The big event of last night was the entry of yet another club, the Ramapithicines, to the 600pt club. They joined the club in spectacular fashion posting a 20pt night and racing past the Wolves, whom they are also playing in the Challenge Cup this week, to move into 6th place.
Further down the table, the Edge continue to have a solid week in their efforts to stay ahead of the last-placed Scourge. The race to avoid the Herbivore looks to be as closely fought as the race to win the Predator Cup. Speaking of which, the Bladerunners had a good night last evening but it might have been better had the latest installment of Brian's +/- experiment not fizzled on him. D.Markov got two points last night, on the power play, but went -1 for the night. Certainly not devestating but enough to temper what could have been an even better evening for the Bladerunners.
In the Challenge Cup, the game of the week is the tilt between the Bladerunners and the Severed Heads. The Heads are currently leading by a narrow margin but should that lead hold, the Severed Heads could move into first place. I say "could" because while the Heads hold the tie-breaker against the Bladerunners, the Shadowmen are also leading in their game and should the three teams be tied atop the Challenge Cup standings the situation gets much more complicated: Bladeruners are 2-0 vs the Shadowmen while the Shadowmen are 1-0 vs the Severed Heads with their final match in week 20. If all three teams have 2-2 records at the end of the season against the others you next go to pts scored in those games. Ironically, pts scored by the Severed Heads against the Bladerunners may help them win a tie-breaker against the Shadowmen.
There is also a spirited battle for the final playoff spot. The Knights Templar are doing their part in leading the current 4th placed team, the Highlanders. Beneath them, however, are 6 teams that still have a mathematical chance of making the post-season. Contenders and pretenders may become clearer after this week as all 6 are playing each other including the Great Whites and Lost Boys who are less than a point apart in their match. Should be fun to sort out.
Here are the stats as of last night's action: