Week 7 saw some more jostling from the #5-13 teams, and even a little movement at the very bottom, while the top four stayed firmly in place.
Those four first place teams are a combined 24-1 and they were all our preseason picks to win their respective divisions. Right now, no one is even close. If we could we would leave the #5-7 slots blank and resume the Power Rankings at #8.
Tied at #5 we have Florida and Cedar Rapids, with El Paso making a big move up to #7. All three of these teams are a loss or two away from falling out of the second place playoff berth. The Coyotes have a little more cushion than the other two teams, but if Sonora wakes up, it won’t be easy for El Paso to keep up their current pace. Also, El Paso plays Monterrey twice this week, so their stay in the Top 7 could be a brief one.
The St. Louis Ambush were finally dislodged from the #14 slot that they had occupied all season, falling one spot behind the Turlock Express to #15. The Ambush have gotten closer and closer to winning, but 1/3 of the way through the season they are still winless and their overall losing streak has grown to 21 games. They get two more cracks at a win this week when they visit Milwaukee and host Cedar Rapids.
|The Flash ended a 20-day layoff by easily handling the Heat twice on the road.|
|The Wave seemed a little complacent the last two games, or maybe that’s just what they look like when Ian Bennett doesn’t score four goals.|
|The Blast brutally avenged their only loss by bludgeoning Florida, 10-1.|
|Florida hangs on to the 5th spot thanks to a weekend road split despite being routed in Baltimore.|
|Cedar Rapids is creeping up, but are still in a vulnerable spot.|
|Despite a loss in Turlock, their record and road win in Ontario earned them a raise.|
|One home loss drops them down a spot.|
|Two home losses drops them down two spots.|
|The Comets got a nice home win over Tacoma to keep pace, despite crashing in Cedar Rapids Saturday.|
|It wasn’t an easy assignment, but Tacoma could have really benefited from stealing one on the road last weekend. Instead they tacked on two more losses and still haven’t beaten anyone besides Turlock.|
|The idle Soles bumped up one by default thanks to Syracuse’s convincing home loss.|
|The Silver Knights finally played a game that wasn’t decided by one goal, but the result was not pretty.|
|It’s a winning streak! The Turlock Express are hot. What a time to be alive.|
|The Ambush are really. freaking. close. But in the meantime Turlock is winning actual games and we can’t wait forever.|