The Pterodactyls ended the season without losing a game; their only slip-up being the reliance of a shootout to take down the Banana Pancakes in their last game of the regular season. They are looking to win their third straight championship, but despite goaltender Scott Brady posting the lowest GAA this season, the postseason will be a tough road this time as Felipe Rodriguez and Alex Smondyrev will be out for the playoffs. Rodriguez finished second in the league in goals, so if the Pterodactyls are to repeat, they will need other players, such as Greg "The Hairless Horseman" Galligano, to step up their production.
2. Banana Pancakes
The Banana Pancakes had a fantastic inaugural season, finishing in second place with only one regulation loss. Mike Criscitello and Mike Rossi finished tied for second in points, and are hoping to lead the Pancakes to a championship in their first season.
After a rough start, the Phantoms have won three of their last four games, with their lone loss being a close one to the Banana Pancakes. Success for this team depends on how much of their team shows up for games. They have a star-studded lineup with Kyle Krannich, Paul Doran, James Whalen, Jimmy Rotan, TJ Plaugher, and Matt Venezia, but when only half of their team shows up they have a hard time. They are hoping for a good turnout in their quarterfinal matchup with the Ice Men.
Rookie Alec Marsh has dominated this season, finishing first in goals and points. If he can continue eluding defenders and Kyle Daloisio keeps making the saves, the Stingrays will be a contender again.
5. Ice Men
The Ice Men struggled this season, but they are looking to pull off an upset or two in the playoffs. They will start with a quarterfinal matchup with the Phantoms, who they lost to twice in some high-scoring games. They will be looking to Matt Torstrup, Jon Bokser, and George Thomas to produce enough goals to advance.
6. Freddy's HC
Freddy's HC is hoping to notch their first win of the season in the playoffs. They will have a tough opponent in the quarterfinals though as they are set to take on the Stingrays. They'll need to focus on somehow shutting down Alec Marsh while key scorers Jake Worby, Vinny Bird, and Mike Trusca will have to find a way to get some shots behind Kyle Daloisio.
The Flames enter the playoffs with no regulation losses this season as their three defeats were all in shootouts. They have scored 19 more goals than anyone else, thanks largely to Nick Benedetto, whose 14 goals are 5 more than any other player. Five of the top eight goal scorers are on the Flames, and even if they have a bad game, Vinny D'Orio has been making the saves when needed as his 3.50 GAA is lowest in the league. The Flames are the heavy favorites to repeat as champions, but upsets are frequent in the PTAHL playoffs.
The Muskrats have been neck and neck with the Berets for much of the season, but recently finished in second after beating them 4-0. Either way, they will meet in the quarterfinals and the Muskrats are hoping that Glen Friedman's third jersey number digit won't be weighing him down too much. In addition, they will need Nobilio and Nechrebecki to continue producing if they are to advance beyond the Berets.
3. Green Brook Berets
Despite finishing with the most goals against and scoring 20 fewer than the Muskrats, the Berets finished only one point behind the Muskrats for second place. They will need Nuno Costa to have a big game in net while relying on George Aller to lead the charge offensively this postseason.
4. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires finished with only one regulation win, but they took down the Flames in two shootouts. They will meet them again in the quarterfinals and hope to repeat that upset again. However, the Spitfires have struggled to score goals this season as their leading goal-scorer is Sean Carlin with just four goals. They will need to produce more on offense if they are to have a successful postseason.
The Archers finished tied with the Pterodactyls for first place, each with a record of 7-1 and a split season series. However, the Pterodactyls take first place with the fewest penalty minutes tiebreaker, but the Archers have had a slightly more impressive season with a goal differential of +33, just above the Pterodactyls' +30. Mike Davison led goalies in GAA and shutouts in the regular season, and he looks to continue that dominance in the postseason along with Jason Fischbach's impressive production--leading the league in goals and points. Kyle Turner and Josh Sumoski have also been key contributors, as those two and Fischbach make up three of the top four in points.
The Pterodactyls had a great season, but their play began to slip towards the end with low player turnout. They are hoping that will not be their downfall in the playoffs, but they will be missing key forwards Kyle Paulhus, Kyle Argent, and Alex Smondyrev. They will likely be relying on the defense to lead the rush and on Leidner to be a wall between the pipes.
The Biohazards still have not beaten a team other than the Motley Crew, but they are hoping to pull off an upset over the Archers, as they have done twice before in the postseason. They will be relying on Larry "The Canadian Guy" St. Denis to put pucks in the net while Chris Ypsilantis and Joe Whalen create plays. They will also probably have a better chance of winning if Dave Hutchins finally gets around to cleaning the ceiling vents.
4. Motley Crew
The Motley Crew is still looking for their first win. They began to improve as the season went along, but struggled late in the season with small rosters for each game. If their full team shows up, they can pull off an upset over the Pterodactyls, who will be playing with a slim roster in their quarterfinal meeting. The Pterodactyls had a great season and the Crew struggled, but it seems as though there is a massive upset every postseason in the PTAHL, and this South Division quarterfinal matchup is ripe for the picking.