The Phantoms have now won eight of their last nine games and have opened up a nine-point lead over the rest of the league. James Whalen continues to dominate as he is second in goals and tied for second in points, while Paul "Revere" Doran and recent additions Caleb Luther and Jimmy Rotan have been major contributors as well. Now that Kyle Krannich seems to have broken out of his slump, look for the Phantoms to run train on the rest of the league as the playoffs approach.
Now that Kyle Daloisio has paid his league fee, he has the league's best GAA and the Stingrays are on a three-game winning streak. Magic.
The Pterodactyls were on a three-game winning streak that was recently snapped with a late collapse and a shootout loss to the Ice Men, but they remain in second place and are hoping to repeat as champions again led by their multiple scoring threats, solid defensive play, and reliable goaltending from Scott Brady.
4. Ice Men
The Ice Men are a force to be reckoned with now as they have won three of their last four games, including one against the first place Phantoms and another against the second place Pterodactyls. Jimmy Cabrera is duking it out with Kyle Daloisio for lowest GAA, and Matt Torstrup leads the league in both goals and points while Jon Bokser and Nick Pedana have also been key contributors on offense. If Freddy's keeps falling and the Ice Men can maintain this level of play, they could catch the Pterodactyls for second in no time.
After winning two out of three games, the Vudoos dropped their most recent pair, although they were against tough opponents in the Phantoms and Stingrays. Wes "Side" Dorey, Brent McCain, and Chris Potts have been getting it done offensively, but it has not been enough as their defense has struggled. They will need Dan
Poreda to put up the numbers he used to if they are to be competitive going into the playoffs.
6. Freddy's HC
The great start that Freddy's HC got off to is now a distant memory as they have gone into damage control and are currently riding a three-game losing streak. Paul Kulbida is still in the top three in GAA, but the team has somehow lacked scoring despite having known scoring threats in Vinny Bird, Alex Gorden, and the Fulton brothers. They looked like championship contenders early in the season, but could easily drop to fifth place in a matter of days with the way the Ice Men and Stingrays have been playing.
The Flames remain winless and have given up seven or more goals in each of their last eight games. If they are start winning some game, they will need to improve their backchecking and defensive positioning, in addition to scoring more goals which they hope will happen now that James Nobilio has joined the roster after defecting from the Muskrats in the Central/South Division.
The Muskrats current four-game winning streak has brought them to a tie for second place, just four points out of first. Adam Grare is posting a miniscule GAA of 2.00 with the South Division's only two shutouts. The offense has been led by Mark Gordin and Glen Friedman, who are currently third and fourth in points. It will be an interesting race for first place the rest of the way as they hope to pull ahead of the Spitfires and Pterodactyls to reach the top of the standings.
The Pterodactyls have won six of their last seven and remain in first place as Jeff Leidner continues to stymy opposing offenses with a GAA of 2.45 and Justin Waldron is second in the league in goals and is tied for most points. They have a big game coming up against the Muskrats as well as two more remaining against the Spitfires. Those three games will be huge in determining where they finish in the standings.
3. Green Brook Berets
The Berets currently hold the final Central bracket playoff spot with a four-point lead over the fifth place Biohazards. However, if they want to ensure a spot in the Central bracket, they will need to stay off the suspension list and play more disciplined hockey as their 128 PIMs leads the league with a huge margin.
The Biohazards have won three of their last five and are just four points out of the fourth and final Central bracket playoff spot. Larry "The Canadian Guy" St. Denis still leads the league in both goals and points and Chris Ypsilantis is also having a great season with eleven goals and eight assists, but the Biohazards will need more contributors on offense if they are going to catch the Berets for fourth place.
The Archers have had a rebuilding season, but won three of their last four games including a huge upset over the Spitfires. It is a longshot for them to wind up in the Central bracket at this point, but they could be a contender for the South championship if Jason Fischbach and Kevin Inglis can keep scoring.
6. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires won seven straight games, propelling them towards the top of the standings, but they have recently dropped their last two. They are hoping to get back on track with games against the Motley Crew and Vudoos coming up next before a tough stretch of games with the Pterodactyls, Muskrats, and Berets.
7. Motley Crew
After a long wait, the Motley Crew have finally notched their first point in the standings as they forced a shootout with the Archers. They came up short in the shootout, but they proved that they could snag some wins when their key players show up, most notably Mark Gordin and Jackson Brassieur. Steve Scansaroli also put forth a tremendous performance in net. If he can duplicate that display of goaltending, the Crew can surprise some people as this season progresses.
The Vudoos are just two points behind the Archers for sixth with a game in hand, but they have lost their last four games. Pat Mack was off to a dominant start in the scoring department, but he has now fallen to third as Larry St. Denis and Justin Waldron have surpassed him. However, if he can get back to his old form and maybe get some help from his teammates, the Vudoos could pull off some upsets in the South Division.
Next power rankings: 12/24/14