Toronto, ON – The first round of the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Playoffs wrapped up Sunday with a trio of Game 6 decisions meaning all four Conference Semi-Final matchups are now set and final second round schedules have been confirmed. For the second straight season, the top four seeds in each conference have advanced.
In the Western Conference, the OHL’s Regular Season and West Division champion Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds advanced with a 4-0 series win over the Saginaw Spirit and will face the fourth place Owen Sound Attack who also advanced with a 4-0 series win defeating the London Knights. The other Western Conference Semi-Final features the Midwest Division champion Kitchener Rangers against the third seeded Sarnia Sting who both advanced with Game 6 victories over the Guelph Storm and Windsor Spitfires respectively.
In the Eastern Conference, the first place East Division champion Hamilton Bulldogs advanced with a 4-1 series win over the Ottawa 67’s and will meet the fourth place Niagara IceDogs who also advanced with a 4-1 series victory against the Oshawa Generals. The other Eastern Conference Semi-Final features the Central Division champion Barrie Colts who eliminated the Mississauga Steelheads in a 4-2 series win, up against the third place Kingston Frontenacs who advanced with a 4-1 series win over the North Bay Battalion clinching in dramatic triple overtime to end the league’s third longest game in playoff history. The puck drops on second round action beginning Wednesday night, April 4. 2018 #OHLPLAYOFFS BRACKETS
2018 OHL WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:
Series E: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1) vs. Owen Sound Attack (4):
Game 1,Thurs., April 5 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 2, Fri., April 6 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.
Game 3, Mon., April 9 at Owen Sound, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4, Wed., April 11 at Owen Sound, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5, Fri., April 13 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6, Sun., April 15 at Owen Sound, 7:00 p.m.*
Game 7, Tues., April 17 at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Series F: Kitchener Rangers (2) vs. Sarnia Sting (3):
Game 1, Fri., April 6 at Kitchener, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2, Sun., April 8 at Kitchener, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3, Tues., April 10 at Sarnia, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4, Thurs., April 12 at Sarnia, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5, Fri., April 13 at Kitchener, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6, Sun., April 15 at Sarnia, 5:00 p.m.*
Game 7, Tues., April 17 at Kitchener, 7:00 p.m.*
2018 OHL EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:
Series E: Hamilton Bulldogs (1) vs. Niagara IceDogs (4):
Game 1, Thurs., April 5 at Hamilton, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2, Sat., April 7 at Hamilton, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3, Mon., April 9 at Niagara, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4, Wed., April 11 at Niagara, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5, Thurs., April 12 at Hamilton, 7:00 p.m.*
Game 6, Sat., April 14 at Niagara, 7:00 p.m.*
Game 7, Mon., April 16 at Hamilton, 7:00 p.m.*
Series F: Barrie Colts (2) vs. Kingston Frontenacs (3):
Game 1, Wed., April 4 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2, Fri., April 6 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3, Sun., April 8 at Kingston, 6:00 p.m.
Game 4, Tues., April 10 at Kingston, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5, Thurs., April 12 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
Game 6, Fri., April 13 at Kingston, 7:00 p.m.*
Game 7, Mon., April 16 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*
2017-18 OHL LIVE PLAYOFF PACKAGE SPECIALS:
The Ontario Hockey League, in association with its digital media partner NeuLion, are proud to offer special packages and rates for OHL Live coverage of the 2018 OHL Playoffs. Powered by NeuLion, OHL Live provides coverage of all 20 teams in the OHL delivering all games throughout the regular season and playoffs.
Single Round Team Pass Home and Away: $25.99 Playoff All Access : $79.99
*All prices in Canadian dollars
In addition to these packages, OHL Live continues to offer single game passes and are available at a rate of $7.99 per game.
OHL fans will continue to enjoy the enhanced OHL Live platform launched in the 2014-15 season. The enhanced OHL Live platform gives viewers the opportunity to watch up to four games at once with picture-in-picture and quad-view options along with the ability to choose between the home or away audio feed. OHL Live is also available for the iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone, and Android Tablet through the OHL Live app.