Knights knot it in OT

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

LONDON -- There have already been two overtime heroes in the OHL's Western Conference semifinal.

And they couldn't be more different. Windsor's all-world defenceman Ryan Ellis won Game 1. And then there is London's Phil Varone.

His goal 2:25 into another extra session gave his Knights a stirring come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Spitfires before 9,090 last night at the John Labatt Centre to send the series back to Windsor tomorrow tied at one win apiece.

"It was obviously a big win for us," said the hard-working Varone. "We didn't give up. We showed some character.

"In Game 1, we took some penalties and gave up the two-goal lead and they won. We did the opposite to them (in Game 2, rallying three times from two goals down)."

In sudden-death, Varone was at the receiving end of a nice passing play and slid the puck under Windsor goalie Andrew Engelage to trigger the celebration.

"We blew the two-goal leads," Windsor captain Harry Young said. "We did that to ourselves. It was just a defensive breakdown, a breakdown between me and my partner."

John Tavares scored his first two goals of the series for London, late in the second period and early in the third with the man advantage, to tie the game. John Carlson also scored twice for the Knights.


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