It will be the battle of the two most dominant playoff teams as the Battalion posts an 8-1 record in the playoffs while the Bulldogs post a perfect 8-0 record
For the first time since meeting the Oshawa Generals in 2015, North Bay Battalion is back in the Eastern Conference Championship Series.
The 2022 OHL Eastern Conference Championship Series for the Bobby Orr Trophy between the Hamilton Bulldogs and North Bay Battalion begins Friday, May 20 in Hamilton.
The third-round series includes the top two seeds from the Eastern Conference as the Bulldogs, who won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy with the OHL’s best regular season record, edge away from the Peterborough Petes and Mississauga Steelheads in back-to-back series to advance to the Conference Finals . They face Central Division champions North Bay Battalion, who eliminated the Ottawa 67 and Kingston Frontenacs to reach the Eastern Conference Championship Series for the first time since 2015.
It will be the battle of the two most dominant playoff teams as the Battalion posts an 8-1 record in the playoffs while the Bulldogs post a perfect 8-0 record.
The Bulldogs and Battalion faced each other four times during the regular season, with North Bay winning the first two encounters before Hamilton responded with victories in the last two encounters.
The Troops will be led offensively in the playoffs by towering stars Mitchell Russell and Brandon Coe. Russell is second in the OHL playoffs with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points — just one behind leader and Dallas Stars contender Wyatt Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires (23). Coe is fourth in the league playoffs and had 18 points after the second round with five goals and 13 assists.
The Bulldogs are led by Logan Morrison, who has nine goals and seven assists, good for 16 points. Mason McTavish, meanwhile, is 10th in the playoffs and has 14 points overall with nine goals and five assists.
The Eastern Conference
(1) HAMILTON BULLDOGS (51-12-3-2) vs. (2) NORTH BAY BATTALION (43-18-3-4) – #HAMvsNB
Game 1, Friday May 20 in Hamilton, 7pm
Game 2, Sunday May 22nd in Hamilton, 7pm
Game 3, Wednesday May 25 at North Bay, 7 p.m
Game 4, Friday May 27 at North Bay, 7 p.m
Game 5, Sunday May 29 in Hamilton, 7 p.m.*
Game 6, Tuesday May 31 at North Bay, 7pm*
Game 7, Wednesday June 1st in Hamilton, 7pm*