Arena Lacrosse League East Week 10 Power Rankings

by Gary Groob

A number of changes in this week's Power Rankings:

1. Whitby Steelhawks (8-1):

This team showed once again that they are a powerhouse in this league.  Never trailing in their game with Peterborough, the Steelhawks built a 9-2 lead at the half on the strength of eight different scorers.  The only blip in their game was allowing six goals in the fourth, but by then the game was out of reach.  They face the slumping Ohsweken Bears next Sunday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. 

2. Oshawa Outlaws (6-3):

The Outlaws put together a complete performance last Saturday.  While down 6-5 at the half, the offense awoke while the defense shut down one of the top team in the league.  This resulted in a convincing 14-10 victory.  Jake Lazore was sensational in the Outlaws goal as he worked in sync with his defense.  An unselfish, balanced attack, with five players scoring twice showed how dangerous an offense Oshawa has.  They faceoff against Peterborough at the Millbrook Arena next Saturday afternoon in a pivotal showdown.

3. Paris RiverWolves (6-2):

A rough second half cost the RiverWolves The game as well as dropped them down a couple of spots in the rankings.  Of their ten goals, three goals were on the power-play, and one came shorthanded.  For them to contend, the five on five play will need to be as dominant as their special teams.  They face the Monarchs Saturday night at the TRAC in Oakville.

4. Peterborough Timbermen (5-4):

A tough day against a tough team made for a long afternoon for the Timbermen.  Whitby was able to control the game most of the afternoon.  If there was a bright spot, it was a strong fourth quarter in which they were able to score six times on a stellar defense.  A tough game this week at home against Oshawa will be a big test on this team's resilience. 

5. Brampton Express (3-5):

Whatever ailed this team a few weeks ago, is a distant memory now.  The Express won their second game in a row with a hard fought victory over the Ohsweken Bears. Down 8-6 at the half, the Express rallied scoring ten goals while holding the Bears to just four.  Lucas Nagy was exceptional in net for Brampton.  The Express will next play on Sunday against the Six Nations Snipers. 

6. Toronto Monarchs (3-6):

The Monarchs ran into a hot goalie with Dusty Hill only letting in eight goals all day.  Tied 3-3, the Monarchs gave up a four goal run that had them chasing the rest of the day.  While the offense was kept fairly quiet, the goaltending of Craig Wende and the defense was strong most of the day.  The next game will be a huge test against the Paris RiverWolves. 

7. Six Nations Snipers (1-7):

The Snipers finally got the monkey off their backs gaining their first victory of the season.  Thunder Hill (5g,3a) and Tye Argent (1g,5a) had big days for the Snipers.  Dustin Hill was superb in net.  The next challenge will be against be Friday night against the Bears at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. 

8. Ohsweken Bears (2-6):

The Bears have struggled recently, dropping their last five games.  Once again putting together a full sixty minutes has been a problem.  If there is a bright spot, it was getting production from ten different scorers in the last game.  Next week they face a rejuvenated Six Nations Snipers team, and will need a good showing to get out of the basement in the power rankings.