The Pterodactyls finished their season without a regulation loss as their only losses came in shootouts. They recently defeated the previously undefeated Muskrats and proved that last season's championship run was no fluke as they hope to become the first team to repeat as champions since the Summer 2012 season that ended with Freddy's HC winning their fourth championship in five seasons. AJ Zackowski is tied for the league lead in goals while Steve "The Wizard of Oz" Osvold now leads the league in assists and points and Craig Cocchio's GAA of 3.00 is the lowest in the league.
2. Freddy's HC
After a disappointing 1-4 start, Freddy's HC won five straight to turn their season around. They lost their most recent game, but they were without key players Vinny Bird and Jake Worby, and were down a few goals before Mike "Tree" Trusca finally made it to the ice. Look for this team to make a deep run this postseason as they got better as the season progressed. They will take on the Stingrays in the quarterfinals, which is never an easy draw though.
The Muskrats were undefeated halfway through the season, but with Brian Vigilante out of the lineup, they dropped three straight to fall out of first place contention. They have since won a pair of games including a big 7-0 win over the Ice Men, whom they will meet in the quarterfinals. With the amazing amount of offense this team provides combined with Adam Grare in net, the Muskrats are expected to contend for another championship as long as Nick "Slash" Kashmanian doesn't get bonked in the dome by Adam Napell's slapshot again.
The Stingrays have not been as successful as they usually are, finishing near the middle of the standings. Their last win was five games ago, but their last two games were shootout losses against the Pterodactyls and Freddy's. They will meet Freddy's again in the quarterfinals, and if Kyle Daloisio doesn't choke like he did in the first round last season, the Stingrays might have a chance.
The Phantoms finished the season just above .500 but it was good enough for third place. Kyle Krannich is tied for the league lead in goals and his linemates Paul Doran and James Whalen are not far behind as this top line has the potential to terrorize any opposing defense. Figuring out a way to stop that top line will be essential for the Vudoos, who have the misfortune of facing them in the quarterfinals this Sunday.
The Vudoos lost three in a row but were able to benefit from not having many Rangers fans on the roster as the Muskrats forfeited to them in their recent matchup. The Vudoos will need Wes "Side" Dorey to have some big games in the playoffs, as his recent pace of three goals in his last two games probably isn't going to be enough. He has fallen to third in goals and points as some critics say his best years are behind him.
7. Ice Men
The Ice Men struggled this season and as a result will have to take on the second place Muskrats in the quarterfinals. However, the PTAHL playoffs are known for their upsets, and if George Thomas and Jon Bokser can get hot at the right time, the Ice Men could add to that league tradition.
The Flames need one more win to close out an undefeated season, and it will be a big one as they take on the second place defending champion Green Brook Berets. They have already clinched first place as Pete Haglund, Steve Pinto, Chris Pallante, and Nas Allan are the top four in the league in points and they have the top six in assists. The Flames obviously expect to win the championship, and if they do so will be looking to rejoin the North Division.
2. SHI Spitfires
After alternating wins and losses through the first half of the season, the Spitfires won their final five games. Sean Carlin and Greg Owens are tied for fourth in the league in goals, and they look to carry the offense in their quarterfinal meeting with the Biohazards as they begin their quest for their third South Division championship.
3. Green Brook Berets
The Berets remain in second place, but they have not been very convincing in the second half of the season. After a 5-1 first half, Green Brook's only wins were a forfeit and two 5-3 victories over the struggling Archers and Pterodactyls mixed in with a loss to the Spitfires and a shootout loss to the Biohazards. George Plaskota continues to hold the league's best GAA though, and they will need him to be rock solid if they are to defend their championship.
After losing six of their first seven games, the Biohazards have turned it around and won three of their last five, and the two losses in those recent five games were close games against the Flames and Spitfires, so it seems the Biohazard have turned a corner. If any team is going to pull off a few upsets this postseason, I expect it to the Biohazards if Joe Whalen, Chris Ypsilantis, and John "Ice Cream" Cohn can continue to produce points.
The Whalers have lost their last five games, but their most recent two were by only two goals and they were against top teams, Flames and Spitfires. Rookie Tim Firth has been dominant as he leads the league with 17 goals. They'll need him to keep that up if they are to go far this postseason. They will meet the Archers in the quarterfinals.
The Archers' only win in their last eight games was against the Whalers who were playing the entire game with an empty net. If the rumors are true, the Whalers will indeed have a goalie for their quarterfinal matchup, so the Archers will need to formulate a winning gameplan. Steve Rosamilia and Dan Bellafronte will need to continue scoring, and Mike Zaffarese will have to stop taking tripping penalties if the Archers are to advance.
The Pterodactyls started their season with four straight losses, and after winning three of the middle four, they have ended their season with another four straight losses. They will be taking on the Green Brook Berets in the quarterfinals, and they will need rookie Justin Waldron, who is second in the league in goals, to have a big game. If they are to go anywhere in the playoffs, they'll need to stop taking penalties. It is no coincedince that they finished in last place after racking up the most PIMs. They need forward Mark Gordin on the ice, but he has taken more penalty minutes than anyone else in the league. Their quarterfinal matchup against the defending champs will be a tough one, and if they make it harder for themselves by taking more bad penalties, not even a Shamwow will be able to clean up that mess.