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Monday, April 18, 2011

Preview - Western Conference Championship

Owen Sound Attack Vs Windsor Spitfires

Both teams took a different route on getting to the conference finals. Owen Sound finished first in the regular season in the Conference with 97 points. In the opening round of the playoffs, they dispatched the London Knights in 6 games and then bounced the Plymouth Whalers in 4 games.

Windsor finished the regular season 13 points behind the Attack and finished fourth in the conference. Windsor took care of Erie in the first round but needed 7 games before bouncing Saginaw in 6 games last night.

Owen Sound will come in Tuesday on 6 days rest. Windsor's opening game will be their third in four nights. But you can never count out the two time defending Memorial Cup Champs.

Owen Sound won the regular season series 3-0-1 with one of their victories coming in overtime. In fact, each team won a game apiece in overtime at home.

Owen Sound won their two home games 4-3 on November 13 and by the same score on January 23 in overtime. Owen Sound won the first game in Windsor 6-4 on February 10. Windsor's only victory came at home March 10 in overtime by a score of 4-3. Is there a trend happening?

As for the draft eligible players, Alex Khokhlachev is the guy to be watching on Windsor. He has 7 goals and 8 assists in 13 playoff games. In the 4 regular season games vs Owen Sound he had 3 goals and 5 assists.

For Owen Sound there is goaltender Jordan Binnington and LW Andrew Fritsch. But neither has played since round 1 against London and it is doubtful we will see either against Windsor.

So its prediction time and I am sitting at 8 for 12. I am going to stick to the 4-3 trend and take:

Owen Sound in 7 games

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