WINDSOR, Ont. - Eric Wellwood scored 8:52 into overtime to give the Windsor Spitfires a 5-4 win over the London Knights and a 2-1 lead in their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference final series.
"I was going to go off the ice, but something told me that I could score," Wellwood claimed. "So I just let go a low shot and it went it."
Windsor's Scott Timmins opened the scoring just under five minutes into the first when he rifled a wrist shot past the outstretched blocker of Knights' goalie Trevor Can.
It was Timmins' fifth of the playoffs and marked the third straight game he has scored Windsor's first goal of the game.
John Tavares tied the score before the end of the first on a two-man advantage. It was his third goal in the last two games.
Conor O'Donnell's first goal of the post-season put the Windsor up by a 2-1 margin heading into the third period.
After Dominic DeSando, Phil Varone and Justin Taylor scored to put the Knights up 4-2, Adam Henrique and Ben Shuton replied for the Spitfires to send the game to overtime.
Windsor lost the services of the Ontario Hockey League's leading rookie scorer in the playoffs when Andrei Loktionov left the game with just over three minutes remaining in regulation after an apparent knee on knee hit from DeSando.
Loktionov left the ice with the assidstance of the Windsor trainer and did not return for overtime.
Spitfires headcoach Bob Boughner was not happy with the play.
"We have a player in the hospital becuase of an obvious knee on knee and there wasn't even a penalty on the play," Boughner said. "Even if their guy is suspended, it is not going to hurt them as much as it will hurt us."
Boughner said in a post-game press conference that although he had talked to the team's trainer about Loktionov's injury, he had yet to hear from a doctor about the player.
Wellwood credited the raucous Windsor Family Credit Union crowd with firing up the Spitfires late in the game.
"We have great fans, and they were loud tonight," he offered. "They gave us the big push when we really needed it."
Andrew Engelage made 27 saves in picking up the win while Cann made 45 stops at the other end.
London head coach Dale Hunter took the loss in stride.
"All three games in the series have been great hockey," he said. "The fans are certainly enjoying it there is a lot of skill on both of these teams."
"You can try and play defence all you want to, but there are a lot of future NHLers out there."
Game four goes Monday night in London.