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2019 OHL Playoff Tracker

Ontario Hockey League

Updated following games played on Wednesday March 13

It’s the final week of the 2018-19 Ontario Hockey League regular season which wraps up on Sunday March 17.

With 25 games remaining, 14 of the 16 playoff positions have been secured and four teams have solidified their position in the standings including the Ottawa 67’s (1) in the Eastern Conference, along with the Guelph Storm (4), Kitchener Rangers (5), and Owen Sound Attack (6) in the Western Conference.

Here’s a look at the current standings and playoff scenarios:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1. Ottawa 67’s 101 points (48-12-3-2) with 3 games left (at PBO, PBO, KGN)
– 67’s have clinched the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as regular season champions and will host either NB or HAM in first round playoffs.

2. Niagara IceDogs 89 points (41-17-7-0) with 3 games left (MISS, at BAR, at NB)
– IceDogs need five points to clinch the Central Division title and second seed in Eastern Conference standings.

3. Oshawa Generals 88 points (42-20-4-0) with 2 games left (at KGN, SBY)
– Generals can only finish as high as third place but no lower than fourth place.

4. Sudbury Wolves 87 points (41-19-3-2) with 3 games left (HAM, at PBO, at OSH)
– Wolves can still finish as high as second place or as low as fourth place.

5. Mississauga Steelheads 69 points (31-27-5-2) with 3 games left (at NIAG, NB, BAR)
– Steelheads need five points to clinch fifth place but can still fall as low as seventh.

6. Peterborough Petes 67 points (32-30-1-2) with 3 games left (OTT, at OTT, SBY)
– Petes can still finish as high as fifth place but no lower than seventh place.

7. Hamilton Bulldogs 63 points (29-32-3-2) with 2 games left (at NB, at SBY)
– Bulldogs can only finish as high as seventh place or as low as eighth place.

8. North Bay Battalion 61 points (28-32-3-2) with 3 games left (HAM, at MISS, NIAG)
– Battalion can still finish as high as sixth place.

9. Barrie Colts 56 points (26-36-3-1) with 2 games left (NIAG, at MISS)
– Colts have been eliminated from playoff contention and will pick either third or fourth overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

10. Kingston Frontenacs 30 points (14-50-1-1) with 2 games left (OSH, at OTT)
– Frontenacs have been eliminated from playoff contention and will pick either first or second overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1. London Knights 97 points (45-14-6-1) with 2 games left (at SSM, at SAG)
– Knights have clinched the Midwest Division title and can only fall as low as second place in the Western Conference standings.

2. Saginaw Spirit 95 points (45-15-2-3) with 3 games left (SSM, LDN, at SSM)
– Spirit need two points to clinch the West Division title and can still finish first place in the Western Conference standings.

3. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 90 points (41-16-7-1) with 3 games left (at SAG, LDN, SAG)
– Greyhounds can still finish as high as second place but not lower than third.

4. Guelph Storm 86 points (38-18-6-4) with 2 games left (ER, at ER)
– Storm have clinched fourth place in the Western Conference standings and will host KIT in the first round of playoffs (schedule TBD).

5. Kitchener Rangers 70 points (33-29-3-1) with 2 games left (OS, at OS)
– Rangers have clinched fifth place in the Western Conference standings and will play GUE in the first round of playoffs (schedule TBD).

6. Owen Sound Attack 66 points (30-30-4-2) with 2 games left (at KIT, KIT)
– Attack have clinched sixth place in the Western Conference standings and will play either SSM or SAG in the first round of playoffs.

7. Sarnia Sting 59 points (26-32-5-2) with 3 games left (WSR, at FLNT, FLNT)
– Sting need four points to clinch a playoff berth.

8. Windsor Spitfires 58 points (25-33-5-3) with 2 games left (FLNT, at SAR)
– Spitfires need three points to clinch a playoff berth but can still finish as high as seventh place.

9. Erie Otters 56 points (26-36-3-1) with 2 games left (at GUE, GUE)
– Otters can still finish as high as seventh place.

10. Flint Firebirds 34 points (14-45-6-0) with 3 games left (at WSR, SAR, at SAR)
– Firebirds have been eliminated from playoff contention and will pick either first or second overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

 

PLAYOFF STRUCTURE:

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 conference after each round and the division winners are always ranked 1-2 within the conference as long as they progress. The champions from each conference play in the OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

The OHL Playoffs are scheduled to begin on the Thursday following the conclusion of the regular season. The first round series must be completed within 13 days; the second round series have 14 days to finish while the Conference Championships are 13 days in length. The OHL Championship Series is 14 days in length.

 

OHL PLAYOFF POSITION TIE-BREAKER POLICY:

At the conclusion of the regular season schedule, if there is a tie for other than last playoff position, the standing of the teams in each Conference shall be determined by the following tie-breaking procedure:

  1. The team with the greater number of regular and overtime wins during the regular season shall be declared higher in the standings. (Shootout wins are not included.)
  1. If two teams are still tied, the team with the best record in head-to-head competition (based on points including overtime and shootout losses) shall be declared higher in the standing.

If more than two teams remain tied after Priority 1, the percentage of available points earned in games among the teams which are still tied shall be used to determine the standing.

  1. If still tied, the team with the greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing under Priority 2 shall be declared higher in the standings.

Note:  For application of this clause, it is understood that the season totals for goals for and against shall be applied which includes the goal credited to the total goals for / against record for the team based on a shootout win / loss.

  1. If still tied, the team with the higher percentage of goals for plus goals against divided into goals for shall be declared higher in standings.

Tie for Last Playoff Position

At the conclusion of the regular season, if there is a tie for the last playoff position, the standing of the team’s playoff position shall be determined by the following tie-breaking procedure:

Between Two Teams – A sudden-death game shall be played between the two teams with the winner being declared higher in the standings.  Such game is to be played on Tuesday, March 19th at one of the two teams centres with such centre to be determined by the OHL tie-breaking method.

 

REGULAR SEASON TROPHIES:

Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Ottawa 67’s

The Hamilton Spectator Trophy is awarded to the team that finishes the regular season first overall in the Ontario Hockey League.  The trophy was presented to the Ontario Hockey Association by the Hamilton Spectator in the 1957-58 season.  The winner of the Hamilton Spectator Trophy has gone on to win the OHL championship 24 times and the Memorial Cup 11 times.

Emms Trophy (Central Division): TBD (Niagara or Sudbury)

Leyden Trophy (East Division): Ottawa 67’s

The 67’s earned their 16th East Division title in franchise history and first since winning three straight between 2010-12.

The Emms and Leyden Trophies were first presented in the 1975-76 season when the OHL was split into divisions with the expansion of the league to 12 teams. The awards originated in recognition of Matt Leyden and Leighton ‘Hap’ Emms for their contributions to junior hockey in Ontario.

Bumbacco Trophy (West Division): TBD (Saginaw or Sault Ste. Marie)

The Bumbacco Trophy was inaugurated in 1994-95 when the league realigned into three divisions.  The award is named after former Greyhounds’ General Manager Angelo Bumbacco.

Holody Trophy (Midwest Division): London Knights

The Knights earned their ninth Midwest Division title in franchise history last winning in both 2012 and 2013 before hoisting the Robertson Cup in both seasons.  The Holody Trophy, awarded in recognition of the contributions to the OHL by former Guelph and Owen Sound Platers Governor Joe Holody, was presented following the 1998-99 season for the first time with the realignment of the league into four divisions.

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