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Broadhurst, Griffith score twice, Knights beat Whalers 6-4, take 3-1 series lead

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 10:04 PM The Canadian Press

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Alex Broadhurst's power-play goal at 5:29 of the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and the London Knights defeated the Plymouth Whalers 6-4 on Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead in OHL Western Conference final.

Plymouth, fined $7,500 earlier in the day by the league for coach Mike Vellucci's comments about the officiating after Game 3, were without forward Mitchell Heard, who was suspended one game by the OHL for a check from behind on Tuesday.

Sebastian Uvira and Vince Trocheck scored in the first period for the Whalers, while Broadhurst and Seth Griffith replied for the Knights.

London's Bo Horvat and Ryan Rupert scored to open the second period before Garrett Meurs and Tom Wilson tallied late for Plymouth to make it 4-4 after two periods.

Uvira took a hooking penalty at 3:51 of the third period, allowing London to work on the power play and Broadhurst getting the game-winner.

Griffith added an empty-netter at 18:40.

London goalie Anthony Stolarz finished with 42 saves.

Alex Nedeljkovic started in goal for Plymouth and made seven saves on 11 shots, before getting the hook after Rupert's goal at 9:38 of the second period.

Matt Mahalak, in just his second game of the playoffs, played the final 29:16 and stopped 15 of 16 shots.

The Knights finished 3 for 4 on the power play, while the Whalers were 2 for 3.

London hosts Game 5 on Friday.

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