Spits Out But Not Done

(LONDON, ON) – The London Knights completed their comeback against the Windsor Spitfires downing the visitors, last night at home, by a score of 3-2. In a relatively peaceful game, a shorthanded session proved Windsor’s undoing.

The two sides skated to a goalless 1st period before Janne Kuokkanen netted his 4th goal of the postseason against the Spitfires, at 3:55 of the 2nd. Less than 10 minutes later, Max Jones made 2-0 for the home team and a seemingly strong grip on the next round.

However, Jeremy Bracco opened the 3rd period with an unassisted tally to bring Windsor to within one before Graham Knott and Sean Day sent Aaron Luchuk in for his 4th of the series. With half a period to play in regulation, Windsor continued to push forward, but the Knights halted the momentum.

Olli Juolevi put London ahead to stay when he logged a power play goal with Gabe Vilardi in the box for cross checking. Even pulling Mike DiPietro for 64 seconds in favour of an extra attacker couldn’t produce the needed tying goal.

London now moves on to face the Otters in Round 2 beginning April 6 in Erie. Other match-ups include Kingston at Peterborough, Oshawa at Mississauga, and Owen Sound at Sault Ste Marie.

The Spitfires will now take some down time as they prepare to host the Memorial Cup starting May 19. There will be an opening parade, featuring the Memorial Cup, the day before, along Riverside Drive and Ouellette Avenue, in Windsor.

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