By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 15th, 2010

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League will announce today the 2009-10 recipient of the Matt Leyden Trophy, awarded annually to the OHL’s coach of the year.

Finalists for 2009-10 OHL Coach of the Year are:

Bob Boughner, Windsor Spitfires

Stan Butler, Brampton Battalion

Dave Cameron, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Dale Hunter, London Knights

Denny Lambert, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Marty Williamson, Barrie Colts

The Matt Leyden Trophy is voted on by the member teams of the Ontario Hockey League. In a first round of balloting, teams vote for the top coaches, within their own conference. The top three nominees from both the Eastern and Western conferences are declared as finalists. A second round of voting is then conducted on a league wide basis where teams vote for any of the six finalists.

At no time during the voting can a team vote for their own candidate. Coaches receive five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote and one point for a third place vote.

The Matt Leyden Trophy has been awarded annually since 1972, to the Coach of the Year in the Ontario Hockey League. The award is in recognition of the contributions of Matt Leyden, past president of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1965-1967. The Oshawa native was honored as a lifetime member of the OHA in 1972.  Bob Boughner of the Windsor Spitfires has won the award the past two seasons.

- From OHL news release

Posted: April 13th, 2010

Ontario Hockey League playoff previews

Conference finals (best-of-seven series)

Western Conference

No. 1 Windsor Spitfires vs. No. 3 Kitchener Rangers

Season records: Windsor 50-12-1-5, Kitchener 42-19-4-3

Season series: Tied 2-2

Players to watch: Windsor – LW Taylor Hall (9 goals-7 assists-16 points, 5 power-play goals), D Ryan Ellis (2-14-16), C Adam Henrique (6-4-10), RW Dale Mitchell (6-4-10), RW Zack Kassian (2-8-10); Kitchener – C Jeff Skinner (12-8-20), LW Chris MacKinnon (4-16-20), LW Jeremy Morin (8-5-13, 5 PPG), RW Gabriel Landeskog (7-9-16), RW Jason Akeson (5-10-15)

Playoff recap: Windsor def. No. 8 Erie 4-0, def. No. 4 Plymouth 4-0; Kitchener def. No. 6 Saginaw 4-2, def. No. 2 London 4-3

Outlook: The Spitfires’ offense has been potent as usual. But defense and goaltending have been strong, as the Spitfires have allowed 16 goals in their eight wins. That makes them even more dangerous.

Prediction: Windsor in 6 games

Series schedule

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

Game 2 – Saturday at Kitchener, 7 p.m.

Game 3 – Sunday at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.

Game 4 – Tuesday at Kitchener, 7 p.m.

Game 5 – April 22 at Windsor, 7:05 p.m.*

Game 6 – April 23 at Kitchener, 7:30 p.m.*

Game 7 – April 25 at Windsor, 2:05 p.m.*

* If necessary

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Barrie Colts vs. No. 3 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Season records: Barrie 57-9-0-2, Mississauga 42-20-4-2

Season series: Tied 3-3

Players to watch: Barrie – RW Bryan Cameron (8-5-13, 5 PPG), C Alexander Burmistrov (7-6-13, 2 PPG), D Alex Pietrangelo (2-9-11, plus-9 rating), C Luke Pither (5-8-13), RW Matt Kennedy (4-4-8); Mississauga – G Chris Carrozzi (5-1-1 record, 2.21 goals-against average, .925 save percentage, 1 shutout), LW Devante Smith-Pelly (6-6-12, 2 PPG), C Casey Cizikas (6-5-11), D Cameron Gaunce (0-10-10), LW Dustin Ekelman (4-2-6), LW Riley Brace (2-7-9)

Playoff recap: Barrie def. No. 8 Sudbury 4-0, def. No. 5 Brampton 4-0; Mississauga def. No. 6 Peterborough 4-0, def. No. 2 Ottawa 4-3

Outlook: The Colts survived a seven-game series against Ottawa despite not having RW Alex Hutchings at all because of a reported groin injury. With or without him, the Colts will win this series, too.

Prediction: Barrie in 6 games

Series schedule

Game 1 – Wednesday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 – Friday at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.

Game 3 – Saturday at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.

Game 4 – Monday at Mississauga, 7 p.m.

Game 5 – April 21 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*

Game 6 – April 23 at Mississauga, 7:30 p.m.*

Game 7 – April 24 at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.*

* If necessary

Vic’s picks

Semifinal record: 4-0

Postseason record: 12-0

Posted: March 18th, 2010

How the Otters and Spitfires stacked up in the regular season:

Erie     Windsor

Conf. finish 8th 1st

Record 33-28-5-2          50-12-1-5

Record (home) 22-10-2-0          29-3-0-2

Record (road) 11-18-3-2          21-9-1-3

Goals for 257       331

Goals against 259       203

Power-play pct. 21.7      25.3

Penalty-kill pct. 77.6      84.8

Penalty min./game 14.9      19.6

Season series recap

* Sept. 24 – Windsor 8, Erie 3 (WFCU Centre – Windsor, Ontario)

The Otters took a 3-2 lead into the second period. But the Spitfires scored the final six goals.

* Nov. 14 – Windsor 5, Erie 2 (Tullio Arena)

The Spitfires outshot the Otters 55-22, including 22-1 in a three-goal second period.

* Dec. 10 – Windsor 3, Erie 1 (WFCU Centre)

The Spitfires spoiled goaltender Jaroslav Janus’ 46-save effort in his return from an injury.

* Feb. 5 – Erie 5, Windsor 3 (Tullio Arena)

The Spitfires played without Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler, Dale Mitchell and Zack Kassian.

Otters’ keys to success

* Ace in the hole: The Spitfires will fire shot after shot. Adam Courchaine needs to play at his best.

* Avoid mistakes, penalties: The Spitfires capitalize on every opportunity, especially on the power play.

* Simple, boring hockey: The Otters need to be safe with the puck and smart without it.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 16th, 2010

The Windsor Star reports that goaltender Philipp Grubauer will start Game 1 of the Spitfires’ Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Erie Otters on Thursday. Check out the story by clicking the link.

Posted: February 18th, 2010

The Windsor Spitfires will honor the late Mickey Renaud during a ceremony before tonight’s game against Mississauga St. Michael’s at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. The former Spitfires’ captain died 2 years ago today at the age of 19. Read more by clicking the link.