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OHL Announces Schedules for Four First Round Playoff Matchups

March 16, 2013 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

Toronto, ON - The 2012-13 OHL Playoff picture is nearly set with four of the eight first round matchups and schedules determined.

The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the OHL playoffs with the division leaders ranked one-two in each Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, first place plays eighth, second plays seventh, third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth in each conference. Teams are re-seeded within their division after each round with the champions from each conference playing in the OHL Championship Series.

Confirmed first round matchups in the OHL's Western Conference include the first place London Knights against the eighth place Saginaw Spirit, while the fourth place Kitchener Rangers will host the fifth place Guelph Storm. In the Eastern Conference the third place Oshawa Generals will host the sixth place Niagara IceDogs, and the fourth place Brampton Battalion will host the fifth place Sudbury Wolves.

The 2013 OHL Playoffs are scheduled to begin on Thursday March 21. Second round match-ups will begin on April 3 with the Conference Championships to start April 17 and the OHL Championship Series to start on April 30. The WHL's Saskatoon Blades will host the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup May 16-26.

Here are the standings and scenarios following all games played on Friday, March 15, 2013 with confirmed schedules below. Remaining schedules and scenarios will be released following games played on Saturday night March 16.

Eastern Conference Standings:

1. Belleville Bulls: 94 PTS (43-16-5-3) with 1 game remaining (SBY) - Bulls have clinched the East Division title and first seed in the Eastern Conference. Will play either Mississauga, Kingston, or Peterborough in the first round of playoffs.

2. Barrie Colts: 90 PTS (43-20-2-2) with 1 game remaining (NIAG) - Colts have clinched Central Division title but will enter playoffs as second seed in Eastern Conference and will face either Peterborough, Mississauga, or Kingston in the first round of playoffs.

3. Oshawa Generals: 86 PTS (41-22-1-3) with 1 game remaining (SBY) - Generals have clinched third place in the Eastern Conference and will host the Niagara IceDogs in the first round of playoffs (full schedule below).

4. Brampton Battalion: 75 PTS (33-25-3-6) with 1 game remaining (PBO) - Battalion have clinched fourth place in the Eastern Conference and will host the Sudbury Wolves in the first round of playoffs (full schedule below).

5. Sudbury Wolves: 69 PTS (29-26-4-7) with 2 game remaining (at BELV, at OSH) - Wolves have secured fifth place in the Eastern Conference and will visit the Brampton Battalion in the first round of playoffs (full schedule below).

6. Niagara IceDogs: 64 PTS (30-33-2-2) with 1 game remaining (at BAR) - IceDogs have secured sixth place in the Eastern Conference and will visit the Oshawa Generals in the first round of playoffs (full schedule below).

7. Peterborough Petes: 59 PTS (26-34-3-4) with 1 game remaining (at BRAM) - Petes can clinch seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a win. Could still drop as low as ninth or else form a two-way or three-way tie with KGN/MISS for final playoff spots (see Tie-Breaker scenarios below).

8. Kingston Frontenacs: 58 PTS (26-35-3-3) with 1 game remaining (OTT) - Frontenacs are tied with Steelheads for the final playoff spot, if still tied at the end of the regular season a one-game playoff would take place for the final seed (see Tie-Breaker scenarios below).

9. Mississauga Steelheads: 58 PTS (25-34-0-8) with 1 game remaining (at OTT) - Steelheads are tied with Frontenacs for the final playoff spot, if still tied at the end of the regular season a one-game playoff would take place for the final seed (see Tie-Breaker scenarios below).

10. Ottawa 67's: 38 PTS (16-44-0-6) with 2 games remaining (MISS, at KGN) - 67's have been eliminated from playoff contention, hold the first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

EASTERN CONFERENCE - QUARTER-FINAL SERIES:

Series "C" OSHAWA vs. NIAGARA

C1 Fri., March 22 Niagara at Oshawa 7:35

C2 Sun., March 24 Niagara at Oshawa 6:05

C3 Tues., March 26 Oshawa at Niagara 7:00

C4 Thurs., March 28 Oshawa at Niagara 7:00

C5 Fri., March 29 Niagara at Oshawa 7:35 *

C6 Mon., April 1 Oshawa at Niagara 7:00 *

C7 Tues., April 2 Niagara at Oshawa 7:05 *

Series "D" BRAMPTON vs. SUDBURY

D1 Thurs., March 21 Sudbury at Brampton 7:00

D2 Sun., March 24 Sudbury at Brampton 2:00

D3 Tues., March 26 Brampton at Sudbury 7:30

D4 Thurs., March 28 Brampton at Sudbury 7:30

D5 Fri., March 29 Sudbury at Brampton 7:30 *

D6 Mon., April 1 Brampton at Sudbury 7:30 *

D7 Tues., April 2 Sudbury at Brampton 7:00 *

Western Conference Standings:

1. London Knights: 101 PTS (48-13-2-3) with 2 games remaining (at SAG, at SSM) - Knights have clinched the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as first overall in OHL standings and will have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. They will host the Saginaw Spirit in the first round of playoffs (full schedule below).

