Week 3 CUFLA Top 5 Power Rankings

1. Bishop’s 6-0-0 (Last Week 3)
The Gaiters remain as the only remaining undefeated squad in CUFLA as they sit in the top spot for week three’s power rankings this week. The defending Baggataway champions picked up their biggest win of the season thus far over eastern conference rival McGill. The Gaiters defeated the Redmen 11-10 in a close battle to capture sole possession of supremacy in the East. The battle for the east was a back and forth affair until the fourth quarter, when Bishop’s poured on three goals to give the Gaiters a four goal lead. The Redmen answered with three goals in the final five minutes but it was not enough to get the win, extending the Gaiters undefeated streak to six. Bishop’s was lead by sophomore Gareth Gibson who netted a hat trick and three assists. Fellow sophomore Alex Henderson found the back of the cage twice while also adding a trio of helpers in the Bishop’s victory. Senior Joseph Lalune lead the Gaiters in goals with 4. Monday night Bishop’s destroyed CUFLA newcomers Concordia to a score of 22-0, with 16 different Gaiters found their way onto the score sheet in the dominating win. Joseph Laleune netted another 4 goals against Concordia, brining his total to 12 on the season. The Gaiters continue to look solid in their 2012 campaign and are looking sharp en route for their attempt at repeating as Baggataway Champions.
2. Western 6-1-0 (Last Week 4)
The Western Mustangs have put a solid start together in their 2012 season, which has been mainly based on solid goaltending and out outstanding defense. Sophomore Zach Grace has been stellar in between the pipes for the Mustangs, posting an impressive 5.78 GAA. The defensive core has continued to help Grace keep the ball out of the net as much as possible. Western has 43 goals against in 7 games. The Mustangs pulled off a big win against the Brock Badgers in a tight 11-10 contest. The Mustangs capitalized on the extra man opportunity scoring 8 powerplay goals in the win. Freshman attackman Ryan McCrory posted 4 goals and a pair of helpers for 6 points while sophomore midfielder Dylan Ham added 2 goals an an assist and senior midfielder Scott Watson recorded a hat trick. Sophomore attackman Kyle Childerhose picked up a trio of assists. The Mustangs had a chance to extend their winning streak to 7 and sit alone on top of the west but fell to the Guelph Gryphons 6-5 this past Sunday. The goaltending and defense lead by senior Eric Pitre and netminder Grace was solid, but the offense could not keep their offense rolling from past games. If the Stangs can continue their dominance on the back end and regain their great depth in scoring, the Western Mustangs could win out of the regular season and put themselves in a good spot for the Baggataway Championship weekend.
3. Brock 4-1-0 (Last Week 1)
The Brock Badgers lost a key game to Western on their Homecoming weekend this past Saturday. The loss could be greatly attributed to undisciplined play with numerous Badgers taking part in a parade to the penalty box. When the Badgers play play 6 on 6, they are a force to be reckoned with. Brock’s coaching staff and players are aware of the major penalty problem and are ready to change it. On a positive note, sophomore Greg Davidson has been on a tear as of late scoring 7 goals, 1 assist for 8 points in his last two games. The Badgers will need to clean up their play and get out of penalty trouble if they want to remain as one of the elite teams in CUFLA.
4.Guelph 6-1-0 (Last Week 5)
The Guelph Gryphons are on a roll winning their last 5 games in a row including a win over the hot Western Mustangs this past Sunday. Senior Connor Deuchars had a monster of a game being involved in 5 of the Gryphs 6 goals. The Toronto,ON native nabbed a hat trick and added two helpers. Sophomore netminder Jeremy Snider had a outstanding game shutting down 15 of the 20 Mustang’s shots. Guelph has two vital games remaining in the season against Brock and Western. These two rematches will be critical to the standings in the east.
5.McGill 6-1-0 (Last Week 2)
The Redmen suffered their first loss of the season against their rivals Bishop’s Gaiters. The Redmen were edged 11-10 by the defending champions last Thursday. Bright spots for the Redmen were senior midfielder Jishan Sharples recording four goals in the loss. Freshman attackman Richie Klares set up Sharples for 3 of his 4 goals. The Virginia native also found the back of the cage for his 12th goal of the season. The Redmen have a great opportunity to pick up two wins before a grudge match against the Gaiters.