Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Divisions III and IV, Week 7
October 19, 2016
1. Team ODIN
Thanks to what is currently a four-game winning streak, Team ODIN is just one point behind the Rats for first place. Jason Fischbach is currently tied for second in both goals and assists. Tied with him in assists is teammate Brian Salvesen. Their next game will be a big one against the Rats, the one opponent Team ODIN has not yet defeated. Beyond that, Team ODIN is looking forward to having stability at the goaltender position when Mike Davison is ready to return to the ice within the coming weeks.
The Rats are still in first place, but Team ODIN is catching up to them quickly. They expect their high-powered offense to continue carrying them though, as their 32 goals is 10 more than anyone else as Hugo "Stiglitz" Beja leads the league in both goals and assists, while teammates Gary Nigro and Vincent Postiglione are tied for second in goals. At the other end of the ice, Mike Barone is posting the league's best GAA at 3.00. There is still plenty of time left in this season, but it will be interesting to see how this race for first place between the Rats and Team ODIN unfolds.
While the Phantoms have only mustered one win so far, their other games have been very close, including two shootout losses and a 6-4 defeat at the hands of the first place Rats. The Phantoms have only scored 15 goals so far, but with Tony Bucci in net, they are only about one or two goals per game away from being an elite team. One more goal per game would have had them just one point behind the Rats right now, but instead they have only one win. If Mike Smitko can find his game and start producing, that could be exactly what this team needs to join the battle for first place.
4. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires opened with a disappointing 12-6 loss to the Rats, but have made big steps forward in their two games since then. Their second game was a very close 4-3 loss to Team ODIN, and their game after that was a victory over the Phantoms. They play the Phantoms again next, and then take on the winless Biohazards. Wins in those two games would give the Spitfires a winning record. They can easily accomplish this if the Pawlyks and Brian Kelly continue scoring. Menas Zion in net gives them a great chance in both of those games as well, as his GAA is an impressive 3.54.
The Biohazards opened the season with a shootout win, but have lost four straight since then. Their games have been reasonably close though, and they can become a more competitive team if their defensive play improves, and if Larry "The Canadian Guy" St. Denis starts scoring as frequently as he used to, as he only has two goals so far this season. Additionally, the Biohazards will need to stay out of the penalty box. It is no coincidence that the teams that take the most penalties usually tend to be the teams that give up the most goals.
Ooff! remains at the top as they maintain their flawless record, now a quarter of the way through the season. They are averaging over six goals scored per game, three against, and have taken the fewest penalties. Milton Solis has been a great addition, leading the league in assists with eight already, while Chris Fagan is fourth in the league in goals with six. Rich Hernandez, Nicole Terpak, and Ed Laban have been contributing regularly on offense also, as has rookie Kevin Dougherty who has also been a prominent acquisition defensively, too. Although it is early, Ooff! expects to finish the season in first place.
Behind Ooff! is the Pterodactyls, another team that is much improved. Their 32 goals scored is the most in the league, and their nine goals against is the lowest as goaltenders Scott Brady and Jeff Leidner have the two lowest GAAs in the league. Leidner has been out with an ankle injury, but Brady has picked up right where Leidner left off. On offense, Ilya Labutin leads the league in points while Tony Gesumaria is right behind him in second. The Pterodactyls are looking forward to their next showdown against Ooff! on November 16th.
3. Puck Pimps
The Puck Pimps opened the season with a narrow loss to the Rink Rats, but bounced back with a pair of wins over the Sewer Rats. Eric Racine is having a breakout season with four goals already, after just three games. Nick Raite has been solid in net, with a 3.36 GAA. They have some tough games on the horizon though, as their next two will be against Ooff! and the Pterodactyls.
4. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats started off with a pair of wins, but have lost two of their three games since then. They remain in third place, but the Puck Pimps and Sewer Rats are right behind them and waiting to pounce. Nick Graham and Joe Maresca, Jr. have been leading the charge on offense. Graham has five goals and Maresca has six, good enough to put him in a tie for fourth leaguewide in that department.
5. Sewer Rats
The Sewer Rats are trying to break out of being a middle-of-the-road team and climb towards the top of the standings. They have scored the third most goals in the league, but have also given up the third most, although part of that is because they have played the most games. Eric Vogt is doing his part, leading the league with ten goals already. They have been getting some additional scoring production out of gigantic defenseman Evgeny "The Tree" Nikitin, who has hit the twine four times already this season. This is another team that has a tough portion of their schedule coming up though, with three of their next four games coming against the Pterodactyls, Ooff!, and the Rink Rats.
The Vudoo are looking to snap a three-game losing streak to pass the Puck Pimps for fifth place. To do that, they will need more production from James Woods-Corwin, who has scored only twice so far this season, and Pat "Crack Your Back" Mack, who has only managed to factor on the scoresheet with one assist. Ray Ziesse and Jesse Peterson both have five goals already, so if Woods-Corwin and Crack Your Back Mack could start producing as well, the Vudoo would be a lot more competitive.
