Last Updated: November 27, 2015
Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings
November 12, 2015
The Vudoos have now won five straight, including back-to-back shutouts by Phil Burrows over the defending champion Phantoms. The Potts and Pans line continues to torment their opponents as Chris Potts is second in the league in goals and Wes "Pans" Dorey is right behind him in third. Dan Poreda and rookie Chris Cahill are averaging over a point per game as well. The Vudoos are currently in third, but that could change very soon if they maintain this level of play.
2. Freddy's HC
First place Freddy's HC is also riding a five-game winning streak, with only one loss so far this season. Jake "The Snake" Worby is having a career year, leading the league in goals, points, and powerplay goals while Marcin Nieroda is tied for fourth in points, and Alex Gorden is tied for the league lead in assists. Meanwhile, Paul Kulbida is leading in GAA by 0.01. It is shaping up to be an exciting battle for first place as this season reaches its halfway point. The Ice Men have slipped up a bit, but it looks like the Vudoos and Freddy's will continue to duke it out.
3. Ice Men
After a 5-0 start, the Ice Men have cooled down with three losses in their last four games, but they have shown that they are capable of playing at a high level as Matt Torstrup is tied for third in goals and brother Mike Torstrup and he are tied for third in points along with teammate Jon Bokser. Steve Imbasciani is having a breakout season, with nine goals and seven assists already.
The Phantoms recently hit a very rough patch, losing four straight with three shutouts. However, they snapped out of it with a 3-0 shutout win over the MuskRays. The Phantoms uncharacteristically have zero players in the top 20 in points. Fortunately, this hasn't resulted in a completely disastrous season because of Kyle Daloisio's 4.01 GAA, but if they plan on defending their title, they will need their scorers to start scoring.
The MuskRays looked as though they were turning their season around with back-to-back wins, but they were shut out in their next two games. To make matters worse, Adam Grare has been dealing with a knee injury. There are still plenty of games left to be played though, and at least they're not the Pterodactyls.
The struggles continue for the Pterodactyls. Their 1-8 record has them in last place as they have lost their last five games, yielding 48 goals over that span. They are hoping that Vinnie LaRosa will be the savior they need in order to salvage this season once he finally returns from injury.
CJ's at Midnight has hit their stride as they have won six straight games and finally got their custom jerseys delivered. Jason Fischbach has been using all of his goal-scoring ability on this team rather than the Archers, the team he captains, and this has brought him up to a tie for third in the league in points. They are currently tied with the defending champion Vikings for first place, but will need to lower the frequency with which they take penalties if they expect to contend for a championship this season.
The Stingrays got off to a rocky start, but have won three of their last four to climb into a tie for fifth place. Their next four games will be a real test though as they take on the Berets, the Vikings, and CJ's twice. They will need Frank Inzano and Eddie "The Faucet" Boscaino to continue to score goals if they are going to do as well this season as they did last season.
The Flames have also won three of their last four, despite their exorbitant PIMs total. Joe Nobilio is third in the league in goals while Nas Allan and Joe Arena are also having very productive seasons. They are currently in fourth place, but things are very tight around the middle of the standings, so they can easily find themselves near the top or bottom depending on how they do in the second half of the season.
The defending champs are currently in a tie for first, but they are at risk of letting that top spot fall out of their hands as they recently lost to Green Brook and CJ's. They had a forfeit win against Whack-a-Mole, and then had two regulation wins over the winless Biohazards, but not in very convincing fashion as the more recent game was only 5-3. Nonetheless, Paul Kulbida's 2.61 GAA is the best in the league, and Vinny Bird leads the league in points while Neil Holterman is leading the league in goals even though his shots during warmups are closer to hitting the league director in the head than they are to hitting the net.
Whack-a-Mole is hovering right around .500 at 4-3. One of their losses was a forfeit, which means their record may not be very indicative of their play, but that forfeit could hurt them if they end up tied with someone else in the standings, of which there is a strong possibility considering how close the standings are at the halfway point. John Powers is third in GAA and Cliff Simon has been racking up the assists, but they could use more scoring from Bryan "The Taker of Whits" Whittaker if they are to improve in the second half.
