Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Divisions I and II, Week 18
January 3, 2017
1. Ice Men
The Ice Men are in first place thanks to what is currently a three-game winning streak, including victories over Freddy's HC and the MuskRays. They have scored the most goals in the league as Matt Torstrup is tied for the league lead in points, and brother Mike Torstrup is just one point behind. Zander Pindyck, John DeRosa, and Jon Bokser have been major contributors on offense as well. However, defense remains a weakness for the Ice Men as they have also given up the most goals in the league. Their disciplined play has prevented this weakness from being magnified, but they will be looking to play stronger defensively down the final stretch as they hope to remain ahead of Laffy Taffy for first place.
2. Freddy's HC
With six wins in their last seven games, Freddy's HC has been rapidly getting closer and closer to the top of the standings and are now within just four points of second place Laffy Taffy. Vinny Bird and Jake "The Snake" Worby have been tearing through opposing defenses like they usually do, and Alex Gorden has been perhaps the top offensive defenseman in the league, while Dan Lewycky has been scoring at a rapid pace as well. In net, Paul Kulbida leads the league in GAA as Freddy's HC hopes to continue this hot streak in the second half of the season.
The MuskRays are another team that have broken out of their early slump, now with three wins in their last five games, including victories against the first place Ice Men and red hot Freddy's HC. The MuskRays have been in last place all season, but with more consistent attendance from Josh Creelman and Brian Caprarola, they are now just within four points of the fourth place Fine Pines. They will take them on twice more before the season ends, so if they can win those games and keep pace with them in games against other opponents, the MuskRays will climb out of the basement.
4. Laffy Taffy
Laffy Taffy got off to a great start this season, but they have slowed down lately with three losses in their last five games. They are only three points behind the Ice Men for first place with three games in hand, but games in hand only matter if you win them, and that is something Taffy has been struggling to do recently. Part of the problem may be that their scoring production has been heavily-weighted towards captain Steve "Ozzy" Osvold, and when he is not producing, there is a noticeable drop in offense. Until lately, they have been able to alleviate this problem by giving up the fewest goals in the league, but they will be looking to be less one-dimensional on offense in the second half of the season.
5. Fine Pines
Now on a five-game losing streak, the Fine Pines have been falling further behind third place Freddy's HC and are in danger of being passed by the MuskRays for fourth place. Their offense is similar to Laffy Taffy's, in that captain Chris Keresztes has about a third of the team's goals. Dave Sanders and Rich Petersen have been chipping in, but the Pines will need a more spread-out attack on offense if they are to turn it around before the playoffs begin.
With only one loss so far, the Stingrays remain in first place. In traditional Stingrays fashion, they have surrendered the fewest goals in the league--only 27, as John Fallone's GAA of 2.50 is best in the league by half a goal. However, they have scored the second most as Eddie Boscaino is tied for the league lead in goals with 14, and they have three other players with at least seven: Jim Peterson (10), Frank Inzano (8), and Andrew "Wojo" Wojciechowski (7). The Stingrays expect to stay in first place through the end of the season, but they have two tough games against CJ's at Midnight still on the schedule.
2. CJ's at Midnight
CJ's at Midnight is only four points behind the Stingrays. Their 69 goals scored is most in the league despite nobody on the team having more than eight goals. Perhaps their ability to spread the scoring through the roster rather than relying on two or three top forwards has made CJ's a difficult team to stop. CJ's at Midnight still has a very realistic chance of catching the Stingrays for first place as they play them twice more, and their other four remaining games are against struggling teams SHIce and the Mustangs.
3. Green Brook Berets
Although the Berets will most likely not finish higher than third place, they should not be taken lightly as they recently split a home-and-home with CJ's. Their offense is very dangerous, featuring three of the top four in goals: Zach Ulloa tied for first with 14, rookie Frank Dente in third with 13, and rookie Adrian Pinzon in fourth with 12. They are looking to put forth a very strong end to their regular season with five of their last six games against SHIce and the Mustangs.
SHIce has won two of their last four games to distance themselves from the Mustangs and avoid falling to last place. They have a very difficult schedule the rest of the way though, and they are still waiting for the Case brothers to start scoring the way they used to. Eric Ely has registered seven goals, but that pace isn't going to be enough unless he gets some help from the rest of the roster.
