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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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