Arena Lacrosse League East Week 8 Power Rankings

by Gary Groob

Arena Lacrosse League East Week 8 Power Rankings:

1. Paris RiverWolves (5-1):

The RiverWolves were absolutely dominant in their 22-10 victory over the Oshawa Outlaws.   Over the last few weeks, the Outlaws had been the hottest team in the league.  Paris scored in every style, even strength, power-play and shorthanded.  Connor O'Toole was spectacular in net, only surrendering ten goals in this lopsided victory. 

2. Whitby Steelhawks (6-1):

The Steelhawks had a good day with their 16-13 victory over the Brampton Express.   A strong second quarter gave them breathing space, and they rode it to victory.   The Steelhawks will have to be on their game next week as they face the Six Nations Snipers, who will be quite desperate for a win. 

3. Peterborough Timbermen (5-2):

Playing a tough opponent for a victory shows this team belongs in the upper echelon of the league.  Tied at the half, a six goal run that started in the third and finished in the fourth was the push they needed for the victory.  Next week they have a huge test with the red hot Paris RiverWolves. 

4. Toronto Monarchs (3-4):

The Monarchs won their second straight game.   A hard fought battle with Six Nations has them up to fourth place in the rankings.   This Friday they face the Brampton Express.  A win would continue their move them up in the rankings. 

5. Oshawa Outlaws (4-3):

The Outlaws had a rough day at the office.  Not many things went right for them last week.   After  being the hottest team the last few weeks, this game was humbling.   How they react next week against Ohsweken will tell a lot about this team's character. 

6. Ohsweken Bears (2-4):

The Bears have been in a free fall the last few weeks, dropping their last three games.  This game had Ohsweken give up six goals in a ten minute span which changed the complexion of the game.  Although they tried to fight back, it was too steep to make the comeback.   Next week's game with Oshawa could be quite pivotal in the rankings. 

7. Brampton Express (1-5): 

The woes continue for the Express with yet another tough test next week at home against the Monarchs.   Brampton has lost four in a row, and really need a victory to get out of this funk.  Next Friday's game will be quite entertaining as these team's match up very well. 

8. Six Nations Snipers (0-6):

Another week, another close loss for the Snipers.   This team plays 50:00 to 55:00 minutes of every game, but usually has a five minute section in which they lose focus.  During that time the game turns against them and leaves them fighting uphill.  If they are able to put together a full game, they will get themselves in the win column.