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Stolarz stops 32 shots as Knights beat Whalers to take 1-0 series lead

Friday, 04.19.2013 / 10:24 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Stolarz stops 32 shots as Knights beat Whalers to take 1-0 series lead

LONDON, Ont. - Anthony Stolarz stopped 32-of-33 shots as the London Knights edged the visiting Plymouth Whalers 2-1 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.

The 19-year-old golatender improved his post season record to 9-1-0 to go along with a 1.68 goals-against average and league-best .949 save percentage.

Rookie winger Remi Elie scored the winning goal at 15:06 of the second period for the Knights, who lead the best-of-seven Western Conference final 1-0, while Ryan Rupert opened the scoring in the final minute of the first period.

Elie leads all first-year skaters in playoff scoring with four goals and seven points in 10 games.

Connor Carrick scored at 13:57 of the second for the Whalers and Alex Nedeljkovic made 29 saves in defeat.

London went 0 for 2 on the power play while Plymouth failed to score on six chances with the man advantage

Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday when the Knights host the Whalers at Budweiser Gardens.

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday