OTTAWA - Dalton Smith jammed the puck home off a mad scramble in overtime Friday as the Ottawa 67's stormed back to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 4-3 in the Ontario Hockey League.
Nearly every player on the ice was in the crease at 1:28 of the extra period when the winner crossed the line. Spitfires netminder Justin Cullen pleaded his case for the goal to be disallowed but a lengthy video review upheld the referee's initial decision.
"I had a pretty good idea. I was close to the crease and I knew it went in and it was just a matter of time," Smith said of the goal and subsequent review.
"It was a good win, a character win for us. We've come back from behind for wins a lot lately so this feels really good."
Alexander Khoklachev, Brandon Devlin and Brady Vail all scored in the first period for the Spitfires (13-13-4), who took a 3-1 lead into the second.
Shane Prince had the only goal for the 67's (16-7-4) in the opening 20 minutes, but Ryan Van Stralen and Nicholas Foglia scored in the second period as Ottawa tied the game heading to the third.
The 67's outshot the Spitfires 39-27 but were 0-for-3 on the power play. The Spitfires finished 1-for-6 with the man advantage.