The memorial cup is coming fast, can you feel it? The OHL is in the midst of intense round three playoff teams as four of the very best in the OHL are left. The Guelph Storm, Erie Otters, Oshawa Generals and North Bay Battalion are all hoping to advance and win the OHL Cup and advance to the Memorial Cup.
It’s been awhile since we’ve updated you on the OHL playoffs, so it’s time to breakdown these intense matches.
Guelph Storm (3) – Erie Otters (0)
Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters are one game away from playoff elimination after the Storm took a commanding 3 game lead in their third round match. Thus far in the conference championships, the Storm have not had any issues with McDavid and the Otters. The Storm has utilized their depth, forechecking to pin their opponents in their own end and end any rushes before they begin. Storm goaltender Justin Nichols has been solid between the pipes when called upon and as a result the Storm are looking like OHL Champions.
Bad penalties due to emotion have not helped the Otters in this series as their undisciplined play and lack of veteran presence has put them in a hole. The Storm have made this series look like child’s play and will get on opportunity to eliminate the Otters on Tuesday night.
North Bay Battalion (2)- Oshawa Generals (0)
The best goaltender in the playoffs Daniel Altshuller who has posted an impressive 1.69 Goals Against Average and .938 Saver Percentage hasn’t been enough to give the Generals a win in their conference championships. However, Altshuller and the Generals are far from done in this tight series. The Generals soared through the first two rounds 8-0, but are being test by the Battalion. The Generals now have forward Scott Laughton back in their line-up after serving his suspension and he will look to spark his team.
The Battalion have been led by their captain Barclay Goodrow who has 17 points in 15 games and recorded a hat-trick in game two. The Battalion head home with a two game lead and hope to end the series on home ice. These two will square-off on Tuesday night as the Generals look to net their first win and get back in the W column.
The OHL is one series away from the memorial cup and the Guelph storm look to be the favourites. We’ll have updates on both the QMJHL and WHL playoffs later this week. The march to the memorial cup continues.