After a quick September of hockey the East is well into the swing of things while the West barely got its feet wet. The league looks to have leveled out a bit as some new franchises start their way to the top while some of the bottom feeders in past years have proven that they will be competitive in 2012-2013.
The Rocky Mountain Division showcased only one series of games in September as the Mile High Miners headed north to take two games from a newly revamped Fort Collins Catz team. “We are happy with our start and excited to really get into the swing of things. Our guys played well during our first series of the year and being away from home was not an easy task. We believe we can play with anyone this year,” said Head Coach/GM Mike Penman. This division should be very competitive this season as everyone looks to knock off division champion and favorite, Parker Prowlers.
While the West started with only one series the East got in a number of games in September and most of the series were close ones. Old faces with a new team is probably the key to the Atlantic Division as guys like Thompson, Mosenson, Pennecke, all find themselves wearing a new uniform as part of the Long Island Snipers. The newest team on the Island looks to be a contender to win the entire east as they went 5 and 1 through the month. They are looking up at the New Jersey Grizzlies and expansion team, Philadelphia Brawlers but have 4 games in hand on the two. The Brawlers came out of nowhere to lead the division with an 8 and 2 record in September and are relying on key players also formerly with other organizations. Mike Keating, JJ Fichter, and Jimmy Redstreake all have played in the league in the past and all find themselves leading a new franchise.
The Appalachian Division is led by the Scottsdale Inferno with 8 points and have played less games than anyone within the division. Always contenders, Team Blue still look like they could make a run at a division title while the Typhoon and Lunatics look up from the bottom. Both the Lunatics and Typhoon have proven that they can play with anyone in the east and do not intend to go away without a fight. “This year is going to be difficult. Not just for our squad, everyone is so competitive that even the guys on top at this point will have to come to play each and every night,” commented Lunatic forward, Brian Yingling.
With September in the books and October already here, PIHA is set for the cold weather and hot hockey action during the next couple of weeks. All teams will be in action during the fall of 2012 and this month could go a long way to proving who will be where in January.