Spencer Watson, 16, a second-round pick of the Kingston Frontenacs in this year’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, made it five goals in five Sutherland Cup qualifying-round games, but his London Nationals dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the St. Catharines Falcons in the sudden-death tie-breaking game on Tuesday night.
The game decided who would play the Brantford Golden Eagles in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League junior B final series.
Watson's goal, at 11:25 of the third period, tied the score 2-2 to send the game into extra play.
Riley Jakovschuk’s second goal of the game, at 11:25 of the extra frame with a National in the penalty box, gave the Falcons the victory.
St. Catharines and London had each gone 1-3 in the three-team double round-robin to force the tie-breaker. Brantford was 4-0 to clinch a berth in the best-of-seven final.
Watson, playing as an affiliated player callup from the London Knights Gold minor midgets, scored three goals and added an assist in seven playoff appearances prior to the Sutherland Cup qualifier.