Power rankings: LI/NYC hockey (12/20/11)
1. Smithtown (15-0)
After a two-week layoff the Bulls picked up where they left off, with an 8-4 win over Kings Park/Commack on Monday night. Brian Masi and Nick Ambery led the Bulls with two goals each as Smithtown remained undefeated heading into the break. Smithtown will return with a marquee matchup on January 9 as they will face off with Connetquot/Sayville in a game that will most likely decide first place in Suffolk.
Next: Connetquot/Sayville @ The Rinx (Jan. 9, 8:10 p.m.)
2. St. Anthony’s (CHSHL 5-0)
The Friars continue to run roughshod in the Catholic League after an easy 10-3 victory over St. Mary’s. They will face a big test Wednesday afternoon in a cross-region battle against New Jersey’s St. Peter’s Prep at the AmeriHealth Pavillion at Prudential Center.
Next: St. Peter’s Prep (NJ) @ AmeriHealth Pavillion at Prudential Center (Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.)
3. Connetquot/Sayville (12-1)
The T-Birds remain in the third spot this week after a solid 5-1 victory over East Islip. The victory assured the combined crew of a playoff spot heading into the holiday break.
Next: Kings Park/Commack @ The Rinx (Jan. 4, 9:20 p.m.)
4. Long Beach (9-3)
After a slipping a few spots two weeks ago, the Marines have slowly found its way back up following two wins against Jericho and East Williston heading into the holiday break.
Next: Syosset @ Long Beach Ice Arena (Jan. 9, 8:00 p.m.)
5. Monsignor Farrell (3-1-1)
Vin DiMare scored four goals to help lead the Lions to a 9-5 win over Fordham Prep Saturday night at Abe Stark Rink
Next: St. Joseph by the Sea @ Staten Island Pavilion (Thursday, 8:00 p.m.)
6. Oceanside (10-3-1)
The Sailors made a big dent on this week’s power rankings by upsetting previously No. 2-ranked Syosset Friday night, 7-4. The Oceanside defense was able to shut down dynamic Corey Hoffman to just one goal, which came on a penalty shot. They followed it up with a 14-4 win over Bethpage Sunday night as they head into the holiday break
Next: Bellmore/Merrick @ Long Beach Ice Arena (January 15, 6:30 p.m.)
7. Syosset (7-1)
The Braves slipped following a loss to Oceanside on Friday night. Corey Hoffman was held to just a goal in the loss. However they got back on the winning track two days later with a 16-4 win over Cold Spring Harbor. Hoffman has extended his Long Island scoring lead with 24 goals and 24 assists in just eight games.
Next: Garden City @ Iceworks (January 6, 9:30 p.m.)
8. Chaminade (3-1-1)
The Flyers edged out Fordham Prep 2-1 on Wednesday night as they make their debut in the power rankings.
Next: St. Joseph by the Sea @ Coney Island Rink (Friday, 8:45 p.m.)
9. East Williston (9-1-2)
East Williston fell to Long Beach Monday night at the Long Beach Ice Arena, but it wasn’t enough to keep them out of our weekly power rankings
Next: Massapequa @ Bethpage Ice Rink (Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.)
10. St. Joseph by the Sea (0-2-2)
After being idle this week, the Vikings will take on archrival Monsignor Farrell in a highly anticipated meeting at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion Thursday
Next: Monsignor Farrell @ Staten Island Pavilion (Thursday, 8:00 p.m.)