Regular season: 49-14-2-3, First in the OHL’s West Division, second in the Western Conference.

Playoffs: first round def. Guelph Storm (33-23-3-9 regular season) 4-0, second round def. Kitchener Rangers (47-17-1-3) 4-1, conference final def. London Knights (50-14-1-3) 4-1 and won OHL final over Sudbury Wolves (29-30-3-6) 4-2.

Head coach and general manager: Michael Vellucci (fifth season); Assistant GM and associate head coach: Todd Watson (third season).

Playoff performers: F James Neal – 13 G, 12 A, 54 PIM in 20 games); F Evan Brophey – Nine goals and 14 assists in 20 games; G Michal Neuvirth – Rookie netminder has 14 wins, a 2.45 GAA and a .932 save percentage in the playoffs.

In net: Neuvirth, technically a rookie, posted a 26-8-2-2 record this season with a 2.32 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Jeremy Smith was 23-6-0-1 this season, and recorded the fifth-longest shutout streak in franchise history in October.

Unsung heroes: G Neuvirth – stopped 38 of 40 shots in Game 6 to preserve his team’s OT victory; F Sean O’Connor set up the OHL final series-clinching goal, scored by Neal.

Draftees: F Boll, Columbus 2005 (fourth round, 101st overall); D Ryan McGinnis, Los Angeles 2005 (sixth round, 184th overall); F Brophy, Chicago 2005 (third round, 68th overall); F Dan Collins, Florida 2005 (third round, 90th overall); F Neal, Dallas 2005 (second round, 33rd overall); F Sestito, Columbus 2006 (third round, 85th overall); F Daniel Ryder, Calgary 2005 (third round, 74th overall); G Neuvirth, Washington 2006 (second round, 34th overall).

Just notes: Plymouth recorded a whopping 81 shots on goal against Sudbury in Game 5 of their OHL final series. The Whalers won in overtime, 4-3.

Memorial Cup History: Plymouth has once before qualified for the Memorial Cup, in 1995, as the Detroit Jr. Wings. There, the team made it to the semifinal against Brandon, where it won to advance to face the host Kamloops Blazers, losing 8-2 in the final.

– Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

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