Chatfield Sinks Knights In Overtime

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – Whenever the London Knights come to town Spitfire fans know they will be in for an entertaining game. Last night at the WFCU Arena was no different as the OHL match featured some rough stuff and wasn’t decided until 4:04 of overtime.

Windsor supporters weren’t disappointed with a 5-4 win to put the Spitfires into sole possession of 1st place in the West Division.

Gabriel Vilardi put Windsor into an early lead as he converted on the power play with helpers from Logan Brown and Austin McEneny. Less than 5 minutes later, Brown and the red hot Cole Carter set up Jeremiah Addison, on another man advantage, for his 3rd tally of the season.

However, before the period saw the halfway point, London had drawn even on a power play goal of their own, from Robert Thomas, and a Max Jones shorthanded marker.

Luke Boca (61) is hooked in front of the London goal by Knights rookie Jacob Golden on 9 October 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

Luke Boca (61) is hooked in front of the London goal by Knights rookie Jacob Golden on 9 October 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

With less than 3 minutes remaining in the opening frame, Cristiano DiGiacinto beat London goalkeeper Tyler Parsons from the high slot after being fed by Cole Purboo and Jalen Chatfield.

The Knights would tied the game again, this time on with Cliff Pu rifling a shot past Mike DiPietro from the right side face-off circle. The tie was short-lived as Vilardi reestablished the Windsor lead 2 minutes as Addison and Brown set him up to the right of Parsons.

The teams, however, headed to the dressing rooms at the end of the 2nd period knotted at 4 as Janne Kuokkanen banged home a rebound on the doorstep. Just before the buzzer, fans were treated to a melee as Hayden McCool and Brandon Crawley tangled in the London zone.

In all, 7 penalties were assessed, including a game misconduct to London’s Owen MacDonald.

Two seconds before the second buzzer, seven penalties were doled out, including fighting majors to Windsor's Hayden McCool and London's Brandon Crawley and a game misconduct to Owen MacDonald.Photo by John Skinner.

Two seconds before the second buzzer, seven penalties were doled out, including fighting majors to Windsor’s Hayden McCool and London’s Brandon Crawley and a game misconduct to Owen MacDonald.
Photo by John Skinner.

A quiet 3rd period was had by all, setting up an overtime showdown. At 4:04, Logan Brown found defenseman Jalen Chatfield, who had sneaked in from the point, parked to the right of Parsons. Chatfield made no mistake as he buried the puck for his first goal of the season and the game winner.

The Spitfires (6-2-0) sit atop the West Division with 12 points, one more than Sarnia, though the Sting have a game in hand.

Windsor will now try to extend their 3-game win-streak when they host the Flint Firebirds on Thursday, with the puck drop at 7:05pm. The next evening, the Spitfires will travel to London for a rematch with the Knights at the Budweiser Gardens.

Windsor's Logan Brown (21) fires a backhander toward London goaltender Tyler Parsons during OHL action on 9 October 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s Logan Brown (21) fires a backhander toward London goaltender Tyler Parsons during OHL action on 9 October 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

London Knights Max Jones finds the corner on Windsor goalkeeper Mike DiPietro for a shorthanded goal at 9:30 of the 1st period. The Spitfires would prevail 5-4 in overtime on a tallie by Jalen Chatfield.Photo by John Skinner.

London Knights Max Jones finds the corner on Windsor goalkeeper Mike DiPietro for a shorthanded goal at 9:30 of the 1st period on 9 October 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

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