SPHL Power Rankings: Week 7

SPHL Power Rankings: Week 7

By Minor League Rando

December 6, 2019

With week 8 of the 2019-2020 Southern Professional Hockey League season starting tonight, we take a look back at week 7 and rank each team in their performance throughout the season so far.

10) Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs:

The Dawgs have been off to an awful start, but have picked it up in the past week with a win against the Ice Bears and a close loss to the Bulls. The Rail Yard Dawgs did sign a wonderful goaltender in Ian Sylves and that could turn out to be a blessing for the Dawgs. Can this new steam turn the team around?

9) Macon Mayhem:

Macon has had a season surrounded by mystery with rumors of relocation and having the first coach firing of the season. Macon has been adding and removing players to try and fix problems, but nothing has worked yet. With a current record of 3-9-2, things aren't looking good for the Mayhem as they travel to Evansville this week (Macon is 0-3-0 on the road so far).

8) Quad City Storm:

The Storm started the season off well, but proceeded to get into a losing streak. The Storm have been making moves around their roaster, most recently in a trade with the Fayetteville Marksmen to get Tucker Ross and the playing rights to Will Smith. Is it enough to make it to the playoffs?

7) Evansville Thunderbolts:

Evansville has been off to a hot start in comparison to last year’s awful beginning to the 2018-2019 season. Austin Pievy  and Jacob Smith have been key players to the Thunderbolts offense, helping them get to a 6-8-1 overall record. Can the Thunderbolts continue to improve and stay in the playoff race?

6) Birmingham Bulls:

Gonna be honest. The Bulls have been a dud this season. The team I had placed as a potential champ, but fate has determined that the Bulls would not play that way. The Bulls have a lot of talent on their roster but haven't had the results to show for it. If Birmingham can get a step into the right direction, I have a feeling they will be back to the top.

5) Pensacola Ice Flyers:

The Ice Flyers have been doing well to start the season, but have played a good chunk of games against lower teams on this list. Once the Ice Flyers start playing with higher teams and can show the true talent on the team, I think they will start climbing up this list.

4) Huntsville Havoc:

The back-to-back champs have been up and down during the beginning of the season, but recently have been on the upward trend again. The Havoc have won 4 of their last 5 games and show no slowing down. The question is, can Huntsville stay on the upward trend?

3) Peoria Rivermen:

This team has only one loss to the number four team, but their strength of schedule has killed and dropped the team down the rankings.The Rivermen signed goaltender Dillon Kelley (who played in Fayetteville in the 2018-2019 season) from the Danbury Hat Tricks of the FPHL. Peoria has a great team, but will their strength of schedule hurt them in the playoffs like what happened last year?

2) Knoxville Ice Bears:

The Ice Bears have the busiest offense in the SPHL, with 9 more goals for than any other team in the league. The only reason Knoxville is down at number two is due to the Ice Bears three loses to Evansville, Fayetteville, and Roanoke, which two of the three teams are in the bottom ten. I wouldn't worry too much Ice Bears fans, Knoxville is a solid contender for the top spot in our rankings.

1) Fayetteville Marksmen:

It's hard to not put Fayetteville at the top spot. Jesse Kallechy done an amazing job at finding the right talent to make this team successful. With recent call-ups, the Marksmen are starting to slow down after the long hot streak, but this team is still hot, and still the best in the SPHL.