Arena Lacrosse League East Power Rankings - Week Eight

by Gary Groob

Arena Lacrosse League East Power Rankings - Week Eight

There were a number of repositions this week.

1.  Brampton Express (6-2)

Although they hit a speed bump a few weeks back, consistently they have been a powerhouse all year long.   A well-balanced attack beat the RiverWolves 14-5 on Sunday and showed again why this team is successful.  Nine different scorers led by Pent Eistrat (2g,3a) and Zac Sunderland (4g,1a) gave Paris all they could handle on this day.

2.  Whitby Steelhawks (6-2)

The Steelhawks showed why they have to be in the discussion for league champion this year.  A "character" win over the league's top team 15-10 showed how hungry they are.  Special teams played a big part in this game with 2 power-play goals and 3 short-handed goals in the contest.  Grant Crawley was sensational in net against the Outlaws.

3.  Oshawa Outlaws (6-2)

The Outlaws had a rare game where they weren't completely in sync.  For this team to be successful, they have to stay away from the "parade to the penalty box." Although they were able to score 4 power-play goals, giving up 2 short-handed goals inside a minute was their undoing.  Missing a few key players hurt as well.  When this team is at full strength, there are very few teams that will beat them. 

4.  Toronto Monarchs (6-2)

The Toronto Monarchs played a sound game in defeating the Peterborough Timbermen 17-13.  Jordan Dance (8g,2a) and Parker Pipher (3g,7a) were the stars of the show.  This was a much closer game than it needed to be because of all the extra-curricular activity.  If Toronto can stay focused, they will be a force to be reckoned with. 

5.  Six Nations Snipers (3-4)

There is quite a bit of talent on this team, but inconsistencies continue to hamper them.  After a mediocre first half, the Snipers were able to take over the game en route to a 19-14 victory over Ohsweken.  Cheyton King (6g,3a) was the leader for Six Nations, with Dusty Hill playing a stellar game in net.  If they can play consistently, they should be able to make it to the upper tier of the league before long.

6.  Paris RiverWolves (3-5)

Unfortunately for the RiverWolves, they were  so undermanned for this game that they didn't really stand a chance as the game wore on (dressing only 15 runners).  Although they were outgunned, they played a feisty game, taking advantage of opportunities when they were presented.  We'll see how they bounce back next week vs. the Snipers. 

7.  Oshwekan Bears (1-6)

Ohsweken put up a good fight with Six Nations until the fourth quarter.  The Snipers were able to get on a run and defeat the Bears 19-14.  Not to be overlooked in this game were the performances of Oakley Thomas (5g,1a) on O, and James Whiteford (2g,2a) on D to lead the Bears.

8.  Peterborough Timbermen (0-8)

Another game in which the Timbermen looked even more in sync than previous weeks.  This feisty group gave the Monarchs all they could handle all game long.  Another big game for Riley Curtis (6g,3a), as well as Blaze White (2g,2a), and Parker Sands (2g,1a).  It's only a matter of time before this team finds it way to the win column.