The series between the London Knights and the Windsor Spitfires has had a little bit of everything and has played out as expected. Early in the series the Knights had little answer for the Spitfires nastiness and size as the Spitfires moved out to a 3-1 series lead. The Knights seemed to be focused on retaliation and the off ice comments by the Spitfires with all the conspiracy theories and favoritism that Windsor seemed to think the Knights receive.
With their backs against the wall the Knights had the best games of the series by Tyler Parsons who stole game 5 with a 2-1 win by the Knights. It was apparent to me by the third period the bigger Spitfires had run out of steam and London took the play to Windsor with their speed being the difference as Windsor was constantly chasing and trailing the play. One would wonder if their is an injury to Jeremy Bracco as he saw reduced ice time throughout the game. When he was on the ice he did score a goal, but for the most part was a non-factor and created little offence. Windsor had numerous powerplay opportunities in the second half of the game to finish the Knights off. But did little with the puck as their up and down straight line style lacked the offence off the half wall usually created by Vilardi and Bracco.
Sunday afternoon in Windsor it was more of the same as the Knights outshot the Spitfires 44-28 and despite a hat trick by Canadiens draft pick Jeremiah Addison the Spitfires fell 5-3 and now must travel to London to face the Knights. London now has the momentum and the Spitfires look like the team that stumbled through the regular season. Parsons again kept the Knights in the game with big saves in the opening 20 minutes. Windsor again lacked creativity on the offensive side of the game and looked slow and tired by the final period and only the heroics of Addison made it close at 4-3 before Robert Thomas found the empty Spits net.
It all boils down to a one game winner take all game seven on Tuesday in London at Budweiser Gardens. You never know with a game seven, a bad bounce or a fluke goal can end a season and propel a team to the next round. No doubt the coaching staff of both teams will have their teams ready to play. Windsor needs to get their second wind and stop trailing the play or it will be over quick London needs to keep doing what they have done in the past 2 games to force the game seven.
Tuesday night there will be a full house with lots of emotion from the players and hopefully from the subdued Knights crowd. It promises to be another storied chapter in the Spitfires vs Knights rivalry.
AS ALWAYS SEE YOU AT THE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!