Jalen Chatfield’s goal with 55.9 seconds to go in overtime gave the Spitfires a 5-4 win over the London Knights in Windsor on Sunday.
Both teams traded chances in overtime and traded goals throughout the game.
Windsor led three separate times and the Knights came back to tie the game all three times.
The number one ranked power play in the OHL got the scoring going in period one as Logan Brown set up Gabe Vilardi of Windsor. Then Brown helped to set up Jeremiah Addison and it was 2-0 just over seven minutes into the game.
London began to work their way back on a power play of their own as Robby Thomas deflected a puck toward an open side of the Windsor goal and then batted it out of the air and in for good measure to make it 2-1.
Max Jones tied the game just 57 seconds later as some miscommunication behind the Windsor net gave him a chance to roar in, strip the puck and wrap it around and over the goal line. It was Jones’ fourth point in his fourth period of play this year.
Before a wild opening 20 minutes had ended, Windsor took the lead back as Christiano DiGiacinto converted a Cole Purboo pass from the bottom of the left circle and the Spitfires led 3-2.
The Knights pressured to start the second and were eventually rewarded at 10:28 as a cross-ice pass by Olli Juolevi found Cliff Pu and he wristed his third of the season past Michael DiPietro to bring London back even a second time.
Windsor went ahead again as Vilardi banged in his second of the game just moments after Max Jones and Cliff Pu were denied by DiPietro on a 2-on-1. Vilardi set up to the left of the Knight net and took a feed from Addison.
For the third time on the afternoon, London came back.
Cliff Pu sped deep into Windsor territory and dropped a pretty pass onto the stick of Janne Kuokkanen at the top of the Spitfires’ crease and he flicked the puck high off the post and in.
The teams got mixed up with 2.6 seconds left in the second and seven penalties were handed out, including a game misconduct to Owen MacDonald as it appeared a helmet was thrown toward the Windsor bench.
A couple of goal-line plunges by London and a Tyler Parsons’ split-save highlighted a scoreless final 20 minutes and the clubs took things to overtime.
Both teams created good chances in OT, but Chatfield was able to glide into the Knights’ end and find an opening for the game winner.
The three points awarded on the afternoon ended up being large in the OHL standings. They helped both teams to move into first place in their respective divisions.
In the Midwest, two points separates first and fifth. In the West, Windsor is a point ahead of the Sarnia Sting.
Chris Martenet of the Knights missed his second consecutive game after being hit from behind in a game against the Barrie Colts on October 2nd.
The Knights and Spitfires will meet again on Friday, this time at Budweiser Gardens in London. Game time is 7:30.