Brian's Fortnightly Power Rankings: Division I and III
April 20, 2017
1) Laffy Taffy
The Taffy have been crushing everyone thus far. 12/12 points, 59 goals for, and 15 goals against, they are the team to beat. The top three scorers in Division I are on the Taffy: Sean Rasimowicz (22 pts), Tyler Mishchenko (15), and Joe Nobilio (12). Eight games to go, but after clobbering every team, can the Taffy be up there with all-time great teams such as The Invincibles of Arsenal Football Club? Time will tell.
2) Freddy's HC
Freddy’s have six points, but are rising in the standings, and have moved from fourth to second in the power rankings. Captain Chuck “U Ain’t Got No Alibi” Ugalde has a team which always contends, and with Vinny Bird (10 pts), and Jake Worby (8 pts) and his wonder goals leading the way, look for them to contend for at least second place.
The Warriors were looking good before the Taffy slaughtered them. Light attendance has hurt the Warriors, with their small bench being stretched thin. More consistent attendance can be the difference between a high seed and a low seed for this team.
The MuskRays are coming off of a loss to Freddy’s, but took maximum points in their previous two. Chris “Krusty” Keresztes is a threat, and is tied with Nick Abel (7 pts) for the team lead in scoring. Adam Grare has done well this season as well, even though his numbers are skewed by a Taffy loss.
5) Ice Men
The Ice Men, looking to repeat as champions, are at the bottom of the power rankings. The Tormenting, Torturous, Torchbearing Torstrup brothers are always a threat, with Matt (11 pts) leading the team in scoring. Steve Imbasciani (8 pts) has been a good signing this season, and Zander Pindyck (6 pts) has plied his trade nicely with more PTAHL experience. The Ice Men can still battle for the two seed, so they should keep their heads up.
Maximum points for the Reapers, 12/12, through four games. Three of Division III’s top scorers are on GM Kenny Cafarella’s team: Hugo Beja leads the league with 14 pts, while Gary Nigro has 11, good enough for second place (Nigro also leads the division in assists with nine). Tied for third in scoring is Vincent Postiglione, with 9 pts. Helping the team has been their supporters’ section, the Reaperette’s, who legendary recap writer and Zamboni driver, Brian Rappleyea, sees when he drives around in circles. A massive game against the second place Phantoms is in the next fortnight, with first place and the tiebreaker on the line, due to this being their only meeting this season.
Consistent scoring has been the key for the Phantoms: Three players have six points (Mike Smitko, Doug Meade, and Nick Meade) and three players have five points (Nick Bucci, Joe “Louis” Arena, and Phil Meade). Tony Bucci has a GAA of 3.50, and has impressed the most in Division III. The Phantoms’ next game against the Reapers is must see TV, with games on Univision. Be sure to tune in, and see if the Phantoms can keep up their solid play, which I would categorize as great, if they get all three points.
3) The Moose
Tied on points with Team ODIN, The Moose are higher in the power rankings (and standings), due to their head-to-head win. Max Vasilyev has the consistent output of 4G and 4A to lead Captain Paul "Decaf" Coffey’s team. The Admirals, another huge game with Team ODIN, and SHIce are their opponents in the next fortnight. I think The Moose can get at least 6/9 points.
4) Team ODIN
Tied on points with The Moose, Team ODIN is lower in the power rankings (and standings), due to their head-to-head loss. Captain Jason Fischbach (also the team’s GM and leading scorer with nine points) has a good group which can be even better. Alex Miragaya has seven points for second on the team, with Brian “The Salamander” Salvesen and Kevin “The Headless” Horstman, each with six points. Devin Long has been a good signing; chipping in with four points, and is getting better with more experience in the PTAHL. Mike Davison has a GAA of 4.00, tying him for third in Division III. The Storm, Admirals, and Reapers are Team ODIN’s three opponents this fortnight, and 6/9 points should be a minimum, while a win over the Reapers would be a massive scalp.
The Admirals are coming off of a loss to the Reapers, and have not won since their first game. The Admirals’ issue is scoring, with only 11 goals for, while surrendering twice that amount. Jared Carrier (4G, 2A) has carried the team with help from the Whitneys: Tommy and Tom each with 2G, 1A, and Tim with 2G. More scoring from the rest of the team is going to be how the Admirals get some wins, and this fortnight will tell a lot for Tom Whitney’s men.
SHIce forfeited their most recent game. That yucky result keeps them at sixth in the power rankings, but they do have winnable games this fortnight: Hot Corner, Admirals, and The Moose. 6/9 points is realistic and maybe even maximum points. Mat Sadowski has the lowest GAA in Division III with 2.00, and with the low scoring output of his team (eight goals for), he will have to continue to put up those stats.
The Storm don’t have any points yet, and this is due to only four goals for. They do have a good goals against, only 13, with Rob Imbriaco in third with a 4.00 GAA, but goals are needed at the moment. Team ODIN, The Moose, and Hot Corner are their next opponents, with anywhere from 3-6 points as realistic.
8) Hot Corner
Hot Corner is tied for the most goals against, with 22. A tough schedule is ahead: SHIce, the Storm, and the Phantoms, but as an expansion team, Hot Corner just needs to get that first win, and if they do, they will move up the standings and can move up the power rankings. Look for the Brancatos: Rob (four points), and Michael (three points) to lead the charge.
Brian's Fortnightly Power Rankings: Division II and IV
April 13, 2017
A quarter through the season, Whack-a-Mole have taken maximum points. With six goals against, the goaltending of Mike Haggerty has been impressive with a GAA of 2.00, and he also leads the Man of the Match Standings, with 2.5 points. The media has not only taken notice of Haggerty’s play, but also with the play of Steve Jensen, who has seven points to lead the Moles, and with Joe Nobilio, who trails him by a point. A home and home with the second place Flames in the next fortnight will be a major test for Captain Cliff Simon’s men.
Sitting second in the standings, the Flames are second in the power rankings. The Flames have gotten off to an alright start, with four points in two games, but they did allow the Stingrays to come back, after letting a two goal third period lead slip away. “Nasty” Nas Allan knows his team can do better than alright, and will look to do so in the next fortnight in their home and home against Whack-a-Mole. Vinny D’Orio has done well in net for his team, earning plaudits from legendary recap writer, Brian Rappleyea. D’Orio has a GAA of 4.00, and is set to duel with Whack-a-Mole goalie, Mike Haggerty, who has a GAA of 2.00. Look for Pete Haglund and Eddie Parfitt to continue to lead or be near the team lead in points this season, and make sure to watch them in their next two games, to see if they can elevate the Flames over Whack-a-Mole.
3) Fine Pines
The Fine Pines have two losses sandwiched around a win. Thus far, Adam Sklar has been the go to guy with five points (3G, 2A), while Alex Miragaya has four points (3G, 1A). Chris “Krusty” Keresztes is a threat for this team, leading in points last season, and should not be slept on; but neither should “Colonel” Dave Sanders, who can also put the score. It was a rocky start for the Pines, but wins in their two games against the Stingrays, and against the Flames can get them going on a run.
The Stingrays have three points, and one of each of the following: a regulation loss, shootout win, and shootout loss. They only have a goal differential of -2, and are known for their trademark stingy defense. Eddie Boscaino has six points, while Mike Boscaino has four points. Keep an eye out for their strong neutral zone play and ability to counterattack during their two games with the Fine Pines, and throughout the season.
5) Green Brook Berets
Green Brook have gotten off to a tough start. Considering last season when their youngest Berets, Zach Ulloa, and Adrian “The Pinguin” Pinzon, led the way, this is a place Green Brook did not think they would be. Nuno Costa has a GAA of 4.00, which is tied for third in the division, and he will be the backbone of the team. The Stingrays, Flames, and Fine Pines are Green Brook’s next three opponents, and with the ability to score, and score frequently, Green Brook may not be last in the power rankings and standings after the next fortnight.
