The OHL finals are slated to open up Thursday night in Barrie at the Molson Centre as the Plymouth Whalers and the Barrie Colts fight for the right to be called OHL champs and a Memorial Cup berth.
Firstly, here is a look at the schedule for the series:
Game 1 Thurs., May 4 at Barrie 7:30 pm
Game 2 Sun., May 7 at Plymouth 7:00 pm
Game 3 Mon., May 8 at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Game 4 Wed., May 10 at Barrie 7:30 pm
*Game 5 Fri., May 12 at Plymouth 7:30 pm
*Game 6 Sun., May 14 at Barrie 6:00 pm
*Game 7 Tues., May 16 at Plymouth 7:30 pm
Now here is a look at the series breakdown:
Offense: The offense of both teams has been hot and cold at best throughout the playoffs. Just when you think they’re going to break out they hit a slump. With the likes of Sheldon Keefe and Michael Henrich the colts averaged just under 3 goals a game in 18 playoff games. The Whalers meanwhile, boast the likes of rookies Stephen Weiss and Tomas Kurka as well as Justin Williams. The Whalers boast a very potent offense that has looked pretty good throughout the playoffs averaging nearly 4 goals a game. Plymouth has faced some tough goaltending throughout the playoffs as well.
Chabot and Khabibulin Share Award.
Goalies Frederic Chabot of the Houston Aeros and Nikolai Khabibulin of the Long Beach Ice Dogs have been selected as the recipients of the
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy. This year’s balloting ended in a deadlock between the two goaltenders. This year marks the first time two
goalies have ever shared the award, and the first time three goalies have held the top three positions after voting commenced. In total, five of the
nine vote-getters for this year’s award guarded the net for their respective team. Goaltenders have won the Gatschene Trophy four of the past six
seasons, whereas the previous 48 seasons just three netminders received the award.
Chabot, 32, is in his fourth season with the Aeros. He played in a majority of Houston’s games this season, leading all IHL goaltenders in games
played (62), wins (36), minutes played (3,695) and shootout wins (12). He was second in saves (1,498—just thirteen behind Marty Turco) and
GAA (2.13), while tied for the third position in save percentage of goaltenders playing more than 1,620 minutes (.920). Chabot’s superior play
helped the Aeros to allow the fewest goals against in the league (197). This feat earned him the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually
to the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the club with the fewest goals against during the regular season. Chabot finished Read more»