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Clarke scores three goals as Spitfires end Knights' unbeaten start

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LONDON, Ont. - Michael Clarke scored three goals in his hometown as the Windsor Spitfires ended the London Knights' unbeaten start to the season with a 5-2 win on Ontario Hockey League action Friday.

Clarke scored twice in the last minute of play as Windsor improved to 4-3-0. London ? currently the top-ranked team in the CHL ? slipped to 5-1-0.

Clarke, who had no points in his rookie season in just eight appearances with the Spitfires now has five goals and three assists early in his sophomore year.

Kerby Rychel scored the game-winner on a two-man advantage midway through the third period. Rychel, celebrating his 17th birthday, flipped the puck past London goaltender Michael Houser.

Craig Duininck also scored for Windsor with just 0.1 seconds remaining in the second to put the Spitfires up 2-1 after 40 minutes.

Jared Knight and Vladislav Namestnikov replied for London ? the fourth goal of the season for both players.

Jack Campbell, who is a first-round selection of the Dallas Stars and a gold medallist with the United States at the world juniors, was spectacular in stopping 38 of 40 shots and is now 4-0 on the season.

Houser made 33 saves for London.

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