Knott Nets OT Winner

Gabe Vilardi (13) pocketed a 2nd period goal which tied the Spitfires and London at 2 apiece. Windsor went on to win 3-2 in overtime on 30 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Gabe Vilardi (13) pocketed a 2nd period goal which tied the Spitfires and London at 2 apiece. Windsor went on to win 3-2 in overtime on 30 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – After a 3-2 overtime win last night at home, the Windsor Spitfires have gained a commanding 3-1 lead over the London Knights in their OHL playoffs best-of-7 opening round series. The spotlight will now shift to London tonight for Game 5 with Windsor holding the upper hand.

Graham Knott’s first goal of the playoffs, assisted by Cristiano DiGiacinto and Julius Nattinen, staked the Spitfires to a 1-0 lead that held up for the 1st period. It marked the second straight game that Windsor opened the scoring.

Graham Knott (37) had a clear view of the puck all game against London, even if Knights goaltender Tyer Parsons didn't. Knott scored twice including the overtime winner in a 3-2 Windsor victory.Photo by John Skinner.

Graham Knott (37) had a clear view of the puck all game against London, even if Knights goaltender Tyer Parsons didn’t. Knott scored twice including the overtime winner in a 3-2 Windsor victory.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Knights wouldn’t allow Windsor an easy time and tied the score on an Evan Bouchard tally at 6:26 of the 2nd frame. They went ahead when Janne Kuokkanen found the net two minutes later. Jeremy Bracco and Mikhail Sergachev, a finalist for the OHL’s Defenceman of the Year, worked together to set up Gabe Vilardi for his second goal of the playoffs to draw the teams even going into the 2nd intermission.

After a scoreless 3rd, the teams went to overtime to resolve the issue. At 5:58, Knott logged his second of the night, with assists to Bracco and Logan Brown, to put the Spitfires up 3-1 in the series.

Graham Knott (37) watches as his overtime marker crosses the line on 30 March 2017. London's Tyler Parsons watches helplessly.Photo by John Skinner.

Graham Knott (37) watches as his overtime marker crosses the line on 30 March 2017. London’s Tyler Parsons watches helplessly.
Photo by John Skinner.

Tyler Parsons stopped 30 shots for London while Mike DiPietro earned the win by kicking out 31. Before the game, DiPietro was informed that he is a finalist for the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year Award as well as being put forward by the Spitfires as their nomination as the Most Outstanding Player of the Year.

The two teams are back at it tonight at Budweiser Gardens in London. The puck drops at 7:30pm.

Graham Knott (37) gives London's Robert Thomas a helping hand during Game 5 of the playoff match up between Windsor and London on 30 March 2017. Knott scored twice during the 3-2 victory including the overtime winner.Photo by John Skinner.

Graham Knott (37) gives London’s Robert Thomas a helping hand during Game 5 of the playoff match up between Windsor and London on 30 March 2017. Knott scored twice during the 3-2 victory including the overtime winner.
Photo by John Skinner.

Julius Nattinen defends his ground in front of Tyler Parsons and the London goal against the Knights' JJ Piccinich on 30 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Julius Nattinen defends his ground in front of Tyler Parsons and the London goal against the Knights’ JJ Piccinich on 30 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor defenceman Daniel Robertson (24) uses his head to deflect a shot away from Mike DiPietro (64) in the Spitfires net. DiPietro made 31 saves en route to a 3-2 overtime win over London on 30 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor defenceman Daniel Robertson (24) uses his head to deflect a shot away from Mike DiPietro (64) in the Spitfires net. DiPietro made 31 saves en route to a 3-2 overtime win over London on 30 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Jalen Chatfield (left) and Julius Nattinen (right) have the best seats to watch a Windsor goal against London on 30 March 2017. The Spitfires 3-2 overtime win gave them a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.Photo by John Skinner.

Jalen Chatfield (left) and Julius Nattinen (right) have the best seats to watch a Windsor goal against London on 30 March 2017. The Spitfires 3-2 overtime win gave them a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Photo by John Skinner.

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