3 for 3 over the Family Day Weekend nets Whalers 4th Place; Home Ice Advantage for First Round of the Playoffs!

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Lockhart

Mitchell, Ont – It was an exhilarating weekend of hockey for the Fergus Whalers as the team picked up 6 points in just over 48 hours, and managed to clinch 4th spot in the Pollock Division, securing home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs!

“It’s absolutely incredible what we accomplished this weekend” Alternate Governor Ryan Duck said, “To play in Wingham on Saturday, with the adversity that came with that game and win, than come home and play a tough Walkerton team and score with 12.7 seconds left, and than to be able to battle hard for 60 minutes against the Hawks and come out with a 1-0 victory, it was a fairy tale way to end the year… everyone emptied their tanks and gave it their all!”

The Whalers did indeed just that.  The weekend started off in front of a packed Wingham arena, as the Ironmen hosted an Alumni Game featuring former championship teams.  The Whalers got off to a hot start, scoring goals of 5 of their first 12 shots.  The team kept their composure and battled through a rough 3rd period to secure the win.

On Sunday, the boys returned to Fergus to play the Walkerton Capitals in what turned out to be a preview of what will be the first round playoff matchup!  Both teams battled hard, and put on a show for the crowd of over 300 fans.  With only 12.7 seconds remaining in the 3rd, Andrew McClure broke the tie, propelling the Whalers to their second win of the season.  Rookie goaltender Richard Cui made his PJHL debut in the game, turning away 27 of 30 shots and collecting 1st star and Player of the Game honours.

On Family Day, the team travelled to Mitchell for a 2pm matinee with the Hawks.  The boys came out playing hard, and at 12:38 of the second period their efforts were rewarded, as Ethan Meeker scored what would turn out to be the games only goal.  Mitchell native Bradley Boville was between the pipes for the Whalers, and recorded his first shut out of the season against his former team, making a heroic glove hand save in the final seconds of the game.  Stick taps to Hawks netminder Tomas Britnell, who played an excellent game.

The Whalers play their final home regular season game this Friday when the team hosts the 6th place Wingham Ironmen, in a rematch of last weekends contest.  Saturday we travel to Lucknow to play the Kincardine Bulldogs in the final game of the regular season.

Stay tuned for playoff information as our schedule against the Walkerton Capitals will be released soon!