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Ontario Hockey League (OHL) First Round Playoff Preview

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The 2005 Ontario Hockey League playoffs open tonight with two Rangers prospects looking to guide their clubs to the OHL championship. Ryan Callahan (right) and the Guelph Storm face the London Knights, while Jakub Petruzalek and the Ottawa 67s prepare to meet the Barrie Colts.

Guelph Storm (Callahan) vs. London Knights
- For the third time in their 14-year history, the Guelph Storm will meet the London Knights in the OHL Playoffs.
- Guelph won both of those playoff meetings, but to win a third they'll have to get past this year's record-breaking London Knights en route to staging a monumental upset
- Guelph finished the 2004-'05 regular season at the bottom of the OHL's Midwest Division
- London went an unprecedented 59-7-2 during the '04-'05 season, setting all sorts of CHL and OHL records including the 'longest undefeated streak to start a season' at 31, going 29-0-2 before suffering their first defeat
- Guelph managed to pick up a win and a tie against London this season in six meetings
- Ryan Callahan faced Guelph five times this season and registered two goals and two assists for four points
- Callahan led Guelph in all areas of scoring during the 2004-'05 regular season, recording 28 goals and 26 assists for 54 points in 60 games played
- For London, Corey Perry's 47 goals, 83 assists and 130 points were the team's best
- The two teams swapped goalies at mid-season, making for an interesting goaltending match-up, as each netminder has something to prove to his old team

Series Schedule:
GAME 1 - Thu. March 24 @ London 7:30
GAME 2 - Fri. March 25 @ Guelph 7:00
GAME 3 - Mon. March 28 @ London 7:30
GAME 4 - Tues. March 29 @ Guelph 7:30
GAME 5* - Thu. March 31 @ London 6:00
GAME 6* - Fri. April 1 @ Guelph 7:00
GAME 7* - Mon. April 4 @ London 7:30
* If necesssary

Ottawa 67s (Petruzalek) vs. Barrie Colts
- The 67's finished 6th in the Eastern Conference with 76 points. Barrie was 3rd with 78 points, giving them home ice advantage for this series.
- This will be first time the 67's have not had home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs since 1991-1992.
- This will be the second time in the history of the two teams that they have met in the post season. The first time was in 1996-1997, when the 67's won the series 4-1 in the quaterfinals (round 2 of the playoffs). That year, Ottawa advanced to the OHL finals, eventually losing to Oshawa 4-2.
- In the four games that the 67's and Colts faced each other this season, the 67's had two wins at the Civic Centre and one win and one loss in Barrie.
- Against Barrie this season, Mark Mancari (6 goals and 2 assists), Jakub Petruzalek (3 goals and 2 assists), and Brad Bonello (2 goals and 3 assists) led the way offensively for the 67's in the four games.
- The 67's out-scored Barrie 17-12 in the four games this season.
- 67's goaltender Danny Battochio started in net for Ottawa's three victories against Barrie this season.
- Last year, Ottawa lost to Brampton in the first round of the playoffs, 4-3.
- Barrie defeated Kingston 4-1 in the first round of last year's playoffs, then lost 4-3 to Mississauga in the Conference Semi-Finals.

Series Schedule:
GAME 1 - Thu. March 24 @ Barrie 7:30
GAME 2 - Sat. March 26 @ Barrie 7:30
GAME 3 - Wed. March 30 @ Ottawa 7:30
GAME 4 - Fri. April 1 @ Ottawa 7:30
GAME 5* - Sun. April 3 @ Barrie 6:00
GAME 6* - Mon. April 4 @ Ottawa 7:30
GAME 7* - Tues. April 5 @ Barrie 7:30
* If necesssary
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