The Biohazards have gotten off to a perfect start. Nick Raite has a shutout and a GAA of 1.67, and has been the most impressive goalie so far. Greg “Turn Down for What” Ternlund has also been impressive with eight points, and with seven points and six points are Larry St. Denis and Chris Ypsilantis, respectively.
The Pterodactyls lost their first game, but have won the next two by a combined score of 26-2. Jacky Morin and Ilya Labutin each have eight points to lead the Flying Fossils, and one point behind is Keith Fimiani. Rookie Zach “The Zebra” and “Zacharoni and Cheese” Zakolski has been a nice signing, registering four points, and the goaltending of Jeff Leidner and Scott Brady has been big as well.
3) Puck Pimps
The Puck Pimps are looking to repeat as champions, and have earned 6/6 points in two games. Tarek Bonna has scored six of his team’s ten goals, and is their main threat. Captain Dan Lukiw knows his team can repeat, and will have a great chance if Eric Racine, who led the Puck Pimps in scoring last season, and Sam DeMarco, can continue to score, and more evenly distribute the Puck Pimps’ output.
The Vudoo have lost one game, their most recent fixture. They only lost 4-2 to the Puck Pimps, and have six points in three games. George (six points) and Will Dimock (five points) lead the way, and the Vudoo’s leading scorer last season, James Woods-Corwin, has four points. Pete Peterson has also performed well with a GAA of 2.33.
5) Sewer Rats
Four points in three games, and a goal differential of -1: 10 goals for, 11 goals against. Eric Rogus has seven points, and Andrew Viox has five. Viox was huge last season for the Sewer Rats, and he and Rogus will have to take some of the pressure off of their goalie, Mat Laskowski, who has a GAA of 3.67. Expect Laskowski to lower his GAA.
The Archers earned 3/6 points in their only two games. Adam “Manhandle” Crandall has three points to lead the low scoring club, but the Archers have not allowed many goals either. Mike Davison has a GAA of 2.00 and has been playing great, but hopefully for the Archers, they will be able to score a few more.
7) Rink Rats
Two points in three games, and only seven goals for, if the Rink Rats are to contend, Nick Graham, Joe “Joey Jr.” Maresca, Jr., and Christian “The Bumblebee” Larrabee will have to get on course. Look for these three to pick up their scoring. It is feasible the Rink Rats could be in the top four after the next fortnight.
Ooff! have lost both of their games, and have no points. Only five goals scored for Ooff!. They play the Rink Rats in this fortnight, and will have to find a way to get some, as they have continued their poor form from the second half of last season.
Three blowout losses for the Perch, and nothing good to speak of. A goal differential of -29 and their next game against the Puck Pimps is going to be a difficult one. But maybe, if Perch are still struggling, they can turn it around against the Rink Rats.
|Wednesday, Apr 26|
|Team ODIN @ Storm||8:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Pterodactyls @ Biohazards||9:55pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Apr 27|
|Archers @ Puck Pimps||8:35pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Ooff! @ Vudoo||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Apr 28|
|Laffy Taffy @ MuskRays||10:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Flames @ Fine Pines||9:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Hot Corner @ SHIce||7:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Saturday, Apr 29|
|Whack-a-Mole @ Flames||TBA||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Apr 30|
|Warriors @ Freddy's HC||9:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Whack-a-Mole @ Stingrays||6:10pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Reapers @ Phantoms||7:35pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Rink Rats @ Sewer Rats||10:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Monday, May 1|
|Green Brook Berets @ Fine Pines||9:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|The Moose @ Storm||8:05pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Tuesday, May 2|
|MuskRays @ Ice Men||9:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, May 3|
|Perch @ Archers||9:55pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, May 4|
|Team ODIN @ Admirals||8:35pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Puck Pimps @ Vudoo||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, May 5|
|Ice Men @ Warriors||9:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Storm @ Hot Corner||10:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Archers @ Pterodactyls||7:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
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