The struggles continue for the Mustangs, who have now lost seven straight. SHIce is the only team they have managed to beat this season, and they recently lost to them and will meet them only once more this season. They will most likely face each other in the 4th place vs. 5th place quarterfinal game, though.
Brian's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Divisions III and IV, Week 20
January 16, 2017
The Phantoms still maintain their eight point lead from the previous power rankings. They have taken 30 out of their last 33 points, with the only loss coming to the second place, The Team Formerly Known as the Rats (TTFKATR), now Reapers. Mike Smitko leads the team in scoring and is fourth in the league, with 14 goals and 11 assists. Tony Bucci leads the league in Goals Against Average, at 2.55, and shut out Team ODIN in their most recent game. In total, the Phantoms have only given up 34 goals, nearly 26 fewer than anyone else. Look for the Phantoms to take the one seed for the playoffs.
2. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires have won four of their last six, three of their last four, and have the best form of any team, other than the Phantoms, in Division III. With this run, they now sit one point behind Team ODIN for third place, and five points behind The Team Formerly Known as the Rats (TTFKATF), now Reapers, for second place. Alex and Nick Pawlyk lead the team in scoring, with 19 and 16 points, respectively, and Brian Kelly leads the team in goals with 12. The Spitfires are on the rise, and will finish anywhere from second to fourth, in a tight race as the games peel off the schedule.
3. Reapers (formerly Rats)
The Reapers are in second place, eight points behind the Phantoms, and four points ahead of Team ODIN. The Reapers have lost two out of three, conceding ground to the Spitfires, who are surging, and could find themselves only one point ahead of Team ODIN, if ODIN can get a regulation win in their game in hand. Hugo Beja leads the league in scoring, with 23 goals and 18 assists, while Gary Nigro is second with 17 goals and 15 assists. Unfortunately for the Reapers, they lead Division III in penalty minutes, with 168, 52 more than the next closest team. Trevor Eldridge leads the league in PIM with 42, Vinny Reno has 38, Beja has 34, and Tom Schodowski has 24. Look for the Reapers to cut down on their penalty minutes, if they are to hang on to second place.
4. Team ODIN
Team ODIN has struggled lately, losing five out of six, and earning a total of four points in that stretch. ODIN has scored 53 goals, but has given up 62, which means their goal differential (-9) is only better than the Biohazards’ total of -48. Due to their struggles, the Spitfires have come within striking difference, now only one point behind Team ODIN. Jason Fischbach leads the team with 17 goals and 11 assists, good enough for third in the league. Brian Salvesen, Alex Miragaya, and Kevin Horstman have also hit double digits in points, with 18, 13, and 10 respectively. Coming off of an injury, Mike Davison has posted a Goals Against Average of 4.37, and has one shutout. Team ODIN’s next game is against the Reapers, a massive one, as those two teams and the Spitfires will almost certainly occupy the second, third, and fourth seeds.
The Biohazards are in last place, and cannot finish any higher than that. They have one regulation win, and one shootout win in their last ten games. But over the course of the season, the Biohazards have beaten each of the three teams ahead of them, one of which they will play in the playoffs: Reapers, Team ODIN, and Spitfires. Larry St. Denis and Sean Feeney each have 9 goals and 2 assists, to lead the team, but they each have 14 penalty minutes. The Biohazards will need these two on the ice to get some momentum and pull off a first round win when the playoffs come because the PTAHL has shown that anything can happen.
The Pterodactyls have won five straight, nearly earning maximum points,14 out of 15. The Pterodactyls are in third, tied on points with Ooff!, and have a game in hand over the Rink Rats, who are one point ahead. This recent form for the flying fossils, barring a collapse, will have them finishing in the top three. Ilya Labutin leads the team with 15 goals and 3 assists, while Tony Gesumaria has 11 points. Chris Kreuter scored three points in their previous game, and the tandem of Jeff Leidner and Scott Brady has yielded the top spot in this edition of the power rankings, with each goalie recording one shutout and allowing a combined 34 goals, 18 fewer than the next closest team.
