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Rupert scores three times as the Knights blank the Whalers 5-0

Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 10:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Matt Rupert scored a natural hat trick as the London Knights cruised to a 5-0 win over the host Plymouth Whalers on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action.

London goaltender Kevin Bailie earned the shutout with a 36-save outing.

Rupert scored at 14:38 of the first period and then again on a Knights' power play 51 seconds later.

He completed his hat trick on another power play five minutes into the second period and later assisted on Olli Maatta’s power-play goal at 11:31 of the middle period.

Bo Horvat rounded out the scoring for the Knights (12-5-2) with a power-play goal at 16:38 of the third period and Seth Griffith chipped in with three assists.

Matt Mahalak made 31 saves in a losing effort for the Whalers (10-6-3).

London went 4-for-8 on the power play while Plymouth failed to score on five chances with the man advantage.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday