And just like that, we’re 5 games in to the 2022/23 season. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster so far, with new names in unexpected places and a record number of “no shower guys” during #hotwatergate. You would think with so many rinkies and plumbers playing in this league, we could get the showers fixed a little quicker. I’m sure it won’t happen again…
As we wrap up the first quarter of the season and get set to celebrate Ladies’ night, let’s take stock of how good each team actually is, before the wives find out the truth. Here is where each team sits in this all-important edition of our NBC Power Rankings.
This team looked to be built for offence after the draft, but that’s why we play the games. The dream of entertaining, wide-open hockey has faded, and this team is instead winning close games that no one wants to watch. They are averaging less than 3 goals per game which has never been done in this league by a team above 0.500. Some opposing teams have complained about their use of the trap, but for now their system is working, and they’ve managed to climb atop the league standings. It remains to be seen if first year full time goalie Lance Scott will be able to keep pulling this team toward the playoffs by himself, he currently has a league best GAA of 2.40, or if this team will finally get their offence on track to take some pressure off of him.
Assurance has one path to success this season: score. And they are seemingly scoring at will, with 25% more goals than any other team in the league. As a result, they currently have 4 scorers in the league’s top 7 and look like a bona fide offensive juggernaut. This sounds great, but the real shock here is that an average of only 5 goals per game has been enough to get 3 wins and a tie with Erik Cochrane in net. In fact, statistically, Erik Cochrane isn’t even the worst goalie in the league this season (yet). He currently sits ahead of Adam Alexander, Gibby, and Bobby Raine in terms of goals allowed. I’m sure they haven’t noticed, and I hope no one points it out to them.
They say winning solves all problems, and that appears to be the case for this team, at least so far. Phil Nolet has started the campaign strong, he currently sits tied for second lowest GAA this year, and their offence has scored more goals than everyone aside from Assurance. While those results may help to quiet the criticism in the dressing room, there could be trouble brewing as this team looks to have a problem sharing the puck. While they are clearly capable of scoring goals, their top 5 sc