AHL/OHL Playoff Preivew
AHL/OHL Playoffs: Previewing Thursday’s Games
The AHL and OHL both have two games scheduled for Thursday, as the minor league playoff season continues.
Connecticut Whale at Portland Pirates—Series tied 2-2
The Pirates will host the Whale in a pivotal series game Thursday night, as both teams will battle for possession of the series lead. The Whale won game 4 at home, 3-1, to tie the series, and hope to keep their two games playoff win streak alive. Portland has won both of their home playoff games this season. The players to watch are Mats Zuccarello from Connecticut, and Derek Whitmore from Portland. This will be Zuccarello’s second game back in the lineup since returning from a brief NHL playoff stint with the New York Rangers.
Lake Erie Monsters at Manitoba Moose—Monsters lead 2-1
Manitoba will host Lake Eerie in Thursday’s game 4 match-up, with the Monsters leading the series 2-1. Lake Erie defeated Manitoba in game 3 to gain the series lead by the score of 2-1. Tonight’s players to watch from this contest are Mark Flood from Manitoba and David Van Der Gulik from Lake Eerie.
Mississauga St.Michael’s Majors at Niagara Dogs—Mississauga leads 1-0
Game 2 of this series will be played tonight, as Niagara hopes to tie the series at 1-1. Mississauga won game 1 by the score of 3-0 to take the series lead. Casey Cizikas is the player to watch from Mississauga, and Ryan Strome is the player to watch from Niagara. Strome, who is projected to drop in the top 10 of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was held scoreless in game 1, though he racked five penalty minutes.
Owen Sound Attack at Windsor Spitfires—Owen Sound leads 1-0
Windsor will host game 2 of this series tonight, Owen Sound leading the series 1-0. The Attack’ dominated Windsor in game 1, defeating them by the score of 8-1 to take the early series lead. Joey Hishon is the player to watch from Owen Sound, and from Windsor it is Ryan Ellis.
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