2. Plymouth Whalers: 89 PTS (40-17-5-4) with 2 games remaining (WSR, at WSR) - Whalers have clinched the West Division title and will remain the second seed for the Western Conference playoffs. Will host either Sarnia or Sault Ste. Marie in first round of playoffs.

3. Owen Sound Attack: 92 PTS (43-18-1-5) with 1 game remaining (SAR) - Attack have clinched third place in the Western Conference and will host either Sault Ste. Marie or Sarnia in the first round of playoffs.

4. Kitchener Rangers: 87 PTS (39-19-1-8) with 1 game remaining (at SSM) - Rangers have clinched fourth place in the Western Conference and will host the Guelph Storm in the first round of playoffs (full schedule below).

5. Guelph Storm: 83 PTS (39-23-1-4) with 1 game remaining (at ER) - Storm have secured fifth place in the Western Conference and will visit the Kitchener Rangers in the first round of playoffs (full schedule below).

6. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: 76 PTS (35-25-3-3) with 2 games remaining (KIT, LDN) - Greyhounds can finish no higher than sixth place but can still drop down to seventh place and will face either Owen Sound or Plymouth in the first round of playoffs.

7. Sarnia Sting: 75 PTS (35-27-1-4) with 1 game remaining (at OS) - Sting can finish as high as sixth place but can finish no lower than seventh and will face either Plymouth or Owen Sound in the first round of playoffs.

8. Saginaw Spirit: 70 PTS (32-29-3-3) with 1 game remaining (LDN) - Spirit have clinched a playoff spot and will remain the eighth seed playing the London Knights in the first round (full schedule below).

9. Windsor Spitfires: 60 PTS (26-32-2-6) with 2 games remaining (at PLY, PLY) - Spitfires have been eliminated from playoff contention.

10. Erie Otters: 45 PTS (18-40-4-5) with 1 game remaining (GUE) - Otters have been eliminated from playoff contention, hold the second overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

WESTERN CONFERENCE - QUARTER-FINAL SERIES:

Series "A" LONDON vs. SAGINAW

E1 Fri., March 22 Saginaw at London 7:30

E2 Sun., March 24 Saginaw at London 2:00

E3 Tues., March 26 London at Saginaw 7:11

E4 Thurs., March 29 London at Saginaw 7:11

E5 Fri., March 29 Saginaw at London 7:30 *

E6 Sun., March 31 London at Saginaw 7:11 *

E7 Tues., April 2 Saginaw at London 7:00 *

Series "D" KITCHENER vs. GUELPH

H1 Fri., March 22 Guelph at Kitchener 7:30

H2 Sun., March 24 Guelph at Kitchener 7:00

H3 Tues., March 26 Kitchener at Guelph 7:00

H4 Thurs., March 28 Kitchener at Guelph 7:00

H5 Fri., March 29 Guelph at Kitchener 7:30 *

H6 Sun., March 31 Kitchener at Guelph 2:00 *

H7 Mon., April 1 Guelph at Kitchener 7:00 *

Tie-Breaker Scenarios:

If two or more teams are tied for the final OHL playoff position in either conference, sudden-death playoff games will be used to determine the team that advances.

Among Three Teams for Two (2) Playoff Positions (potentially KGN, MISS, PBO):

The preliminary position of the three teams shall be determined as calculated by dividing the sum of the total goals for plus the total goals against into the total goals for.

The team with the highest percentage shall be determined higher in the standing and secure a playoff position.

The remaining two teams shall play a sudden-death game at one of the two team's centres with such centre to be determined by the OHL tie-breaking method with the winner being declared higher in the standing as the final playoff team.

For all other playoff positions, the following tie-breaking procedures are in place:

1. The team with the most number of wins during the regular season shall be declared higher in the standings.

2. If two teams are still tied, the team with the best record in head-to-head competition (based on points including overtime losses) shall be declared higher in the standings. If more than two teams are tied after the first tie-breaker, the percentage of available points earned in games among each other shall be used to determine the standing.

3. If still tied, the team with the greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing after the second tie-breaker shall be declared higher in the standings.

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