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AOHL Playoff Preview: Frontenacs Vs. Generals

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Kingston’s Lawson Crouse and Oshawa’s Jeremy Brodeur.

Season Series:

The Kingston Frontenacs and Oshawa Generals have practically swapped places in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, compared to last year and they even flipped a few players as well this season. Unfortunately for the Fronts, one of the main players in that deal will likley make the series very tough on his former mates. We’ll get into that shortly. As far as the season series goes it was a Limestone City landslide, 7-1 in favour of the Fronts. This is definitely not the same Generals team that lifted the Memorial Cup last season and they’ll have to work real hard to keep the “Kingston Kurse” alive.

Players To Watch:

Kingston: F – #71 Michael Dal Colle
That player mentioned earlier is none other than Michael Dal Colle, who has had no trouble playing against his former club (11 points in three games played) and will also bring the experience needed on a deep playoff run. Dal Colle is coming off a regular season that saw a slight drop in production (to 80 points from 93 in 2014/15), but is still capable of being a game breaker and will be familiar with the crowd at the GM Centre. How they react to him will be a an interesting story.

Oshawa: G – #56 Jeremy Brodeur
After going 1-7 against the Fronts this season Jeremy Brodeur needs to be better and he can be. He posted six shutouts this season, played over 3,000 minutes, faced over 1,500 shots and still put up decent numbers, backstopping a very inexperienced team. Goaltending is always important in the playoffs and in this series, it’s likely the most important thing for the Generals, if they want to be successful. It will also be interesting to see how the son of one of the NHL’s coolest customers handles the pressure of his first OHL playoff run, carrying the workload.
By The Numbers:

Kingston: (46-17-3-2) – 97 pts, 1st in East Conf, 1st in East Div.
Oshawa: (23-33-4-4) – 62 pts, 8th in East Conf, 4th in East Div.

Goals For: Kingston – 252, Oshawa – 197
Goals Against: Kingston – 189, Oshawa – 235

Head to Head: Kingston wins 7-1
H-to-H Goals: 33 – 18 for Kingston

Goalies:

Kingston: #40 Lucas Peressini (27-14-3-1), 2.85 GAA, .906 SV%, 1 SO
Oshawa: #56 Jeremy Brodeur (24-22-3-2), 2.90 GAA, .905 SV%, 6 SO

Who has the edge –  Kingston 

While the Fronts’ recent playoff record makes them a tough choice this time of year, it’s hard to ignore the talent-laden roster that calls the K-Rock Centre home. After setting multiple franchise records and dominating the Generals in the regular season, this is likely to be a very confident Fronts bunch, with more to prove. Barring a complete shutdown, I can see Kingston finally pushing through to the second round and rather easily at that. Given how well these two teams know each other, it’s bound to be entertaining though.

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