Last night, thanks in part to Matt Duchene's hat trick, the Brampton Battalion dusted off the Belleville Bulls to capture the Eastern Conference title. Earlier in the week, the Windsor Spitfires defeated the London Knights in 5 games, all of which went to overtime.
Now here is the sad part. I went 0/2 in my predictions of the conference finals (my predictions can be found here).
This drops my overall playoff prediction record to 10/14. Not tremendous. I need to step it back up for the OHL Championship. So here is my prediction...
1 (West). Windsor Spitfires vs. 2 (East). Brampton Battalion
Season Series: Windsor 2-0
My Analysis: OK, so both teams stepped up large in the Conference finals. In Windsor, goaltender Andrew Engelage stepped up his game and looks to be capable in helping the team to the Memorial Cup, even if he isn't capable of stealing his team a game. In Brampton, goaltender Thomas McCollum is capable of stealing his team a game and is likely going to have to do that in order to push this series. I like Windsor's offense a lot here. I think that their competitive drive and skill makes them a more dangerous overall unit than Brampton. Defensively, I like Windsor as well, just because of the potential game changer they have on point in Ryan Ellis. Personally, I think Windsor really takes it to Brampton in this series and moves on to represent the OHL in the Memorial Cup.
Prediction: Windsor in 5