Rob's Fortnightly Power Rankings -- Week 2
July 14, 2015
1. Freddy's HC
Freddy's HC fully expects to vie for the championship this season as they have added even more firepower with Jon Turner complementing the core of Vinny Bird, Alex Gorden, Alex Wirt, Elie Klein, and Jake Worby. They are 2-0 so far as Wirt and Klein have combined for nine goals already.
2. Banana Pancakes
Summer is here, which means the Banana Pancakes are back. After losing in the championship last summer, the Pancakes expect to complete the job this time around. Mike Rossi is not on the roster this time, but they expect their rookies to make up for his absence. In their first game, David Laub put forth a tremendous performance between the pipes as he held the mighty Phantoms to only one goal, making a late comeback for a 2-1 win possible. Once again, the youth and speed of the Pancakes will make them a difficult team to beat.
The Phantoms lost their first two games, but they played Freddy's HC and the Banana Pancakes to open their season. Both games were very close, and their schedule will be much less rigorous from here on out. Their roster underwent a few changes, but Mike Finnen returns to the lineup and rookies Jimmy Gensch and Bob Hicks will be bringing some new energy to the locker room. However, their biggest roster addition is in net as the Stingrays moving to the Central Division has left star goalie Kyle Daloisio on the free agent list for the North Division. With Tony Bucci taking the summer off, the Phantoms picked up Daloisio for the summer. Like Freddy's and the Banana Pancakes, the Phantoms have their sights set on ending this summer with a championship.
The Pterodactyls are a very different team this summer. After losing in the championship in two straight seasons, it appears as though their era of success could be nearing its end as Sean Rappleyea will be out until the spring at the earliest and Brian Rappleyea and Steve "Ozzy" Osvold are taking the summer off. It was anticipated that AJ Zackowski and Dylan Colaneri would return to the roster after taking the spring season off, but they are out for this season and may not be returning to the Pterodactyls at all. To make up for this huge loss of scoring, star forward Felipe Rodriguez is back, and Justin Waldron has been called up from the Central roster after missing the spring with an injury. With Ozzy out of the lineup, Tony Gesumaria has been called up from the Central team to meet their quota of at least one red helmet. Despite the huge roster turnover, the Pterodactyls won their first game 5-0 as Scott Brady earned his first career shutout and Waldron and Rodriguez combined for three goals, so perhaps they will be better than expected.
The Muskrats are another team that took a big step backwards this offseason. Anthony Criscitello left the team to join his brother on the Banana Pancakes, the status of Sean Rasimowicz and Scot McClintic are uncertain, and captain James Nobilio announced that he is taking the summer off, and with the end of daylight savings time quickly approaching, his status for the fall/winter is questionable as well. They won their first game over the Ice Men, but were then blanked by the Pterodactyls as they took the ice with only six skaters. If Rasimowicz is out, the Muskrats will need Stephen Friedman, Harrison Napell, and Joe Nobilio to step up and lead the charge offensively this season.
6. Ice Men
The Ice Men are off to a rough start with a loss in their first game and then a forfeit in their next game for the use of an ineligible player. They expect to be more competitive this season though with the additions of rookie John DeRosa and free agent Jake Nechrebecki coming over from the defending champion Vudoos. They have a strong core with Matt Torstrup, Mike Torstrup, Zander Pindyck, and Nick Pedana with Jimmy Cabrera in net, but have lacked the supporting cast. They hope that DeRosa and Nechrebecki will address this issue as long as they can get consistent player attendance for their games.
Bird is the word so far in the Central Division as captain Vinny Bird has seven goals in two games to bring his expansion Vikings team to first place. Paul Kulbida leads the league in GAA, and Joe Colucci has four goals already. Early on, it looks as though the Vikings will be a strong contender for the championship in just their first PTAHL season.
After a disastrous final stretch in the spring season, the Stingrays decided to shake things up by moving to the Central Division as star goaltender Kyle Daloisio is leaving his pads in the North Division and will be playing forward for the Stingrays now. To provide motivation for his fellow teammate Mike Boscaino, Daloisio has made a wager with him that if Boscaino finishes the season with fewer points than Daloisio, Boscaino will have to stop playing hockey forever. So far, Daloisio is ahead by two points, although his one goal was on an empty net. Rookie goaltender Matt Markey is second in GAA after their first game.
3. SHI Spitfires
The overall skill level of the Central Division has increased this season, and the Spitfires have improved their roster to keep up as Sean Carlin returns to the team, and rookie Greg Fritsch is expected to add some depth. They dropped their first game, but it was a close one to the Stingrays, so they expect to be competitive once again this season.
