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  • Oshawa Generals oust Erie Otters, clinch OHL championship

    Oshawa is the first Eastern Conference OHL champion since 2006 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Oshawa is the first Eastern Conference OHL champion since 2006 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    Cole Cassels, Matt Mistele and the entire Oshawa Generals crew brought the curtain down on the Connor McDavid show.

    Cassels had tour assists, giving him a series-high 12 points, to help the Generals beat the McDavid-led Erie Otters 6-2 at General Motors Place to complete a five-game win in the Ontario Hockey League championship. Mistele also his team-high 13th post-season goal when the Generals, backed by a crowd of 6,000-plus, scored thrice in the first five minutes of the second period to force McDavid and the Otters to play catch-up mode. 

    "I love these guys to death," Cassels, a Vancouver Canucks signing, told Sportsnet 360. "It was a total team effort to shut down Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters. I couldn't be more proud of this team. He's the best player in the world. We had to try to get in his grille and get him off his game."

    It's the Generals' OHL-record 13th title, but first since 1997. It was also the first by an Eastern Conference team since the Peterborough Petes

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  • Jordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL ImagesJordan Subban of the Belleville Bulls. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    The Medicine Hat Tigers don't have a lease finalized for the Alberta city's new Regional Events Centre. (CHAT-TV, Medicine Hat News)

    Talk about a dream come true for Kelowna's Jackson Whistle: winning the league championship with his hometown club. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

    Kelowna's Dillon Dubé is euphoric after winning a championship as a rookie: "We came out hard and didn't stop." (Cochrane Times)

    Might we just skip ahead to Brandon winning the 2016 Ed Chynoweth Cup? (Winnipeg Free Press)

    The Prince George Cougars' prospective new logo has leaked out into the media. (Prince George Citizen

    Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Dustin Perillat is spending his spring running track and field, including the 800 metres, since he's a glutton for punishment. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

    OHL

    At long last, Belleville Bulls standout Jordan Subban has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. (24 Hours Vancouver,

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  • Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza, Thurs., May 14, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT!

    Leon Draisaitil was WHL playoff MVP with 28 points (Don Denton, The Canadian Press)Leon Draisaitil was WHL playoff MVP with 28 points (Don Denton, The Canadian Press)

    Come one, come all for the Buzzing The Net CHL Chatravaganza that is slated for Thursday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. 

    Please join Sunaya Sapurji, Mike Sanderson, Kelly Friesen, Neate Sager and the rest of the Yahoo! Jr. Hockey crew for the blogetariat's most popular, approximately one hour long discussion dedicated to all things junior hockey. Three of four teams for the Memorial Cup field are set after the Kelowna Rockets swept the Western Hockey League final, there's a possibility of Connor McDavid actually not setting the Ontario Hockey League record for playoff points and one high-profile head coaching vacancy might have been filled. So there should be much to discuss.

    Please remember the Chatravaganza is BYOP — bring your own peanuts.

    Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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  • Loaded Saint John Sea Dogs hiring coach Danny Flynn — report

    Flynn (right) guided Moncton to the QMJHL championship in 2010 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Flynn (right) guided Moncton to the QMJHL championship in 2010 (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    As soon as Ross Yates was moved out in mid-April as Saint John Sea Dogs coach, Danny Flynn's name came up as a possibility.

    Indeed, it appears the erstwhile Buffalo Sabres assistant coach, who had a championship team with the Moncton Wildcats in 2010 just before the Sea Dogs won back-to-back Quebec League titles, will be handed the keys to the Porsche that is one of the QMJHL's most talented core groups. On Wednesday, Stéphane Leroux reported at RDS that Flynn's hiring in Saint John is imminent.


    As if the Wildcats-Sea Dogs rivalry needed to be trumped up; now there's a coach crossing the divide, as it were. Saint John is on the cusp of some big things across the next two seasons. Drafting early during the post-championship seasons, along with having a No. 1 overall choice in this summer's QMJHL draft after making a trade with Drummondville and winning the coin flip, means they are potentially going to be stacked for two seasons. They were up among the league leaders for a good chunk

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  • Rourke Chartier is a San Jose Sharks fifth-rounder (The Canadian Press)Rourke Chartier is a San Jose Sharks fifth-rounder (The Canadian Press)

    No. 1 star: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

    Game 4 of the Western League final was scoreless for 40 minutes but it was just a matter of when with the way the trio of Chartier (1G-1A, +2), playoff MVP Leon Draisaitl (1G-1A, +2) and Nick Merkley (1G, +2) were producing against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Seventy seconds into the third in front of 6,400 at Prospera Place, Draisaitl got the Rockets' third short-handed goal of the series. Nineteen seconds later, Chartier also tallied while a man short with his team-leading 13th of the post-season, and essentially was the series. The line got a three-man break later in the frame and Merkley deposited, with Chartier nabbing the primary assist and Draisaitl, the Edmonton Oilers prospect, getting his playoff-leading 28th point. Rockets goalie Jackson Whistle, who was not in net when the Rockets clinched each of their first three series, had a 19-save shutout.

    The Rockets outscored Brandon by an aggregate 17-9 in the series, with only one

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  • Canucks prospect Cole Cassels' OT winner was his eighth point of the OHL final (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Canucks prospect Cole Cassels' OT winner was his eighth point of the OHL final (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    The low glass in Erie giveth, the low glass taketh away.

