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GOJHL: WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS PREVIEW

Date:  Source: Ontario Hockey Association


By: OHA Media
Photo: Garrett Fodor, Leamington Flyers 

The Western Conference Semifinals are set as the London Nationals will face the Chatham Maroons and the Leamington Flyers will play the St. Thomas Stars. The top two seeds, London and Leamington have reached the semis, but Chatham and St. Thomas both pulled off first round upsets to advance.  These four teams have now set their sights on the Western Conference Championship and the Bill Weir Trophy, won last year by London. Last year London and Chatham also met in the semifinals, but Chatham was the number two seed and London was the number three seed and London won the series in five games. 

Quarterfinals:
(1) London vs (6) Chatham (starts Mar. 14)
(2) Leamington vs (5) St. Thomas (starts Mar. 15)

Let's take a look at both series in the Western Conference Semifinals and see how they matched up during the regular season.

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(1) London Nationals (35-12-0-3) vs (6) Chatham Maroons (25-22-1-2)
London won the season series 6-0
     09/27/17    Chatham 3 at London 7   
     10/08/17    London 8 at Chatham 4   
     11/22/17    Chatham 5 at London 8   
     01/07/18    London 8 at Chatham 4   
     01/24/18    Chatham 1 at London 6   
     02/25/18    London 4 at Chatham 2   

Leading Scorers (head-to-head)
London: Max Vinogradov 14 PTS (8G, 6A) - 6 GP
Chatham: Josh Supryka 7 PTS (4G, 3A) - 4 GP

Leading Scorers (regular season)
London: Brandon Glover 65 PTS (18G, 47A) - 50 GP
Chatham: Dane Johnstone 70 PTS (26G, 44A) - 50 GP

Top Goaltender (head-to-head)
London: David Ovsjannikov (3 GP, 3-0-0, 2.67 GAA, .900 SV%)
Chatham: Ryan Wagner (6 GP, 0-5-0, 7.22 GAA, .843 SV%)

Top Goaltender (regular season)
London: David Ovsjannikov (27 GP, 18-9-0, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .915 SV%)
Chatham: Ryan Wagner (36 GP, 18-14-1, 3 SO, 3.33 GAA, .907 SV%)

Special Teams (head-to-head)
London: PP - 37.8%, PK - 93.7%
Chatham: PP - 6.3%, PK - 62.2%

Special Teams (regular season)
London: PP - 29.0%, PK - 85.5%
Chatham: PP - 21.4%, PK - 82.0%

HOW THEY GOT HERE
Quarterfinals:

London: beat Strathroy 4 games to 0
Chatham: beat LaSalle 4 games to 3

Click here to download the complete head-to-head comparison (PDF)
London stats (Regular Season | Playoffs)
Chatham stats (Regular Season | Playoffs)


(2) Leamington Flyers (31-11-5-3) vs (5) St. Thomas Stars (29-16-3-2)
Leamington won the season series 3-1-2
     10/05/17    St. Thomas 3 at Leamington 7     
     11/03/17    Leamington 6 at St. Thomas 7     
     11/24/17    Leamington 3 at St. Thomas 2     
     11/30/17    St. Thomas 4 at Leamington 4 OT  
     01/26/18    Leamington 4 at St. Thomas 3 OT  
     02/22/18    St. Thomas 2 at Leamington 2 OT  

Leading Scorers (head-to-head)
Leamington: Griffin Robinson 8 PTS (6G, 2A) - 6 GP
St. Thomas: Kevin Hu 10 PTS (4G, 6A) - 6 GP

Leading Scorers (regular season)
Leamington: Griffin Robinson 55 PTS (33G, 22A) - 50 GP
St. Thomas: Kevin Hu 80 PTS (38G, 42A) - 49 GP

Top Goaltender (head-to-head)
Leamington: Connor Meyerink (3 GP, 2-0-1, 2.74 GAA, .903 SV%)
St. Thomas: Jesse Hodgson (1 GP, 0-0-1, 1.71 GAA, .935 SV%)

Top Goaltender (regular season)
Leamington: Connor Meyerink (26 GP, 14-7-4, 2.65 GAA, .917 SV%)
St. Thomas: Jesse Hodgson (11 GP, 7-3-1, 2.09 GAA, .931 SV%)

Special Teams (head-to-head)
Leamington: PP - 33.3%, PK - 81.5%
St. Thomas: PP - 18.5%, PK - 66.7%

Special Teams (regular season)
Leamington: PP - 24.6%, PK - 81.4%
St. Thomas: PP - 16.9%, PK - 84.2%

HOW THEY GOT HERE
Quarterfinals: 

Leamington: beat Komoka 4 games to 0
St. Thomas: beat Sarnia 4 games to 1

Click here to download the complete head-to-head comparison (PDF)
Leamington stats (Regular Season | Playoffs)
St. Thomas stats (Regular Season | Playoffs)

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