LONDON, Ont. - Anthony Stolarz earned his first-career post-season shutout as the London Knights blanked the visiting Kitchener Rangers 2-0 on Sunday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.
The 18-year-old goaltender made 34 saves for the win and has stopped 63-of-64 shots against Kitchener in two games at the Budweiser Gardens, giving London a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven second-round matchup.
Stolarz is 6-0-0 in the post season and his 1.24 goals-against average and .959 save percentage are best in the OHL.
Max Domi broke a scoreless tie at 15:24 of the third period for the Knights, who have a league-best plus-19 goal differential in the playoffs, while Bo Horvat added an insurance goal just over three minutes later.
Horvat controlled the puck down the left-wing side, cut quickly to the net and beat Gibson under his left pad at 18:27.
Domi's goal was his fourth of the post-season and ninth point in six contests, which ties him with Alex Broadhurst for the team lead in both categories.
Gibson turned away 28-of-30 overall for the Rangers, who have been outscored 6-1 in the series.
Both Joshua Leivo and Tobias Rieder, who finished their first-round defeat of the Guelph Storm as Kitchener's top producers with seven points each in five games, have yet to record a point against London.
London went 0 for 3 on the power play. Kitchener failed to score on seven chances with the man advantage. The Rangers' road power play is second-worst of the eight team's remaining in the post-season, converting just 5.6% of chances, while at home they're scoring 27.6% of the time, which is second-best of any team that's made it to the second round.
The Rangers have an opportunity to get back in the series when they host Game 3 on Monday at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
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