The Canadian junior circuit has wrapped up its regular season and the Western, Ontario, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs begin this weekend. Islanders’ fans have a rooting interest in the WHL and OHL playoffs, as three Isles prospects are vying for their league titles and the Memorial Cup as CHL champions.
NewYorkIslanders.com will be following all things Isles during the CHL playoffs. OHL:
Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals) vs. Peterborough Petes
Michael Dal Colle and the top-seeded Oshawa Generals face off against the Peterborough Petes in the OHL Eastern Conference quarter-finals. This is the 12th time these storied rivals have met in the OHL playoffs. Last year, Oshawa swept the Petes four games to none in the second round.
Oshawa is coming off a historic season,setting franchise records in wins (51) and points (108) in 68 games played. The Generals scored the most goals (292) in the OHL’s Eastern Conference and allowed the fewest (157) in the entire league. Oshawa also boasted the league’s top-ranked penalty kill, which had an 85.7% kill rate. Generals forward – and Islanders’ prospect – Michael Dal Colle had a big hand in Oshawa’s success, leading his team in scoring with 93 points (42 goals, 51 assists). The fifth-overall pick in 2014 had 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in seven games against the Petes as Oshawa won the season series 5-1-1-0.
Game 1: Peterborough Petes 2 @ Oshawa Generals 7 – Friday, March 27 OSH leads 1-0
Game 2 : Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 2 – Sunday, March 29, OSH leads 2-0
Game 3: Oshawa Generals @ Peterborough Petes – Tuesday, March 31, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4: Oshawa Generals @ Peterborough Petes – Thursday, April 2, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 5: Peterborough Petes @ Oshawa Generals – Friday, April 3, 7:35 p.m.
*Game 6: Oshawa Generals @ Peterborough Petes – Sunday, April 5, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 7: Peterborough Petes @ Oshawa Generals – Tuesday, April 7, 7:05 p.m
Joshua Ho-Sang (Niagara Ice Dogs) vs. Ottawa 67's
The fifth-seeded Niagara Ice Dogs take on the fourth-seeded Ottawa 67’s in a first round OHL Eastern Conference matchup. Ottawa is returning to the OHL playoffs for the first time in three years while the Ice Dogs were able to shake off a slow start and finish strong, going 7-2-0 in the month of March. The Ice Dogs struggled against 67’s this season, losing three of four, but Niagara took the most recent meeting 8-3 on March 7.
Part of Niagara’s turnaround can be credited to the acquisition of Joshua Ho-Sang. The Toronto, Ontario native appeared in 49 games for the Ice Dogs, tallying 62 points (14 goals, 48 assists), finishing the season with 81 total points.The Islanders drafted Ho-Sang 28th overall in the 2014 draft.
Game 1: Niagara Ice Dogs 5 @ Ottawa 67's 8 – Thursday, March 26 OTT leads 1-0
Game 2 : Niagara Ice Dogs 2 @ Ottawa 67's 8 – Saturday, March 28, OTT leads 2-0
Game 3: Ottawa 67's 2 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 6 – Monday, March 30, 7 p.m. OTT leads 2-1
Game 4: Ottawa 67's @ Niagara Ice Dogs – Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.
*Game 5: Niagara Ice Dogs @ Ottawa 67's – Friday, April 3, 7 p.m.
*Game 6: Ottawa 67's @ Niagara Ice Dogs – Sunday, April 5, 2 p.m.
*Game 7: Niagara Ice Dogs @ Ottawa 67's – Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Kyle Burroughs (Medicine Hat Tigers) vs. Red Deer Rebels
The Medicine Hat Tigers take on their Central Division rivals, the Red Deer Rebels, in the first round of the WHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs. The Tigers had the third most wins in the WHL this season (45), including four against the Rebels, as they took the season series 4-2-0. The Tigers’ potent offense scored the third-most goals in the Eastern Conference (268) while allowing the third-fewest goals (213). Medicine Hat has a balanced attack, as the roster boasts five players who have notched at least 20 goals and 50 points.
Islanders fans should watch for Kyle Burroughs, the Islanders’ seventh-round pick in 2013, who bolsters the Medicine Hat attack from the back end, scoring 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 30 games after being acquired mid-season from the Regina Pats. Burroughs is appearing in his third WHL playoff and has three points (one goal, two assists) in nine career postseason games.
Game 1: Red Deer Rebels 1 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 2 – Saturday, March 28, MDH leads 1-0
Game 2: Red Deer Rebels 0 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1 (OT) – Sunday, March 29, MDH leads 2-0
Game 3: Medicine Hat Tigers @ Red Deer Rebels – Wednesday, April 1, 9 p.m.
Game 4: Medicine Hat Tigers @ Red Deer Rebels – Thursday, April 2, 9 p.m.
*Game 5: Red Deer Rebels @ Medicine Hat Tigers – Saturday, April 4, 9 p.m.
*Game 6: Medicine Hat Tigers @ Red Deer Rebels – Sunday, April 5, 7 p.m.
*Game 7: Red Deer Rebels @ Medicine Hat Tigers – Tuesday, April 7, 9 p.m.