Injury plagued Whalers drop fourth straight; lose 3-1 to Knights
By Nick Misiak
The list of the injured keeps growing for the PlymouthWhalers. Going into the Dec. 6 game against the London Knights, the team’s list of injured grew to seven. The absence of defensemen Alex Peters, Gianluca Curcuruto and Yannick Rathgeb and forwards Victor Crus Rydberg, Connor Chatham, Danny Vanderwiel and Bryce Yetman, significantly shortened the bench for the Whalers, increasing the pressure on the remaining roster to perform better. Unfortunately, the Whalers fell flat on this night. The effort wasn’t enough as the team dropped their fourth consecutive game, 3-1 to the Knights, dropping the team to 10-16-1-1 on the season.
Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi, son of former NHL enforcer Tie Domi, scored all three of London’s goals, including an empty netter with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game to complete his hat trick.
The game was completely dominated by the Knights. The Whalers looked extremely lethargic and unmotivated throughout the game, while London seemed faster and showed they wanted to win.
Domi opened the scoring at 5:24 in the second period, following up on a scramble in front of the net to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. He then fired a shot that hit off of Plymouth goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic at 12:37, giving London a 2-0 lead after the second.
Plymouth was able to break through and close the Knight’s lead to 2-1 when Liam Dunda shot through a number of bodies and found the back of the net on the power play at 12:08.
The Whalers pulled Nedeljkovic with 1:15 remaining in an attempt to tie the game, but Domi buried a loose puck into the empty net to finalize the score at 3-1.
Plymouth looks to curve their losing ways in London on Friday, Dec. 12, before returning home to face the Guelph Storm on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:05 p.m. at Compuware Arena.
The Dec. 6 game marked the Whaler’s 15th Annual Teddy Bear Toss game. The Whalers goal by Liam Dunda, on the power play at 12:08 in the third, lead to a flurry of stuffed animals hitting the ice surface. The Whalers – with the help on Orin Jewelers and other friends – will find homes for the stuffed toys as they will be donated to local charities to be given to children in need during the holidays.