Bailie's 42 Saves Leads London to 4-1 Win Over Whalers
LONDON - For the second straight road game, the Plymouth Whalers ran into a hot goaltender.
Like Owen Sound's Jordan Binnington on Wednesday night, London goaltender Kevin Bailie earned first star honors in stopping 42-of-43 Plymouth shots to lead the Knights to a 4-1 victory over the Whalers before a sellout crowd of 9,046 at Budweiser Gardens in London.
London improves to 5-2-0-0. Plymouth is now 2-3-1-1.
Bo Horvat led the London attack with a pair of goals (2-3) and the game's second star. Max Domi added his sixth goal of the year and Seth Griffith scored his eighth goal of the year to go with two assists as the game's third star.
Stefan Noesen scored the lone Plymouth goal in the third period, his sixth of the season.
Plymouth had chances to score early in the game when referees Jason Faist and Ben Wilson whistled London for three straight penalties. Although the Whalers displayed good puck movement on the power play, they coouldn't score on Bailie.
London scored on their first power play of the evening at 11:55 of the first period. Horvat - stationed in front of Plymouth goaltender Matt Mahalak, just beyond the blue crease - tipped Olli Maatta's shot from the high slot just enough to score. The puck seemed to hit Mahalak in the shoulder and trickled over the line.
Plymouth kept pressing in the period and outshot London, 22-16, in the frame. But London led, 1-0, after one.
The Whalers outshot London, 12-8, in the second period, but London extended their lead to 3-0 after forty minutes. Horvat completed a two-on-one rush with Chris Tierney into the Plymouth zone after Whalers pressure in the other end and scored at 8:08. Domi scored on a re-direct at 16:06 of the period.
Noesen finally scored for Plymouth to cut the London lead to 3-1 on a Whalers power play at 6:20 of the third period. He dug the puck from behind the Knights' goal, kept persisiting and - while negotiating through traffic and London defenders - finally put the puck past Bailie.
London struck again on the power play at 12:12 of the period to extend their lead to 4-1. Domi did a lot of the work, skating from neutral terrioty wide left wing into the Plymouth zone. He found Griffith in the slot, who snapped a one-timer past Mahalak from the left hash mark.
Plymouth outshot London, 43-38.
Simon Karlsson made his Plymouth debut tonight, playing on the Whalers blue line. The Nashville-draft did not look out of place in the game.
MORE COVERAGE: Ryan Pyette, London Free Press.
The Whalers return home tonight to host Sault Ste. Marie at Compuware Arena at 7:05 pm in Plymouth's annual Pink Out! For breast Cancer Awareness. The game will be telecast live on Comcast 900 starting at 7 pm.