North Division Champions - Phantoms
August 27, 2015
front: Kyle Daloisio
middle: Kyle Krannich, Bill Malthaner, Doug Meade, James Whalen
back: Caleb Luther, Paul Doran, Mike Finnen, Mike Smitko, Phil Meade, Kevin Inglis, Bob Hicks, Lou LoSapio
not pictured: Jimmy Gensch
Central Division Champions - Vikings
August 30, 2015
Paul Kulbida, Mark Kulbida, Rob Pinzon, Vinny Bird, Dan Lewycky, Chuck Ugalde, Mike Puliafico, Bryan DelGrasso, Ricky Fiore, Sean Doyle, Joe Galante, Joe Colucci
not pictured: Roman Tabatchouk, Joe Carrara
South Division Champions - Archers
August 30, 2015
front: Mike Zaffarese, Ryan Amann, Josh Sumoski, Val Fuchs, Taka Okai, Mike Davison
back: Shane Hine, Chris Melillo, David Fischbach, Kevin Inglis, Jason Fischbach, Marc Vermette, Mike Malarowski, Michal Sivulka
not pictured: Kevin Horstman, Jimmy Cassidy
August 30, 2015 – 11:10 PM
Rob's Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Playoff Preview
August 18, 2015
1. Freddy's HC
Freddy's dropped their final game of the regular season to just miss out on an undefeated season, but they remain the team to beat because of their powerful offense. Vinny Bird and Jake Worby finished first and second in points. Six players finished with more than ten goals this season, and half of them play for Freddy's HC. With their first place finish, they will take on the Ice Men, Muskrats, or Pterodactyls in the quarterfinals, and all of those teams finished with losing records. Freddy's HC is the favorite to win the championship after an eight-season drought between now and their era of dominance in which they won four championships in five seasons, but they will likely face a tough challenge in the championship game.
The Phantoms were expected to be strong contenders once they announced the free agent signing of goaltender Kyle Daloisio, who led the league in GAA at 3.01. They already had a very good defense, led by Paul "Revere" Doran, and a formidable offense with Kyle "The Kraken" Krannich and James "The Orca" Whalen, and with Daloisio, the Phantoms now have star players from front to back. While there is much hype around Freddy's, the Phantoms are the only other team to beat all opponents this season as they are responsible for the one loss Freddy's HC suffered. They will take on the last place Pterodactyls in the quarterfinals with the expectation that they will advance to a semifinal matchup against the Banana Pancakes.
3. Banana Pancakes
The Banana Pancakes have been waiting for this postseason to start ever since coming up just short in last summer's championship game. David Laub has posted a great GAA at 3.40, and is complemented by a multiple-threat offense including scorers such as Ryan Daly, Eddie Weissman, and Blaise Hudak, who each averaged at least a goal per game. While their stats were not as impressive this season, the Criscitello brothers are always difficult to stop as well. With a second place finish, the Pancakes have advanced straight to the semifinals, where they will likely play the Phantoms.
4. Ice Men
The Ice Men underperformed in the first half of the season, but finished with three wins in their last four games, culminating with an uplifting win over the Phantoms as Matt Torstrup finished third in points. They seemed to be having a down season at first, but the Ice Men's stock is on the rise and they are ready for the playoffs to begin. They will start by taking on the Muskrats in the quarters.
The Muskrats are in rebuilding mode, but showed that they can compete when they have a full roster as everyone showed up for their season finale against the Pterodactyls, and they came out with a win. They are hoping to put forth the same effort in their quarterfinal matchup with the Ice Men, but it has been a rough season as captain James Nobilio left the team hanging and Steve Miller was unable to step in and take charge again. The lack of leadership and sparse attendance is an issue that the Muskrats will need to address going into the fall.
The Pterodactyls hoped to notch a win in their final game against the Muskrats, since they struggled heavily against all other teams, but shut the Muskrats out in the season-opener. However, this game did not go their way and they were defeated once again to end the season on a seven-game losing streak. The loss drops them down to last place, so they now have a difficult quarterfinal meeting with the Phantoms, who crushed the Pterodactyls by the score of 10-1 last time. However, the Pterodactyls might have a slight chance if Justin Waldron and Felipe "Felupo" Rodriguez regain the chemistry they had at the start of the season and the Phantoms forfeit.
The Stingrays were the only team to beat all of their opponents this season, and they scored the most goals by 12 as Eddie "The Fire Hose" Boscaino led the league in points, with brother Mike Boscaino and Frank Inzano finishing in third and fourth. Fortunately for the Stingrays, Mike Boscaino will remain eligible to continue playing hockey as he finished with more points than former goaltender, current skater, Kyle Daloisio. They will meet the Biohazards, Spitfires, or Pterodactyls in the semifinals. All three of those teams have losing records, but the Biohazards and Spitfires nearly beat the Stingrays in the regular season.
