Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Road to the 2010 Memorial Cup: Quarterfinal Series'

Here's a look at the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League & Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's as we are getting to start of the 2nd round of the Major Junior Playoffs. Be sure to look look for the Series Schedules as the 1st Round will be coming to an end this week.

Of the remaining 1st Round Series, Spokane & Portland have played a crazy series where home ice advantage hasn't meant anything where the road team has won every game in this series. The Winner of tonight's game 7 will play the Vancouver Giants in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The other 3 series are now set as the Calgary Hitmen VS. Medicine Hat Tigers, the Brandon Wheat Kings are playing the Saskatoon Blades out in the East. The other Western Conference Semifinals will be between the Tri-City Americans will take on the Kelowna Rockets who upset the Everett Silvertips in the Conference 1st Round.

For the most part the Ontario Hockey League has gone according to plan in the opening round as the higher seeded team has won every series in the opening round. As expected, Barrie & Windsor clinched sweeps while 3 other teams advanced in 5 games.

The only series going the distance is the #4 VS. #5 in the East the Kingston Frontenacs & Brampton Battalion will play Game 7 tonight with the winner playing the Barrie Colts with the series starting on Thursday night.

Quebec has had some great series as only the Drummondville Voltigeurs were able to pull off the first round sweep as they awaiting the final 2 Series to wrap up tonight. One of the big surprises could be the Chicoutimi Sagueneens as the Sagueneens ended the regular season on a very sour note who's looking to knock out the Rimouski Oceanic.

The West Division was also very competitive as the Val-dor Fourers took West Division Champions Rouyn-Nornda to 6 games, while Montreal & Gatineau will settle things tonight.

2 of the 4 QMJHL Quarterfinals are now set as the #3 Quebec City Ramparts will take on #6 Victoriaville while the Moncton Wildcats will take on the West Division Champions Rouyn-Nornda Huskies which should get underway later this week.

Here's a look at the Quarterfinal Matchups on the road to the Memorial Cup.

Western Hockey League

Eastern Conference

#1 Calgary Hitmen VS. #5 Medicine Hat Tigers

#2 Brandon Wheat Kings VS. #3 Saskatoon Blades

Western Conference

#1 Tri-City Americans VS. #6 Kelwona Rockets

#2 Vancouver Giants VS. Portland/Spokane Winner

Ontario Hockey League

Eastern Conference

#1 Barrie Colts VS. #5 Brampton Battalion

#2 Ottawa 67s VS. #3 Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors

Western Conference

#1 Windsor Spitfire VS. #4 Plymouth Whalers

#2 London Knights VS. #3 Kitchener Rangers

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#1 St. John Seadogs VS. #8 Gatineau Olympiques

#2 Drummondville Voltigeurs VS. #7 Rimouski Oceanic

#3 Quebec City Ramparts VS. #6 Victoriaville Tigers

#4 Rouyn-Nornda Huskies VS. #5 Moncton Wildcats

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