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Posted: March 14th, 2010
UPDATE: Otters finish 8th in West, face Windsor in 1st round

The Erie Otters clinched the eighth seed in the OHL’s Western Conference and will face Windsor, defending league and Memorial Cup champion, in the opening round of the playoffs.

The best-of-seven series begins Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. The Spitfires also will host Game 3 on March 23 at 7:05 p.m. The Otters will have Game 2 Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and Game 4 on March 25 at 7 p.m. at Tullio Arena.

The rest of the series, if necessary, includes Game 5 at Windsor (March 27 at 7:05 p.m.), Game 6 in Erie (March 29 at 7 p.m.) and Game 7 at Windsor (March 30 at 7:05 p.m.) The Otters lost three of four meetings with the Spitfires in the regular season.

The Otters began Sunday tied with Saginaw for seventh in the West with 73 points, one point behind Guelph. But Saginaw beat Plymouth 4-1 Sunday in their finale to move past the Otters and Guelph into sixth. The Spirit will face No. 3 Kitchener in the first round. The seventh-seeded Storm will face No. 3 London. No. 4 Plymouth and No. 5 Sault Ste. Marie meet in the other Western series.

In the East, the series are No. 1 Barrie vs. No. 8 Sudbury, No. 2 Ottawa vs. No. 7 Niagara, No. 3 Mississauga St. Michael’s vs. No. 6 Peterborough and No. 4 Kingston vs. No. 5 Brampton.

Western Conference quarterfinal schedule

No. 1 Windsor vs. No. 8 Erie

Game 1 – Thursday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.

Game 2 – March 21 at Erie, 4:30 p.m.

Game 3 – March 23 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.

Game 4 – March 25 at Erie, 7 p.m.

Game 5 – March 27 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*

Game 6 – March 29 at Erie, 7 p.m.*

Game 7 – March 30 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*

* If necessary

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