With two games left in the regular season, the Hamilton Bulldogs have clinched a spot in the 2019 OHL Playoffs.

The North Bay Battalion’s 6-2 win Tuesday night over the Barrie Colts means the Bulldogs can finish no lower than 8th in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Bulldogs are on the road for their final two regular season games, Thursday night in North Bay and Friday night in Sudbury.

The playoffs are set to begin on March 21st, but the Bulldogs first round opponent and schedule has yet to be determined.

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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.



At the conclusion of the regular season schedule, if there is a tie for other than last playoff position, the standing of the teams in each Conference shall be determined by the following tie-breaking procedure:

  1. The team with the greater number of regular and overtime wins during the regular season shall be declared higher in the standings. (Shootout wins are not included.)
  1. If two teams are still tied, the team with the best record in head-to-head competition (based on points including overtime and shootout losses) shall be declared higher in the standing.

If more than two teams remain tied after Priority 1, the percentage of available points earned in games among the teams which are still tied shall be used to determine the standing.

  1. If still tied, the team with the greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing under Priority 2 shall be declared higher in the standings.

Note:  For application of this clause, it is understood that the season totals for goals for and against shall be applied which includes the goal credited to the total goals for / against record for the team based on a shootout win / loss.

  1. If still tied, the team with the higher percentage of goals for plus goals against divided into goals for shall be declared higher in standings.

Tie for Last Playoff Position

At the conclusion of the regular season, if there is a tie for the last playoff position, the standing of the team’s playoff position shall be determined by the following tie-breaking procedure:

Between Two Teams – A sudden-death game shall be played between the two teams with the winner being declared higher in the standings.  Such game is to be played on Tuesday, March 19th at one of the two teams centres with such centre to be determined by the OHL tie-breaking method.

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