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2015 OHL Playoff Tracker

Following games played on Sunday March 22, 2015.

The 2014-15 Ontario Hockey League 680-game regular season schedule is complete and all eight series matchups are set with playoff schedules confirmed.

In the Eastern Conference, the first place Oshawa Generals will host the eighth place Peterborough Petes, the second place Barrie Colts will host the seventh place Belleville Bulls, the third place North Bay Battalion will host the sixth place Kingston Frontenacs, and the fourth place Ottawa 67’s will host the fifth place Niagara IceDogs.

In the Western Conference, the first place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will host the eighth place Saginaw Spirit, the second place Erie Otters will host the seventh place Sarnia Sting, the third place London Knights will host the sixth place Kitchener Rangers, and the fourth place Guelph Storm will host the fifth place Owen Sound Attack. 

Click here for a full list of first round playoff matchups and schedules.

In addition, the final first round draft order for the 2015 OHL Priority Selection on April 11 has been determined and is listed below.

Here’s a look at the final 2014-15 OHL standings:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1. Oshawa Generals – 108PTS (51-11-2-4)
     – Generals clinched 1st place and will host Petes in 1st round.

2. Barrie Colts – 85PTS (41-24-1-2)
     – Colts clinched 2nd place and will host Bulls in 1st round.

3. North Bay Battalion – 85PTS (37-20-6-5)
     – Battalion clinched 3rd place and will host Frontenacs in 1st round.

4. Ottawa 67’s – 81PTS (38-25-4-1)
     – 67’s clinched 4th place and will host IceDogs in 1st round.

5. Niagara IceDogs – 78PTS (37-27-2-2)
     – IceDogs clinched 5th place and will play 67’s in 1st round.

6. Kingston Frontenacs – 72PTS (32-28-5-3)
     – Frontenacs clinched 6th place and will play Battalion in 1st round.

7. Belleville Bulls – 62PTS (27-33-3-5)
     – Bulls clinched 7th place and will play Colts in 1st round.

8. Peterborough Petes – 58PTS (26-36-1-5)
     – Petes clinched 8th place and will play Generals in 1st round.

9. Mississauga Steelheads – 53PTS (25-40-2-1)
     – Steelheads will pick 4th overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection on April 11.

10. Sudbury Wolves – 26PTS (12-54-1-1)
     – Wolves will pick 1st overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection on April 11.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

1. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – 110PTS (54-12-0-2)
     – Greyhounds clinched 1st place and will host Spirit in 1st round.

2. Erie Otters – 104PTS (50-14-2-2)
     – Otters clinched 2nd place and will host Sting in 1st round.

3. London Knights – 84PTS (40-24-1-3)
     – Knights clinched 3rd place and will host Rangers in 1st round.

4. Guelph Storm – 80PTS (38-26-2-2)
     – Storm clinched 4th place and will host Attack in 1st round.

5. Owen Sound Attack – 79PTS (35-24-2-7)
     – Attack clinched 5th place and will play Storm in 1st round.

6. Kitchener Rangers – 74PTS (32-26-3-7)
     – Rangers clinched 6th place and will play Knights in 1st round.

7. Sarnia Sting – 65PTS (29-32-4-3)
     – Sting clinched 7th place and will play Otters in 1st round.

8. Saginaw Spirit – 61PTS (29-36-2-1)
     – Spirit clinched 8th place and will play Greyhounds in 1st round.

9. Plymouth Whalers – 53PTS (23-38-5-2)
     – Whalers will pick 3rd overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection on April 11.

10. Windsor Spitfires – 52PTS (24-40-2-2)
     – Spitfires will pick 2nd overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection on April 11.

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.

TIE BREAKING SYSTEM:

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.

For all other playoff positions, the following tie-breaking system is 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.

2015 OHL PRIORITY SELECTION 1ST ROUND ORDER:

The draft order is based on reverse order of the overall regular season standings beginning with non-playoff teams.

1. Sudbury Wolves
2. Windsor Spitfires
3. Plymouth Whalers / Flint Firebirds
4. Mississauga Steelheads
5. Peterborough Petes
6. Saginaw Spirit
7. Niagara IceDogs (Compensation pick)
8. Belleville Bulls / Hamilton Bulldogs
9. Owen Sound Attack (Compensation pick)
10. Sarnia Sting
11. Kingston Frontenacs
12. Kitchener Rangers
13. Niagara IceDogs
14. Owen Sound Attack
15. Guelph Storm
16. Ottawa 67’s
17. London Knights
18. North Bay Battalion
19. Barrie Colts
20. Erie Otters
21. Oshawa Generals
22. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

REGULAR SEASON TROPHIES:

Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
The Greyhounds captured their fourth regular season title and first Hamilton Spectator Trophy since 1985 – the same year the club won their first of three Robertson Cups as OHL champions. The Hounds also finished first in 1983 and 1981 but fell in the OHL Finals both years.  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 23 times and the Memorial Cup 11 times.

Leyden Trophy (East Division): Oshawa Generals
The Generals captured the East Division title for the second straight year and fifth time in franchise history. They also earned division titles in 1991, as well as 1990 and 1987 before winning the OHL Championship in both years.

Emms Trophy (Central Division): Barrie Colts
The Colts earned their sixth Central Division title and second in three years last winning in 2013.  Prior to that they won division crowns in 2010 as part of their franchise-best 116-point season, 2007, and back-to-back in 1999 and 2000 en route to capturing the club’s first and only Robertson Cup.

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): Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
The Greyhounds locked up the Bumbacco Trophy with their West Division crown for the second straight year and fifth time in franchise history. The club also earned West Division titles in 2008, 2005, and 1997.  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): Erie Otters
The Otters captured their fourth Holody Trophy as Midwest Division winners. The previous division titles for the Otters came in consecutive seasons from 2000-02 capped off with the club’s only Robertson Cup in 2002. 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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