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Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Week 3
July 26, 2016
Division I is halfway through its season, and the Flagoons are undefeated, tied with defending champion Freddy's HC. Captain Geoff Liter is tied for the league lead in both goals and points, and his three game-winning goals are tops in the league. Meanwhile, Mike Haggerty is posting the league's best GAA at 2.67. The Flagoons have their eyes on a championship in this first season of theirs, but for now they are focusing on remaining undefeated, which very likely could come down to their final regular season game against Freddy's HC.
2. Freddy's HC
There has been no championship hangover for Freddy's HC as they are undefeated at 4-0. Vinny Bird is already doing better than he did last season with five goals, and Paul Kulbida is second in GAA at 3.67. The second half of their season will be a tough road though as they will take on the Geebs, Laffy Taffy, and Flagoons.
Like the Flagoons and Laffy Taffy, the Geebs are another young and fast team. Although they are younger than both of those teams, the Geebs have fared well so far with their only loss coming to the Flagoons in a game in which they were missing much of their team. Daniel Sanigorski and captain Eddie Weissman are leading the offense as they are tied for third in the league in goals, and they are getting enough support from their teammates for the Geebs to have more goals scored than any other team. They will have a real test coming up against Freddy's HC, and they look to fare better in a rematch with the Flagoons later in the season. The Geebs have been the most disciplined team thus far, as they are yet to take a single penalty.
4. Laffy Taffy
After being dismantled by Freddy's HC in the spring championship by the shocking final of 11-1, Laffy Taffy continues to struggle, currently sitting at 1-3. Captain Steve "Ozzy" Osvold is having a disappointing season so far with only one goal, but Sean Rappleyea, Tyler Mishchenko, and Joe Nobilio have picked up the slack. The team underwent a great deal of roster turnover between seasons, and it appears they are still looking to regain their team chemistry.
5. Fine Pines
The Fine Pines made a huge jump from winning last season's Division III championship to now playing in Division I, but they have fit in nicely, currently with a .500 record. Captain Chris "Crusty" Keresztes is tied for first in the league with nine goals, and he hopes to lead the team to a successful second half of the season as three of their four remaining games are against teams below them in the standings.
Losing Alec Marsh was a huge blow to the MuskRays this offseason, and the rest of the team has struggled to make up for this void. They put up a good fight against the Flagoons though, and they hope to knock off Laffy Taffy since they are not doing well this season. After that, the MuskRays plan on beating CJ's and the Fine Pines, but they will have a tough game against Freddy's HC.
The Stingrays moved back up to Division I for this season because of the other Division II teams, the Fine Pines and CJ's at Midnight, opting to move up rather than play in a three-team division for the summer. They have not fared well so far with a record of 1-3, and they have a difficult road ahead with games against the Flagoons, Geebs, and Laffy Taffy. Losing scorer Brian Whittaker to Laffy Taffy was very unfortunate for the Stingrays, and they are going to need Eddie Boscaino to produce more if they are to be competitive in the second half of the season.
8. CJ's at Midnight
CJ's at Midnight perhaps regrets their decision to remain in Division I, especially with captain and scorer Chris Melillo out for the rest of the season. They have only taken four penalty minutes so far this season, which is a nice step in the right direction, but their nine goals scored is not nearly enough, especially combined with their 30 against. They have a tough game coming up against the Flagoons, but their three games after that are more winnable, and they hope to pick up a few points in those.
1. SHI Spitfires
SHI is off to a great start with a 3-0 record, putting them in first place. The defense has been tremendous so far, giving up only seven goals. On offense, rookie John Knox has been a great pick-up as he has three goals already, tied for the team best with veteran Young Kwon. If they can keep up this pace and Max Vasilyev and Nick Pawlyk start scoring more as well, the Spitfires could be on their way to a championship.
Alex "Jake" Miragaya has returned to the Archers, and he is averaging a goal a game, helping the Archers to a .500 record halfway through the season. Meanwhile, goaltender Al Marrone is posting the division's best GAA at 3.33. They have a home-and-home against the winless expansion Turtles coming up, and if they can win both of those, the Archers could be a contender for first place, especially if they can follow up with a win over SHI.
3. Green Brook Berets
Despite some key scorers taking the season off, the Berets have been putting the puck in the net as Zach Ulloa and Joe Patrick are tied for the league lead in goals while George Aller leads in assists. So far, they have beaten the Turtles twice and lost to the Archers twice. The second half of their season may be difficult as they have a pair of games against the undefeated Spitfires.
The expansion Turtles, the latest team formed by unsuccessful captain Davy "Gravy" Hutchins, so far has resembled very little to Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo, and has looked a lot more like Franklin, or maybe Lockjaw from Hey Arnold. Despite having a dangerous scorer in Josh Creelman who is tied for the league lead with six goals, the Turtles have only scored eleven goals so far and are yet to win a game. They are hoping that they develop better chemistry and team defense as the season progresses.
