after losing badly to Kingston in their home opener. Ritchie had a pair, and Devlin I think had two goals as well. He has a really nice shot and showed it on that 5 on 3.

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