The Vikings are likely to float or sink with Vinny Bird's production. Bird finished with a league-best twenty goals, but the rest of his roster combined for only 29 more. However, Paul Kulbida posted a fantastic GAA of 2.50 with a pair of shutouts. The Vikings lost their one game against the Stingrays, but they are hoping that they will get revenge if they are to meet each other in the championship. Before they get ahead of themselves however, the Vikings will need to win a semifinal matchup, most likely against the Green Brook Berets, who, with only five skaters, held the Vikings to just two goals in their recent meeting.
3. SHI Spitfires
Despite the fifth place finish, the Spitfires are a tough draw. They finished with five losses, but all of which except for one were by two goals or fewer. SHI, as usual, does not have any flashy scorers, but they get the job done by committee and a solid defensive game, spearheaded by goaltender Menas Zion who posted a solid GAA of 4.01. They will take on the Biohazards in the quarterfinals, and if they win they will likely have another shot at the Stingrays in the semis.
4. Green Brook Berets
Green Brook lost a majority of their scoring this season, but made up for it with more disciplined play, taking only fourteen penalty minutes, and Nuno Costa had a great season between the pipes with a GAA of 3.73. With their third place finish, the Berets will take on the last place Pterodactyls in the quarterfinals before a likely matchup with the Vikings where they expect a different outcome this time, being that they nearly beat them with only five skaters last time around.
The Biohazards were unable to beat any teams that finished ahead of them in the standings, and backed into the playoffs with a huge loss to the Stingrays. They expect to be better in the playoffs though, as key scorer Larry "The Canadian Guy" St. Denis returns from suspension. They will also be looking to Chris Ypsilantis for some postseason scoring, as he averaged a goal per game, and rookie Zach Desaulniers who proved to be a solid contributor. In the quarters, the Biohazards will take on the Spitfires. If they win, they will most likely take on the Stingrays again in the semifinals, whom they lost to only by one earlier in the season with Larry "The Canadian Guy" in the lineup.
The Pterodactyls struggled immensely this season, averaging just over a goal and a half per game while surrendering six and a half. Kyle Argent was the leading scorer with four goals, and defenseman Steve Creenan was right behind him with three, but nobody else on the team managed to score more than once. The Pterodactyls did manage to win a game against Green Brook though, and they will be seeing them in the quarterfinals, so they are looking to take them down once again and advance to a semifinal game against the Stingrays.
1. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats are likely to let first place slip out of their hands because of their forfeit loss to the Archers, but they have won all of their other games except for one against SHIce-T. They have averaged over seven goals per game as Nick Graham currently holds the league lead in points with teammates Joe Maresca, Jr. and Jim Tretola at third and fourth while Tom Castenschiold posts a GAA of 3.67. Barring any upsets, the Rats will probably face the rival Archers in a championship game that can go either way.
The Archers can clinch first place with a win over SHIce-T in their final game of the regular season on Sunday, but their only win over the Rink Rats was a forfeit, which raises a big question mark if those teams are to meet in the championship. Shane "Jax" Hine is suffering from a severe case of the sophomore slump, but the team's scoring has been more spread out, making them more difficult to defend. Meanwhile, Mike Davison is having a great season in net with a league-leading GAA of 3.19 with a shutout.
3. Mini Melts :-)
The Mini Melts :-) have been playing better lately, with a huge 13-2 win over SHIce-T after nearly making a historic late comeback against the Archers. Fritz Brown's 17 goals has him tied for first, but that accounts for over half of his team's goals, and he will probably not be around for the championship game if the Melts get that far. Nonetheless, they are poised to pull off a semifinal upset.
Just after appearing to have found their game with an uplifting win over the then undefeated Rink Rats, SHIce-T has taken a step backwards with big losses to the Mini Melts :-) and Archers. Whether they play the Archers or Rink Rats is yet to be determined, but either way they will Nick Pawlyk to step up and put forth the multiple goal-scoring performance that he is capable of, and Sean Donnelly will need need to reach his full potential as well. They did show signs of being very competitive this season though, so no game is a sure thing until the final buzzer.
|Tuesday, Sep 8 |
|Rink Rats @ Pterodactyls (South) ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, Sep 9 |
|Archers @ Vudoo (South) ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Thursday, Sep 10 |
|Puck Pimps @ SHIce-T ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Friday, Sep 11 |
|Freddy's HC @ Vudoos (North) ||7:50pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Ice Men @ Pterodactyls (North) ||10:40pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|CJ's at Midnight @ Vikings ||9:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Sunday, Sep 13 |
|MuskRays @ Phantoms ||9:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Green Brook Berets @ SHI Spitfires ||7:50pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Vudoo (South) @ Pterodactyls (South) ||10:40pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Monday, Sep 14 |
|Flames @ Stingrays ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Tuesday, Sep 15 |
|Biohazards @ Whack-a-Mole ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, Sep 16 |
|SHIce-T @ Archers ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Thursday, Sep 17 |
|Rink Rats @ Vudoo (South) ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Friday, Sep 18 |
|Stingrays @ Vikings ||7:50pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Flames @ Green Brook Berets ||9:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|CJ's at Midnight @ SHI Spitfires ||10:40pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
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