The Power Rankings are not where dreams come true, but the San Diego Sockers are the obvious kings of the 2018-19 MASL regular season hill. The Sockers 23-1 record is even better than last year’s #1 team, the Monterrey Flash, who went 20-2. The Sockers will now look to avoid the same fate as the Flash, who lost to the Baltimore Blast in last year’s Ron Newman Cup Final.

The Sockers opened the season at #4 and fell as low as #6 before their winning streak eventually propelled them to the #1 spot for good in Week 9.

The Tacoma Stars made the playoffs on the last day of a season that saw them open at #7, climb to #3 and fall all the way to #12 before settling in at #8.

No team matched Tacoma’s nine-place swing, but the Blast went from #1 to #6 and ended back up at #3. Ontario started at #11 made it up to #6, and fell as low as #13 before a late three-game winning streak brought them back up to finish at #9.

The St. Louis Ambush had their own wild journey, starting at #14 and climbing their way up to #7 before a late season slump dropped them to #11.

The Orlando SeaWolves and Mississauga MetroStars opened at #9 and #10, respectively, before their disappointing seasons cascaded them down to #12 and #15. Mississauga was the only team who ended the season more than three places away from where they started.

The Turlock Express and El Paso Coyotes spent the entire season in the bottom two slots of the Power Rankings. With both teams ending the year so poorly we got rid of the #16 spot and made them both #17.

Starting Thursday you can throw the Power Rankings out the window (be gentle) as the eight remaining teams chase the real prize, the Ron Newman Cup.


1
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23-1
Last Week: 1
Week 1: 4
High: 1
Low: 6

The Sockers played the top four teams in the Western Conference to end their season and swept them all, though they didn’t make it look easy. Brandon Escoto’s goal on Saturday lifted the Sockers to a 7-6 win over Monterrey before 7,399 for their 21st straight win.


2
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21-3
Last Week: 2
Week 1: 2
High: 1
Low: 2

The Wave beat the Comets 9-5 Sunday in the equivalent of an NFL preseason game. Several starters sat out for both teams and other players were pulled from the game by halftime.


3
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17-7
Last Week: 3
Week 1: 1
High: 1
Low: 6

idle


4
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17-7
Last Week: 4
Week 1: 5
High: 2
Low: 5

Without Slavisa Ubiparipovic and Freddy Moojen, the Utica City Fight Club held on to beat Orlando 7-6 to clinch the Eastern Division title.


5
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19-5
Last Week: 5
Week 1: 3
High: 3
Low: 6

A very tired Monterrey team beat Ontario 5-4 Sunday to send the Fury home, and now it’s the Tacoma Stars who are on a collision course with the Sockers.


6
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16-8
Last Week: 6
Week 1: 8
High: 5
Low: 10

The Barracudas held on for a 5-4 win in Dallas, ending their long road trip with a 3-3 record.



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13-11
Last Week: 7
Week 1: 6
High: 6
Low: 12

The Comets didn’t tip any cards when their bare bones crew lost a meaningless game in Milwaukee Sunday. The same two teams do it again for real starting Thursday.


8

12-12
Last Week: 9
Week 1: 7
High: 3
Low: 12

Tacoma ended their roller coaster regular season with a 14-4 rout of Turlock, and backed into the playoffs when Ontario lost to Monterrey the next day.


9
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11-13
Last Week: 8
Week 1: 11
High: 6
Low: 13

The Fury went 3-7 in one goal games and were hurt by a lineup that consisted of a rotating cast of characters. After a 6-2 start, the Fury went 5-11.


10
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11-13
Last Week: 10
Week 1: 13
High: 10
Low: 15

idle


11
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10-14
Last Week: 11
Week 1: 14
High: 7
Low: 14

idle


12

9-15
Last Week: 13
Week 1: 9
High: 9
Low: 13

Orlando couldn’t spoil Utica’s Eastern Division title party, but they did manage to fend off the Tropics to end the season on a high note.


13

9-15
Last Week: 12
Week 1: 15
High: 9
Low: 15

Dallas ended their season 5-0 against El Paso and 4-15 against everyone else despite two signature wins against Rio Grande Valley and one against Monterrey.


14
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6-18
Last Week: 14
Week 1: 12
High: 8
Low: 14

The Tropics lost bragging rights in the Sunshine State by dropping four out of six to the SeaWolves.


15 
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4-20
Last Week:15
Week 1: 10
High: 10
Low: 15

idle


17T

3-21
Last Week: 16
Week 1: 17
High: 16
Low: 17

After Turlock’s 10-goal loss at home, we can’t in good conscience keep the Express ahead of El Paso, but we also can’t reward the Coyotes for losing their last 15 games so we’re vacating the #16 spot.


17T
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3-21
Last Week: 17
Week 1: 16
High: 16
Low: 17

The Coyotes needed a barricade, but instead got eaten alive by the Barracudas 11-4 to end their third season on a 15-game losing streak, reminiscent of their 0-20 first season.