Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Divisions III and IV, Week 14
December 5, 2016
The Phantoms are now on an eight-game winning streak, and they are showing no signs of slowing down as they have outscored their opponents 30-9 in their last five games. Mike Smitko is fourth in the league in both goals and points, and Chris Fagan is having a breakout season with 8 goals and 5 assists. Meanwhile, Tony Bucci's GAA of 2.81 is tops in the league. There is now an eight-point gap between the Phantoms and the rest of the league, and they are hoping to maintain or expand that difference as we enter the second half of the season.
The Rats have been falling behind the Phantoms lately as they have been see-sawing between wins and losses, but they remain in a heated battle with Team ODIN for second place. Hugo "Stiglitz" Beja and Gary Nigro are first and second leaguewide respectively in goals, assists, and points, and Vincent Postiglione is not far behind, currently fifth in goals and points. In net, Mike Barone is second in GAA and has posted Division III's only shutout thus far. The Rats have a home-and-home with the Phantoms coming up, and if they can snag a pair of wins, they could be right back in the hunt for first. They could greatly help themselves if they could stay out of the penalty box though, as they currently have more than twice as many penalty minutes as both Team ODIN and the Spitfires.
3. Team ODIN
Team ODIN is on a two-game losing streak, but those two games were against the Phantoms and the Rats. They barely scraped out a win against the Spitfires in their previous game though, needing a goal at literally the last second to force a shootout. ODIN is virtually even with the Rats, but the Rats could pull away from them if ODIN doesn't start putting some wins together. Captain Jason Fischbach is doing a great job offensively, tied for second in the league with 15 goals, but that accounts for a third of the team's total goals on the season. He will need some help if ODIN is to start winning more consistently. They look to get back on the right track with games against the Spitfires and Biohazards coming up.
4. SHI Spitfires
The Spitfires have dropped three straight, including a game in which they were one second from winning in regulation and then ended up losing in a shootout to Team ODIN, and a shutout at the hands of the Rats. They have a home-and-home with Team ODIN coming up, in which they hope to get revenge by winning both games in regulation, and then a pair of games against the Biohazards. SHI will be looking to make this their season's turning point.
The Biohazards are on a five-game losing streak, but they remain just five points behind the Spitfires for fourth place, and they will play each other three more times before the regular season is over. For the Biohazards to turn this season around, they will need Larry "The Canadian Guy" St. Denis to get back to being the dominant scorer he used to be, and the Ypsilantis brothers will need to start scoring too as the team is averaging just under three goals per game. To make matters worse, they are averaging over six goals against per game. Perhaps their defensive woes are the reason their scorers are not scoring as much, as they spend too much time in their own zone.
Ooff! is now on their second five-game winning streak of the season already after just eleven games, and they appear to be getting better as they have outscored their opponents 19-6 in their last two games, and now have fifteen more goals scored than anyone else. There is a heated battle going on for second place now, and it appears as though Ooff! may be pulling away from the pack, now with a five-point lead over anyone else. Chris Fagan is currently fifth in the league in goals, and Milton Solis has a dominant lead in assists. As long as these two keep producing, Ooff! is in good shape.
2. Rink Rats
With five wins in their last six games, the Rink Rats have moved back into second place. Nick Graham has been an unstoppable force this season, with five more goals and eight more points than anybody else in the league. Supporting his production has been Joe Maresca, Jr., who is tied for third in the league with 18 points. In net, Tom Castenschiold is having a great season with a GAA of 3.14 and a shutout. The Rink Rats have a critical part of their season coming up that features consecutive games against the Puck Pimps, Pterodactyls, and Ooff!
3. Puck Pimps
The Puck Pimps are behind in the standings, but they have at least four games in hand on everyone due to their late start. Before the Thanksgiving break, they put forth a dominant win over the Pterodactyls, which they hope to repeat when they meet each other again in their next game. Nick Raite has been a tremendous addition for the Pimps, posting a GAA of just 2.81. Despite only being seven games into their season, Eric Racine has 12 goals already, so look for him to end up near the top of the points columns as the Pimps catch up to the rest of the league in games played.
It wasn't too long ago that it appeared the Pterodactyls would be battling Ooff! for first place throughout the season, but the Pterodactyls have taken a step backwards and are now in third after losing three of their last five games. Their next three games are big ones, with two against the Puck Pimps and one against the second place Rink Rats. They have been getting consistently solid goaltending from Jeff Leidner and Scott Brady, who are first and second in the league in GAA, and Ilya Labutin has been difficult for most other teams to handle, as he is third in the league in goals with 15.
5. Sewer Rats
The Sewer Rats were on their way towards the top part of the standings with a four-game winning streak, but were then trounced by Ooff!, and then became the first team to lose to the Archers this season. With tough games coming up against the Rink Rats and Pterodactyls, the Sewer Rats are hoping to quickly get back to the level of play they previously had. Andrew Viox and Eric Vogt have been having great seasons so far, with 13 and 12 goals, respectively, and Evgeny "The Tree" Nikitin has been arguably the league's best offensive defenseman with seven goals already.
The Archers are no longer winless after downing the Sewer Rats in their most recent game. They are hoping that this will be the spark they've needed all season as they have their sights set on catching up to sixth place Vudoo before the season ends. Individually, Jason Fischbach has registered 19 points, which puts him second in the league. However, the Archers have only scored a total of 26, so there have only been seven Archers goals that were not either scored or assisted by Fischbach, and this is something that they will need to fix if they are to squeak out a few more wins this season.