2. Rink Rats
The Rink Rats are in first place, but only by one point over both Ooff!, whom they have two games in hand, and the Pterodactyls, whom they have played one more game. The Rink Rats have won two out of three and three out of five, coming off an 8-0 win over the Vudoo. Nick Graham leads Division IV in scoring, with 27 goals and 14 assists, while Joe Maresca, Jr. is second with 25 goals and 8 assists. Tom Castenshiold has been great for the Rink Rats, although he has only been present for nine games. Castenshiold has six wins and three losses with one shutout and a Goals Against Average of 3.11.
Ooff! has lost two straight games, but won their previous six. Unfortunately for them, two of their three losses this season have come to the Rink Rats, whom they trail by one point (the other loss was to the fourth place Puck Pimps). The tandem of Milton Solis and Chris Fagan leads the team with 25 points apiece, while Rich Hernandez and Kevin Dougherty each have 13. Six players have scored at least eight goals, showing the necessary depth to battle for the top seed in Division IV, while Dean Bogner has had a good season, with a Goals Against Average of 3.92. The top three seeds can go in any order, and Ooff! has as good a chance as anybody to get that top seed.
4. Puck Pimps
The Puck Pimps have alternated wins and losses in their last nine games, making them the best candidate for the ranking of four out of seven in this edition of the power rankings. They have 22 points, good enough for fourth at the moment, but only by one point over the Sewer Rats. Eric Racine has 20 points (17 goals) to lead the Pimps, Eric Kazaluskas has 15 points (14 goals), and Nick Raite has a Goals Against Average of 2.91, and is only behind the Pterodactyls’ Leidner and Brady. The Puck Pimps have 38 penalty minutes, the fewest in the league, and hope to string together some wins to pick up momentum and give themselves any chance of finishing better than fourth. A good place to start is with their next game, against the Archers, who are in last place.
5. Sewer Rats
The Sewer Rats recently snapped a two-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the powerful Rink Rats. Eric Vogt and Andrew Viox have been major contributors for the Sewer Rats' offense, especially on the powerplay as they have combined for five powerplay goals--Vogt leading the league with three. They are currently in fourth place, but they have opportunity to finish higher with a pair of games left against the Pterodactyls.
The Vudoo have won two of three, but lost six of eight. They have 13 points and can finish no higher than fifth. The Puck Pimps are nine points ahead of the Vudoo for fourth, while the Sewer Rats are eight points ahead of the Vudoo for fifth. Their big three of James Woods-Corwin (18 points), Tom Godon (16 points), and Ray Ziesse (15 points), will have to continue to carry the team offensively, but the Vudoo’s weakness is on the defensive side of the puck, where they have given up 98 goals, the most in Division IV. If the Vudoo can cut down on their goals against, they can make a run for the fifth or even fourth seed, especially with one game left against both the Puck Pimps and Sewer Rats.
The Archers have had a tough season so far, with their only win coming on December 4 against the Sewer Rats. With five games to go, the Archers are looking to build up some momentum going into the playoffs. Jason Fischbach has 25 points (20 goals, 5 assists), and is by far the team’s leading scorer, but has over half of the team’s total goals (37) this season. Gabe Berrios has been a good signing, proven by his performance in the team’s most recent game, netting two goals. Performances like that will be what the Archers are looking for as the season winds down. Even with an outside chance of finishing sixth, the Archers know they will play the Rink Rats, Ooff!, or the Pterodactyls. The Archers are PTAHL veterans, and know that anything can happen in the playoffs.
|Tuesday, Jan 17|
|Mustangs @ Green Brook Berets||10:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Jan 18|
|Ooff! @ Pterodactyls||9:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Jan 19|
|Freddy's HC @ Fine Pines||9:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Jan 20|
|Stingrays @ Mustangs||10:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Saturday, Jan 21|
|Reapers (formerly Rats) @ Phantoms||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Jan 22|
|MuskRays @ Freddy's HC||7:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Laffy Taffy @ Fine Pines||9:05pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sewer Rats @ Puck Pimps||10:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Monday, Jan 23|
|Biohazards @ Team ODIN||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Tuesday, Jan 24|
|CJ's at Midnight @ SHIce||10:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Jan 25|
|Vudoo @ Pterodactyls||9:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Jan 26|
|Laffy Taffy @ MuskRays||9:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
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