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CHL round 2 primer

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

Nine entered the hunt for the 2015 Memorial Cup. Six remain.

There will be a Canucks prospect in all four OHL second round matchups, while Jake Virtanen and Anton Cederholm look to propel their teams into the second round of the WHL.

OHL Eastern Conference Semifinal

Oshawa Generals (51-11-6) vs. Niagara IceDogs (37-27-4)

Prospect: Cole Cassels, Oshawa

Notes: Cassels posted eight points (1-7-8) during the first round as the Generals eliminated the Petes in five games. The Canucks’ third round pick in 2013 missed both games against Niagara this season due to suspension, but did post four points (2-2-4) in two games against them during the 2013-14 season. Cassels has 25 points (7-18-25) in his last 17 post-season games. Game 1 of the series goes Friday.

OHL Eastern Conference Semifinal

Barrie Colts (41-24-3) vs. North Bay Battalion (37-20-11)

Prospect: Miles Liberati, North Bay

Notes: Liberati had an active first-round series against Kingston, picking up two assists and dropping the gloves twice in the Battalion’s four-game sweep. The Canucks’ seventh round pick in 2013 had one goal in six regular season games against the Colts. This should be a pretty even series as both teams finished the regular season with 85 points. Game 1 of the series gets underway on Friday.

OHL Western Conference Semifinal

Soo Greyhounds (54-12-2) vs. Guelph Storm (38-26-4)

Prospect: Jared McCann, Sault Ste. Marie

Notes: McCann entered the post-season on a 14-game point streak and carried that over with six points (1-5-6) in the first three games of the Greyhounds’ sweep over Saginaw before leaving Game 4 early after taking a shot off his hand. In four games against the Storm during the regular season, the 2014 first-rounder netted three goals and four assists. He will be a game-time decision for Game 1, which goes Wednesday night.

OHL Western Conference Semifinal

Erie Otters (50-14-4) vs. London Knights (40-24-4)

Prospect: Kyle Pettit, Erie

Notes: Pettit missed the entire first round as he continues to recover from a broken knuckle. The Otters ousted the Sting in five games and will now face the Knights, in what should be an entertaining series. Pettit, who still has a cast on his right hand, is now listed as week to week.

WHL Eastern Conference Semifinal

Calgary Hitmen (45-22-5) vs. Medicine Hat Tigers (45-23-4)

Prospect: Jake Virtanen, Calgary

Notes: After a slow start to the series, Virtanen rebounded with seven assists in the final five games as the Hitmen edged the Ice in seven games. A second-round matchup against the Tigers should be an entertaining one as one point separated these two teams in the regular season standings. In three games against Medicine Hat this season, the 2014 first-rounder had two goals and one helper. Game 1 of the series gets underway on Friday.

WHL Western Conference Semifinal

Everett Silvertips (43-20-9) vs. Portland Winterhawks (43-23-6)

Prospect: Anton Cederholm, Portland

Notes: After falling behind 2-1 in their first round series against Seattle, Cederholm and the Winterhawks rattled off three straight wins to advance to the second round. Like he has all season, Cederholm played big minutes for the Winterhawks in a shutdown role, finishing the series with a plus-4 rating. Game 1 is set for Friday night.

TY-BITS

-The Belleville Bulls only managed to score seven goals in their first round series loss to the Barrie Colts with Jordan Subban scoring three of those goals. It was an emotional scene after Game 4 with the Bulls playing for the final time as the team will be relocated to Hamilton next season. There is a lot of history with the Subban’s and Belleville. Jordan played 279 games for the Bulls, his brother Malcolm appeared in 144 games, while P.K. played 290 games.

-Evan McEneny’s OHL career has come to an end after his Kingston Frontenacs were swept in four games by North Bay. McEneny had a goal and an assist in the series. The 6-foot-2 defenceman finishes his OHL career with 127 points (22-105-127) in 240 games, while also registering eight points (3-5-8) in 25 playoff games.

-Ashton Sautner and the Edmonton Oil Kings’ quest for four straight trips to the WHL Final came to an end as the team was ousted in five games by the Brandon Wheat Kings. Sautner had one assist in the series and finishes his WHL career with 117 points (24-93-117) in 256 regular season games. The newly-signed Canucks prospect also appeared in 58 post-season contests, racking up 20 points (6-14-20), while winning two WHL Championships (2012, 2014) and a Memorial Cup (2014).

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