FPHL Power Rankings: Jan. 17th-18th


FPHL Power Rankings: Jan. 17th-18th

By Shawn Johnson

January 23, 2020


The new power rankings are in! Let us know what you think by commenting your thoughts below. Do you agree with our rankings? What would you change and why? Be sure to share with your friends.

10) Battle Creek Rumble Bees (1-29), 5th place Western Division

Rank Last Week: 10 (No Change)

Another rough weekend for the Rumble Bees sends them to a record of 1-29. On Friday night, they hosted the Port Huron Prowlers and lost by a score of 7-2. The Bees then traveled to Port Huron for a Saturday night match-up. Once again, the Bees lost 10-3. At this point in the season Battle Creek is in survive mode. They clearly will not be making playoffs and they do not seem to be getting any better. They are just here to play and if they win they win, if they lose to lose. Their focus is already next season. 

 

9) Mentor Ice Breakers (13-15-0-2), 4th place Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 9 (No Change)

The Mentor Ice Breakers have a new toy! Has anyone else seen their new projector that puts on a show? It has swimming sharks, diamond patterns and their logo. They unveiled it for the first time this weekend. So far the machine is 0-2. They lost 4-2 both Friday and Saturday night to the visiting Danville Dashers. Mentor needs to make some serious changes if they want to be contenders. 

8) Watertown Wolves (14-12-1-2), 2nd place, Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 7 (Down 1)

Watertown had an incredibly bad weekend. They lost both of their home games to the Columbus River Wolves, I mean Dragons. It almost seemed like a home coming considering 9 players from Columbus played for Watertown previously. The Wolves did not put up much of a fight, allowing 7 goals in both nights’ losses.  On Friday 7-3 then on Saturday 7-0. The biggest news coming from Watertown is trading their star player and Captain Tyler Gjurich to Elmira for cash and five players. Gjurich put up 256 points in his 2.5 seasons in Watertown and won a championship in 2018. 

7) Delaware Thunder (8-19), 5th place Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 6 (Down 1)

Delaware slips one spot this week back to number 7. The Thunder had a tough task: travel south to Winston-Salem and take on the top team in the league, the Carolina Thunderbirds. They put up a fight on Friday with the game tied 2-2 but with SIX seconds left in regulation Carolina slipped a goal past Aaron Taylor to seal the deal 3-2. Saturday, Delaware’s offense, defense and goaltending struggled. The Thunder were shutout 7-0. 

6) Columbus River Dragons (10-15-3-1), 4th place Western Division

Rank Last Week: 8 (Up 2)

Columbus climbs two spots this week by travelling over 1100 miles north to take on the second place team in the East, the Watertown Wolves. They took care of business by earning their first weekend sweep in franchise history. They absolutely dominated the Wolves 7-3 on Friday, then 7-0 on Saturday. Former Watertown goaltender Cody Karpinski returned to Watertown and played outstanding.  Columbus hosts Danville this weekend at home. 

5) Port Huron Prowlers (15-9-3-0), 2nd place, Western Division

Rank Last Week: 5 (No Change)

Port Huron traveled to Battle Creek to take on Battle Creek on Friday and won 7-2. Both teams traveled on Saturday to Port Huron where the Prowlers once again bested the Rumble Bees by a score of 10-3. Port Huron has been flying under the radar lately, but they are steadily improving. The team was featured on Bardown and on the MSG intermission report during the NY Rangers/NY Islanders game.  The Prowlers were forced to dress their broadcaster Jeremy as their emergency backup goalie (EBUG). Jeremy ended up broadcasting from the bench, dressed and ready for action. The prowlers have gone viral. 

4) Danbury Hat Tricks (18-8-1-2) 1st place, Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 2 (Down 2)

Danbury has been red hot lately and a couple teams have finally stopped them. The Elmira Enforcers traveled to Danbury and defeated them on Friday 5-2 and again on Saturday 3-2. The Hat Tricks are currently on a three game losing streak. The longest losing streak since the season started and they were 0-4.  The Hat Tricks still lead the East, so there is nothing to stress over, but they definitely want to get back on track this weekend when they host the Battle Creek Rumble Bees. 

3) Danville Dashers (17-10-1-2) 3rd place, Western Division

Rank Last Week: 3 (No Change)

Danville traveled to Mentor over the weekend for a two game series and the Dashers left with all six points. The Dashers won both Friday and Saturday by a score of 4-2. Fred Hein had himself quite the weekend with a total of five points.  Hein, Neher and Hawgood have sparked some offense for Danville. They are currently on a five game win streak. (COUNT EM UP!) Danville plays their next three games on the road. 

2) Elmira Enforcers (13-12-2-2), 3rd place, Eastern Division

Rank Last Week: 4 (Up 2)

The Elmira Enforcers have made a statement this week! First they traveled to Danbury to take on the top team in the east, the Danbury Hat Tricks. The Enforcers won both Friday and Saturday to claim all six points. Sweeping the best team on the road isn’t the only thing that Elmira did this week. They also made a MASSIVE trade with the Watertown Wolves. They acquired the Captain of the Wolves, Tyler Gjurich who played in the ECHL and SPHL. He leads the league in points with 54, third in goals with 25 and leads the league in power play goals with 13. He is an absolute offensive weapon. Adding him to the mix will make the Enforcers contenders for the cup this season. 


1) Carolina Thunderbirds (23-3-1-1) 1st place, Western Division

Rank Last Week: 1 (No Change)

The Thunderbirds continue to dominate. Stanislav Bachorscored a game winner with 6 seconds to go in regulation on Friday to defeat the Thunder 3-2. Then on Saturday it was all Carolina blanking Delaware 7-0. Two shorthanded goals on Saturday by Jiri Pargac led the charge for Carolina. The birds also made headlines by trading goaltender Frankie McClendon to the Mentor Ice Breakers in exchange for Chad Herron.  Carolina remains the top team in our power rankings as we cross the halfway point in the FPHL season. The Thunderbirds will be back in action this weekend at home in Winston-Salem to take on the Mentor Ice Breakers.