Final Regular Season Records:
Ontario: 43-19-4-6 (96 pts)
Colorado: 41-23-4-4 (90 pts)
Game Schedule (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and All Times Local):
Game 1 – Thu., April 16 — Colorado at ONTARIO 7:00 pm
Game 2 – Fri., April 17 — Colorado at ONTARIO 7:00 pm
Game 3 – Sun., April 19 — Ontario at COLORADO 7:05 pm
Game 4 – Wed., April 22 — Ontario at COLORADO 7:05 pm
*Game 5 – Fri., April 24 — Ontario at COLORADO 7:05 pm
*Game 6 – Mon., April 27 — Colorado at ONTARIO 7:00 pm
*Game 7 – Tue., April 28 — Colorado at ONTARIO 7:00 pm
*= If Necessary
Season Series Recap: Colorado won the season series over Ontario, with a 7-5-1 record. Like the Idaho/Utah series, 7 of the 13 matchups were decided by one goal or less.
Leading Scorers: Ontario is led offensively by the tandem of Judd Blackwater and Tristan King, who each had 13 points. The Eagles are led offensively by Trent Daavettila, who finished the season series with 16 points (3G, 13A).
Ontario Fact: Ontario is stacked in net, with Joe Cannata and Jussi Olkinuora, who the regular season with a combined record of 29-15-3-3 and a 2.22 goals against average.
Colorado Fact: The Eagles will have the services of defenseman Collin Bowman for the playoffs. Bowman spent 21 games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. The defenseman has tallied 38 points in 48 games on the Eagles blueline this season.
How Ontario Wins: The Reign are loaded up front, with players like Garry Nunn, Maxim Kitsyn, Judd Blackwater and Josh Brittain. The Reign will have to rely on that scoring depth to carry them through this series. Ontario would be served to stay out of the penalty box, as Colorado had an 18.5% efficiency rate on the power play during the season series.
How Colorado Wins: The Eagles are a young team, and will need to rely on veterans like Trent Daavettila and Darryl Bootland if they wish to make a deep playoff run. That said, the Eagles are a team that has largely played from the front this season, and have an unblemished record when leading after 1 and 2 periods during the regular season. If the Eagles are to win this series, they will need to continue playing from the front.
Who wins this series? Let your voice be heard!