Playoff Bound Whalers Face Tough WeekFeb 28, 2011 - 06:29 EST
PLYMOUTH - It's official. The Plymouth Whalers have made for the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
The Whalers' 4-3 win over Ottawa on Friday and a 7-2 victory over London on Saturday officially clinched a playoff berth.
Plymouth's run of 20 consecutive playoff appearances is the current Ontario Hockey League record. The Whalers missed the playoffs during their expansion season of 1990-91 and have made the playoffs every year since.
The 2011 OHL playoffs officially starts on Thurs. Mar. 24 and - as tight as the Western Conference race is - the Whalers are a long way away before finding out who they'll be playing in the first round.
Coming into March, Plymouth (now 33-21-1-4, 71 points) has nine game remaining, all within the Western Conference. The Whalers start this month with four games this week, beginning Tuesday at 10:45am in Saginaw against the Spirit. The game will be broadcast locally on 88.1FM WSDP starting at 10:30am.
After Tuesday's game, the Whalers will host Saginaw on Friday and Windsor on Saturday.
The Whalers and American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Friday from 12-6pm inside Compuware Arena. Anyone who attempts to give blood will receive a ticket to a regular season game in March. Fans can sign up through the e-donor site by going to: www.plymouthwhalers.com/page/blood-drive.
Friday's game is also another $5 Fridays night, courtesy of 99.5 FM WYCD. Certain sections of Compuware Arena are offered for $5. Please call 734-453-8400 to order your tickets.
Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night.
The Whalers cap a busy week on Sunday night in Sault Ste. Marie against the Greyhounds.
BUSY TIME AT COMPUWARE ARENA: Not only are the Whalers busy, but there's plenty going on this month at Compuware Arena. Tonight, the Boys Michigan High School hockey playoff start with two games scheduled tonight at Compuware Arena. Novi takes on South Lyon at 5pm; Brighton plays Detroit-Novi Catholic Central at 7:30pm.
The winners of tonight's game will play on Wednesday at Compuware Arena at 7pm.
On Thursday, Compuware Arena turns into a concert venue for Girl Talk. Doors for the concert will open at 8pm. For more information, please call the Compuware Arena box office at (734) 453-8400.
On Friday and Saturday, the Whalers are back in action again.
The following week, the Boys Michigan High School Hockey Semi-Finals and Finals return, with semi-finals on Thurs. Mar. 10 and Fri. Mar. 11. Championship Saturday is Sat. Mar. 12 with the Division 2 championships at 10am, Division 3 at 2pm and Division 1 at 7pm.