OHL playoffs at a glance
League finals (best-of-7 series)
No. 1W Guelph vs. No. 2E North Bay
Season series: Guelph won 2-0
Playoff recap: Guelph - def. No. 8 Plymouth 4-1 in Western Conference quarterfinals, def. No. 4 London 4-1 in semifinals, def. No. 3 Erie 4-1 in finals; North Bay - def. No. 7 Niagara 4-3 in Eastern Conference semifinals, def. No. 4 Barrie 4-2 in semifinals, def. No. 1 Oshawa 4-0 in finals
Players to watch
Guelph – RW Zack Mitchell (10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points), LW Kerby Rychel (8-15-23), RW Scott Kosmachuk (9-11-20), LW Jason Dickinson (5-14-19), G Justin Nichols (12-3-0 record, 2.65 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Robby Fabbri (9-9-18), LW Tyler Bertuzzi (8-6-14), D Matt Finn (3-7-10, plus-10 rating)
North Bay - RW Barclay Goodrow (11-10-21), G Jake Smith (12-5-0, 2.01, .919, 3 SHO), D Brenden Miller (3-12-15, +11), C Nick Paul (9-5-14), LW Ben Thomson (4-7-11), RW Alex Henriksson (7-3-10)
Fast facts: Guelph looks for its first league championship since the 2003-04 season and third in franchise history. … The Battalion have reached the finals in their first season since moving to North Bay from Brampton, Ontario. … The Battalion have never hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champion. But North Bay has won a title, in 1993-94 with the Centennials. The city had been without an OHL franchise since the Centennials moved to Saginaw, Mich., and became the Spirit in 2002. …Mitchell and Rychel lead the league in playoff scoring, with Goodrow two points behind them. … The Battalion rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Niagara in the opening round.
Outlook: The Battalion have been the feel-good story of the postseason. But that story won’t enjoy a happy ending.
Prediction: Storm in 6 games
- Victor Fernandes
Game 1 – Today at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Friday at Guelph, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Tuesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday at North Bay, 7 p.m.
Game 5 – May 9 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
Game 6 – May 11 at North Bay, 2 p.m.*
Game 7 – May 12 at Guelph, 7 p.m.*
* If necessary