Welcome to the second round of the OHL e-Playoffs
If you missed the previous articles, make sure you catch up on the OHL e-Playoffs series before you read this recap. To summarize, this is where we sim hypothetical OHL playoffs using NHL 20 and discuss the results. With all that taken care of, let’s discuss the second round of the e-playoffs!
London Knights v Saginaw Spirit:
The first series in this second-round went down to the wire when the London Knights took the Saginaw Spirit to seven games. London led by their high-flying offence pressured the Saginaw Spirit star power but were unsuccessful in the game seven. Nonetheless, winger Antonio Stranges led the round in scoring for all players with ten points and was a +2 in the series.
South of the border, Saginaw saw strong showings from former Oshawa General Danil Antropov who averaged a point-per-game and led the team with four goals. The tandem of Marshall Frappier and Tristan Lennox struggled in the series being among the worst in Goals against and save% but the star power of the team managed to purely outscore the London Knights. In a series that had 50 goals over the seven games, no other round came close in matching the offence seen by these two juggernauts. Saginaw moves on but will need a better performance from their goaltending committee if they want to make the finals.
Saginaw: 4 – London: 3
Flint Firebirds vs. Guelph Storm:
The defending champions Guelph Storm had a strong showing in the first-round but Team Canada netminder Nico Daws was significantly overpowered in this OHL e-playoffs series.
Ethan Keppen, Owen Lalonde, and Connor Roberts all averaged a point per game with nine separate players having three points or more in the five-game series. In net, Anthony Popovich had a strong series with a .936 sv% and a 1.54 GAA with no losses in regulation time.
On the Guelph side of things, Pavel Gogolev had a strong series with three goals and four points in the series but the rest of the team greatly struggled. Shutdown D Fedor Gordeev was a -5 on the series and only managed one point from a break-out assist. Although Flint played well, Guelph really had a weak series failing to find themselves back in the later rounds of the playoffs.
Flint: 4 – Guelph:1
Ottawa 67’s vs Mississauga Steelheads:
No, this is not a late April fools joke I have to say as I’m about to disclose the results of this series but it may seem too weird to be true. Ottawa got swept, yes that Ottawa.
With two prospects in the consensus top-10 for the NHL draft this season, the Ottawa 67’s were absolutely crushed by the Mississauga Steelheads. Mississauga was led by an unsuspecting hero in James Hardie who had five goals on Cedrick Andree in four games with a league-high shooting percentage of forty.
Steelheads Kai Edmonds let in only five goals against the high-flying 67’s and had the top stats of any goaltender in the league. For Ottawa, Marco Rossi and Jack Quinn had one point each, and Noel Hoefenmayer got (you guessed it) one point. As the Ottawa 67’s beat reporter I’m regretting not adding some attribute boosts and wondering where it all went wrong. Mississauga goes on after a long break and would look to carry their momentum forward in the OHL e-playoffs.
Mississauga: 4 – Ottawa: 0
Sudbury Wolves vs Oshawa Generals:
Remember Brett Harrison, the guy who got ten points in a short first-round series and single-handedly led his team to victory, well, he did it again. With four goals and seven points in six games, Harrison led the Generals to victory over the strong Sudbury Wolves.
Winger Ryan Stepien and Alan McShane had six-point series, as well as the Generals, simply outscored the wolves as they finished them in six games. Quinton Byfield attempted to put the team on his back and managed seven points in six games but the lack of depth support hung him out to dry. Both Sudbury goalies struggled in this series as they really had no answer for the top-two lines of the Generals.
Oshawa: 4 – Sudbury: 2
OHL E-Playoffs Continue
That’s all for the quarter-finals of the OHL e-Playoffs but check the OHLNetwork website regularly to see updates in the future. As always if you would like more insight to shoot a message to @aidanbatt or @networkohl on Twitter and we’d love to answer your questions about the series. Onto the third round!