Welcome back to the Thursday ramblings; let us get up to date on the recent playoff action in the CHL leagues!
The finals are set as it will be a matchup of the Ottawa 67s and the Guelph Storm. The Ottawa 67s are in beast mode and have not lost a game yet sweeping (in order) Hamilton, Sudbury and Oshawa, and outscored Oshawa 20-9 with the final game a 2-1 overtime win. Guelph on the other hand, besides sweeping the first round match against Kitchener, have played two seven-game series against London and, most recently, Saginaw.
The final game against Saginaw saw the game (and series) end 3-2 for Guelph as Alexey Toropchenko (STL) scored the second goal which was holding up as the game winner, even after Nick Suzuki (MTL) scored an empty-net goal, but Damien Giroux (MIN) added his second goal of the game with over a minute left to make it a nail biter finish.
Guelph’s last game was April 29 and Ottawa’s last game was April 24. They will face off May 2nd. It will be Suzuki 18GP – 13-18-31 (leads the OHL), Isaac Ratcliffe (PHI) 18GP – 9-12-21, Dmitri Samorukov (EDM) 18GP – 8-13-21, and Sean Durzi (LA) 18GP – 3-16-19 VS Tye Felhaber (DAL) 12GP – 11-10-21, Lucas Chiodo (Free Agent) 12GP – 7-14-21, Sasha Chmelevski (SJ) 12GP, 6-15-21, and Kyle Maksimovich (Free Agent) 10GP – 6-13-19.
For the WHL it is a BC vs SASK matchup as the Vancouver Giants will take on the Prince Albert Raiders. This series is much more evenly matched as Vancouver has won its series 4-2, 4-0, and 4-1 respectively. While on the other side Prince Albert has won its series 4-0, 4-2, and 4-2 in that order.
Vancouver’s final game came against the Spokane Chiefs on April 26th with a final score of 3-2. Vancouver went up 2-0 in the first off of goals from Bowen Byram (2019) and Justin Sourdif (2020) and then Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored (LA) early in the third only to have Brayden Watts (FA) score 21 seconds later. Spokane would add a goal with just under two minutes remaining by Ethan McIndoe (2018 non-draftee) to make the time remaining interesting.
Prince Alberta finished up its series versus the Edmonton Oil Kings on April 28 by a score of 4-2. Trey Fix-Wolansky (CBJ) scored both goals for Edmonton bringing the scores to 1-0 and then later 3-2, but a hat-trick by Aliaksei Protas (2019) to end the second period, and a game winner from Noah Gregor (SJ), saw Prince Alberta hold out for the third to win the game.
The teams will play May 3rd and it will b