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.