6. SHI Spitfires
SHI looked as though they had turned a corner when they put two wins together, but they have lost their two games since then and are now seven points out of sixth place. The scoring has been there as Nick Pawlyk and Sean Carlin each have nine goals, but their team has been unable to keep the puck out of their defensive zone as their 52 goals allowed is the most in the league. They may want to consider scheduling a practice or two to go over defensive positioning and the breakout.
7. Green Brook Berets
Green Brook looked as though they were a real contender this season after starting 5-0, but they've been slumping lately with four consecutive losses. They are in third place, but they could easily start falling quickly if they don't turn this season around. At least Zach Ulloa is actually leading the league in assists instead of penalty minutes this season, but it will take more than that to continue battling for first place.
Still looking for their first win, the Biohazards are anxiously awaiting the first overall pick in the draft. It appears that the rumors of Hansel Atkins not playing this season may be true, which has proven to be a huge blow for the Biohazards, who have only scored 15 goals thus far. For the Biohazards to start pulling off some upsets, they will need Larry "The Canadian Guy" St. Denis to start putting the puck in the net as often as he used to.
After crushing Shice-T 10-2, the Archers have put together a three-game winning streak that now has them only one points out of first place. Mike Davison is leading the league with a GAA of 3.00, but he just bought new leg pads so we will see if there is an adjustment period that will hinder his play. Captain Jason Fischbach, who is doing very well in the Central Division, finally scored his first goal in the South Division this season and hopefully this will break him out of his slump. In the meantime, rookie Charlie Amann has been a great addition as he is leading the team in points.
Shice-T is still in first place, but right behind them are the Archers, who recently thumped them by eight goals. Shice-T bounced back though with a narrow 6-5 win and then a big 10-1 victory, both over the Rink Rats, to stay in first. Eric Ely is tied for third in goals, but Shice-T's strength has been defense as the addition of the Case brothers has stabilized the back end and kept the team from giving up the multitude of goals they have been for the past year. Now that this team has a strong defense, they are much more competitive.
3. Puck Pimps
The expansion Puck Pimps have only given up one more goal than Shice-T has, but almost half of their games have been decided by shootouts. They've won three of their last four though, with the one loss coming to the Pterodactyls, whom they defeated easily in their next outing. Greg Mustoe leads the league in assists, and teammate Chris "The Kazmanian Devil" Kazlauskas is right behind him while Ted Yarns's 3.60 GAA is second in the league.
The Pterodactyls did not show much promise in the beginning of the season, but they've come out with victories in two of their last four games. If they can keep this up, they still have a chance to turn this season around. Scoring continues to be an issue though, as they have scored the fewest in the league and team scoring leader Kyle Argent will be leaving before the season ends. Despite their recent wins, the Pterodactyls still showed that they need to improve their defensive play as they gave up seven goals to the Puck Pimps, who repeatedly found an open man in the slot to blow the score wide open. If they are to churn out more wins, the Pterodactyls will need to get their center down low to keep the defensemen from being outnumbered so that it takes more than a pass to the slot to beat them.
5. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats are in a bit of a slump with three losses in their last four games. One loss was to the Pterodactyls in a shootout though, and another was a very close one to Shice-T where they may have beaten themselves by taking a few late penalties. Joe Maresca, Jr. is second in points while Nick Graham continues to dominate with twice as many goals as anyone else, and more than twice as many points. However, the Rink Rats could be doing much better if they weren't giving up the most goals in the league. Like the Pterodactyls, the Rink Rats will be looking to address this issue in the second half of the season.
The Vudoo got off to a good start with three wins in their first four games, but they have dropped their five games since then. The scores have mostly been close though, so they are hopeful that this trend will not continue throughout the remainder of the season. James Woods-Corwin is still second in the league in goals while Ray Ziesse is having a good season with five goals and five assists. On defense, rookie Mark Schwanda has been a huge addition as he is one of the top defensemen in the league, but is also tied for fifth in points with eleven. In the second half of the season, the Vudoo will be looking for those three players to continue scoring, and they may want to consider moving Mark Schwanda up to forward at times when they need a late goal.
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