Round 2 Western Conference Play-Off Preview

So after Round 1, we’re left with 4 teams, Leamington, Sarnia, LaSalle, London.

Leamington Flyers (1) vs. London Nationals (7)

Leamington defeated the Lambton Shores Predators in the first round.  In fact, they swept the Preds.

In the four games, Leamington scored 22 goals and allowed just 1 against.  That is the lowest goals against in the entire GOJHL for the first round.  They also spent 93 minutes in the penalty box.

They recorded 147 shots on Lambton Shores’ goalies for a shot percentage of 0.150%.

The Flyers had the 3rd best PP of the GOJHL at 38.10%, scoring 8 goals on 21 opportunities and they were tied with Caledonia for the best PK of 100.00%, not allowing a PP goal against on 19 tries.

Trevor Wheaton and Michael Barrett split the series, each playing 2 games.  Wheaton’s GAA was 0.00 with a save percentage of 1.00%.  He saw 46 shots and stopped all of them.  Barrett’s GAA was 0.50 with a save percentage of 0.981%.  He allowed 1 goal on 53 shots.

The point leaders for the Flyers are Eric Henderson with 1 goal and 8 assists for 9 points.  The top goal scorer was Chris Scott with 4 goals and 1 assist for 5 points.

 

London is the surprise team this play-offs.  The 7th place Nationals took out the 2nd place Chatham Maroons in the first round in 6 games.

In those 6 games, they scored 22 goals and allowed 18 against. They’re PIM’s in the first round was 86.

London recorded 218 shots on Chatham’s goalies for a shot percentage of 0.101%.

The Nationals PP is ranked 17th at 17.86.  They scored 5 PP goals on 28 opportunities.  Their PK sits at 11th in the league, at 80.77%, having allowed 5 goals in 26 tries.

Justin Tugwell played all 6 games in net for London.  His GAA is 2.85 with a save percentage of 0.919%.  In the 6 games, the Maroons fired 193 shots at him, allowing 17 goals.

Drew Worrad led the team with 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 points.  The Nat putting up the most goals was Kyle Robinson with 4, and he had 1 assist for 5 points.

 

Here’s their season series.

09/25/14    London 2 at Leamington 4

10/15/14    Leamington 4 at London 3 SO

11/13/14    London 2 at Leamington 5

12/04/14    London 2 at Leamington 3

12/17/14    Leamington 6 at London 3

01/21/15    Leamington 1 at London 2 OT

Leamington took the series 5-1.

 

Here’s their play-off schedule

Date Visitor Home Time Arena
Thurs. Mar. 12 London Leamington 7:10 Heinz Arena
Sat. Mar. 14 Leamington London 7:30 Western Fair
Sun. Mar. 15 London Leamington 4:10 Heinz Arena
Wed. Mar. 18 Leamington London 7:30 Western Fair
Thurs. Mar. 19 London Leamington 7:10 Heinz Arena
Fri. Mar. 20 Leamington London 7:30 Western Fair
Sun. Mar. 22 London Leamington 7:10 Heinz Arena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prediction: If London has shown anything in the first round, it’s that you can’t count them out. The Nats captain, Derek Todosichuk, has the most play-off experience in the entire Western Conference.  I’d have to do way more research to see if he has the most experience in the entire GOJHL, but he has 67 play-off games under his belt.  The Nats are fighters, they showed that against Chatham, and they’re not just going to roll over and die because they’re playing the Flyers.  It’s very rare that you’ll hear me say I’m going for the Nats, but I’m drawn towards the underdog and that’s what they are this year.  With that said, I’m not sure they can take out the Flyers.  I think this series could go 6 or even 7 games, but I’m giving the edge to Leamington.

 

Sarnia Legionnaires (3) vs. LaSalle Vipers (4)

Sarnia made it through to Round 2 after defeating St. Thomas Stars in 6 games.

In the series against St. Thomas, the Legionnaires scored 25 goals and allowed 20.  They took the most penalty minutes in the first round in the entire GOJHL with 146.

They fired 225 shots at Polasek and Dampier with a shot percentage of 0.111%.

Sarnia’s PP sits at 8th in the league with them scoring 6 goals on 26 opportunities for a percentage of 23.08%.  Their PK is 12th at 80.65%, allowing 6 goals out of 31 times with the man short.

Andrew Masters played all 6 games, facing 183 shots, allowing 20 goals, having a save percentage of 0.891% and a GAA of 3.17.

On the scoreboard, the team was lead by Ryan Trottier with 11 points, 1 goal and 10 assists, and Davis Boyer with 6 goals and 3 assists for 9 points.

 

LaSalle swept Strathroy in the first round.  They scored 19 goals and allowed just 9 by the Rockets.  The Vipers spent 90 minutes in the penalty box.

They have a shot percentage of 0.116% after firing 164 shots at Strathroy.

LaSalle’s PP sits at 22.73% which is 10th in the GOJHL.  They scored 5 goals out of 22 chances with the man advantage.  Their PK is almost pefect at 96.67%, for 3rd in the league.  They allowed just 1 goal on 30 chances.

Paolo Battisti played all 4 games for the Vipers.  He has a GAA of 2.13 and a save percentage of 0.945% with 155 saves.

Mark Manchurek led the team on the scoresheet with 7 points, 3 goals and 4 assists.

 

Here’s their season series.

10/01/14    Sarnia 7 at LaSalle 2

10/09/14    LaSalle 2 at Sarnia 4

11/19/14    Sarnia 2 at LaSalle 8

01/08/15    LaSalle 5 at Sarnia 3

01/29/15    LaSalle 7 at Sarnia 6

02/18/15    Sarnia 6 at LaSalle 3

Series split 3-3.

 

Here’s their play-off schedule

Date Visitor Home Time Arena
Thurs. Mar. 12 LaSalle Sarnia 7:10 Sarnia Arena
Sat. Mar. 14 Sarnia LaSalle 7:00 Vollmer Centre
Sun. Mar. 15 LaSalle Sarnia 7:10 Sarnia Arena
Wed. Mar. 18 Sarnia LaSalle 7:00 Vollmer Centre
Thurs. Mar. 19 LaSalle Sarnia 7:10 Sarnia Arena
Sat. Mar. 20 Sarnia LaSalle 7:00 Vollmer Centre
Sun. Mar. 22 LaSalle Sarnia 7:10 Sarnia Arena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prediction: This series could be all about special teams.  Sarnia is not the most disciplined team and LaSalle will capitalize on that.  Both teams play well in their home rinks, Sarnia was 20-5 in the regular season and LaSalle was 16-9.  The benefit that Sarnia has is their following.  They had a large crowd that went to the games in St. Thomas and of course, having 1000+ fans at home is great motivation.  I think this series will go 6 games with the Legionnaires being victorious.

 

So, this is what I’ve got for the 2nd round.  Share your thoughts below or over on the Forum, www.westernjrbhockey.com

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