SAULT STE MARIE, Ont. - Ryan Hartman scored twice and added an assist, and Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 40 shots as the Plymouth Whalers disposed of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5-1 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday.
Francesco Vilardi, Zach Lorentz, and Yannick Rathgeb also scored for the Whalers (22-29-6), who won despite being outshot 41-27.
Jared McCann had the lone goal for the West division-leading Greyhounds (37-16-5).
He's a special guy. Obviously we are lucky to have him. Just his talent, I'm not surprised anymore. You get to see this guy every practice, and you know what he's able to do. Obviously, it's pretty special for a guy that young to score a hat trick in playoffs, this type of a game too. Really happy for him.
— Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on Filip Forsberg, whose hat trick led Nashville to a Game 5 win vs. Chicago on Thursday