Toronto, ON - The 2013-14 OHL Playoff picture is taking shape with three of the eight first round matchups and schedules determined.
The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the OHL playoffs with the division leaders ranked one-two in each Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, first place plays eighth, second plays seventh, third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth in each conference. Teams are re-seeded within their division after each round with the champions from each conference playing in the OHL Championship Series.
Confirmed first round matchups in the OHL’s Eastern Conference include the third place Kingston Frontenacs hosting the sixth place Peterborough Petes, while the Sudbury Wolves will face the Barrie Colts in a matchup between fourth and fifth however home-ice advantage is still to be determined. In the Western Conference, just one playoff series is confirmed as the first place Guelph Storm will host the eighth place Plymouth Whalers.
EASTERN CONFERENCE - QUARTER-FINAL SERIES
KINGSTON (3) vs. PETERBOROUGH (6)
D1 Fri., March 21 Peterborough at Kingston 7:00
D2 Sun., March 23 Peterborough at Kingston 7:00
D3 Tues., March 25 Kingston at Peterborough 7:05
D4 Thurs., March 27 Kingston at Peterborough 7:05
D5 Fri., March 28 Peterborough at Kingston 7:00
D6 Sun., March 30 Kingston at Peterborough 7:05
D7 Tues., April 1 Peterborough at Kingston 7:00
Series "D" SCENARIO 1
SUDBURY (4) vs. BARRIE (5)
D1 Sat., March 22 Sudbury at Barrie 7:30
D2 Mon., March 24 Barrie at Sudbury 7:00
D3 Wed., March 26 Barrie at Sudbury 7:00
D4 Thurs. March 27 Sudbury at Barrie 7:30
D5 Sat., March 29 Barrie at Sudbury 7:00
D6 Mon., March 31 Sudbury at Barrie 7:30
D7 Tues., April 1 Barrie at Sudbury 7:00
BARRIE (4) vs. SUDBURY (5)
D1 Thurs. March 20 Sudbury at Barrie 7:30
D2 Sat., March 22 Sudbury at Barrie 7:30
D3 Tues., March 25 Barrie at Sudbury 7:00
D4 Thurs. March 27 Barrie at Sudbury 7:00
D5 Fri., March 28 Sudbury at Barrie 7:30
D6 Sun., March 30 Barrie at Sudbury 7:00
D7 Tues., April 1 Sudbury at Barrie 7:30
WESTERN CONFERENCE - QUARTER-FINAL SERIES
GUELPH (1) vs. PLYMOUTH (8)
E1 Fri., March 21 Plymouth at Guelph 7:30
E2 Sat., March 22 Plymouth at Guelph 7:00
E3 Tues., March 25 Guelph at Plymouth 7:00
E4 Wed., March 26 Guelph at Plymouth 7:00
E5 Fri., March 28 Plymouth at Guelph 7:30
E6 Sun., March 30 Guelph at Plymouth 4:00
E7 Tues., April 1 Plymouth at Guelph 7:00
With 12 games to play in the 2013-14 regular season schedule there is still one playoff position to be determined in the Eastern Conference between the Mississauga Steelheads and the Ottawa 67’s. Additionally, only eight of the 16 seeds are confirmed including all four division winners led by the regular season champions and Hamilton Spectator Trophy winning Guelph Storm who also captured the Midwest Division title, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who captured the West Division title, and in the Eastern Conference where the first place Oshawa Generals also earned the East Division title, and the North Bay Battalion clinched the Central Division crown.
Here are the standings and scenarios following all games played on Friday, March 14, 2014. All remaining schedules and scenarios will be announced following games played on Saturday night March 15.
