Arena Lacrosse League East Power Rankings - Week Thirteen

by Gary Groob

Arena Lacrosse League East Power Rankings - Week Thirteen 

1. Toronto Monarchs (11-2)

The Monarchs proved once again why they are leading the league this year.  Although the Brampton Express gave them a good test, Toronto showed how potent a lineup they have.  Tied 5-5, the Monarchs scored four of the next five goals to take charge of the game en route to a league leading eleventh win, 19-15.

2.  Brampton Express (9-3)

Although the Express dropped their game to Toronto this week, they were able to show why they are still in the conversation for this year's championship.  Fighting until the final buzzer, this team has shown heart all year.  Two tough games this week against Oshawa, and Six Nations will determine where they finish heading into the playoffs.

3.  Oshawa Outlaws (9-3)

The Outlaws did exactly what was expected of them this week, a victory over Peterborough 22-9.  Even though they were missing key pieces (Luke Laskiewicz, and Deacan Knott) they played strong, keeping them in the hunt for the championship as well.  This week will test how resilient this team is.  A mid-week makeup game with Brampton on Wednesday, as well as a game Sunday with the upstart Ohsweken Bears.

4.  Whitby Steelhawks (8-5)

The Steelhawks finally played to their potential beating Six Nations 18-9.  On the strength of Liam Osbourne (3g,4a), Devin Pipher (3g,3a), and Dylan Goddard (3g,2a) the Steelhawks ran away with the game in the second half, showing how powerful they can be.  This week is another big game against league leading Toronto.   
5.  Paris RiverWolves (5-8)

Paris has been getting stronger with every outing lately.  A strong showing against the Ohsweken Bears this past week keeps them in fifth place in the rankings.  A 12-3 lead early in the fourth should have meant a blowout victory, but the RiverWolves took their foot off the gas, letting the Bears fight back to make the game rather interesting in the 14-9 victory.   Their last game of the season is against Peterborough this weekend.

6.  Ohsweken Bears (3-10)

For the second weekend, the Bears played two games splitting the results.   Friday night another undermanned team surprised the Six Nations Snipers with a 21-9 victory, but on Sunday were beat by the Paris RiverWolves 14-9.   A big plus has been the play of Gowah Abrams in net after returning to the ALL a few weeks back.  Another good test this week facing the Oshawa Outlaws for their last game of the season.

7.  Six Nations Snipers (5-8)

With two lopsided losses this past weekend the Snipers drop from 6th to 7th in the rankings.   This team has been the most inconsistent team in the league this year.  A good showing last week, but two substandard performances this week has everyone wondering which team will show up for the last game of the season.   Next week is a  tough game for their last one of the season facing the Brampton Express. 

8.  Peterborough Timbermen (1-12)

This season has been forgettable for the Timbermen.  Losing 14 players to the PBLA was a tough reality, but to their credit, and the credit of their coaches, they battled week in and week out.  They face Paris in their final game of the season.   Expect another rugged, physical game from this group.