WINDSOR, Ont. - Ryan Ellis scored twice including the power-play winner in overtime as the Windsor Spitfires came from behind to beat the London Knights 4-3 Wednesday and take a 1-0 lead in their OHL Western Conference final series.
After a scoreless first period, the Knights' Nazem Kadri opened the scoring on a short-handed effort after being sent in on a breakaway and depositing a backhander behind Windsor netminder Andre Engelage.
Scott Timmins replied for the Spitfires on the same power play when he rifled a slapshot from the right face-off dot past Trevor Cann of the Knights.
Justin Taylor and John Carlson also scored for the visitors to put London up 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Ellis and Andrei Loktionov both scored on a two-man advantage for the Spitfires to tie the game at 3-3 midway through the third period and set the stage for Ellis' heroics.
Ellis, the game's first star, said he hoped the Spitfires would benefit from the adversity of having to overcome the two-goal deficit heading into the third period.
"I thought we didn't show up for the first 40 minutes or the first half of the third period," he said. "We really left Engelage out to dry on all of London's goals because they were all scored as a result of breakdowns by our team."
The manner in which the Spitfires won the game speaks volume about the character of the team, Ellis added.
"Although we were not playing well for most of the game, no one panicked and thought that things were out of reach. Coming from behind against a great team like London in such an important game says a lot about the makeup of our team."
Cann made 30 saves in taking the loss while Engelage made 31 stops at the other end.
Game two of the series is Friday night in London, Ont.