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Can Battalion clinch tonight?

‘That last one is always the hardest to win‘
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Photo by Tom Martineau/BayToday

The North Bay Battalion have a chance to punch their ticket to the OHL Eastern Conference final tonight.  

The North Bay Battalion took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Kingston Frontenacs thanks to a 4-3 win in game four in Kingston Thursday night. 

Battalion coach Ryan Oulahen says his team cannot let off the gas pedal with a chance to move on with a win Saturday night in game five. 

“That last one is always the hardest to win,” said Oulahen about the game with a 7 p.m. puck drop tonight at the Gardens. 

“It’s going to be a crucial game,” said Oulahen, stating the obvious.

“We’re going to see their best effort. They’re going to bring it, especially early on." 

With a win, it would be the first time since 2015, that the Battalion reached the Eastern Conference Final. 

Bulldogs waiting 

The Hamilton Bulldogs will likely be cheering on the Frontenacs to extend the series tonight.  The high-flying Bulldogs completed the sweep in their Eastern Conference semifinal with a 3-2 overtime win in Mississauga on Friday night.  

Leading scorers

Mitchell Russell and Brandon Coe continue to rack up points in the playoffs. Russell sits in second in playoff scoring to Wyatt Johnston (21 points). The overage star has a playoff leading 11 goals and 9 assists in the playoff run. Brandon Coe sits in third in playoff scoring with five goals and playoff leading 13 assists for 18 points 

Battalion Development camp 

It's a busy weekend for Battalion GM Adam Dennis.  

The Battalion is holding a development camp, what formerly was termed an orientation camp, for about 30 prospects Saturday and Sunday, including fitness testing and skills sessions for both goaltenders and skaters and culminating in a scrimmage at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Camp participants, many of whom were picked in the OHL Priority Selection held April 29-30, are to attend the game Saturday night.

Two North Bay U18 AAA Trappers defencemen in the form of Jacob Payeur and Thomas Sefton also accepted invitations to the weekend camp.