Arena Lacrosse League East Power Rankings - Week Ten

by Gary Groob

Arena Lacrosse League East Power Rankings - Week Ten

1.  Brampton Express (8-2)

The Express keep rolling along with big wins.  Although they got off to a slow start, once this machine got rolling, there was no stopping it.  Gage Board (5g,2a), Zac Sunderland (2g,5a), and Pent Eistrat (0g,5a) were leaders once again in this impressive win.  Lucas Nagy keeps showing why he is one of the premier goalies in the ALL, with another solid performance in net.

2.  Toronto Monarchs (8-2)

Although the Monarchs dug themselves a big hole to start the game against the Steelhawks, they also showed that nothing was insurmountable for this team.  Down 7-1 in the second quarter, Toronto put together a run from late in that quarter until the end of the third, bringing it to a one goal game.  The compete level in the fourth quarter showed why this team is a contender for the championship.  Six different times the game was tied, and with less than two minutes left the Monarchs pulled out the hard fought victory. 

3.  Whitby Steelhawks (7-3)

The Steelhawks looked to have the Toronto Monarchs on the ropes, up 7-1 early in the second quarter.  Some defensive lapses in the third quarter allowed the Monarchs to come back and take the lead.  This Whitby team is too talented for these kinds of defensive problems.  They need to get totally focused if they want to lift the ALL championship at the end of March.

4.  Oshawa Outlaws (7-3)

The Outlaws had a solid outing against a very depleted Ohsweken team.  Cam Milligan (5g,2a), Josh Gilray (2g,4a), and Alec Simons (2g,4a) led the way for the Outlaws.  Normally, if John St. John wasn't in the lineup it would hamper the team.  With only 11 runners for Ohsweken in this game, Oshawa didn't really get tested too much.  The big test will be when Oshawa faces Brampton next Friday night at Memorial Arena in Brampton.

5.  Six Nations Snipers (4-5)

Although the Snipers lost convincingly to the Brampton Express, there were many instances where they showed they could hang with the best the league has to offer.  A strong start had Six Nations leading into the second quarter.  A bad stretch of just over 15:00 changed the entire complexion of the game.  If the Snipers can sure up their defense, they will place themselves in the top half of the league sooner rather than later.

6.  Paris RiverWolves (3-7)

Another tough week!  Special teams helped them, but also was their undoing.  Normally if you score 4 power-play goals, and 2 shorthanded goals you should win.  However, when your special teams also gives up 3 power-play goals, and 3 shorthanded goals you have a dilemma.  The Timbermen were able to keep the RiverWolves to only 2 regular strength goals in this game.  Even though they were undermanned, they need to find ways of creating more offense, if they want to move up in the league.

7.  Peterborough Timbermen (1-9)

The Peterborough Timbermen finally got the monkey off their backs with their first win of the season.  Special teams is what got them over the hump.  Three power-play goals, as well as three shorthanded goals helped guide them to the victory.  Ethan Woods was solid in net in the win, holding the RiverWolves to only eight tallies.

8.  Ohsweken Bears (1-8)

A very depleted team gave their all in a losing effort against the Oshawa Outlaws.  With only eleven runners, it was truly inspiring that they were able to hang in as long as they did, scoring nine goals.  Dawit Martin (2g,4a), Danton Miller (2g,2a), and Oakley Thomas (2g,2a) led the squad, but need more help in the offensive category.  Next week they will face the Timbermen, who have had their own issues this season.