After eliminating Sarnia in the first round of the OHL playoffs, the Saginaw Spirit will now look to knock off the London Knights, the Western Conerence's top seed.
Though the Spirit are 0-4 aganst the Knights this season, they feel they are playing much better hockey than when they last matched up in January.
A big reason is because of the play of their captain, Brandon Saad. The Spirit forward has six goals and six assists this postseason--his 12 points are good for fourth in the OHL playoffs.
He attributes his postseason success to his preseason activities--training and playing with the Chicago Blackhawks in camp and on the active roaster.
"It's the confidence you get up there playing with the top players," Saad said. "It makes you wanna come back and work even harder."
Saad also said playing with NHL payers brings an attitude change when it comes to practice. Head coach Greg Gilbert noticed Saad's success against Sarnia.
"Brandon was outstanding last series and not just with the puck but without it," GIlbert said. "He was playing hard both ways and he was providing great leadership for us through example by playing that way."
The Spirit begin their series at London on Friday, April 6. They will play Game Two on Sunday, April 8.