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Posted: March 18th, 2014


No. 1 Oshawa vs. No. 8 Mississauga
Season records: Oshawa 42-20-0-6, Mississauga 24-38-1-5
Season series: Oshawa won 3-1
Players to watch
Oshawa – LW Michael Dal Colle (39 goals, 56 assists, 95 points), C Scott

Scott Laughton

Laughton (40-47-87), G Daniel Altshuller (31-13-0-3 record, 2.56 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, 2 shutouts), C Cole Cassels (24-49-73), RW Dylan Smoskowitz (29-17-46)
Mississauga – D Sean Day (6-10-16, minus-35), G Spencer Martin (24-33-1-4, 3.54, .899, 3 SO), C Bryson Cianfrone (17-27-44), LW Josh Burnside (12-27-39), RW Andrew Goldberg (17-16-33)
Outlook: Forget that the Steelheads beat Oshawa in their first meeting of the season. These aren’t the same Steelheads, and the Generals are much stronger. This series won’t be close.
Prediction: Oshawa in 4 games

No. 2 North Bay vs. No. 7 Niagara
Season records: North Bay 38-24-4-2, Niagara 24-35-3-6
Season series: Tied 3-3
Players to watch
North Bay – RW Barclay Goodrow (33-34-67), G Jake Smith (23-12-3-1, 2.52, .904, 4 SO), LW Vincent Praplan (19-34-53), C Nick Paul (26-20-46), C Brendan Miller (8-24-32, +14)
Niagara – C Carter Verhaeghe (28-54-82), LW Brendan Perlini (34-37-71), LW Anthony DiFruscia (25-27-52), RW Eric Ming (33-17-50), D Luke Mercer (5-34-39)
Outlook: The hard-working IceDogs will give the Battalion a battle. But defense wins in the playoffs, and the Battalion are known for defense.
Prediction: Battalion in 6 games

No. 3 Kingston vs. No. 6 Peterborough
Season records: Kingston 39-23-3-3, Peterborough 32-30-0-6
Season series: Kingston won 4-2
Players to watch

Sam Bennett

Kingston – C Sam Bennett (36-55-91), LW Henri Ikonen (25-45-70), RW Spencer Watson (33-35-68), D Roland McKeown (11-32-43, +38), G Matt Mahalak (28-19-1-1, 3.59, .890, 3 SO)
Peterborough – LW Nick Ritchie (39-35-74), C Hunter Garlent (20-49-69), RW Eric Cornel (25-37-62), C Michael Clarke (21-27-48), G Andrew D’Agostini (25-21-0-2, 3.40, .901, 4 SO)
Outlook: The Frontenacs dominated the first four games in the season series. Yet the Petes responded with wins in the final two meetings. They will carry that momentum over into this series.
Prediction: Petes in 7 games

No. 4 Barrie vs. No. 5 Sudbury
Season records: Barrie 37-28-1-2, Sudbury 33-24-3-8
Season series: Sudbury won 5-3
Players to watch
Barrie – LW Andreas Athanasiou (49-48-95), D Aaron Ekblad

Aaron Ekblad

(23-30-53, +7), LW Zach Hall (16-54-70), LW Andrew Mangiapane (24-27-51), LW Brendan Lemieux (27-26-53)
Sudbury – RW Nicholas Baptiste (45-44-89), LW Nathan Pancel (42-32-74), C Matthew Campagna (15-59-74), D Trevor Carrick (22-29-51), C Connor Crisp (28-27-55, former Otter)
Outlook: The Wolves made bold moves at the trade deadline. They struggled down the stretch, but now is the time to make those moves pay off.
Prediction: Sudbury in 7 games

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 17th, 2013

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid will play for his native Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 team at the IIHF U18 World Championship, which runs from Thursday through April 28 in Sochi, Russia. McDavid, 16, the OHL’s rookie of the year who had 25 goals and 66 points in 63 games this season, will be joined by 10 other OHL players on the 23-player roster – goaltender Spencer Martin (Mississauga), defensemen Chris Bigras (Owen Sound) and Roland McKeown (Kingston) and forwards Nick Baptiste (Sudbury), Sam Bennett (Kingston), Jason Dickinson (Guelph), Hunter Garlent (Guelph), Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound), Nick Ritchie (Peterborough) and Carter Verhaege (Niagara).
Canada begins the tournament Thursday at 10 a.m. against Slovakia, followed by games against Germany (Saturday at 4 a.m.), Switzerland (Monday at 4 a.m.) and Sweden (Tuesday at 4 a.m.). Medal-round play begins April 25 and is capped by the gold-medal and bronze-medal games April 28.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013

The OHL will unveil the winner of the Emms Family Award for OHL rookie of the year Thursday at 11 a.m. Erie Otters center Connor McDavid (25 goals, 41 assists, 66 points) headlines a list of finalists that also includes forwards Sam Bennett (18-22-40 with Brampton), Blake Clarkee (19-32-51) with Brampton, Michael Dal Colle (15-33-48 with Oshawa), Nikolay Goldobin (30-38-68 with Sarnia) and Sergey Tolchinsky (26-25-51 with Sault Ste. Marie).