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Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings
February 9, 2016
The Vudoos' winning streak, currently at five games, has brought them to a tie for second place even though they no longer have the services of Chris Potts. They expect to win their one regular season game remaining--against the last place Pterodactyls--and if the Ice Men drop their final two games, the Vudoos could end up finishing the season in second place and earning a quarterfinal bye. With 13 points in their last three games, Wes "Side" Dorey now leads the league in goals, assists, and points.
2. Freddy's HC
Freddy's HC has already clinched a quarterfinal bye, and they just need one point in their final three games to clinch first place. However, their past few postseasons have ended with early disappointment, and they are hoping to break that curse and reach the championship this time as Jake "The Snake" Worby is having an outstanding season, and Paul Kulbida has the lowest GAA in the league.
3. Ice Men
The Ice Men could have clinched second place with a win in their recent game over the Vudoos, but instead the Vudoos trounced them and now the two teams are tied for second. However, the Ice Men still have a chance at first place, but they will need a regulation win against Freddy's HC in their next outing to make that possible. They will be looking to the Torstrup brothers as well as Jon Bokser and Steve Imbasciani, who is currently second in the league in points, to continue to generate offense as they gear up for a postseason that they hope will end with their first PTAHL championship.
The Phantoms are having an uncharacteristic sub-.500 season as their top players have truly been phantoms recently, having shown up very inconsistently. As a result, the Phantoms have the fewest goals scored in the league, and not even having Kyle Daloisio in net has been enough to keep them in the top half of the standings as they are stuck in fourth place. However, the Phantoms could be a very dangerous team in the playoffs if their top players are in the lineup.
The Pterodactyls still have a chance at finishing in fifth place, but a loss against the MuskRays in their next game would effectively lock them into last place and a quarterfinal matchup with either the Ice Men or Vudoos. Steve "Ozzy" Osvold is second in the league in goals, but he has recently announced that this will be his last season as a Pterodactyl as he plans on forming his own team for the upcoming season.
The MuskRays are looking to clinch fifth place soon to seal a quarterfinal meeting with the Phantoms, whom they recently beat. Adam Grare makes sure that they do not give up many goals, but his teammates have a hard time scoring goals of their own, which has resulted in a tumultuous season for the MuskRays. However, Grare may be able to steal a game or two in the playoffs.
1. CJ's at Midnight
Now on a fifteen-game winning streak, CJ's at Midnight fully expects to end this inaugural season with a championship. David Rainey has been rock solid between the pipes and Jason Fischbach has been leading the charge offensively, but if CJ's wants to avoid a postseason collapse, they should consider taking fewer penalties.
The Stingrays have won their last five games, coinciding with a five-game goal streak for Frank Inzano, and Eddie Boscaino has scored eight goals in the last three games, showing that when the Stingrays can score goals, they can be one of the top teams. They still have an outside shot at second place, but their two remaining games will be tough ones as they take on the first and second place teams.
The Vikings' only blemish so far in 2016 has been a shootout loss to CJ's. Vinny Bird and Neil Holterman are the top two scorers in the league, and Paul Kulbida is having a very good season in goal. The Vikings can't reach first place unless they win out, and CJ's loses out with a forfeit, but they are focused on remaining in second place for a more desirable quarterfinal matchup.
With their two recent wins, the Flames have now won five of their last seven games, and they could still finish as high as third place. One great quality the Flames have is that their offensive production is spread out very well, with a number of scoring threats including Joe Nobilio, Joe Arena, Pete Haglund, and captain Nas Allan.
Whack-a-Mole looked like a real contender earlier this season, but more recently they have only won two of their last six games. Part of the problem could be that their leading scorer, Cliff Simon, is primarily a goalie, yet has more points than everyone else on his roster. However, John Powers is having a fantastic season in net, with a GAA of just 2.86 and three shutouts. With two games remaining, Whack-a-Mole can still finish anywhere from second to fifth.
6. SHI Spitfires
SHI will finish in either sixth or seventh, but they have been leaving a few points on the table as they dropped their last two games in shootouts. Heading towards the playoffs, the Spitfires will need the Pawlyks and Sean Carlin to continue to produce, and probably at a higher rate since they will be facing one of the top teams in the quarterfinals.
7. Green Brook Berets
The Berets have been plummeting since going undefeated in the first quarter of the season, now having won only two of their last thirteen games. They are hoping that they can prevent the Spitfires from passing them for sixth place, but they will need to step their game up if they are to do any damage once the playoffs begin.
This season can not end early enough for the Biohazards, who are looking forward to being more competitive in the South Division this spring. However, the PTAHL playoffs are known for upsets, and they may be able to pull off a miracle. However, they will most likely be taking on CJ's at Midnight, who have not lost a game since September.
Shice-T has won their last three games, all in blowout fashion. They have established themselves as the clear favorite in the South Division, and expect to usurp the championship throne from the Archers. Eric Ely leads the charge offensively for Shice-T, as he is currently the second highest scorer in the league. Meanwhile, Matt Sadowski has been shutting it down at the other end of the ice with a GAA of 3.10.
2. Puck Pimps
The Puck Pimps are finishing their first PTAHL season very strongly, currently on a four-game winning streak as Greg Mustoe leads the league in assists and Alex Russel is second in goals. In net, Rich-a-Roni, the DiFrancesco Treat has been posting a very good GAA of 3.18. They are neck and neck with the Archers for second place and they will meet each other head to head in the Pimps' final regular season game.
The Archers are looking to hold off the Puck Pimps and maintain their position in second place in order to earn a quarterfinal bye. They are looking to win another championship, but they face much higher competition this season with the improved Shice-T and the expansion Puck Pimps. Nonetheless, Mike Davison has the lowest GAA in the league at 2.67. The Archers will look to slow down the rate with which they take penalties, because a few penalty kills in the playoffs could mean the end of your season.
4. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats and Vudoo continue to battle for fourth place, but they already know that they will be facing each other in the quarterfinals. Nick Graham has been tearing up the league with 35 goals, nine more than anyone else, but the Rats have been giving up too many goals to their opponents. Their 110 goals allowed is the most in the league, and they certainly look to address their defensive play heading into the postseason.
The Pterodactyls are locked into last place and will have to play Shice-T in their final two regular season games. However, the playoffs are played for a reason, and they are hoping to pull off a Team X style upset. They no longer have Kyle Argent suiting up for them though, but with strong defensive play, the Pterodactyls can win games.
Currently on a six-game losing streak, the Vudoo are hoping to turn things around before the playoffs begin. They have games remaining against the Rink Rats and the Archers before taking on the Rink Rats again in the quarterfinals, and for the Vudoo to turn this season around, they will need Mark Schwanda and James Woods-Corwin to start scoring at the pace they were a few months ago. However, although they have been on a recent skid, they have enough skill on the roster to knock off some better teams.
Next power rankings: approximately 2/22/16
|Tuesday, Feb 9|
|MuskRays @ Pterodactyls (North)||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Feb 10|
|Stingrays @ Vikings||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Feb 11|
|Green Brook Berets @ CJ's at Midnight||10:20pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Feb 12|
|Ice Men @ Freddy's HC||10:20pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Saturday, Feb 13|
|Pterodactyls (South) @ Shice-T||7:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Monday, Feb 15|
|Pterodactyls (North) @ Phantoms||9:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Tuesday, Feb 16|
|Shice-T @ Pterodactyls (South)||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Feb 17|
|Puck Pimps @ Archers||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Feb 18|
|Vudoo (South) @ Rink Rats||10:20pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Feb 19|
|SHI Spitfires @ Biohazards||9:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
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