Updated following games played on March 12.
With 32 games remaining in the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League regular season, 12 teams have clinched berths in the OHL Playoffs and two division titles have been claimed. Playoff positioning is still to be determined in both conferences as thus far only the Mississauga Steelheads have confirmed their final standing. The season wraps up on Tuesday March 21.
Here’s a look at the standings and playoff scenarios to date.
1. Peterborough Petes – 85PTS (40-20-2-3) – 3 games remain (at OTT, HAM, at OSH)
– Petes need three points to clinch the East Division title and 1st overall in the Eastern Conference but can still finish as low as 3rd.
2. Mississauga Steelheads – 75PTS (31-20-6-7) – 4 games remain (at NIAG, BAR, NIAG, SBY)
– Steelheads have clinched the Central Division title and 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference.
3. Oshawa Generals – 81PTS (38-22-3-2) – 3 games remain (BAR, at OTT, PBO)
– Generals can still finish as high as 1st place but no lower than 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
4. Hamilton Bulldogs – 72PTS (32-25-4-4) – 3 games remain (at PBO, at KGN, at OTT)
– Bulldogs will finish in either 4th or 5th place in the Eastern Conference and will play Kingston in 1st round playoffs.
5. Kingston Frontenacs – 69PTS (30-26-5-4) – 3 games remain (HAM, at BAR, at NB)
– Frontenacs will finish in either 5th or 4th place in the Eastern Conference and will play Hamilton in 1st round playoffs.
6. Ottawa 67’s – 58PTS (25-32-7-1) – 3 games remain (PBO, OSH, HAM)
– 67’s can finish as high as 6th place or as low as 9th in the Eastern Conference needing one point to clinch a playoff position.
7. Niagara IceDogs – 56PTS (23-32-6-4) – 3 games remain (MISS, SBY, at MISS)
– IceDogs can still finish as high as 6th place or as low as 9th in the Eastern Conference needing three points to clinch a playoff position.
8. Sudbury Wolves – 55PTS (24-33-7-0) – 4 games remain (at NB, NB, at NIAG, at MISS)
– Wolves can still finish as high as 6th place or as low as 9th in the Eastern Conference needing four points to clinch a playoff position.
9. North Bay Battalion – 52PTS (23-36-4-2) – 3 games remain (SBY, at SBY, KGN)
– Battalion can still finish as high as 6th place in the Eastern Conference.
10. Barrie Colts – 41PTS (17-41-6-1) – 3 games remain (at OSH, at MISS, KGN)
– Colts have been eliminated from playoff contention and will select either 1st or 2nd overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection on April 8.
1. Erie Otters – 99PTS (48-14-2-1) – 3 games remain (LDN, at KIT, GUE)
– Otters need four points to clinch 1st overall in the Western Conference but can still finish as low as 4th.
2. Soo Greyhounds – 96PTS (46-15-3-1) – 3 games remain (at SAG, SAG, LDN)
– Greyhounds have clinched the West Division title but can still finish in 1st place but no lower than 2nd in the Western Conference.
3. Owen Sound Attack – 94PTS (45-15-2-2) – 4 games remain (FLNT, at WSR, KIT, at GUE)
– Attack can still finish as high as 1st place but no lower than 4th in the Western Conference clinching home ice advantage in 1st round playoffs.
4. London Knights – 93PTS (43-14-3-4) – 4 games remain (at ER, FLNT, at FLNT, at SSM)
– Knights can still finish as high as 1st place but no lower than 5th in the Western Conference needing two points to clinch home ice advantage.
5. Windsor Spitfires – 88PTS (40-17-5-3) – 3 games remain (at SAR, OS, at SAG)
– Spitfires can still finish as high as 4th place but no lower than 5th in the Western Conference.
6. Kitchener Rangers – 74PTS (35-26-2-2) – 3 games remain (at GUE, ER, at OS)
– Rangers will finish in either 6th or 7th place in the Western Conference.
7. Flint Firebirds – 72PTS (32-25-3-5) – 3 games remain (at OS, at LDN, LDN)
– Firebirds will finish in either 7th or 6th place in the Western Conference.