OHL Eastern Conference Standings:
1. Oshawa Generals - 90 points (42-19-0-6) with 1 game remaining (SBY)
- Generals have clinched 1st place in Eastern Conference and win East Division title
2. North Bay Battalion - 80 points (37-24-4-2) with 1 game remaining (OTT)
- Battalion have clinched 2nd seed in Eastern Conference playoffs and win Central Division title
3. Kingston Frontenacs - 82 points (38-23-3-3) with 1 game remaining (at MISS)
- Frontenacs have clinched 3rd place in Eastern Conference and will play Petes in first round playoffs
4. Sudbury Wolves - 75 points (32-23-3-8) with 2 games remaining (at BELV, at OSH)
- Wolves will finish in either 4th or 5th place in Eastern Conference and will play Colts in first round playoffs
5. Barrie Colts - 75 points (36-28-1-2) with 1 game remaining (PBO)
- Colts will finish either 5th or 4th place in Eastern Conference and will play Wolves in first round playoffs
6. Peterborough Petes - 69 points (32-29-0-5) with 2 games remaining (at BAR, at NIAG)
- Petes have clinched 6th place in Eastern Conference and will play Frontenacs in first round playoffs
7. Niagara IceDogs - 55 points (23-35-3-6) with 1 game remaining (PBO)
- IceDogs have clinched a spot in Eastern Conference playoffs and will finish either 7th or 8th place
8. Mississauga Steelheads - 54 points (24-37-1-5) with 1 game remaining (KGN)
- Steelheads need 1 point to clinch a playoff berth and can still finish as high as 7th place
9. Ottawa 67's - 52 points (23-38-3-3) with 1 game remaining (at NB)
- 67's need a win and a Steelheads loss to force a Tie-Breaker Game
10. Belleville Bulls - 51 points (22-38-4-3) with 1 game remaining (SBY)
- Bulls have been eliminated from playoff contention and will pick 3rd or 4th in OHL Priority Selection
OHL Western Conference Standings:
1. Guelph Storm - 107 points (52-12-2-1) with 1 game remaining (at OS)
- Storm win OHL regular season title clinching 1st place in Western Conference and win Midwest Division title
2. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - 92 points (43-17-1-5) with 2 games remaining (LDN, at SAG)
- Greyhounds have clinched 2nd seed in Western Conference playoffs and win West Division title
3. Erie Otters - 104 points (51-14-2-0) with 1 game remaining (SAR)
- Otters need 1 point to clinch 3rd place in Western Conference standings
4. London Knights - 101 points (48-13-1-4) with 2 games remaining (at SAG, at SSM)
- Knights can still finish in 3rd place but no lower than 4th place
5. Windsor Spitfires - 77 points (37-27-3-0) with 1 game remaining (at PLY)
- Spitfires have clinched 5th place in the Western Conference standings
6. Saginaw Spirit - 69 points (32-29-4-1) with 2 games remaining (LDN, SSM)
- Spirit need 1 point to clinch 6th place in Western Conference standings
7. Owen Sound Attack - 68 points (30-29-3-5) with 1 game remaining (GUE)
- Attack can still finish in 6th place but can drop no lower than 7th place
8. Plymouth Whalers - 61 points (27-33-0-7) with 1 game remaining (WSR)
- Whalers have clinched 8th place in Western Conference and will play Storm in first round playoffs
9. Kitchener Rangers - 49 points (22-41-2-3)
- Rangers will pick 2nd overall in the OHL Priority Selection on Saturday April 5
10. Sarnia Sting - 41 points (17-43-2-5) with 1 game remaining (at ER)
- Sting will pick 1st overall in OHL Priority Selection on Saturday April 5
TIE BREAKING SYSTEM
If two or more teams are tied for the final OHL playoff position in either conference, sudden-death playoff games will be used to determine the team that advances.
For all other playoff positions, the following tie-breaking procedures are in place:
The team with the most number of wins during the regular season shall be declared higher in the standings.
If two teams are still tied, the team with the best record in head-to-head competition (based on points including overtime losses) shall be declared higher in the standings. If more than two teams are tied after the first tie-breaker, the percentage of available points earned in games among each other shall be used to determine the standing.
If still tied, the team with the greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing after the second tie-breaker shall be declared higher in the standings.
REGULAR SEASON TROPHIES
Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Guelph Storm
The Hamilton Spectator Trophy is awarded to the team that finishes the regular season first overall in the Ontario Hockey League. The Storm are the 2013-14 recipient of this trophy earning it for the fourth time since 1995 also winning in 1996, and in 1998. The trophy was presented to the Ontario Hockey Association by the Hamilton Spectator in the 1957-58 season. The winner of the Hamilton Spectator Trophy has gone on to win the OHL championship 21 times and the Memorial Cup 11 times.
Leyden Trophy (East Division): Oshawa Generals
The Generals captured the East Division title for the fourth time and first since 1991. They also earned division titles in 1987 and 1990 before winning the OHL Championship in both years.
Emms Trophy (Central Division): North Bay Battalion
The Battalion captured the Central Division title for the fifth time since 2003 also winning in 2006, and back-to-back in 2008-09. This marks the Battalion’s first division title in North Bay since relocating from Brampton this season. The last time North Bay celebrated a division title it was with the Centennials in 1994 earning the Leyden Trophy. The club also earned the Emms Trophy two straight times in 1986-87.
The Emms and Leyden Trophies were first presented in the 1975-76 season when the OHL was split into divisions with the expansion of the league to 12 teams. The awards originated in recognition of Matt Leyden and Leighton 'Hap' Emms for their contributions to junior hockey in Ontario.
Bumbacco Trophy (West Division): Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
The Greyhounds locked up the Bumbacco Trophy with their West Division crown for the fourth time in franchise history and for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The club also earned West Division titles in 1997 and 2005. The Bumbacco Trophy was inaugurated in 1994-95 when the league realigned into three divisions. The award is named after former Greyhounds' General Manager Angelo Bumbacco.
Holody Trophy (Midwest Division): Guelph Storm
The Storm captured their second Holody Trophy as Midwest Division winners last claiming the trophy in 1999 when it was first introduced. The Holody Trophy, awarded in recognition of the contributions to the OHL by former Guelph and Owen Sound Platers Governor Joe Holody, was presented following the 1998-99 season for the first time with the realignment of the league into four divisions.