By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
1. Colorado Mammoth (6-1), I’m not going to drop Colorado from the top spot for one loss after they had been so dominant through six games. But, with that said. the gap has certainly closed between the Mammoth and Calgary in the West. The Roughnecks 21-10 victory was no doubt meant to send Colorado a message.
2. Calgary Roughnecks (5-2), Despite a few hiccups along the way, the Roughnecks are starting to look like what everyone thought they would be when the season began — and championship contender. The win over the Mammoth put the Roughnecks only a game out of first place and gives them an advantage in the all-important tie-breaker situation.
3. Toronto Rock (4-3), The Rock bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Philadelphia with a nice win over Rochester. The Rock are back in a first place tie with the Wings and I expect these two teams will be fighting it out for the East Division crown all the way up until the last day of the season.
4. Philadelphia Wings (4-3), The Wings lost a golden opportunity to hang on to first place in the East by losing a tight game to Edmonton. This is the type of loss that a young team will take every once in a while. I don’t think it is reason to panic, but the Wings should look back and realize that they let one slip away.
5. Minnesota Swarm (4-3), The Swarm now find themselves in third place in the East, when they would be in a tie for first if they were in the West. The Swarm got a dominant win over Washington last Friday, but with the way the Stealth have played this season, who knows what that victory really means, if anything.
6. Rochester Knighthawks (3-4), Rochester lost its sixth straight to Toronto last weekend and it doesn’t get much easier this weekend as they face a Philadelphia team coming off a bad loss.
7. Buffalo Bandits (2-4), The Bandits were off last weekend and are lurking near the bottom of the standing with only two wins. Goalkeeper Anthony Cosmo will make his Bandits debut next weekend when they face Colorado.
8. Edmonton Rush (2-4), The Rush got a nice win over the Wings and now are off until March 9. A great deal of the focus for the Rush during that off time will likely be trying to deal Paul Rabil to an Eastern team, so that they actually get something of value from the Athan Iannucci trade.
9. Washington Stealth (1-6), Rhys Duch, Tyler Richards and Kyle Sorensen all missed last weekend’s game against Minnesota and the Stealth were blown out 15-7. Coincidence? I think not.