1. Ice Men
Led by scorers Jon Bokser and Ilya Yavtuhovich, the Ice Men have won eleven of their last twelve games, which has brought the Ice Men to the top of the power rankings. In the quarterfinals, they will meet the Muskrats, who have struggled ever since losing defenseman Jay Crandall to retirement.
The Stingrays will finish the season in the top three, thanks largely to Kyle Daloisio who continues to dominate between the pipes. In his sixteen games, he has recorded five shutouts. It will take a great effort to beat this team in the postseason.
After struggling through much of the season, the Pterodactyls have been performing well lately, with wins over the Phantoms and Muskrats. Their win over the Phantoms may be a late turning point in their season, as they came out with the victory despite having only five skaters in attendance. However, they have needed to rely on fill-in goaltending ever since Craig Cocchio went down with a back injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season.
The Vudoos were on a three game winning streak that ended when they took on the red hot Ice Men. The success of this team in the playoffs will likely fall on the shoulders of scorers Wes "Side" Dorey and Dan Poreda, who have led this team to a finish in the top three.
The Phantoms will finish the season in either sixth or seventh, but they have been playing better than their record shows as of late. Paul Doran returning from injury has given this team a boost, and they expect Doran and Krannich to work their magic in the postseason as they have in the past. Because of their slow start, they will be taking on either Freddy's, the Stingrays, or the Vudoos though.
The second half of the season has not gone well for the Muskrats. Of their last eight games, they have lost seven, but their eight wins in their first eleven games has kept them afloat to a .500 record. They will finish in fourth or fifth and will take on the Ice Men in the quarterfinals.
7. Rubber Duckies
The Rubber Duckies continue to lose games, but they have been by closer scores lately. After losing by ten to the Ice Men, they fell short to the Stingrays 3-2 and the Muskrats 6-3. However, they will no longer have the services of captain Bryan Pagan. This will most likely mean much fewer penalty minutes, but Pagan is also one of the team's highest scorers. For them to pull off some playoff upsets, they will need Kevin O'Connor to come up huge.
8. Freddy's HC
Freddy's looked to be primed for a great playoff performance, but in their last two games they have scored zero goals but surrendered 22. This has dropped them from the top of the power rankings to the bottom. However, if key scorers like Vinny Bird "is the Word" and Jake Worby show up for their playoff games, Freddy's HC could add another to their league-leading championship total.
1. Green Brook Berets
Winners of their last ten games, the Green Brook Berets will once again finish the season in first place. Now that Team X is no longer around to pull off any colossal upsets, the Berets are hoping to finally grab that first PTAHL championship they have been craving for years.
The Whalers' record may not be impressive, but look out for these guys in the playoffs as they have been playing some great hockey late in the season. They have won three of their last four games including a huge statement victory by the score of 10-1 in their regular season finale.
3. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires have lost their last two games, but they were both at the hands of the Berets. They won their seven games prior to that home-and-home. Now that goaltender Menas Zion has returned to the Spitfires' net, they are looking to put together a successful playoff run towards their third PTAHL title.
The Archers have won three of their last five games and are looking at a likely second place finish that would give them a quarterfinal matchup against the Pterodactyls. Finishing in second is key as it will guarantee that they will not have to face the mighty Green Brook Berets until the championship.
The Flames have hovered around .500 lately, but if their full roster turns up for the playoffs, they will have plenty of talent on board to do some damage. With five 10-goal scorers, the Flames are not an easy team to stop as their depth is a strength that not many other teams have. They key for them will be getting their players to attend the games.
The Biohazards recently had a dramatic win over the Pterodactyls with a few late goals, but that has been a bright moment amid a turbulent season. However, they have pulled off some big upsets in the playoffs before, and they look forward to doing that again before rebuilding for the spring season.
The Pterodactyls have only won one of their last five games, but with much of their team being comprised of Team X remnants, they have enough experience to stay composed and confident against the league's top teams in the playoffs. They are hoping to surprise some opponents in the postseason before finalizing some roster acquisitions they have been working on to make the team more competitive in the spring.