BARRIE, Ont. - Taylor Hall scored on the power play 2:35 into overtime Tuesday as the Windsor Spitfires beat the Barrie Colts 4-3 in Game 1 of the Ontario Hockey League final.
With Barrie defenceman Chris Wiggin off for hooking, Hall took a pass from Ryan Ellis at the top of the faceoff circle and blasted a one-timer that beat Colts netminder Mavric Parks.
After coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to defeat Kitchener in seven games in the Western Conference final, Windsor tied the game with less than four minutes to go in regulation. Barrie's Alex Pietrangelo failed to clear a loose puck from the Colts end and it eventually found its way to Mark Cundari, who beat Parks with a quick shot at 16:44 of the third to make it 3-3.
Ellis and Adam Henrique had the other goals for Windsor, while Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves for the win.
Matt Kennedy, Kyle Clifford and Darren Archibald had the goals for Barrie. Parks stopped 45 shots in defeat.
Barrie led 3-2 after two periods thanks to some gritty play from Archibald. The Colts winger took a big hit in the Windsor zone, but gathered himself in time to take a feed from Taylor Carnevale and wire a shot past Grubauer from the top of the circle.
After a scoreless opening ten minutes, both teams got going late in the first. Matt Kennedy gave Barrie the lead at 13:11 when he deflected a pass from Stephen Gaskin, and Clifford made it 2-0 on a shot from the high slot at 16:10.
Henrique cut the Barrie lead just 33 seconds later when he picked up a loose puck in front and buried it behind Parks.
Ellis tied things at 19:27 when his weak shot from the top of the right faceoff circle got past Parks to knot the score 2-2 after one.
Game 2 of the series goes Thursday in Barrie.