Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the two schedule scenarios for the 2017 OHL Western Conference Championship Series for the Wayne Gretzky Trophy to begin this Friday April 21, 2017.
The third round series will feature the Owen Sound Attack against the winner between the Erie Otters and London Knights who complete their Western Conference Semi-Final Series tonight with Game 7 in Erie. Click here for a special Game 7 preview. The Attack advanced on Sunday following a 4-2 series win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
During the 2016-17 regular season the Attack finished with a franchise best record of 49-15-2-2 for 102 points in the Midwest Division behind only the Otters who finished with 103 points powered by a 50-15-2-1 record and ahead of the Knights who finished with 99 points from a 46-15-3-4 record. The Attack played both teams six times during regular season play carrying a 2-4 record against the Otters and a 4-1-0-1 record against the Knights with two of their wins by shootout.
The Western Conference Champion receives the Wayne Gretzky Trophy named in honour of the Hockey Hall of Fame member who played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 1977-78. Since the two conference division in 1999, the Attack have captured the Wayne Gretzky Trophy once in franchise history back in 2011, while the Otters secured Western Conference titles in 2015 and 2002. The Knights are the defending Wayne Gretzky Trophy winners and have won a total of six times including 2016, 2013, 2012, 2006, 2005, and 1999.
Owen Sound has never faced Erie in post-season play but have met London six different times including the first round in 2016 (4-2 LDN), first round in 2011 (4-2 OS), first round in 2007 (4-0 LDN), second round in 2006 (4-2 LDN), third round in 1999 (4-1 LDN), and first round in 1992 (4-1 LDN).
WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE SCENARIOS:
SCENARIO 1: SERIES “G” ERIE OTTERS (1) vs. OWEN SOUND ATTACK (3)
Game 1, Fri., April 21 Owen Sound at Erie, 7:00
Game 2, Sat., April 22 Owen Sound at Erie, 7:00
Game 3, Mon., April 24 Erie at Owen Sound, 7:00
Game 4, Wed., April 26 Erie at Owen Sound, 7:00
Game 5, Fri., April 28 Owen Sound at Erie, 7:00*
Game 6, Sun., April 30 Erie at Owen Sound, 2:00*
Game 7, Mon., May 1 Owen Sound at Erie, 7:00*
SCENARIO 2: SERIES “G” OWEN SOUND ATTACK (3) vs. LONDON KNIGHTS (4)
Game 1, Fri., April 21 Owen Sound at London, 7:30
Game 2, Sun., April 23 Owen Sound at London, 2:00
Game 3, Mon., April 24 London at Owen Sound, 7:00
Game 4, Wed., April 26 London at Owen Sound, 7:00
Game 5, Fri., April 28 London at Owen Sound, 7:30*
Game 6, Sat., April 29 Owen Sound at London, 7:00*
Game 7, Mon., May 1 London at Owen Sound, 7:00*