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