(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.
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.
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.