The Phantoms remain the team to beat with four wins out of their last five. Their only loss in that span was a close one-goal decision to the Ice Men who have been on a hot streak lately. Kyle Krannich has had such a pedestrian season that even Phil Meade has more goals than him, but James Whalen has picked up the slack as he is second in the league in goals. His production combined with Tony Bucci's second best GAA and plenty of scoring depth have kept the Phantoms in first place.
2. Ice Men
This is not the same old Ice Men any longer as they have won three of their last four including a win over the mighty Phantoms and a shutout over the Stingrays. Led by the play of rookie goaltender Jimmy Cabrera, who is just behind Bucci in GAA, the Ice Men look to have turned their season around and still have enough games remaining to compete for first place, especially if Matt Torstrup can continue scoring at such a quick pace as he currently leads the league with 26 goals.
Having won five of their last six, the Pterodactyls are looking to catch up to the Phantoms and Freddy's in the second half of the season. Brian Rappleyea and Steven "The Wizard of Oz" Osvold are tied for sixth in the league in points, but they might need the rest of the roster to start putting the puck in the net if they are to remain ahead of the Ice Men.
The Vudoos have gone .500 over the past month with all games being close. Wes "Side" Dorey is tied with Torstrup for the league lead in points, and has a huge lead in assists from setting up teammates Chris Potts and Brent McCain who are tied for third in goals. As has traditionally been the case, the Vudoos have an explosive offense, but their defensive struggles have kept them from being a powerhouse. They will look to play stronger on defense during the second half of the season.
5. Freddy's HC
Freddy's HC got off to a dominant start, but sporadic attendance by their top players has hindered them lately with only two wins in their last five games. Marcin Nieroda remains in the top five in goals, but they will need more consistent attendance from star players like Vinny Bird "is the Word," Robbie and Timmy Fulton, and Alex Gorden if they are to continue battling with the Phantoms for first place. Paul Kulbida has done his part though, as he leads the league in GAA.
Kyle Daloisio has ignored sport psychologist Rob Cacioppo's prescription and still has not paid his league fee, and as expected, the Stingrays continue to struggle as they have now dropped five straight. The Stingrays have usually been the most difficult team to score against, but in their last five games have averaged nearly seven goals against. The team has been blaming their poor performance on their new jerseys, but it is obvious who the real culprit is.
Spending half of the team's budget on tolls has kept the Flames' front office from signing a big name free agent to replace Nick Benedetto. As a result, they have scored the fewest goals and are still searching for their first win. While they are showing a zero in the wins column, they haven't been getting blown out and are capable of putting a few second-half wins together and if Kyle Daloisio still refuses to pay his league fee, the Flames could catch the Stingrays in just a couple weeks.
1. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires have won five straight and are just five points out of first place with a game in hand. Sean Carlin, Greg Owens, and Brian Kelly have been leading the charge offensively, but they have been getting plenty of support from their teammates as nearly every player on the roster has multiple goals this season. Expect this battle for first place to last until the final game.
Despite the Spitfires' recent dominance, the Pterodactyls have held them off with four straight wins and remain in first place as Justin Waldron still leads the league in goals and the Galligano brothers are first and second in assists. Jeff Leidner's league-best GAA has shrunk even further to 2.25 as the Pterodactyls have the most goals scored and second fewest goals against.
With the exception of two forfeits, the Muskrats have only been defeated twice. Adam Grare has registered the South Division's only shutout so far, and is just 0.12 behind Jeff Leidner for lowest GAA. Despite Jon Khanimov registering the worst faceoff percentage in the history of numbers, Mark Gordin leads the league in points while Glen Friedman is fourth in goals.
4. Green Brook Berets
The Berets have not scored many goals this season, but they are still in third place because they haven't given up many either as Nuno Costa is third in GAA. Two of their wins were the result of forfeits, and if they are to remain in the Central bracket, they will probably need to start scoring more often. Milton Solis leads the team with only five goals, Perez is second with four, and nobody else has more than three.
The Biohazards have won two of their last five, but two of those wins were against the struggling Archers. They are still trying to form an identity this season as they have been hovering right around the final Central bracket playoff spot. For them to clinch a spot in the Central bracket, they will need scoring to come from more than just Larry "The Canadian Guy" St. Denis, who currently has more than twice as many goals as anyone else on the roster.
The Archers have been improving with two wins in their last four games (though both were over the Motley Crew) and close losses to the Pterodactyls and Biohazards where they lost by just two goals. They are still pretty far from a spot in the Central bracket, but if they can continue to improve, they may be able to make a move up the standings.
The Vudoos have been scoring plenty of goals, thanks largely to Pat Mack, who is tied for second in goals, and Tom Godon. However, for them to be more competitive, they'll need to tidy up their defense as their 63 goals against is second in the league.
8. Motley Crew
The woes continue for the Motley Crew as they have given up the most goals and scored the fewest. Rob Mager and Mark Gordin are the only players on the team with more than two goals. Despite their struggles, the Crew could be competitive if their top players would participate more often. Jackson Brassieur could drastically help the defense and Mark Gordin can do the same for the offense. While neither have attended games consistently, the Motley Crew should not be completely written off as long as they are on the roster.
Next power rankings: 11/26/14