The defending champion Biohazards are off to a great start this summer. Despite losing some key scorers, the Biohazards are undefeated and have scored the most goals in the league as Sean "Mr." Feeney leads all players in goals and points. Their season will only get more difficult though as they have no more games against winless CPR, and they will have to play Buck Hockey twice.
2. Buck Hockey
Expansion team Buck Hockey is off to a great start with wins over the Pterodactyls and Rink Rats. They have a tough game coming up against the first place and defending champion Biohazards where perhaps we will really see what Buck Hockey is made of. After that, they have a pair of games against CPR which they expect to sweep, and they will wrap up their first PTAHL season against the Biohazards in a game that could determine who finishes in first place.
3. Sewer Rats
Another expansion team, the Sewer Rats, have also fit in very nicely so far in their first season. They lost a close one to the Biohazards in their first game, but bounced back with wins over the Pterodactyls and CPR. Thanks largely to Eric Vogt, who is second in the league in goals, the Sewer Rats are just one goal shy of the Biohazards' league best 22 goals scored. The Sewer Rats will rekindle their rivalry with the Rink Rats with a pair of head-to-head meetings later this season.
4. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats are set to have a bounce-back season with former captains Joe Maresca, Jr. and Bobby Tretola back in the lineup along with Jim Tretola, which is especially helpful since elite scorer Nick Graham is out this season. So far, Maresca is third in the league in points, and Tom Castenschiold is posting the smallest GAA at 2.00. If Joe Maresca, Sr. can continue to score on his unimaginable trick shots from behind the net, the Rink Rats will be a tough team to stop the rest of the way.
Although the Pterodactyls are 1-3, they have been more competitive than in recent seasons so far. Jeff Leidner is posting the second-best GAA while Kyle Argent is tied for fourth in the league in points, just ahead of teammate Geof Grek. Sean Caldwell returns to the roster and already has three assists, and rookie Ilya Labutin has already registered three goals. Both the Pterodactyls and Rink Rats seem to be on the same trajectory, having taken some steps backwards over the past year or so, but both are now on their way back up.
CPR is another expansion team, captained by former Motley Crew captain Adam "APA Format" Paradise-Asher. They have not done as well in their first PTAHL season as the Sewer Rats and Buck Hockey have, but if Tim Shamus and APA can lead the charge on offense while playing strong defensively, CPR could get better as the season progresses. They have a pair of games against Buck Hockey which will be challenging, but their other three games are against the Pterodactyls and Rink Rats, and they hope to pick up some points in those.
Next power rankings: Approximately 8/8
2016 Winter Skills Competition Results
March 26, 2016
Central: Jason Fischbach (15.0s)
South: Geof Grek (15.5s)
Breakaway Creativity Challenge
Central: Jason Fischbach (7.29)
South: Geof Grek (4.14)
Central: Pat Perez (41.7s)
South: Geof Grek (44.4s)
Central: Pat Perez (5 targets, 12 shots, 29s)
South: Pete Muratore (3 targets, 29 shots, 60s)
Goalies: Jeff Leidner (4 targets, 21 shots, 60s)
Central: Pat Perez (70mph)
South: Geof Grek (62mph)
Elimination Shootout (skater)
Elimination Shootout (goalie)
Central: Nuno Costa (.600)
South: Jeff Leidner (.833)
Special thanks to our partner, Hockey Haus, for providing the prizes!
Next skills competition: 8/13/16
|Tuesday, Jul 26|
|Biohazards @ Buck Hockey||8:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|CPR @ Pterodactyls||10:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Jul 27|
|Turtles @ SHI Spitfires||8:20pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sewer Rats @ Rink Rats||9:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Jul 28|
|Stingrays @ Flagoons||7:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Geebs @ Freddy's HC||9:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Laffy Taffy @ MuskRays||10:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Jul 29|
|CPR @ Buck Hockey||8:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Jul 31|
|Geebs @ Fine Pines||7:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Stingrays @ Laffy Taffy||8:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Flagoons @ CJ's at Midnight||10:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Monday, Aug 1|
|Archers @ Turtles||8:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sewer Rats @ Pterodactyls||10:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Tuesday, Aug 2|
|Green Brook Berets @ SHI Spitfires||10:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Rink Rats @ Biohazards||9:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Aug 3|
|Turtles @ Archers||8:20pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|CPR @ Buck Hockey||9:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Aug 4|
|CJ's at Midnight @ MuskRays||9:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Fine Pines @ Laffy Taffy||10:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Aug 7|
|Flagoons @ Geebs||6:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|MuskRays @ Freddy's HC||8:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Stingrays @ CJ's at Midnight||10:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Buck Hockey @ Sewer Rats||7:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
For a complete schedule listing, click here!