If you have not seen the first post in this series about the OHL e-Playoffs online using NHL 20, I suggest you do that now using this link.
Now that everyone is caught up let’s look at the results of the first-round of summing the e-Playoffs for the OHL in NHL 20. For this, due to the sheer volume of the series, I will do a brief recap of each round and some exciting stories found in the simulation.
Kingston Frontenacs vs Ottawa 67’s:
Kingston stormed out to a surprising early lead in this series of 2 games to nil before the Ottawa 67’s found their groove and started scoring at will. Noel Hoefenmayer led the team in points with eight in seven games, with both of his goals being game-winners in the series. On the Kingston end of the bench, Nick King had five points in the seven-game series and was a team-high plus four as well. Star player Shane Wright was kept off of the scoresheet for most of the series and had a series-worst -4 performance. Ottawa ended up winning the series in seven nonetheless the Kingston Frontenacs matched them all the way.
Ottawa: 4 – Kingston: 3
Sudbury Wolves vs Hamilton Bulldogs:
In what was a relatively easy series for Sudbury the Wolves managed to dispatch the Bulldogs in 5 games due to strong performances from their d-core and a plethora of different scorers. Kalle Loponen led the series with six points in five games leading the series with a +5 as well. Quinto Byfield had a mediocre series with three points in two games with a round-1 record of 13 penalty minutes. On the Hamilton side of things, Tag Bertuzzi led the team with four points in five games. George Diaco and rookie Ryan Winterton also had four points with no-one else on the team managing more than two.
Sudbury: 4 – Hamilton: 1
Peterborough Petes vs Mississauga Steelheads:
In yet another tight series, Mississauga’s first-line came to play as they proved the best defence is an offence. Cole Schwindt and James Hardie had strong first-rounds with six and five points respectively, while Thomas Harley underwhelmed with three assists in the seven games with a -4 in his shutdown role. The big names on Peterborough mostly under-whelmed with Nic Robertson and Mason McTavish having weak series. At the same time, Akil Thomas led the team with six points in seven games. Tucker Robertson had a breakout series with five points coming from his depth role.
Mississauga: 4 – Peterborough: 3
Oshawa Generals vs Barrie Colts:
Wow, there are a lot of storylines in this series, and we would be here all day if this article discussed all of them. Brett Harrison DOMINATED with 10 points in the four-game series and never gave Barrie a chance. Allan McShane also had a steady series with eight points in ten games and was comfortably the second-best player in the first round. In net Jordan Kooy got the start and only let in three goals in the entire series. This led to an incomprehensible .965 save % and a 0.72 GAA as he backstopped his team to a four-game sweep. From Barrie, Anthony Tabak had two goals and led the team in point scoring with the two. Tabak’s two goals came on the powerplay and were silver-linings in what was an abysmal series for the whole team.
Oshawa: 4 – Barrie:0!
London Knights vs Erie Otters:
London dispatched Erie by the committee as Dale Hunter’s team saw performances throughout as they dispatched the Erie Otters in five games. Surprisingly Connor McMichael only managed one goal in the five games and was mostly held off the scoresheet by the shutdown pair of the Erie Otters. Alec Regula led the team with five assists while Matvey Guskov managed three goals in the time. On the Otters, Jamie Drysdale had three points but was a -7 on the series and epitomized an Erie team that was severely out-scored throughout the series. Hayden Fowler had three goals on the series and scored the game-winner in Erie’s only victory.
London: 4 – Erie: 1
Saginaw Spirit vs Owen Sound Attack
In this series, Saginaw had 12 different goal-scorers with their depth finding ways to crack Owen Sound’s defence. Cole Perfetti had five points in six games and led the team with four assists. On Owen Sound, Kaleb Pearson led the series with three goals, but it was not enough as his team was defeated in six games to the rolling Saginaw Spirit.
Saginaw: 4 – Owen Sound: 2
Kitchener Rangers vs Guelph Storm
This is a series I was looking forward to in this experiment to see how the e-playoffs would treat the former champions Guelph Storm. Cameron Hills ties Brett Harrison with ten points, but in this time seven games while Pavel Gogolev led the team with four goals in the seven games. Team Canada’s backstop Nico Daws had an influential series with a .911 sv% and played well in the high-scoring series. Michael Vukojevic on Kitchener led round-1 in points by a defenceman with eight points in seven games and was an impressive +6 even as his team lost the series in six games. To me, this is a definite upset, but what do you the reader think about this?
Guelph: 4 – Kitchener: 2
Flint Firebirds vs Windsor Spitfires:
In the last series of the first round in this e-Playoffs, there were plenty of goals, and both teams found the back of the net often as the series went to six games before Windsor was defeated. Ty Dellandrea and Riley McCourt had four points each while seven of their team-mates including Ethan Keppen, hit the scoresheet three times. On the Spitfires, Connor Corcoran and Jean-Luc Foudy both had three points, but there were no strong performances of note from a Windsor team that seemed relatively opportunistic in their two wins.
Flint: 4 – Windsor: 2
If there are any storylines in this e-Playoffs you would like to follow or maybe a favourite player I did not discuss, message me on Twitter (@aidanbatt) and I would be happy to chat about this experiment! I hope you enjoy this what-if scenario in dark times and that you stay safe. – Aidan