    The Otters' Mason Marchment had a puck bounce during his clearing attempt, which caused the disc to go into the stands for a delay-of-game penalty in overtime. That put the Oshawa Generals on a power play, where Cole Cassels scored the decider for the 6-5 win and 3-1 series lead. Cassels' faceoff win against fellow Vancouver Canucks prospect Kyle Pettit faciliated a game-tying goal with fewer than one second left in the second period.  

    The Generals shook off a four-point night from Connor McDavid are headed home to General Motors Centre, where they held the top NHL draft prospect to one assist in the first two games.

    "The character in our room is tremendous," Cassels, who has eight points in the past four games, said. "From the top guys to the supporting guys, everyone wants to win here. We showed it tonight."

    Cue the narratives that the Generals must have had a point to prove after the dominance of McDavid was the main

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  • Kelowna Rockets poised to sweep: the coast-to-coast

    KELOWNA, CANADA - JANUARY 10: Josh Morrissey #27 of Kelowna Rockets warms up for his first game as a Kelowna Rocket against the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 10, 2015 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)KELOWNA, CANADA - JANUARY 10: Josh Morrissey #27 of Kelowna Rockets warms up for his first game as a Kelowna Rocket against the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 10, 2015 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    The Leon Draisaitl-Rourke Chartier-Nick Merkley line might be the hottest thing going across the entire Canadian Hockey League, writes Kelowna play-by-player Regan Bartel. (Regan's Rant)

    How are the Brandon Wheat Kings reacting to being down 3-0 in the championship? Well, they need one win. And according to Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens fans this spring, if a team wins two in a row after being an 0-3 hole, it's time to have a parade. (Luber's Lounge)

    Huge news: Jeff Hollick, who has been play-by-play voice for the Kootenay Ice through 16 seasons, three of those championship ones, has decided to move on to the next phase of his career. We will always have Hollick's "His name is Joe!" goal call every time forward Joe Antilla scored during Kootenay's 2011 championship run. (Hollick's Between The Lines)

    The way Seattle centre Mathew Barzal has developed is makes him a tad analogous to

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  • Alex Mateas (centre) will compete for a spot at centre or guard (Neate Sager, Yahoo! Canada Sports)Alex Mateas (centre) will compete for a spot at centre or guard (Neate Sager, Yahoo! Canada Sports)

    Alex Mateas, who gravitated to the gridiron the very year that Ottawa's second pro football team folded, is coming home as the No. 1 overall choice of the Ottawa Redblacks.

    The familial and familiarity factors fused into a determinant in the second-year Redblacks using the top choice in an offensive lineman-loaded CFL draft on the 6-foot-4, 309-pound centre/guard from the Connecticut Huskies. It means the 24-year-old Mateas will be playing in the same venue where he once played that other football. 

    "My dad [Traian Mateas] is a big soccer coach in Ottawa — he pretty much lives on the soccer field," Mateas, who signed a three-year contract immediately after the draft, said whilst meeting media at TD Place on Tuesday. "So when the dome was up on the field in the winter , we'd be here all night, all weekend, pretty much live here and lived off Kettleman's Bagels [a nearby restaurant]. It's nice to be here, to play on home field, somewhere I'm comfortable. Different sport, but I love it.

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  • Erie Otters edge Oshawa Generals: OHL post-game questions

    Remi Elie scored the icebreaker for Erie on Monday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)Remi Elie scored the icebreaker for Erie on Monday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    With the Erie Otters having the last change at home, Connor McDavid found a slew of open ice and factored into a two 5-on-5 goals, fostering the winning margin against Oshawa.

    The top NHL draft prospect made a deft backhand feed to Remi Elie (1G-1A, +2) for the first-period icebreaker and finished off an odd-man rush in the third to open a three-goal spread. That furnished enough cushion for a 4-3 Otters win after Cole Cassels (2G) led a Generals comeback. There's now a chance for a tied series.

    "I felt like I had a little bit more room — still, obviously, not a whole lot of room," McDavid (1G-1A, +1) said. "They still play a very tight defensive game. Having last change helps. We'll see what happens on Wednesday.

    "This is big," added McDavid, who has a playoff-leading 45 points. "It shows that we can really compete with these guys. For 55 minutes I thought we played very well, similar to Game 2 in Oshawa. They were able to make it closer than it needed to be."

    On with the post-game

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  • Otters, Wheat Kings need wins in Game 3s: the coast-to-coast

    Tim McGauley #23 of Brandon Wheat Kings looks for the pass between Jackson Whistle #1 and Colten Martin #8 of Kelowna Rockets during the second period on October 25, 2014 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)Tim McGauley #23 of Brandon Wheat Kings looks for the pass between Jackson Whistle #1 and Colten Martin #8 of Kelowna Rockets during the second period on October 25, 2014 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    One of today's should-reads: Ken Wiebe on Brandon defenceman Ivan Provorov's odyssey after leaving Russia at 14 years old. (Winnipeg Sun)

    Only in Canada: Brandon and Kelowna were on the same flight on the trip west for games 3 and 4. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

    Down 2-0 and heading on the road? Indeed, the Wheat Kings are in tough. But it's not a must-win situation until the other team has three victories! Sorry to be a grammar purist. (Brandon Sun)

    So where will Auston Matthews wind up playing next season? He's looking at "all options." (National PostNHL.com, Pro Hockey Talk, Sportsnet.ca)

    There aren't many playmakers as good as Kelowna's Nick Merkley. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

    OHL

    The Erie Otters must find some way through Oshawa's defence in a fairly critical game on Monday night. (Erie Times-News, ErieTVNews)

    The buy-in on StubHub for Game 3 ranges up to the $236 US. (Erie Times-News)

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