CLax Power Rankings: Niagara Impressing

All seven teams were in action this week but the Niagara Lock Monsters stood head and shoulders above the rest. Niagara had the weekend off but played back to back games on Monday and Tuesday, controlling both contests from start to finish. Their domination this week was good enough to bump them past four other teams and into the number one spot for this week’s CLax Power Rankings. Here are the Clax Power Rankings after week 6.

#1 (last week 5) The Niagara Lock Monsters 4-2
Niagara laid a beat down to the Ohsweken Demons on Monday and then turned around to destroy the Iroquois Ironmen the very next night. The Monsters looked like a different team this week and if they keep rolling the rest of the league is in trouble. Corey Fowler had the hot hand for Niagara totalling 9 goals and 7 helpers while Brad Favero notched 7 goals and 5 assists. Connor Danko was the big difference for Niagara; the Peterborough Junior A Lakers product made 80 saves over their two game span.

#2 (1) The Toronto Shooting Stars 4-1
A 13-9 victory over last the last place Barrie Blizzard wasn’t good enough to keep Toronto atop the CLax Power Rankings. The Shooting Stars looked good but not great in their Sunday Matinee at the Molson Centre. The loss of Aaron Grayson was also evident; the powerhouse forward had other commitments and did not dress for Toronto. Josh Ruys stepped up in a big way though scoring 4 goals in their win.

#3 (4) The Brampton Inferno 3-2
The Inferno are on a two game win streak and once again they climb up a spot in the Power Rankings.
Their game against Durham this weekend was a seesaw battle until Ryan Campbell’s game winning goal with just 1:14 left to play in the game. Campbell has led the way all season for the Inferno and has 25 points in 5 games.

#4 (3) The Durham Turfdogs 3-2
After a tough one goal loss in Brampton the Turfdogs have dropped to number four in our Rankings. Durham looked good this weekend against the Inferno in a game that could have gone either way. This game was back and forth but in the end the Turfdogs just couldn’t solve netminder Jay Preece who made 52 saves. The game also featured a nice tilt between both team’s leading scorers Ryan Campbell and Nic Grasby.

#5 (2) The Ohsweken Demons 4-3
The biggest drop in this week is from the Demons who were ranked second just a week ago. They still sit first overall in the league standings but with their blowout loss to Niagara on Monday plus their loss the week prior to Toronto, they’re slipping fast.

#6 (6) The Barrie Blizzard 0-4
The Blizzard continued their losing ways after being defeated once again by Toronto. They’ve been struggling all season to find a rhythm but just can’t seem to find their groove. Things don’t get any easier for the Blizzard either as they have two tough games this weekend. On Saturday they travel to Durham to take on the Turfdogs and then on Sunday they’re at home against the hottest team in the league right now, the Niagara Lock Monsters.

#7 (7) The Iroquois Ironmen 0-4
Occupying the basement once again are the Iroquois Ironmen. Despite the off season acquisition of superstar forward Chris Attwood the Ironmen can’t string together a full 60 minute game. They look great one quarter and then terrible the next and unless they want to finish the season at 0-13 they’ll need to get some consistency.