Knott scores overtime winner as Spitfires take 3-1 series lead on Knights – Ontario News

Knott scores overtime winner as Spitfires take 3-1 series lead on Knights – Ontario News


It was another magical overtime moment for the Windsor Spitfires.

Graham Knott scored at 4:58 of OT to give the Spitfires a 3-2 win over the London Knights before 5,302 at the WFCU Centre on Thursday night.

“That was probably the biggest goal of my career,” Knott said. “That was big and it feels good.”

With the win, the Spitfires have the defending Memorial Cup champion Knights on the brink of elimination.

Windsor — host of this year’s Memorial Cup — now has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final series.

“It feels good good that we’re up 3-1 going into their barn,” Knott said. “We just have to keep playing the way we’re playing.”

When a puck played off the boards bounced over the stick of London defenceman Victor Mete, Knott jumped past him, walked in alone and beat Knights goalie Tyler Parsons for the winner.

“I saw it bouncing,” Knott said. “I was just praying for it to jump over his stick or he bobbles it and I’m right on him. I got lucky … and I finished the deal.


London’s Janne Kuokkanen shoots on Windsor Spitfires goaltender Michael DiPietro during Game 4 of the Ontario Hockey League playoff series at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont. on March 30, 2017.

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Windsor Star

It was Windsor’s second overtime win in the series having won the opening game in London on an overtime goal by Jeremiah Addison, who sat out Thursday’s game on suspension.

It was a dominant opening period for the Spitfires, who outshot the Knights 16-4 and the club opened the scoring for the second straight game.

Windsor’s power play, which has produced in all four games in this series, was responsible…



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