Major junior hockey fans in Ontario are only one day away from the start of the 2012 Ontario Hockey League Playoffs as sixteen teams advanced to post-season action in hopes of lifting the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions. The Eastern Conference’s Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs finished ninth and tenth, respectively, in the rankings causing both franchises to miss out on the playoffs. In the Western Conference, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds barely missed the playoffs but their 64 points placed them ninth and the Erie Otters’ mere ten wins had them finishing last in the conference and league.
Teams have endured the long sixty-eight game season seeing many squads going through both highs and lows. Stretches of brilliance followed by slumps of frustration are not uncommon for teams filled with mostly teenagers. Injuries have caused many teams to persevere through the hard times and it is the hope of many franchises that post-season success will reward the players for their hard fought regular season play. Let us turn our focus to the playoff action about to get underway and throw out some bold predictions on how the series will unfold.
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By Brendan Ross
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