UHS COACH NYE TALKS JUNIOR HOCKEY

CHL LogoYou know the old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen”   well guess what,, these CHL playoffs are starting to boil over!

Here is what we mean as we take our tour through the CHL and the playoff match ups.

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Western Conference Final

London Knights (1) vs. Plymouth Whalers (2)

Can you say equally matched or what?  This series will be the series of all series I have been told and we can’t wait until it gets going on the 19th.

Mike Vellucci, coach of the underdog Whalers (well that’s what Mike wants us to believe!) has been preaching to the press that his team came in second overall and it’s the almighty London Knights (The Yankees of Jr hockey I’m told too) that are the favorites and will be the team to beat. Well Coach Vellucci might be right on one thing and that is, it will be a barn burner of a series.

Let’s get a full recap from the OHL Aaron Bell OHL Western Conference Championship Final

Eastern Conference Final

Belleville Bulls (1) vs. Barrie Colts (2)

Going into a Championship Final is exciting enough but going in undefeated as has the Barrie Colts are well that’s pretty impressive don’t you think. Well you go ask the Belleville Bulls about be impressed, you won’t get much of a statement back because they don’t want to give anything away.

What we think will make the difference in this series are two things, goaltending and big ice. Either Malcolm Subban will be standing on his head and leading the Bulls pass the Colts or the Colts will…… lets find out more from OHL Aaron Bell OHL Eastern Conference Championship Final

 

WHL MATCHUPs

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Western Conference Final

Portland Winterhawks (1) vs. Kamloops Blazers (3)

This will be year number 3 for Portland to be in the finals and the first time since 1999 for the Blazers to do battle. So we will find out who is more hungry at this point to move on. It would seem the Winterhawks are on a roll as they enter the finals, having scored 18 goals in four games versus Spokane but while the Winterhawks have been scoring the Blazers have been silently going along doing their own scoring and attacking the opposition with relentless and great fortitude, what great teams are made of!

Let’s have a closer look at this great final WHL Kal Tire Western Conference Championship Final

Eastern Conference Fina

Edmonton Oil Kings (1) vs. Calgary Hitmen (3)

With six consecutive playoff series won, 44 goals scored in nine games and converting 27% of their power play chances you would think the Oil Kings could just skate on the ice and win everything now wouldn’t you? But guess what the Hitmen are coming into this series rolling along on the shirt tails of one Victor Rask who has been a force all by himself. Also showing up big time is goaltender Chris Driedger who has stepped up his play in the post-season posting a 1.73 GAA and a .946 save percentage through 10 games to rank second behind only his dueling partner from Edmonton, Brossoit.

It should be a dandy for sure Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship Final

 

QMJHL MATCHUPS

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Ok there is one point that I want to show you all that will tell you something about these two finals and here it is,

All undefeated at home – None of the 4 semi-finalist teams have yet lost “home” since the start of the series: ROU (6-0), HAL (4-0), BAC (4-0), BLB (4-0)…

Now that is very impressive don’t you think? and to top it all off there is some players in each series that are going to get even better as they age.

Halifax (1) is going up against the hungriest underdog that I have ever seen, that being Rouyn-Noranda (8) who are going at a clip of 38% on their powerplay, that’s impressive.

While in the other series you have Baie-Comeau (2) going against a close rival in Blainville-Boisbriand (3). With Amanda winning the series in the regular season (3-0-0-1) vs the Drakkar team you would think it might be a easy ride for them but  the defense of Drakkar is extremely tight while playing shorthanded in the playoffs, with 86.3% efficiency. This will be the tightest of all series in my humble opinion. With a little more information from the Q league, let’s check out in detail about all these four teams QMJHL Semi-Finals President Cup

Well there you have the CHL Playoff wrap-up, all the series should be exciting and very entertaining so sit back and enjoy!

Until next time.

See you after the game,

Coach Nye