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Knights rookie Dustin Boyd scores hat trick as Omaha trounces Toronto 4-1

Defenceman Tim Ramholt also scored for Omaha, while goalie Curtis McElhinney turned in a stellar performance in front of an announced crowd of 6,100 at Air Canada Centre.

Blueliner Richie Regehr chipped in with three assists for the Knights, who improved to 9-2-1.

Left winger Colin Murphy provided the lone marker for the Marlies as they dropped to 5-7-1.

With the annual Royal Agricultural Fair at Ricoh Coliseum until Sunday, the Marlies got a chance to play in the home of their NHL affiliate, the Toronto Maple Leafs, but couldn’t overcome Omaha’s special teams.

The Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three power-play goals in the first period – two by Boyd – and also added a shorthanded marker – also by Boyd – in the second.

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McElhinney was sharp throughout the game, stopping 32 of 33 shots for the victory. At the other end, Justin Pogge made 13 saves on 17 shots.

The Knights went 3-for-6 on the power play, while the Marlies were 0-for-7 with the man advantage.

The Marlies’ next game is Saturday, when they face the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs in a matinee game at Air Canada Centre. The puck drops at 12:30 p.m. (ET).