Justin Nichols made 40 saves as the Guelph Storm blanked the visiting Erie Otters 5-0 on Friday to advance to the Ontario Hockey League championship final.

Zack Mitchell had a pair of goals for the Storm, who won the best-of-seven Western Conference final 4-1. Nick Ebert and Kerby Rychel each had a goal and an assist.

Matt Finn added a single goal for Guelph, which is 12-3 in post-season play.

Devin Williams turned away 35-of-39 shots for the Otters.

The Storm will face the North Bay Battalion for the J. Ross Robertson Cup, beginning May 1 in Guelph.

The series schedule is as follows:

  • Game 1, Thurs., May 1  North Bay at Guelph, 7:00
  • Game 2, Fri., May 2  North Bay at Guelph, 7:00
  • Game 3, Tues., May 6  Guelph at North Bay, 7:00
  • Game 4, Wed., May 7  Guelph at North Bay, 7:00
  • Game 5, Fri., May 9  North Bay at Guelph, 7:00
  • Game 6, Sun., May 11  Guelph at North Bay, 2:00
  • Game 7, Mon., May 12  North Bay at Guelph, 7:00