Rob's Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Fortnight 5
May 22, 2015
The Vudoos have had a bounce-back season as they are currently tied for first place. The duo of Chris Potts and Wes "Pans" Dorey continue to cook up some quality scoring chances while rookie two-way defenseman Dan "Elvis" Pressl gives them a scoring threat from the back end that can be moved to forward if need be, and he along with rookie goaltender Phil Burrows have addressed the Vudoos' most glaring weakness last season which was giving up too many goals.
2. Freddy's HC
After a slow start, Freddy's HC appears to be back with 21 goals in their last two games as they took down the Ice Men and the high-flying Pterodactyls. Vinny Bird is second in goals and rookie Elie Klein is tied for third. They could possibly still finish as high as third with wins over the Phantoms and Stingrays to end their season.
The Muskrats finally lost a game, but they are only three points out of first with two games in hand. It will be interesting to see if getting married will affect captain James Nobilio's play as they have a tough schedule ahead featuring the Vudoos and Pterodactyls who are currently tied for first, sandwiching a game against the defending champion Phantoms.
The Pterodactyls are tied for first, but they have lost two of their last four games, one each against the Vudoos and Freddy's HC. Their top line of Brian Rappleyea, Steve "Ozzy" Osvold , and Andrew Park have been formidable as Ozzy leads the league in goals, and in the assists column, Rappleyea is first and Park is fourth. Second line center CJ Gallagher has had a career year as well, currently tied for third in goals and also tied for fourth in points with teammate Sean Rappleyea, who leads all defensemen in scoring. Meanwhile, despite announcing that he will retire once the season is over, Scott Brady is leading the league in GAA. The Pterodactyls will wrap up their season with a huge game against the Muskrats that could determine first place.
After losing three straight, the Phantoms have bounced back with three straight wins of their own as they finally seem to have overcome their championship hangover. With a nearly identical roster to last season's championship team, familiar faces James "The Orca" Whalen, Kyle "The Kraken" Krannich, and Paul "Revere" Doran continue to torment their opposition. They will end their season against Freddy's HC and the Muskrats and can finish as high as third.
After notching a couple uplifting wins a few weeks ago, the Stingrays lost their next two, scoring only one goal in each of those games. Following their recent 5-1 defeat to the Phantoms, star goaltender Kyle Daloisio left a lot of uncertainty in the locker room as he announced that he intends on testing the free agency market this offseason and will not be finishing the season with the Stingrays, who are considering moving to the Central Division for the summer season if Daloisio indeed does not return. In the meantime, they have two games to play, against the Ice Men and Freddy's, before the playoffs begin.
7. Ice Men
The Ice Men have had a rough time this spring as their roster dwindles. Ilya "The Moose from Belarus" Yavtuhovich recently announced that he is out for the rest of the season as he re-injured his shoulder in the one game he played this season, and others have not shown up consistently. With only four skaters at their most recent game, the Ice Men chose to forfeit, but hopefully the Rangers will be eliminated soon and the Ice Men will have better player attendance at their games.
1. Green Brook Berets
Despite leading the league in penalty minutes and suspensions, Green Brook has won five of their last six games. Pat Perez is having another great year as he leads the league in points. Zach Ulloa has improved his game with only three penalties so far this season, and is only one point behind Perez. They will end their season against the Biohazards and hope to clinch second place with a win.
2. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires already clinched first place, but suffered their first regulation loss of the season to the Berets in their most recent game. They can not afford to get complacent if they want to follow up this great regular season with a championship, though. Rookie Eric Ely leads the league in goals, and they will look to him to continue leading the offense to postseason success.
The Biohazards have had about as middle-of-the-road a season as one can possibly have, toggling between a win and a loss all season. However, in their last two games they took down the Berets and played a close loss against the Spitfires, showing signs of pulling off some upsets in the near future perhaps. They have one more game against the Berets and a pair against the Flames to close out the season. If they win out, they could finish as high as second place.
