OHL Western Conference Playoff Preview

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Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (1) vs Saginaw Spirit (8)

  Sault Ste Marie Saginaw
Season Series 7-0-0-1 1-6-1-0
Home record 31-1-2-0 17-14-3-0
Road record 24-6-1-3 12-16-6-0
Goals for 317 196
Goals against 186 238
Powerplay 24.8% 14.7%
Penalty kill 82.0% 78.8%
PP vs opponent 20.7% 14.6%
PK vs Opponent 85.4% 79.3%
Leading scorer Frost (42-70-112) Kohn (20-34-54)
Leading after 2nd 39-0-0-0 22-2-2-0
Trailing after 2nd 5-6-1-3 3-24-2-0
Last 10 games 7-1-1-1 2-7-1-0

 

The Soo Greyhounds have a couple of potential first round picks in Rasmus Sandin and Barrett Hayton. The Saginaw Spirit have four players ranked by National Hockey League Central Scouting on their mid-term list: Caleb Everett, Max Grondin, Blade Jenkins and Damien Giroux. The Greyhounds have led the CHL Top 10 almost from the get-go and never looked back.

Prediction: Sault Ste Marie in 4 games

Kitchener Rangers (2) vs Guelph Storm (7)

  Kitchener Guelph
Season Series 5-2-1-0 3-4-1-0
Home record 22-11-1-0 17-10-5-2
Road record 21-10-2-1 13-19-0-2
Goals for 246 228
Goals against 218 263
Powerplay 20.7% 22.2%
Penalty kill 82.9% 79.7%
PP vs opponent 10.7% 21.4%
PK vs Opponent 78.6% 89.3%
Leading scorer Mascherin (40-46-86) Ratcliffe (41-27-68)
Leading after 2nd 30-2-1-0 22-2-0-1
Trailing after 2nd 6-14-2-0 3-24-3-0
Last 10 games 4-4-1-1 3-5-2-0

 

The Kitchener Rangers have 3 players on Central Scouting’s list; Giovanni Vallati, Riley Damiani and Adam Liska. The Guelph Storm have two players on the list; Ryan Merkley and Cam Hillis. If this becomes a series of special teams, the Storm have a chance.

Prediction: Kitchener in 6 games

Sarnia Sting (3) vs Windsor Spitfires (6)

  Sarnia Windsor
Season Series 5-1-0-0 1-5-0-0
Home record 25-8-1-0 16-13-3-2
Road record 21-9-3-1 16-17-1-0
Goals for 299 214
Goals against 213 224
Powerplay 24.2% 18.1%
Penalty kill 88.5% 81.2%
PP vs opponent 26.3% 16.7%
PK vs Opponent 83.3% 73.7%
Leading scorer Kyrou (39-70-109) Purboo (21-28-49)
Leading after 2nd 35-1-2-0 21-1-1-1
Trailing after 2nd 1-13-1-1 3-24-0-1
Last 10 games 5-4-0-1 5-4-1-0

 

The Sarnia Sting have no players ranked on Central Scouting’s mid-term rank while the Windsor Spitfires have; Connor Corcoran, Matthew MacDougall and Curtis Douglas. The length of this series will be determined by how many games Michael DiPietro can win.

Prediction: Sarnia in 6 games

Owen Sound Attack (4) vs London Knights (5)

  Owen Sound London
Season Series 2-4-0-0 4-1-1-0
Home record 21-8-0-5 18-13-2-1
Road record 17-14-3-0 21-12-0-1
Goals for 289 233
Goals against 247 212
Powerplay 21.8% 18.2%
Penalty kill 80.1% 80.5%
PP vs opponent 17.6% 9.1%
PK vs Opponent 90.9% 82.4%
Leading scorer Robertson (41-46-87) Brazeau (39-36-75)
Leading after 2nd 33-2-3-1 24-0-0-1
Trailing after 2nd 3-13-0-2 6-22-2-0
Last 10 games 7-2-1-0 7-3-0-0

 

The Owen Sound Attack’s lone player on Central Scouting’s list is Aidan Dudas. The London Knights are led by star defenseman Evan Bouchard along with Nathan Dunkley, Liam Foudy, Alec Regula, Billy Moskal and goaltender Jordan Kooy, although we expect Joseph Raaymakers will see all the action. The Knights will need to continue their excellent road record to squeak this one out.

Prediction: London in 7 games

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