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.
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.
Meanwhile Nick Palmieri had a five-point night, with three goals and two assists, as the Belleville Bulls thumped the Brampton Battalion 6-2 on Sunday night in Game 3 of their Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference final series.
Palmieri's hat trick was his second of the playoffs. The third-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2007 has eight post-season goals, tying him with Eric Tangradi for Belleville's team lead.
The Battalion led 2-1 after the first period, outshooting Belleville 12-8, but the Bulls took control in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals on 15 shots. Palmieri completed his hat trick with 64 seconds left in the period to give Belleville a 5-2 lead.
Brampton's frustration boiled over in the third when Scott Tanski chopped Bulls all-star defenceman P.K. Subban in the back of the leg after a whistle at 16:49 of the period. Tanski received a major for slashing and a game misconduct.
Subban was helped off the ice and did not return to the game.
Shawn Lalonde scored twice and added an assist, Brandon Mashinter had a goal and an assist and Matthew Tipoff added two assists for Belleville, which trails Brampton 2-1 in the series and has a chance to tie things up on Tuesday in Brampton, Ont.
Anthony Peluso scored both Battalion goals.
Bulls netminder Mike Murphy and Brampton goalie Thomas McCollum both made 27 saves.