The Pterodactyls have had an abysmal season, but recently pulled off a big upset against the Flames to notch their first win of the season. Kyle Argent has started to perform for them, and he could be a nice complement to the Galligano brothers that have been leading the offense for this team this season. They already know they will finish in last, but they could pull out a couple upsets in the playoffs if their opponents underestimate them.
The Flames appeared to be a formidable team just a few weeks ago, but they have since lost two in a row, one to Green Brook and then one to the previously winless Pterodactyls. They can finish as high as second if they win their two remaining games--a home-and-home with the Biohazards. They have a few of the league's top scorers and Vinny "The Oreo" D'Orio leads the league in GAA, but they will need these players to continue performing well if they are to make a postseason run.
After following up an uninspiring fall/winter season with two losses to open the spring, the Vudoos have boisterously bounced back with five consecutive wins and are now tied with the Archers for first place. Will Dimock has provided the Vudoos with the scoring touch this roster lacked last season, as his nine goals are good enough for fourth in the league. They expect to finish in first place with games remaining against the Rink Rats, SHIce-T, and Mini Melts :-).
The Archers bounced back from a two-game losing streak with two wins over SHIce-T, although the more recent one was not as convincing as they would have liked. However, they continue to yield the fewest goals against as Mike Davison has the second highest GAA out of all goalies, and Jason Fischbach has the top GAA of all skaters. It will be a very interesting end to the season as they currently have the same record as the Vudoos, and they have the same remaining opponents on the schedule. The Vudoos hold the head-to-head tiebreaker though, having won both meetings.
3. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats' first PTAHL season has been going fairly well. They are currently just three points out of first place, but they have a tough schedule up ahead as they still need to play both the Archers and Vudoos again. However, Tom Castenschiold leads all goalies in GAA while Nick Graham leads the league in goals and points and Christian Larrabee is third in both categories. The Rink Rats have turned discipline into success as they are tied for the fewest PIMs in the league. They have a chance at finishing in first, but it will not be easy.
4. Mini Melts :-)
The Mini Melts :-) have started to win some games, but they have so far been unable to string to wins together. They could potentially pass the Rink Rats for third place, but their two remaining games are against the Archers and Vudoos. Winning even one of those games will be difficult, but they expect to advance to the semifinals either way as they believe they can handle SHIce-T if they must meet them in a 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal game. Rookies Zander Pindyck and Fritz Brown have lead the charge for the Melts as they are currently tied with each other for fourth in points. Behind them in the goals column though is former goaltender Steve Scansaroli, and the Mini Melts :-) could be without him for the rest of the season as he serves a suspension for his disruptive behavior in their most recent game.
Newly-formed SHIce-T has lost every game since their season-opener, and they will have a tough time notching another victory as they take on the top three teams in the league to close out the season. However, they recently played a couple very close games, losing by only two goals to the Mini Melts :-) and even the Archers, who are tied for first. They will likely play the Mini Melts :-) in the 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal game, and they look to improve on their last meeting and come out on top this time.
Next power rankings--playoff preview edition: 6/5/15
|Tuesday, May 26 |
|Flames @ Biohazards ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, May 27 |
|Phantoms @ Freddy's HC ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Archers @ Rink Rats ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Thursday, May 28 |
|Stingrays @ Ice Men ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Muskrats @ Vudoos (North) ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Friday, May 29 |
|Rink Rats @ SHIce-T ||8:05pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Archers @ Mini Melts :-) ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Saturday, May 30 |
|Vudoos (South) @ Rink Rats ||2:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Sunday, May 31 |
|Phantoms @ Muskrats ||6:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Freddy's HC @ Stingrays ||10:35pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|SHI Spitfires @ Pterodactyls (Central) ||7:45pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Green Brook Berets @ Biohazards ||9:10pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Monday, Jun 1 |
|SHIce-T @ Vudoos (South) ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Tuesday, Jun 2 |
|Biohazards @ Flames ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, Jun 3 |
|Pterodactyls (North) @ Muskrats ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Mini Melts :-) @ Vudoos (South) ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Thursday, Jun 4 |
|7th Place @ 2nd Place ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Archers @ SHIce-T ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
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