8. Sarnia Sting – 67PTS (30-29-6-1) – 2 games remain (WSR, at GUE)
– Sting can only finish as high as 8th place or as low as 9th in the Western Conference needing one point to clinch a playoff position.
9. Saginaw Spirit – 61PTS (26-30-7-2) – 3 games remain (SSM, at SSM, WSR)
– Spirit can still finish as high as 8th place in the Western Conference.
10. Guelph Storm – 46PTS (20-38-4-2) – 4 games remain (KIT, SAR, at ER, OS)
– Storm have been eliminated from playoff contention, will pick either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection on April 8.
The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the OHL playoffs with the division leaders ranked one-two in each Conference.
In the first round of the playoffs, first place plays eighth, second plays seventh, third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth in each conference.
Teams are re-seeded within their conference after each round and the division winners are always ranked 1-2 within the conference as long as they progress. The champions from each conference play in the OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup.
The OHL Playoffs are scheduled to begin on the Thursday following the conclusion of the regular season. The first round series must be completed within 13 days; the second round series have 14 days to finish while the Conference Championships are 13 days in length. The OHL Championship Series is 14 days in length.
TIE BREAKING SYSTEM:
If two or more teams are tied for the final OHL playoff position in either conference, sudden-death playoff games will be used to determine the team that advances, with the home team for such tie-breaker game being determined through the OHL standard tie-breaking system listed below.
For all other playoff positions, the following tie-breaking system is in place:
- The team with the most number of wins during the regular season shall be declared higher in the standings.
- If two teams are still tied, the team with the best record in head-to-head competition (based on points including overtime losses) shall be declared higher in the standings. If more than two teams are tied after the first tie-breaker, the percentage of available points earned in games among each other shall be used to determine the standing.
- If still tied, the team with the greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing after the second tie-breaker shall be declared higher in the standings.
SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF FORMULA (FOR FINAL PLAYOFF POSITION):
Between Two Teams: Two teams tied for the final playoff position will play a sudden-death game to be hosted by the centre determined higher in the standings by the OHL tie-breaking system. The winner will be declared higher in the standings.
Between Three Teams for One Playoff Position:
- A sudden-death game will be played between the two teams having the lowest percentage as calculated by dividing the sum of goals ‘for’ plus the total goals ‘against’ into the total goals ‘for’. The home team will be determined by utilizing the OHL tie-breaking system.
- A second sudden-death game will be played between the winner of the preliminary sudden-death game and the remaining team. The home team will be determined by utilizing the OHL tie-breaking system. The winner will be declared higher in the standings.
REGULAR SEASON TROPHIES:
Hamilton Spectator Trophy:
The Hamilton Spectator Trophy is awarded to the team that finishes the regular season first overall in the Ontario Hockey League. The trophy was presented to the Ontario Hockey Association by the Hamilton Spectator in the 1957-58 season. The winner of the Hamilton Spectator Trophy has gone on to win the OHL championship 23 times and the Memorial Cup 11 times.
Emms Trophy (Central Division): Mississauga Steelheads
The Steelheads have earned their first Central Division title in the club’s five year history. This also marks the first division banner in Mississauga since the Majors finished atop the league standings in 2011. Past division titles in all-time franchise history were also achieved in 2004 and 2002 by the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors.
Leyden Trophy (East Division):
The Emms and Leyden Trophies were first presented in the 1975-76 season when the OHL was split into divisions with the expansion of the league to 12 teams. The awards originated in recognition of Matt Leyden and Leighton ‘Hap’ Emms for their contributions to junior hockey in Ontario.
Bumbacco Trophy (West Division): Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
The Greyhounds have earned their third West Division title in four years following back-to-back banner seasons in 2014 and 2015. The Hounds have won a total of six West Division crowns including wins in 2008, 2005, and 1997. The Bumbacco Trophy was inaugurated in 1994-95 when the league realigned into three divisions. The award is named after former Greyhounds’ General Manager Angelo Bumbacco.
Holody Trophy (Midwest Division):
The Holody Trophy, awarded in recognition of the contributions to the OHL by former Guelph and Owen Sound Platers Governor Joe Holody, was presented following the 1998-99 season for the first time with the realignment of the league into four divisions.