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Around the OHL: OHL Playoffs: Round 2
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Published: Monday, April 9th, 2012
Itís set: the second round of playoffs has been officially announced and it looks like we have some better matchups in round two. In case you missed round one, nothing really significant happened: in two first-round sweeps, London beat Windsor in four games and Brampton swept Sudbury. There was only one upset, although it was the fifthseed Saginaw Spirit upsetting the fourth seed Sarnia Sting. This second round looks to be a lot more competitive and there are a couple of series I will be keeping my eye on.
Here are the second-round matchups with my predictions:
(1) London Knights vs. (5) Saginaw Spirit
London wins series 4-0
(2) Plymouth Whalers vs. (3) Kitchener Rangers
Plymouth wins series 4-3
Iím calling London to sweep Saginaw and advance their record to 8-0 in the playoffs. Saginaw did upset number-four-seed Sarnia, but London is just far too strong for the Spirit. Look for London goaltender Michael Houser to have a great series; Iím predicting him to have two shutouts Ė after all, he already shut Saginaw out twice this season. This means London only needs to score two goals a game to pick up a win, and I doubt Houser will let more than two goals. Watch for Greg McKegg to have a great series Ė he was quiet in the first series and Iím predicting he will lead the way in the four-game sweep.
The Plymouth/Kitchener series will be a great one to watch. Theyíre two evenly matched teams and it will be a great series that will will have Plymouth coming out on top in game seven. Plymouth did struggle against Guelph in round one, but that was just the first two games of the series; they actually have a fourgame winning streak going right now. On the other side, Kitchener completely dominated the Owen Sound Attack and took the series in five games; although with Owen Soundís suspensions, winning the series was a given Ė the only question was how many games it would take. That being said, Kitchener wasnít tested last series, but in this series they have their work cut out for them, playing one of the best teams in the CHL. To be fair, Kitchener is an honourable mention when it comes to the best team in the CHL. This will be the series to watch.
(1) Niagara Icedogs vs. (4) Brampton Battalion
Niagara wins series 4-2
(2) Ottawa 67ís vs. (3) Barrie Colts
Ottawa wins series 4-2
No surprises Ė the best teams advanced, although some stumbled in the first round, most notably Niagara letting the Oshawa Generals back in the series and Ottawa giving the impression that Belleville stood a chance. Brampton made short work of the Sudbury Wolves in round one, so donít count them out just yet.
In closing, for those who want to watch a great series, pay attention to the Plymouth/Kitchener series. These two teams have been at each otherís throats all year and have developed a great rivalry.