OT Win Breaks Spitfires 2-Game Skid

Jeremiah Addison (10) chases Flint's Alex Peters behind the Firebirds net on 12 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Jeremiah Addison (10) chases Flint’s Alex Peters behind the Firebirds net on 12 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Spitfires left it a little late, but managed to extract 2 points out of yesterday’s game against Flint after taking the Firebirds to overtime for a 4-3 win.

After falling behind 3-0 to start the 3rd period, Sean Day started to comeback at 12:36, with his 15th goal of the season, from Graham Knott and Hayden McCool, on the power play. As Flint was still trying to regain their bearings, Day and Gabe Vilardi set up Julius Nattinen just 22 seconds later.

Trailing by one, Windsor put on the pressure forcing Garrett Forrest to turn away shots from Adam Laishram and Mikhail Sergachev before Nattinen connected with the game tying goal at 14:35, from Jeremy Bracco and Jalen Chatfield.

Flint's Garrett Forrest doesn't give Windsor's Jalen Chatfield much to shoot at, on 12 March 2017. The Spitfires mounted an overtime comeback, however, to take the game 4-3.Photo by John Skinner.

Flint’s Garrett Forrest doesn’t give Windsor’s Jalen Chatfield much to shoot at, on 12 March 2017. The Spitfires mounted an overtime comeback, however, to take the game 4-3.
Photo by John Skinner.

Chatfield had a chance to complete the comeback in regular time, but Forrest forced the teams to skate an extra period. Bracco and Day fed Aaron Luchuk the puck on the doorstep and the Kingston native made no mistake burying the disk behind Forrest.

Mike DiPietro earned his 30th win of the season for the Spitfires but, more importantly, 2 points in Windsor’s attempt to catch 4th place London. The Spitfires are 5 points behind the Knights, who won yesterday, 6-2 over Guelph.

Garrett Forrest clears the puck to a team mate waiting along the boards during a game against Windsor on 12 March 2017. Forrest and the Flint Firebirds couldn't hold off an determined Spitfires team and lost 4-3 in overtime.Photo by John Skinner.

Garrett Forrest clears the puck to a team mate waiting along the boards during a game against Windsor on 12 March 2017. Forrest and the Flint Firebirds couldn’t hold off an determined Spitfires team and lost 4-3 in overtime.
Photo by John Skinner.

A single London win over their final three games will prevent the Spitfires from overtaking the Knights for home ice advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs.

London travels to Erie tomorrow night while Windsor will face Sarnia on the road this Wednesday.

Windsor's Hayden McCool is pensive moments before a faceoff in the Spitfires zone on 12 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s Hayden McCool is pensive moments before a faceoff in the Spitfires zone on 12 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Everett Clark (17) and the Flint Firebirds had the early jump on the Windsor Spitfires as they built a 3-0 lead on 12 March 2017. Three unanswered goals in the 3rd period by the Spitfires led to an Aaron Luchuk OT winner.Photo by John Skinner.

Everett Clark (17) and the Flint Firebirds had the early jump on the Windsor Spitfires as they built a 3-0 lead on 12 March 2017. Three unanswered goals in the 3rd period by the Spitfires led to an Aaron Luchuk OT winner.
Photo by John Skinner.

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