Rob's Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Fortnight 2
April 21, 2015
The Muskrats jumped out to a 2-0 start thanks largely to the scoring of Anthony Criscitello and Sean Rasimowicz, who have combined for ten goals already. The Muskrats clearly have no intentions of slowly working their way up from the Central champs to a solid North team, they plan on contending for the North title right away.
The Vudoos so far seem to be much improved. Dan “Elvis” Pressl put up four goals in one game, Phillip Burrows looks to be a solid goaltender, Wes “Side” Dorey and Chris Potts are still of course dangerous, and J.R. Wappel has more points than penalty minutes so far.
3. Freddy’s HC
Freddy’s HC once again appears to be a top team. They beat the Ice Men by five in their opener but then lost a close one to the powerful Muskrats. Jake Worby returns to the roster and the addition of Elie Klein has made the offense even more potent.
The defending champs have not been very impressive out of the gate. They fell to the Vudoos and then squeaked out a win over the Stingrays. James Whalen and Paul Doran only have combined for four goals so far, but perhaps the Phantoms will regain their old form once Kyle Krannich returns.
The Pterodactyls have won their first two games, showing that perhaps they are not going to be as repulsively abysmal as expected. Defenseman Sean Rappleyea’s return has made a huge impact as he scored four goals in their recent win over the Ice Men, and CJ Gallagher is having a breakout season as he leads the league in goals with seven already. Meanwhile, Brian Rappleyea leads in points after his seven-assist performance against the Ice Men. They have not faced the best the league has to offer yet though, with their two wins coming against the Stingrays and Ice Men, neither of which have won a game yet.
The Stingrays are 0-2, but they are better than their record shows. They lost a close one to the Pterodactyls with a last-minute goal after erasing a four-goal deficit, and then dropped a low-scoring nailbiter to the defending champs. As long as they can keep games low-scoring, which happens often with Kyle Daloisio in net, they can beat anybody…especially if they show up to their games on time.
7. Ice Men
The Ice Men have added some bigtime scoring threats this season in Zander Pindyck and Ilya Yavtuhovich to complement the production of Matt Torstrup and Jon Bokser. However, they are 0-2 because those guys have not been attending consistently. In fact, in each of their two games, they only had one of those players. Yavtuhovich and Bokser missed both games, Pindyck missed the first one, and Torstrup missed the second one. However, if they can get their top weapons to show up on a regular basis, the Ice Men could be a real force this spring.
1. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires are 3-0 and look to have the best team in franchise history. Eric Ely has been a huge acquisition as he leads the league with seven goals, and the rest of the roster has mostly been together for years, allowing them to take the ice with great team chemistry. Expect the Spitfires to vie for the championship this season.
The Flames seem to have been rejuvenated by moving to the Central Division. They lost their season-opener to the Spitfires, but bounced back with two big wins during which they amassed 15 goals and only gave up one as Vinny “The Oreo” D’Orio notched the season’s first shutout.
3. Green Brook Berets
The Berets won their first game against the Biohazards, but dropped their next two to the Flames and Spitfires. Those will probably be the teams they will compete with for first place, but they’ll need to win some of those games if they are to come out on top. They could start by taking fewer penalties, as they seem to have picked up where they left off last season as they lead the league in PIMs.
The Biohazards lost big to the Flames, but they have at least proven that they belong in the Central Division with a win over the Pterodactyls and a narrow loss to Green Brook. Joe Nobilio has fit in very nicely and has added a new weapon to the offense to take pressure off of Larry “The Canadian Guy” St. Denis.
Losing Justin Waldron and Chris Kreuter has certainly hurt the Pterodactyls and put them into rebuilding mode. They got crushed by the Spitfires and then fell to the Biohazards. Some people will need to step up offensively if they are to salvage a competitive season, as they currently have only five goals scored in two games. However, they have at least taken the fewest penalties despite Tony Gesumaria being on the roster.
The Archers have established themselves as the favorite this season, with 35 goals in their first three games. As a result, they have the top four in goals, the top seven in points, and even the top two in GAA as captain Jason Fischbach suited up in net for a game.
2. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats have looked pretty good so far with a win over the Vudoos and a close loss to the Archers. Nick Graham and Christian Larrabee have been leading the offense with a combined seven goals. It will be interesting to watch the Rink Rats battle for first place with the Archers, who came into existence when a handful of players lost their spot on the Rink Rats’ roster.
Despite being a brand new team, SHIce-T looks solid with a win over the Vudoos and a shootout loss to the Mini Melts :-). Robert Trochiano, Sean Donnelly, Young Kwon, and Eric Ely all appear to be key players they can trust to lead the team to success. As the season unfolds and the players grow accustomed to each other’s playing style, SHIce-T could turn into a contender.
4. Mini Melts :-)
After a lengthy wait, the Mini Melts :-) have finally won their first PTAHL game via shootout over SHIce-T. The additions of Fritz Brown and Zander Pindyck have transformed this team into one that can be competitive. Captain Davy “Gravy” Hutchins faced much criticism after his rebranding and offseason moves appeared to have amounted to nothing with big losses to the Archers to start the season, but once Brown and Pindyck showed up, the Melts had a whole new look, and Hutchins proved to the haters that they were wrong as he ensured the victory with the lone goal in the shootout.
The Vudoos are the only team in the South without a win so far, but star forward Pat Mack has been missing. Once his attendance stabilizes, the Vudoos expect to be more competitive. They are also expecting production from rookies James Woods-Corwin, Corey Wendling, George Dimock, Will Dimock, and Jack Thrun to help the team improve on last season.
Next power rankings: 5/5/15
|Sunday, Apr 26 |
|Ice Men @ Pterodactyls (North) ||6:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Muskrats @ Freddy's HC ||7:45pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Biohazards @ Pterodactyls (Central) ||10:35pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Vudoos (South) @ Mini Melts :-) ||9:10pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Monday, Apr 27 |
|SHIce-T @ Rink Rats ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Tuesday, Apr 28 |
|Stingrays @ Vudoos (North) ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, Apr 29 |
|SHI Spitfires @ Green Brook Berets ||8:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Flames @ Pterodactyls (Central) ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Thursday, Apr 30 |
|Muskrats @ Ice Men ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Mini Melts :-) @ Rink Rats ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Friday, May 1 |
|Phantoms @ Pterodactyls (North) ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Vudoos (South) @ Archers ||8:05pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Sunday, May 3 |
|Stingrays @ Freddy's HC ||6:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Ice Men @ Vudoos (North) ||7:45pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Biohazards @ SHI Spitfires ||9:10pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Archers @ SHIce-T ||10:35pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Monday, May 4 |
|Pterodactyls (Central) @ Green Brook Berets ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Tuesday, May 5 |
|Muskrats @ Phantoms ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, May 6 |
|Rink Rats @ Mini Melts :-) ||8:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|SHIce-T @ Archers ||9:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
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