WINDSOR, Ont. - Andrei Loktionov scored the winner in overtime as the Windsor Spitfires shaded the Sudbury Wolves 5-4 in Ontario Hockey League action Thursday night.
It's the 11th straight win for the Spitfires (40-5-0-1), the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League.
The game wouldn't have gone to overtime if not for the goaltending theatrics of Sudbury's Andrew Loverock. The 18-year-old made 61 saves in defeat - many of them spectacular.
The Spitfires, who are the only team to have been included in The CHL ratings for all 18 weeks this season, had been rated No. 2 behind the Calgary Hitmen for the past three weeks. Windsor has lost its rating as the best junior team in the country on three occasions, bouncing back each time.
The Spitfires trailed 4-2 after 40 minutes despite outshooting the Wolves by a 39-17 margin. Richard Greenop and Dale Mitchell scored for Windsor to send the game into overtime.
Ontario Hockey League scoring leader Taylor Hall and Greg Nemisz had Windsor's other goals.
The Wolves (19-20-2-4) were lead by team captain Matt Dias, who had a goal and two assists. Former Spitfire John Kurtz, Eric O'Dell and Marcus Foligno had Sudbury's other goals.
Josh Unice replaced Windsor starter Andrew Engelage at the start of the third period and shut the door on the Wolves for the remainder of the game.
The Spitfires' goaltending tandem had to make just 20 saves on the night.
The win was the second in two games against the Wolves this month.