With the recent Archers win, the Vudoo's four game losing streak is now the longest in the league. James Woods-Corwin has been stepping up and producing more, now with ten goals. Ray Ziesse isn't far behind him, but the biggest problem the Vudoo have had this season has been defense as Mark Schwanda's absence leaves a huge hole on the blue line. However, there is still enough time for them to move up to at least fifth place in the standings if they can get this sorted out quickly.
Rob's Approximately Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Divisions I and II, Week 13
November 28, 2016
1. Freddy's HC
After opening their season with a five-game losing streak, Freddy's HC has bounced back enormously, with consecutive wins over the top three teams in the league. This team appears to have turned a corner as Paul Kulbida now leads the league in GAA and Vinny Bird is tied for second in goals. Their next three games are also against the Fine Pines, Laffy Taffy, and the Ice Men, so they will be looking to beat each team once again to put themselves over .500 and perhaps into the battle for first place.
The MuskRays are another team that appear to have turned their season around lately. They too opened up with five straight losses, but in their two most recent games, they defeated Freddy's and the Ice Men. Adam Grare is now second in GAA, and Eddie Boscaino and Tony Desiderio are averaging a goal per game. They are still in last place, but the standings are tightening, and hopefully these wins have given the team enough confidence to be more competitive the rest of the way.
3. Laffy Taffy
Laffy Taffy is still in first place, but their play hasn't been as dominant lately. They were crushed by Freddy's HC in their first loss of the season, and then squeaked out a narrow win over the Fine Pines, whom they beat much more decisively earlier in the season. Their lead in first place is now only three points, and with Freddy's HC and the MuskRays playing much better now, every game could be a tough one as the season approaches the second half.
4. Fine Pines
The Fine Pines are on their first losing streak of the season, but they nearly ended it after two games, but fell to Freddy's HC in a shootout. They will play them again in their next game though, and are hoping for a better outcome. Nonetheless, they are only five points out of first place, and if Chris Keresztes, who is currently tied for second in goals, can keep producing offensively while also being a force defensively, the Pines could remain in the hunt for first place in the second half of the season as well.
5. Ice Men
The Ice Men are only three points out of first place, but they have lost three of their last four games. They have the most goals scored in the league, as they are the only team with two 10+ goal scorers (Matt and Mike Torstrup), but they have also surrendered the most goals in the league at 56. The Ice Men have a high-powered offense, as is usually the case, but if they are to end this slump quickly, they will need to improve their defensive play.
1. CJ's at Midnight
Excluding a forfeit loss, CJ's at Midnight have now won eight straight games, putting them just two points behind the first place Stingrays. They have scored the most goals in the league, thanks largely to Kyle Powers, who is tied for fourth with eight goals, but also because they have a lot of contributors on offense as they have a whopping ten players with at least three goals. At the other end of the ice, David Rainey is leading the league in GAA at 2.29.
The one-loss Stingrays remain ahead of CJ's, but the gap is closing as it is now just at two points. They will see each other twice more before this season ends, and it will be interesting to watch this battle unfold as both teams have approximately the same number of goals scored, and about the same number of goals against as well. John Fallone's 2.43 GAA is not far behind David Rainey's, and Eddie Boscaino's 14 goals leads the league. The Stingrays will be looking for those two players to continue leading the team as they hope to remain in first place for the rest of the season.
3. Green Brook Berets
Although the Berets have lost four of their last five games, all four of those losses have been by just one goal. Additionally, two of those losses were to the second place CJ's at Midnight, and the other two were to the first place Stingrays. However, dropping these games has cost them in the standings, as they are now 14 points out of second place. They have three of the top four in points as Zach Ulloa leads the league with Adrian Pinzon and Frank Dente not far behind, but they will need to give Nuno Costa some help on defense if they are to get back to .500.
SHIce recently ended their losing streak, and they did it very convincingly with a massive 8-1 win over the Mustangs. Andy Case finally has more than just his one goal that he had up until that game, but he and brother Ted Case will need to start scoring a lot more to make SHIce a competitive team once again. Their defensive play has also not been enough this season either, as SHIce has surrendered a league high 51 goals against. They will be looking to correct this as the second half of the season begins.
Playing with a small roster has hurt the Mustangs, as they have now lost three straight, including an 8-1 defeat at the hands of SHIce, who consequently passed them for fourth place. The Mustangs sorely need to score more goals, as they have the fewest in the league. With tough games against the Stingrays and CJ's on the horizon, the Mustangs will be looking for more goals out of Vinny Bird and Vincent DeGeorge.
|Friday, Dec 9|
|Laffy Taffy @ Freddy's HC||10:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Saturday, Dec 10|
|Ooff! @ Archers||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Dec 11|
|Phantoms @ Rats||9:25pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Puck Pimps @ Vudoo||8:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Rink Rats @ Sewer Rats||10:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Monday, Dec 12|
|SHIce @ Green Brook Berets||8:35pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Team ODIN @ Biohazards||10:00pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Tuesday, Dec 13|
|Mustangs @ CJ's at Midnight||10:45pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Wednesday, Dec 14|
|Pterodactyls @ Puck Pimps||9:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Thursday, Dec 15|
|MuskRays @ Laffy Taffy||9:50pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Friday, Dec 16|
|Freddy's HC @ Ice Men||10:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Saturday, Dec 17|
|Mustangs @ Stingrays||10:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Sunday, Dec 18|
|Team ODIN @ SHI Spitfires||6:15pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Rats @ Phantoms||10:30pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Vudoo @ Archers||7:40pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
|Ooff! @ Puck Pimps||9:05pm||Protec Ponds Ice Center|
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