There is a loose rule of thumb in hockey.
One team will win the first period. The other team will win the second period. And the two clubs will play for the win in the third.
It doesn’t always work that way but on Friday night the London Knights and the Windsor Spitfires followed that recipe to the letter as Windsor defeated London 4-2 at Budweiser Gardens.
A late first period goal by Tyler Angle gave the Spitfires a 1-0 lead.
The Knights tied the game 1-1 halfway through the second period as Jonathan Gruden converted a Conner McMichael feed from behind the net for his fourth of the season. That goal came shortly after a Knights goal was disallowed when it was ruled Sahil Panwar kicked the puck into the net as he was falling to the ice.
That sent the teams to a third period that featured four goals.
London scored the first one as Liam Foudy, in his first game of the season, tore down the ice and snapped a shot past Kari Piiroinen to put the Knights ahead just 1:12 after the opening faceoff in period three.
Windsor tied the game when a puck found its way to Cole Purboo at the side of the Knight net just over five minutes later to even the score again.
Jean-Luc Foudy scored the eventual game-winner at 13:06 with a shot through the legs of Jordan Kooy.
Angle added his second as he knocked a puck out of the air on left-wing, zoomed into the London end, cut across the slot and shot the puck between his legs for his ninth goal of the year.
Kooy made 30 saves in net for London. Piiroinen stopped 30 for the Spitfires.
The Knights’ league-leading power play was held quiet for the first time in six games.