Four teams remain in the quest for the 2014-2015 Ontario Hockey League championship — and two are from northern Ontario.
North Bay Battalion has joined the Soo Greyhounds as the two northern teams who have made it to the conference finals.
(Sudbury Wolves are the only other northern team in the 20-member OHL.)
The Battalion punched a ticket into the Eastern Conference against the Oshawa Generals by virtue of a 7-5 win over the Barrie Colts on Saturday that gave the Troops the best-of-seven series in five games.
Oshawa had previously advanced by ousting the Niagara Ice Dogs in five games.
Soo Greyhounds and Erie Otters will meet in the Western Conference finals.
As the top seed in the Eastern Conference, Oshawa will have home-ice advantage on third-ranked North Bay.
And as the top seed in the Western Conference — and first overall in the OHL — the Soo will have home-ice advantage for its series with second-ranked Erie.
Both conference finals will begin later in the week.
PHOTO: North Bay Battalion players celebrate their series win over the Barrie Colts. (Photo by Terry Wilson.)