2013 OHL Playoffs Second Round Preview
2013 OHL Playoffs Second Round Preview Terry Wilson/OHL Images

The Conference Semi-Finals of the 2013 OHL Playoffs open at the Barrie Molson Centre Wednesday night when the Colts host the Oshawa Generals.

The Colts had just a four-point edge over the Generals in the regular season standings and were the only Eastern Conference team to sweep their first round series knocking out the Kingston Frontenacs.

"Both teams had a bit of time off, so for Game 1, who knows which way it turns," Colts Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk told the Barrie Examiner. "You want to be ready right off the bat and we're at home.  You worked hard all year to get home-ice advantage and you want to keep it."

Of all second round playoff matchups, the Colts and Generals might have the least amount of familiarity.  Although they played each other four times in the regular season, the most recent head-to-head contest was on January 17.

The unfamiliarity also extends to playoff history with the clubs having just one post-season head-to-head battle in history dating back to 1999 when the Generals beat the Colts in seven games of their second round series.

While the Colts made it to the second round last season, the Generals advance for the first time since 2011 after beating recent playoff rivals the Niagara IceDogs in five games.

"There's always room for improvement," Generals defenceman Matt Petgrave told DurhamRegion.com.  "Playoffs are full of high and lows, you just have to have more highs than lows. We just have to stick together and everything should work out."

The other three matchups begin on Friday night including the first place Eastern Conference Belleville Bulls hosting the fifth place Sudbury Wolves, while the Western Conference matchups feature the top ranked London Knights against the fourth place Kitchener Rangers, and the second place Plymouth Whalers hosting the third place Owen Sound Attack.

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals:

Belleville Bulls (1) vs. Sudbury Wolves (5)

Belleville Bulls
Season Record: 44-16-5-3, 96 points
Top Scorer: Tyler Graovac - 38G, 35A, 73 PTS
Playoff Performer: Malcolm Subban - 4-2-0-0, 1 SO, 1.51 GAA, .944 SV%

Sudbury Wolves

Season Record: 29-27-5-7, 70 points
Top Scorer: Mathew Campagna - 24G, 44A, 68 PTS
Playoff Performer: Franky Palazzese 4-1, 1 SO, 2.43 GAA, .926 SV%

Season Series: Belleville won 3-1 (last game 5-2 on March 16)

Recent Playoff History: 2009 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals (4-2 BELV)

Schedule:

Fri.,

April

5

at

Belleville

8:00

   

Sun.,

April

7

at

Belleville

5:00

   

Tue.,

April

9

at

Sudbury

7:30

   

Thu.,

April

11

at

Sudbury

7:30

   

Sat.,

April

13

at

Belleville

7:05

*

 

Mon.,

April

15

at

Sudbury

7:05

*

 

Tue.,

April

16

at

Belleville

7:05

*

 


Barrie Colts (2) vs. Oshawa Generals (3)

Barrie Colts
Season Record: 44-20-2-2, 92 points
Top Scorer: Zach Hall - 24G, 57A, 81 PTS
Playoff Performer: Mark Scheifele - 4G, 6A, 10PTS

Oshawa Generals
Season Record: 42-22-1-3, 88 points
Top Scorer: Boone Jenner - 45G, 37A, 82 PTS
Playoff Performer: Scott Laughton - 6G, 6A, 12PTS

Season Series: Barrie won 3-1 (last game 3-2 SO win January 17)

Recent Playoff History: 1999 Conference Semi-Finals (4-3 OSH)

Schedule:

Wed.,

April

3

at

Barrie

7:30

 

Fri.,

April

5

at

Barrie

7:30

 

Sun.,

April

7

at

Oshawa

6:00

 

Tue.,

April

9

at

Oshawa

7:00

 

Fri.,

April

12

at

Barrie

7:30

*

Sun.,

April

14

at

Oshawa

6:00

*

Mon.,

April

15

at

Barrie

7:30

*

 

Western Conference Semi-Finals:


London Knights (1) vs. Kitchener Rangers (4)

London Knights
Season Record: 50-13-2-3, 105 points
Top Scorer: Max Domi - 39G, 48A, 87 PTS
Playoff Performer: Alex Broadhurst - 4G, 5A, 9PTS

Kitchener Rangers
Season Record: 39-20-1-8, 87 points
Top Scorer: Joshua Leivo - 29G, 44A, 73 PTS
Playoff Performer: John Gibson, 4-1-0-0, 1 SO, 1.61 GAA, .962 SV%

Season Series: London won 4-2 (last game 6-1 LDN on March 3)

Recent Playoff History: 2012 Conference Finals (4-0 LDN)

Schedule:

Fri.,

April

5

at

London

7:30

 

Sun.,

April

7

at

London

1:30

 

Mon.,

April

8

at

Kitchener

7:00

 

Wed.,

April

10

at

Kitchener

7:00

 

Fri.,

April

12

at

London

7:30

*

Sun.,

April

14

at

Kitchener

7:00

*

Tue.,

April

16

at

London

7:00

*


Plymouth Whalers (2) vs. Owen Sound Attack (3)

Plymouth Whalers
Season Record: 42-17-5-4, 93 points
Top Scorer: Vincent Trocheck - 50G, 59A, 109 PTS
Playoff Performer: Alex Nedeljkovic, 4-0-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .924 SV%

Owen Sound Attack
Season Record: 44-18-1-5, 94 points
Top Scorer: Daniel Catenacci - 38G, 41A, 79 PTS
Playoff Performer: Gemel Smith - 6G, 2A, 8PTS

Season Series: Plymouth won 2-1-0-1 (last game 7-3 PLY on February 9)

Recent Playoff History: 2011 Conference Semi-Finals (4-0 OS)

Schedule:

Fri.,

April

5

at

Plymouth

7:05

   

Sun.,

April

7

at

Plymouth

4:05

   

Tues.,

April

9

at

Owen Sound

7:05

   

Wed.,

April

10

at

Owen Sound

7:05

   

Fri.,

April

12

at

Plymouth

7:05

*

 

Sun.,

April

14

at

Owen Sound

4:05

*

 

Tues.,

April

16

at

Plymouth

7:05

*

 

*if necessary

Follow the 2013 OHL Playoffs online complete with nightly video highlights only at www.ontariohockeyleague.com.

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