Provincial playoff picture



The season will be on the line tomorrow (Wednesday) night for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs trail the Alliston Hornets 3-0 heading into Game 4 of an OHA Schmalz Cup provincial quarter-final series in Alliston Wednesday evening.

Kincardine, champs of the Western League, has had trouble scoring goals in this series. They were shut out in Game 3 on home ice Sunday, and have scored just four times in this series. Meanwhile, former Peterborough Pete Stefan Nosad has carried Alliston offensively with four goals for the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario champions.

"We will be taking things period-by-period and hopefully get some momentum going," said Bulldogs head coach Steve Stepaniak. "We know how quick a series can turn. This team won't quit."

Should Kincardine stay alive with a win in Game 4, Game 5 will be played at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine on Friday night. If Kincardine can post back-to-back wins, Game 6 is Saturday night in Alliston. Should the Bulldogs push this to a seventh game, they would have home ice advantage on Sunday.

There are two Schmalz Cup games on the schedule for tonight (Tuesday) as well.

In Port Hope, the Empire League champion Panthers will try to eliminate the Port Perry Mojacks tonight in Game 5. This series started with the teams splitting overtime decisions before the Panthers took Games 3 and 4. If the Mojacks, best of the Central Ontario League, can win tonight they would host Game 6 on Friday night in Scugog. A potential seventh game would be played in Port Hope on Sunday afternoon.

Also tonight (Tuesday), the Ayr Centennials of the Midwestern League take a 2-1 series lead on the Grimsby PeachKings into Game 4 of that series tonight at home. Game 5 will be played tomorrow (Wednesday) night in Grimsby. If needed, Games 6 and 7 are scheduled for Friday and Sunday in Ayr and Grimsby, respectively.

Finally, the Essex 73's appear to be in the driver's seat of their quarter-final series against the Southern Ontario League's Dorchester Dolphins. After taking the first two games of the series 5-2 and 4-0, the 73's exploded for a 10-0 win in Game 3 and will try to complete the sweep tomorrow (Wednesday) night on the road.



The London Knights will be at the Harry Lumley Bayshore tomorrow (Wednesday) evening for Game 4 of their opening round series with the Owen Sound Attack.

The Knights took the series opener 4-1, but the Attack bounced back with a huge defensive effort that led to a 2-0 victory in Game 2. The Knights had their way with the Attack Monday night with a 5-1 win at Bud Gardens and Owen Sound will try to answer tomorrow night in Game 4.

Game 5 is Friday night in London. If necessary, Game 6 would be Sunday in Owen Sound and Game 7 in London on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the OHL, the Erie Otters held a 2-0 lead on Saginaw heading into Game 3 tonight in Saginaw. In the Soo tonight, the Greyhounds will try to go up 3-0 on the Sarnia Sting. The Kitchener Rangers will be looking to sweep Windsor tomorrow night in Game 4 of that opening round series on the road.

Other opening round series have Kingston leading Oshawa 2-0, Barrie and Mississauga even at 1-1, Brampton and Peterborough tied 1-1 and Niagara leading Ottawa 2-1.



Ben Scheel and the Trenton Golden Hawks knocked off the Wellington Dukes in five games and will now face Kingston in an Ontario Junior Hockey League Conference final championship series.

On the other side of the brackets, the Burlington Cougars and the Oakville Blades will play a seventh game tonight to see who will move on to face Georgetown in the other conference final.

Trenton and Kingston will open their series tomorrow night in Trenton.



The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs is down to six teams as the Conference championship series will begin this weekend.

Waterloo and Stratford will play for the Cherrey Cup, the prize for the best team in the Midwestern Junior B Conference.

In the Golden Horseshoe Conference, the Caledonia Corvairs will take on the St. Catharine's Falcons. Leamington and the London Nationals will play for the Western Conference title.

The three conference champions and the next best team will get berths in the Sutherland Cup - the provincial Junior B championship tournament.


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