To flip the script on Jerry Lee Lewis there was very little shaking going on in the MASL last weekend. However, even though only four teams moved in the Power Rankings, there were a few big developments.
The San Diego Sockers finally lost (in Ontario), and then lost again (in Sonora), but they went down to Mexico without Kraig Chiles, Matt Clare, or Brian Farber. All three were back in the lineup Sunday when the Sockers beat the Fury.
The four division titles are well in hand, but the fight for second place remained viable in all four divisions. Cedar Rapids, however, re-opened a 2.5 game lead over Kansas City, making Sunday’s meeting between the two teams a must win for the Comets and practically an opportunity to clinch for the Rampage.
Syracuse survived three games in 44 hours on the road with two wins. Their six road wins are tied for the league lead, but they will need to improve on their 1-3 home record. They will get plenty of practice with seven of their last nine at home.
Sonora ran their winning streak to six, stretching their small lead over El Paso to 1.5 games, but El Paso has gone 1-5 over their last six games, released Alex Caceres and lost Head Coach Jose Luis Trevino to personal problems back home in Monterrey.
With their 6-0 win over Syracuse Sunday, the Wave ended a three game losing streak and became the first MASL team to officially clinch a playoff spot. With one more win or Cedar Rapids loss they will clinch the Central Division.
On Thursday Monterrey visits El Paso, hoping to improve to 14-0. Friday San Diego goes to Turlock. Both games are distracting hurdles for the big game Sunday when the Flash host the Sockers in the MASL Game of the Week.
Sonora will also have a busy weekend, visiting the Fury Friday and then hosting Tacoma on Saturday.
|The Flash survived a scare, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to beat Tacoma 6-4.|
|The Blast are without Lucas Roque for the year and William Vanzela’s season is in jeopardy after he tore his adductor tendon, but Joey Kapinos came sliding down the chimney bringing presents.|
|The Sockers encountered turbulence, losing at Ontario and blowing a late lead in Sonora, but regrouped to end the week with a win over the Fury.|
|The Wave losing streak hit three, but Milwaukee shut out Syracuse on Saturday to clinch a playoff spot.|
|Sonora struggled against Rio Grande Valley again, but beat the Sockers to run their winning streak to six games. Franck Tayou has 10 hat tricks in his last 12 games.|
|When called upon to play three times in 44 hours, Syracuse took their lemon schedule and made lemonade with two wins in three days. A couple style points deducted because the wins were both against St. Louis.|
|Florida eked out 7-6 win over Kansas City to move back over .500.|
|Tacoma is coming on strong, but a 3-0 lead wasn’t enough to upset Monterrey on the road.|
|The Fury became the first team to beat the Sockers, but they lost the rematch on Sunday. Oudey Belhadj has finally arrived from Tunisia, and rookie sensation Adrien Perez has a seven-game goal scoring streak.|
|It was gut check time for the Rampage, who ended a five game losing streak against the Wave with a 5-3 win thanks to Gordy Gurson’s clutch pair of fourth quarter goals. A win Sunday at the Comets would all-but clinch a playoff spot.|
|The Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak, but Head Coach Jose Luis Trevino stepped down due to personal reasons.|
|Six of their last seven games are against Eastern Division opponents and Harrisburg probably needs to win all of them to get into the playoffs.|
|The Comets lost a lot of ground to Cedar Rapids last weekend. Sunday’s home game against the Rampage is their last stand.|
|Two more home losses, both against a road weary Syracuse team.|
|The Barracudas got destroyed at home by Tacoma, but picked up their third win of the season the next night to salvage the home weekend.|
|Turlock the Merciful ended El Paso’s five-game losing streak and then ended Rio Grande Valley’s six-game losing streak.|