The defending champions are off to a great start this season having won both of their games against the Ice Men and Vudoos, and are yet to take a penalty. Rookie Sean Rappleyea, brother of longtime Pterodactyl Brian Rappleyea, has been a great addition on defense and the return of AJ Zackowski and Dylan Colaneri have further enhanced the offense.
The Muskrats have only played one game so far, but they put up five goals on Kyle Daloisio who rarely gives up more than two. Their offseason additions look good so far in Mike Criscitello, Gregg Flakker, Rob Hackett, and David Dassinger. Look for this team to battle it out for first place throughout the season.
The Phantoms are tied with the Pterodactyls at 2-0 with wins over the Vudoos and Stingrays. Paul Doran and Kyle Krannich continue to lay siege on opposing defenses while James Whalen has complemented them nicely so far. Mike Finnen has made his return to the roster noticeable with a pair of goals in their most recent game.
4. Freddy's HC
Freddy's has only played one game so far and it was a 3-1 win over the Ice Men. They are anticipating getting better as the season progresses as their rookies Tyler Mischenko, Mike Stapleton, and Mark Wilson build chemistry with their new teammates and Vinny Bird eventually returns from an injury.
The Vudoos are 1-2 so far but they continue to be a difficult team to play against. Their defense may be a weakness, but Wes "Side" Dorey and Dan Poreda sometimes provide enough scoring to cancel it out. Rookies Dan Nacinovich and JR Wappel have helped in that department with two goals each so far.
The Stingrays made improvements on paper over the offseason adding Eddie Boscaino and Frank Inzano, but so far they have not yielded results in the standings as the Stingrays currently sit at 0-2. Kyle Daloisio, who finished last season with a GAA of 1.65 and five shutouts in 16 games, is currently posting a GAA of 4.04. Analysts suspect that Daloisio's best years are behind him and that he should have retired just before the fall/winter playoffs started as his six goals allowed in the quarterfinals ended their season and he does not seem to be performing much better in the early going this spring.
7. Ice Men
The Ice Men are off to a rocky start as they are still trying to recover from the big gap in scoring production left by Ilya Yavtuhovich's departure. They are hoping for rookie Brian Thibault to alleviate this in addition to added depth in Mike Torstrup, but so far neither have registered a point. Also showing a line of zeros is Jon Bokser, who they are expecting to spearhead the offensive production. They will need these guys to start producing if they are to be competitive this season.
1. Green Brook Berets
Green Brook is the only team in the South Division to have nothing but regulation wins, but with star goaltender George "Vezina" Plaskota perhaps missing the rest of the season with a knee injury, the Berets' dominance may be in question. Although the game in which they lost Plaskota halfway through the first ended with a convincing win regardless.
The Flames are undefeated with a regulation win and a thrilling shootout victory. Chris Pallante is currently tied for the league lead in points while Steve Pinto and Ned Allan are just behind him tied for second. Meanwhile, rookie Vinny D'Orio's GAA of 2.00 is second only to Plaskota's 0.83. Perhaps their better play is a result of increased team morale with their stylish new jerseys, just like when Coach Gordon Bombay busted out those hideous green and purple disasters and turned a dorky bunch of dilapidated misfits into a cohesive hockey team, except the Flames jerseys are much nicer.
3. SHI Spitfires
SHI lost by five to the Flames in their season opener, but they bounced back with a huge 7-0 win over the Biohazards. Nick Pawlyk, perhaps one of the most underrated players in the South Division, put up a hat trick and is now tied for first in the league in goals and points.
The Biohazards will be looking to see what they are made of over the next fortnight as they came away with a win in their first game in which their new players produced tremendously, but followed that up miserably, being shut out by the Spitfires. Former Archer John Cohn has fit in nicely so far as he leads the team in goals and points.
The Whalers are yet to win a game as they narrowly lost to Green Brook 2-1 and then lost a see-saw battle with the Whalers in a five-round shootout. It appears as though rookie John Lama may be able to provide relief in the scoring department after losing Michael Hauske in the offseason. He has a goal in each game so far, and rookie goaltender Nuno Costa has been great so far with a GAA of 2.50. The Whalers expect to be a more competitive force this season with highly-touted Costa between the pipes.
The Archers are .500 but suffered a demoralizing 11-1 loss to the Berets in their most recent game. Their new faces have not yet made up for the loss of production with Dan Poreda and Matt Skjeie no longer in the lineup. It will be interesting to see if a team with so many new parts can get on the same page as the season progresses.
The Pterodactyls so far have suffered a pair of 5-2 losses to the Biohazards and Archers. Like the Whalers, the Pterodactyls also expect to be more competitive this season as Steve Creenan returns to the roster to help stabilize the defense and bluechip prospect Justin Waldron anticipates bolstering the offense. Waldron was unable to take the ice in their first two games, but he expects to make his debut in their next game against the Berets.