The Archers are still struggling with the absence of some of their top players, currently 0-6. They had a tough opening schedule though, with half of their games so far coming against the Pterodactyls. However, they looked good in their most recent outing against them. Mike Davison will finally be making his return to the ice very soon, and the Archers are looking forward to having that consistency between the pipes once again.
Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Division I and II, Week 6
October 14, 2016
1. Laffy Taffy
With Steve "Ozzy" Osvold leading the league in goals, Joe Nobilio leading in assists, and only eight goals allowed after three games, Laffy Taffy are undefeated. They have been playing games with a small roster, but so far it has not hindered them. Over the course of a full season, this may change, but for now Taffy is establishing themselves as one of this season's contenders.
2. Ice Men
The Ice Men are currently in first place and have defeated every opponent except for Laffy Taffy, whom they lost to in a close game. Their 30 goals is nine higher than anyone else, thanks to the Torstrup brothers, who are top two in the league in points. At the other end of the ice, Nick Raite is leading the league in GAA. The Ice Men are gearing up for a big rematch against Laffy Taffy next week where they hope to even the season series.
3. Fine Pines
The Fine Pines are yet to beat Laffy Taffy or the Ice Men, but they are above .500, thanks largely to captain Chris "Crusty" Keresztes, who has scored the winning goal in all three of the Pines' victories. With their youthfulness and quickness, the Fine Pines expect to be up there with Laffy Taffy and the Ice Men battling for first place.
The MuskRays have played close games, but are yet to register a win. Eddie Boscaino has been a nice addition, but the MuskRays will probably need him to produce even more if they are to climb the standings. The same goes for co-captain Tony Desiderio, who has only three points so far.
5. Freddy's HC
Freddy's HC is still looking to fill up their roster, and are yet to win a game as a result, although their games have been close, too. If Vinny Bird would show up more consistently, Freddy's HC would probably be doing better, and Jake "The Snake" Worby hasn't had perfect attendance thus far either. However, the main cause of concern so far has been the team's defense. Their 24 goals allowed is most in the league, although they are tied in that department with the first place Ice Men, but they have not been scoring enough goals to make up for that weakness. They are hoping that once they got their roster issues resolved, having additional players on the bench will improve the team's play in their own zone.
Still undefeated, the Stingrays have scored the most goals and surrendered the fewest. Eddie Boscaino leads the league in goals with nine while Greg Schehr has the most assists at five, and James Peterson and Frank Inzano are tied for second in the league in goals, both with five. In net, John Fallone has been a brick wall with a GAA of just 1.67. So far, the Stingrays look like the team to beat, but there is still plenty of time left in the season.
2. CJ's at Midnight
CJ's at Midnight is faring much better this season, with their only loss so far coming to the undefeated Stingrays. David Rainey has been keeping the opponents' goals to a minimum with a GAA of just 2.00, and rookie Thomas Perlitz has made an immediate impact with five goals already. They have the second most penalty minutes though, a statistic that CJ's at Midnight will have to focus on limiting if they are to take first place from the Stingrays.
The Mustangs opened their season with a win, but have not won a game since then. However, Vinny Bird has been a great offseason addition with six goals already, and if he can keep up the pace with support from the likes of Vincent Postiglione and Justin Knight, the Mustangs could turn this season around.
SHIce has not gotten off to the start they had hoped for. The Case brothers, expected to carry the team, have combined for only two goals so far. Eric Ely is tied for second in the league in points, but he can't get it done all by himself. Making matters worse is the fact that SHIce has taken by far the most penalty minutes. At this level, the opponents are too good to be given too many powerplay opportunities, especially when the players taking the penalties are a team's best players. SHIce will need to correct this if they are to be competitive as this season progresses.
5. Green Brook Berets
So far, Green Brook's only win has come via forfeit against the Mustangs. Other than that, they gave up 20 goals in three games while scoring only ten. The team appears to be rebuilding though as their top scorers are very young--Zach Ulloa and rookie Adrian Pinzon. Frank Dente has been a key contributor thus far as well. If these young players continue to progress over the course of this long season, the Berets could be a much more competitive team before the playoffs begin.
|Thursday, Oct 27|
|Freddy's HC @ MuskRays||10:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Oct 28|
|Rats @ SHI Spitfires||9:20pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Biohazards @ Phantoms||10:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Oct 30|
|Laffy Taffy @ Freddy's HC||7:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|SHI Spitfires @ Biohazards||10:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Puck Pimps @ Ooff!||6:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Rink Rats @ Vudoo||9:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Tuesday, Nov 1|
|Green Brook Berets @ Stingrays||10:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Nov 2|
|Pterodactyls @ Puck Pimps||9:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Nov 3|
|Ice Men @ Fine Pines||10:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Nov 4|
|SHIce @ Mustangs||9:20pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Team ODIN @ Phantoms||10:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Saturday, Nov 5|
|MuskRays @ Laffy Taffy||9:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Nov 6|
|Stingrays @ CJ's at Midnight||6:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Biohazards @ Rats||7:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Archers @ Ooff!||9:05pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sewer Rats @ Rink Rats||10:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Monday, Nov 7|
|Phantoms @ SHI Spitfires||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
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