Petes Focusing in on Making it Eight Straight
The Peterborough Petes have a chance to pick up their eighth straight playoff win on Thursday night. It’s an achievement not many teams have accomplished. Over the past ten years, only six teams have won eight or more playoff games in a row, and the most consecutive wins is nine.
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With a win in Kingston on Thursday, the Petes would be among several elite teams to win eight playoff games in a row and a key factor to Peterborough’s success this year had been goaltender Dylan Wells.
In his third year in the OHL and first year as the leading man between the pipes, Wells has shone for the Petes. After being selected in the fifth round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 NHL entry draft, Dylan finished the regular season among the top goalies in the OHL. In 52 games Wells had a 0.916 save percentage, 1693 saves and 33 wins for his Petes. Much of Wells’ regular season success carried over into the post-season. 2017 marked a couple firsts for Dylan; he got his first career shutout and first career playoff start. Through seven post-season games, Wells seems unfazed in his first playoff run in the OHL. Wellsy sits among the best in the OHL and out of the 14 goals he’s allowed in the playoffs, only eight of them were at even strength.
A goalie who’s a little more familiar with the post-season but is also in his first year as a starter is Kingston Frontenacs goaltender Jeremy Helvig. Helvig has been impressive this season for the Frontenacs and managed to get 29 wins in 59 games (100 GP – 50 W All-time with Kingston). After Jeremy was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL entry draft, he helped his Fronts get into the post-season for a fifth straight year. Going into this year’s playoffs, Helvig had seven playoff games under his belt and a 3-1 record while backing up former Frontenac goaltender Lucas Peressini in last year’s post-season.
Here’s how the two match-up:
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Here is a list of teams who have won eight or more straight playoff games in the past ten seasons:
2008 Kitchener Rangers: Swept round one vs. Plymouth, swept round two vs. Sarnia and then lost game two of the third round to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, giving the Rangers a nine game win streak. Kitchener would then go on to win their third round series 4-1 and then defeat the Belleville Bulls in seven games to win the Ontario Hockey League Championship.
2010 Barrie Colts: Swept round one vs. Sudbury, swept round two vs. Brampton and then lost game two of the third round against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, giving the Colts a nine game win streak. The Colts would go on to beat Mississauga in the series 4-1 and would then get swept by the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL Finals.
2010 Windsor Spitfires: After winning the 2009 Memorial Cup, the 2010 team had the same kind of success. The Spitfires won eight straight games and then went down 3-0 in their third round series against the Kitchener Rangers. Windsor would rally back and win four straight to lift them to their second straight OHL Finals. The Spitfires would sweep the Barrie Colts in the finals to win the OHL Championship in back-to-back years and then go on to win back-to-back Memorial Cups.
2011 Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors: The St. Michael’s Majors hosted the Memorial Cup and were the only 100-point team in the OHL (108 points) in 2011, but they didn’t finish the way they would’ve hoped. Mississauga swept their first and second round series and it took until game two of the third round for the Majors to get their first loss of the 2011 playoffs – a streak of nine games. Mississauga would win their third round series against the IceDogs 4-1 to move onto the OHL Finals to play a relentless Owen Sound Attack team. The Attack eventually beat the Majors in seven games. Mississauga lost 3-1 in the Memorial Cup Finals to the St. John Sea Dogs.
2013 Barrie Colts: The Colts won eight straight playoff games in 2013 before going to game seven in back-to-back rounds. Barrie swept their first and second round series against Kingston and Oshawa before eliminating the Belleville Bulls in seven games in the third round. Barrie would then lose game seven of the OHL Finals to the London Knights after the Colts took a 3-1 series lead.
2014 Oshawa Generals: The Generals swept their first round series against Mississauga and then swept Peterborough in the second round. Oshawa got swept by the North Bay Battalion in the third round.
2015 Soo Greyhounds: The Hounds are the most recent team to have a nine game playoff win streak. It took the powerhouse Erie Otters to hand the Greyhounds their first loss of the 2015 playoffs and that finally came in game two of the Western Conference Finals. Erie would go on to win the series 4-2, ending the Greyhounds’ playoff run.