Down To One Game For Spitfires

Mike DiPietro glances back as a London shot eludes him through the 5-hole during OHL playoff action on 2 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Mike DiPietro glances back as a London shot eludes him through the 5-hole during OHL playoff action on 2 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Twice over the weekend the Windsor Spitfires failed to cut short the London Knights’ season by allowing their OHL rivals off the proverbial hook. Windsor followed up a Friday 2-1 loss in London with an embarrassing Sunday defeat by a score of 5-3.

Opening the weekend, Windsor needed just a single win to dispatch the Knights and to move on to the 2nd round of he playoffs. London had a different plan.

Robert Thomas opened the scoring in the 1st period and the lead lasted into the 2nd when Jeremy Bracco tied the game just 21 seconds into the frame. Assists went to Logan Brown and Graham Knott. However, Mitchell Stephens put London back in front 12 minutes later and the goal would prove to be the winner after a scoreless 3rd period.

Tyler Parsons kicked out 25 shots for the win and was named the game’s 1st star.

Jalen Chatfield lays out London's JJ Piccinich as Robert Thomas picks up the puck during OHL action in Windsor on 2 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Jalen Chatfield (51) lays out London’s JJ Piccinich as Robert Thomas picks up the puck during OHL action in Windsor on 2 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor had another chance to eliminate the Knights on Sunday, this time back at home in front of 4,694 mostly partisan fans.

Jeremiah Addison gave the something to talk about as his 1st period goal, from Bracco and Sean Day staked the Spitfires to a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Knights then took over as Stephens and Janne Kuokkanen scored in the 2nd period before JJ Piccinich and Thomas made it 4-1 before the 3rd was 7 minutes old.

That’s when the exodus from the stands began. Those who stayed witnessed the Spitfires make a game of it as Addison completed the hat trick and draw Windsor to within a single goal with just over 5 minutes on the clock.

Nicolas Mattinen (3) tugs on the back of Logan Brown jersey as Graham Knott (37) and Mitchell Vande Sompel (58) look after the puck during OHL playoff action between the Windsor Spitfires and London Knights on 2 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Nicolas Mattinen (3) tugs on the back of Logan Brown jersey as Graham Knott (37) and Mitchell Vande Sompel (58) look after the puck during OHL playoff action between the Windsor Spitfires and London Knights on 2 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Mike DiPietro made the dash for the bench with 1:40 left to play, but was back between the pipes when Thomas iced the cake at 19 minutes even.

Parsons had a relatively relaxing day in net, facing a total of 28 shots while DiPietro was asked to carry the load for the Spitfires, facing 43 shots in the loss.

It comes down to a single game Tuesday night in London. Once hoisting a commanding 3-1 series lead, the Spitfires season comes down to 60 minutes on the road in the classic Game 7 winner lives to play and the losers go home. The puck drops at 7:00pm.

Julius Nattinen (25) keeps an eye on Jeremiah Addison as the middle goal of Addison's hat trick crosses the line behind Travis Parsons during OHL playoff action on 2 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Julius Nattinen (25) keeps an eye on Jeremiah Addison as the middle goal of Addison’s hat trick crosses the line behind Travis Parsons during OHL playoff action on 2 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

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