FPHL Power Rankings: Feb. 28 - Mar. 1

FPHL Power Rankings: Feb. 28 - Mar. 1

By Shawn Johnson

March 5, 2020

After a brief hiatus in our power rankings, they have returned! There has been a lot happening since we've last done these so let's get right to it.

Mentor Ice Breakers (14-28-0-3), 4th place Eastern Division

The Mentor Ice Breakers have hit a new low. They are on a 14 game losing streak. The team fired Coach Duncan two hours before a game. Some players have left the team and others have been traded. The Mentor front office is an absolute mess as we're nearing the conclusion of the season. Everything going wrong for Mentor finds them at the bottom of our power rankings.

Battle Creek Rumble Bees (1-43-0-1), 5th place Western Division

Battle Creek has only won one game this season and is mathematically eliminated from playoffs. Now the team is playing for pride. The Rumble Bees’ lone win came in early January on the road at First Arena in Elmira, New York. The season is over in Battle Creek, yet they keep giving it their all every game. 

Delaware Thunder (11-30-0-1), 5th place Eastern Division

Delaware was on a 14 game losing streak up until this past weekend. Delaware was victorious 13-2 on Friday behind Anton Kalinin's 6 goals. Two hat tricks in one game is an impressive accomplishment. Delaware swept the three game series against Battle Creek. They will hit the road to take on Battle Creek again this weekend for a two game series. 

Danville Dashers (23-17-2-3) 3rd place, Western Division

Danville has been the most inconsistent team this season. They have talented players, but have not strung the W’s together very well this season. I think Ray Tremblay has done a phenomenal job in his first season. Will his Dashers heat up before the start of playoffs? We shall see. 

Watertown Wolves (22-18-3-2), 3rd place, Eastern Division

The Wolves won one and lost one this past weekend against the best team in the league, the Carolina Thunderbirds.  Watertown won 2-1 by means of a shootout. Wolves’ goaltender Jeremy Pominville finished the night with 71 saves. Saturday night, the Thunderbirds bested the Wolves 9-6. Watertown put up a good fight, just came up short. The Wolves host Port Huron for two games this weekend. 

Port Huron Prowlers (25-14-4-0), 2nd place, Western Division

We had to send the Prowlers down two spots after falling to Carolina 6-2 then 5-2. However, Joe Pace and his Port Huron posse have rebounded and have won their last three games. The Prowlers defeated Battle Creek and then Mentor twice. This weekend they travel to Watertown to take on the Wolves and look to climb back up the rankings. 

Carolina Thunderbirds (31-6-2-4) 1st place, Western Division

Carolina stays at the #4 spot in our rankings after losing to the Watertown Wolves in a shootout on Friday night. The Thunderbirds rebounded on Saturday defeating the Wolves 9-6 after a back and forth battle. Carolina hosts Columbus on Friday and Sunday but travel to Columbus on Saturday for a home/away/home series. 

Danbury Hat Tricks (28-11-2-3) 1st place, Eastern Division

Danbury went down to Georgia; they were looking for some games to steal. (See what I did there?) Unfortunately for them, they could only get one win on Saturday 4-2. Columbus was victorious on Friday 3-2 and again on Sunday 5-3. These losses will drop Danbury two spots in the power rankings. 

Columbus River Dragons (16-17-4-1), 4th place Western Division

Columbus is playing great hockey at the right time, yes I understand they are in fourth place, but the top 4 teams make playoffs so the River Dragons are IN. They have won 8 out of their last 10 games. They are heating up at the right time. Their true test will be this weekend as they play at home and on the road against the Carolina Thunderbirds. 

Elmira Enforcers (22-13-2-3), 2nd place, Eastern Division

We have a new #1 in our power rankings! THE ELMIRA ENFORCERS! Ever since the Enforcers acquired Tyler Gjurich in a trade with the Watertown Wolves they have been nearly unstoppable. They have won 18 of their last 21 games. There is no team hotter than the Elmira Enforcers right now. They host the Mentor Ice Breakers this weekend for a two game series. 

Do you agree or disagree with our picks? Leave a comment below with your rankings!