Week 15 was not a defining week for the 2018/19 MASL season. Everyone is pretty much right where we left them in both the standings and the Power Rankings.
Our only change this week is another flip-flop between the Kansas City Comets and St. Louis Ambush. The Ambush gained 1.5 games in the standings, but still trail the Comets by a half game. The Orlando SeaWolves got their must-win against Kansas City Friday, which has kept all three teams within a game of each other for the final playoff spot.
While the South Central Division tightened up the Tacoma Stars gained some breathing room in the Pacific Division, where the Ontario Fury now sit a full two games back. That sets up Friday’s do-or-die game when Tacoma hosts Ontario. A win would give the Stars a nearly insurmountable three game lead with four games remaining. The season series sits at 2-2, so Friday’s winner would also own the tie-breaker. If Ontario loses, any pretense that they signed Jermaine Jones (who will not play Friday) for competitive reasons goes out the window (not that there’s anything wrong with that either).
Saturday has only two games, but they are both huge. The Monterrey Flash return to the scene of Mariano Bollella’s Waterloo where they will once again face the Rio Grande Valley Barracudas. The Flash could mostly wrap-up the Southwest Division with a win there. The SeaWolves host the Comets a day after entertaining the Florida Tropics. Despite the rigors of a back-to-back, the SeaWolves really need a home sweep here to make a serious playoff run.
Sunday is anti-climactic, but we will see if the Harrisburg Heat can beat the Baltimore Blast again and extend their home winning streak to six, and whether the vastly improved Ambush can finally compete on the same field as the Milwaukee Wave.
The Sockers teetered but then rallied from a 6-4 deficit to give the home crowd an exciting 7-6 OT win over Ontario.
Milwaukee clinched the South Central Division with a 13-2 spanking of Orlando.
The well-rested Foot Creams creamed Harrisburg 10-2.
Monterrey had suddenly won five straight as they round into form.
The Blast nearly blew a five-goal lead to the Comets at home, but stayed on Utica’s heels.
The Barracudas pulled out the defensive stops to gently get through El Paso.
St. Louis improved to 7-3 in one-goal games with a 7-6 road win to stay in the playoff hunt.
The Comets weekend went about as bad as it could have, but a strong three quarters in Baltimore might have blunted the sting.
Another valiant effort from the Sidekicks, who have proven to not be pushovers anymore.
It’s not often you can say Mission Accomplished when you lose 13-2, but the SeaWolves needed to beat Kansas City and did. The rest was gravy.
The Stars schedule aligned with Turlock games, but now Tacoma faces four straight treacherous games. Micheal Ramos has 11 goals, three assists, and three hat tricks in his last three games.
Despite a rough day in Utica, the Heat have won six of their last nine.
The Fury have signed Jermaine Jones to give a boost to their flagging playoff chances — and attendance.
With two games left against both Kansas City and Orlando, the Tropics will have a lot to say about the final playoff spot in the South Central.
Mississauga finishes with five of their last six games on the road where they are 0-7.
El Paso is 0-9 on the road and have lost nine in a row overall.
Turlock fell to 0-10 on the road as part of their home-and-home loss to Tacoma.