The Biohazards opened their season with a big win over the Pterodactyls before losing to the Vikings. Former Spitfire Nick Raite is replacing Matt Ceglia in net for the summer, and rookie Zach Desaulniers leads the team in goals so far with three. The Biohazards also added some depth, picking up the Ternlund brothers from the Flames, who are taking the summer season off, and Chris Ypsilantis returns from an injury that kept him off the ice for a while. Expect the Biohazards to battle it out near the top of the standings this season.
5. Green Brook Berets
File Green Brook under teams in rebuilding mode after winning a championship. The entire first line of Zach and Nep Ulloa and Pat Perez are taking the summer off. At least they still have Matt Skjeieieieieiei and Tim Traegler returns to the lineup. Rookies Carl Earnest and Bryan Fela will be counted on for some depth as well, but there will probably be a lot of pressure on Nuno Costa to keep their games low-scoring. At least the Berets have not taken any penalties so far, which is a huge departure from their past couple seasons.
The Pterodactyls struggled last season and could have a hard time improving this season with the Galligano brothers only playing in the North Division this time around. North Division goaltender Scott Brady will be playing as a skater on the Central roster, but with Davy "Gravy" Hutchins and Sean Caldwell on the team, the Pterodactyls could be the first team to finish below last place.
The defending champion Archers will be looking to repeat as they return with the same roster except for Jimmy "Butch" Cassidy returning from an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the spring season. They opened their season with a shutout over SHIce-T, showing that they do not expect to suffer from a championship hangover and are hungry for another title.
2. Rink Rats
After losing in the semifinals last season, the Rink Rats are back and once again expect to battle it out with the Archers at the top of the standings. This time, captain Bobby Tretola rejoins his team to make his PTAHL debut, notching three assists in his first game as the Rats blew out the Mini Melts :-) 10-0. Nick Graham registered four goals in that game and Gary Nacer scored a hat trick. The Rats and Archers will have their first of three encounters this Wednesday.
SHIce-T did not get off to a very good start in their second season of existence, falling 5-0 to the Archers. They might have a hard time replacing the scoring production of Eric Ely, who is taking the season off. However, former Spitfires Tyler Grossberndt and Pat Tharrett will help, and they are expecting some depth from rookies John Manley, Anthony Risorto, and Rich Trochiano, as well as former Motley Crew skater Nick Tomei. In addition, Matt Pietrowski replaces Matt Sadowski in net.
4. Mini Melts :-)
Losing Zander Pindyck was a tough blow this offseason, but the Mini Melts :-) continue to rebuild their roster as they have replaced half of their players, recruiting largely from the Pterodactyls' Central Division team as they bring in Kyle Argent, Alex Smondyrev, and Don Vallario. Rookies Alexander Habib and Dan Schykerynec will be counted on as well as rookie goaltender Falen Jimenez. They were blanked in their first game, but will be looking to bounce back as the season progresses and their revamped roster gets accustomed to each other.
Next power rankings: 7/28, Week 4
|Tuesday, Jul 28 |
|Muskrats @ Ice Men ||9:15pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, Jul 29 |
|Banana Pancakes @ Phantoms ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Vikings @ Pterodactyls (Central) ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Thursday, Jul 30 |
|Freddy's HC @ Pterodactyls (North) ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Archers @ Rink Rats ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Sunday, Aug 2 |
|Biohazards @ Green Brook Berets ||6:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Pterodactyls (Central) @ SHI Spitfires ||7:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Stingrays @ Vikings ||9:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Monday, Aug 3 |
|Mini Melts :-) @ Archers ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Tuesday, Aug 4 |
|SHIce-T @ Rink Rats ||10:20pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Wednesday, Aug 5 |
|Ice Men @ Pterodactyls (North) ||8:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Stingrays @ SHI Spitfires ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Thursday, Aug 6 |
|Muskrats @ Phantoms ||7:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Green Brook Berets @ Pterodactyls (Central) ||9:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Biohazards @ Vikings ||10:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Sunday, Aug 9 |
|Pterodactyls (North) @ Banana Pancakes ||6:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Freddy's HC @ Ice Men ||7:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Rink Rats @ Archers ||9:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Mini Melts :-) @ SHIce-T ||10:30pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
|Monday, Aug 10 |
|SHI Spitfires @ Green Brook Berets ||10:00pm ||Protec Ponds Ice Center |
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