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First Round Predictions


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off The Wire " brought to you by Owen Sound Springfest 55+ Games.

The Mississauga Steelheads lost 4-2 to the Sudbury Wolves last night to formally set all 8 of the Ontario Hockey League first round playoff matchups.

Here are the matchups & the predictions from a guy I know very well.

Let's start in the East;

Peterborough-Niagara.  The Petes will win the series, but it will be far tougher than most 1-8 pairings.

Mississauga-Ottawa. I like Mississauga to come out of the East, so it goes without saying they'll dispatch the 67's.

Oshawa-Sudbury . Can't say I was a fan of the Oshawa selloff this year, so there's a part of me that wants the Generals to go to the OHL Final and get beat 15-0 every night. They'll win this series.

& Kingston-Hamilton. If the phase of the moon is right, I'll go Bulldogs.

Now in the West;

Erie-Sarnia. The Otters will win, but wouldn't you love this matchup if Chychrun, Konecny & Zacha still played at Sarnia ?

Sault Ste Marie-Flint. The Greyhounds quickly.

London-Windsor. Amazingly, a 90 point season will see the Spitfires on the sideline in short order but with plenty of time to prep for the Memorial Cup.

And Owen Sound-Kitchener.....we'll talk about that on Friday.

I'm Fred Wallace

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