FPHL Power Rankings: Dec. 13th-18th


FPHL Power Rankings: Dec. 13th-18th

By Shawn Johnson

December 19, 2019


After an eventful weekend in the FPHL, we have had a few changes to our Power Rankings. Which includes a new No. 1 team! These rankings are from Dec. 13th-18th.


10) Battle Creek Rumble Bees (0-20), 5th place Western Division

Rank Last Week: 10 (no change)

The Battle Creek Rumble Bees quest for their first win continues. They have played twenty games and lost every one of them. Nothing seems to be going right for Battle Creek. This past weekend they took on the Mentor Ice Breakers who are in third place in the Eastern Division. Mentor outscored Battle Creek 12-3. Battle Creek is still the worst team in the league in the standings, on the power play (8%) and penalty kill (60%). The bees acquired Bryce Litke from the Watertown Wolves. Litke posted 4 points in 9 games for the wolves this season. Battle Creek travelled to Port Huron for a Wednesday night matchup, in which they lost 7-2. 




9) Columbus River Dragons (5-9-1-1), 4th place Western Division

Rank Last Week: 8 (Down 1)

Columbus has dropped another spot in this week’s power rankings. The River Dragons went on the road to Port Huron, Michigan over the weekend hoping to defeat the Prowlers. However, Port Huron took care of business at home and defeated Columbus by a score of 3-2 on Friday, then a 3-0 shutout Saturday. Yianni Liarakos had the lone two goals in the weekend’s losses. That sweep caused Columbus to fall to 9th in the rankings.


8) Delaware Thunder (3-13), 5th place Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 9 (Up 1)

Delaware split the weekend with the Danville Dashers, therefore one win against the second place team in the western division earns you a spot in the weekly power rankings. The Thunder took game one with a score of 5-3. Leading the charge with 3 points was Ryan Marker. Danville bested Delaware on Saturday with a score of 4-2. 




7) Port Huron Prowlers (8-6-2-0), 2nd place Western Division

Rank Last Week: 7 (No Change)

Although the Prowlers barely snuck by the 4th place team then shut them out at home, I could not suffice moving them up or down in the power rankings. Yes, winning two games at home is great, but to move up in the power rankings you have to beat the best, not squeak by the 9th best team in the power rankings. Port Huron continues to impress with 3 straight wins and a 3.5 goals for average. Robertson’s line seems to be unstoppable.  Wednesday night the Prowlers took on Battle Creek in which they skated away with a 7-2 victory. The Prowlers stay steady at seventh in the power rankings for now, but they have climbed their way up to second in the FPHL standings. 




6) Watertown Wolves (11-6) 2nd place, Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 4 (Down 2)

What is happening in Watertown? The Wolves started off real hot, but have fizzled out.  They are currently on a four game losing streak, most recently losing two games to the Danbury Hat Tricks, first at home, then on the road. Tyler Gjurich, Jamie Lukas and Deric Boudreau continue to impress by putting up points, but the only way to move up in power rankings, as well as standings is to win. 




5) Mentor Ice Breakers (11-7), 3rd place Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 6 (Up 2)

Mentor took care of business on the road and at home, sweeping Battle Creek and outscoring them 12-3. Jon Buttitta and Declan Conway continue to be the difference makers. Buttitta leads the league in points (37) and is second in goals (18) behind his teammate Conway who has 19. With the way Austyn Roudebush has been between the pipes, expect Mentor to be the most improved team from a season ago. 

 

4) Elmira Enforcers (7-7-2-1), 4th place, Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 5 (Up 1)

Over the weekend, the Enforcers traveled down south to Winston-Salem to take on the defending champs who were on a win streak. The birds took game 1 with a respectable score of 4-2. Elmira and Carolina have a heated rivalry since last year’s finals. Needless to say, Elmira wasn’t just going to roll over and let Carolina win, they had to earn it. Saturday, both teams came to play, but it was Elmira defeating the Thunderbirds on the road in a shootout that earns them a jump in the power rankings thanks to Dustin Skinner’s two shootout goals. 




3) Danville Dashers (10-8) 2nd place, Western Division

Rank Last Week: 3 (No Change)

The Danville Dashers stay steady at third in this week’s power rankings. They travelled to Delaware to take on the Thunder. Delaware took care of business on Friday behind Ryan Marker’s three point night. The Thunder skated away with a 5-3 victory. Saturday was a different story. The dashers took the 4-2 victory; lead by two goals from Artem Efimov-Barakov who earned himself the first star of the game. 




2) Carolina Thunderbirds (15-1-0-1) 1st place, Western Division

Rank Last Week: 1 (Down 1)

The reign of the Thunderbirds has come to an end. The Thunderbirds took on the Elmira Enforcers for rematch of last year’s finals. On Friday, the birds won by a score of 4-2. On Saturday, the Enforcers gave the birds a hard time. Elmira was victorious in a shootout. Carolina is still the best team in the league, but for now, they are the 2nd best in this week’s power rankings. 




1) Danbury Hat Tricks (11-4-0-2) 1st place, Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 2 (Up 1)

AND NEW! The Danbury Hat Tricks are the HOTTEST team in the league as of right now. Billy McCreary has put a phenomenal product on the ice. The boys are having fun, they are winning games and the fans are having fun watching them. Johnny Ruiz, Nicola Levesque, Matyas Kasek and Phil Bronner are buzzing. I think Danbury and Carolina are the top two candidates for a possible finals showdown. For now, they are the top two in our weekly power rankings.