Mike Bennett shows off his collection of hand-painted Stiga teams to Rich Thill.
Jim Rzonca's garage is one of the nicest you'll ever see.
Week 10 Report
By Eric Krol
Adam Thill made his season debut in Week 10.
This was the final week of the regular season for the LTHL, giving
players a chance to improve their playoff positioning and get ready for
the big showdown May 14. Dan Lord moved ahead of the recuperating Garry
Butler to get the 8th and final A group playoff spot. Two other players
moved up, although it's unlikely to impact their playoff situation. Jim
Rzonca moved ahead of Rob Chargo for the second seed after Chargo
couldn't make it. But if the playoff seedings hold, Rzonca still would
face Chargo in the semi-final round. Jeff Thill edged out Eric Krol for
the fourth seed by one point, but again would be facing top-seeded Ron
Marsik in the semi-final round if the seedings hold throughout the
quarterfinal matchups. Marsik went undefeated this time out, with only
one tie. He avenged a sweep by Krol the last time out with a sweep of
his own, roaring out to big leads in both games. Krol, down 5-0 in game
two, scored four goals in a row and had two last-ditch attempts bounce
in-and-out. Rzonca finished a strong second. Highlight of the afternoon
was the presence of newcomer Mike Bennett of Joliet. Mike is clearly a
Stiga fanatic, as he brought a suitcase full of every single Stiga NHL
team and some custom-painted teams that looked very impressive. We're
glad Mike found us and hope he becomes a regular. He's already signed
up for the U.S. Open tournament on July 30 and is the first paid entry.
Way to go Mike!
Playoff Quarterfinal Matchups
Dan Lord made the A group playoffs.
(1) Ron Marsik vs. (8) Dan Lord
(2) Jim Rzonca vs. (7) John Medema
(3) Rob Chargo vs. (6) Jeff Farwell
(4) Jeff Thill vs. (5) Eric Krol
Three Stars of the night
1. Ron Marsik...undefeated and an Iron Man...one of the few to play in every single LTHL game possible this season.
2. Russ Leonard...rapidly-improving rookie wins six games.
3. Gerald Pytlewski...won five games, probably a personal record for him, and looked good doing it.
Russ Leonard notched six wins in Week 10.
PLAYER W L T GF GA GP LTHL PTS
RON MARSIK 19 0 1 96 24 20 12
JIM RZONCA 13 4 3 85 50 20 11
DAN LORD 10 7 3 67 62 20 10
JEFF THILL 10 7 3 54 36 20 9
ERIC KROL 9 8 3 64 53 20 8
JOHN MEDEMA 9 10 1 50 58 20 7
ADAM THILL 9 10 1 62 69 20 6
RICH THILL 8 9 3 49 44 20 5
RUSS LEONARD 6 13 1 47 78 20 4
GERALD PYTLEWSKI 5 14 1 36 79 20 3
MIKE BENNETT 2 18 0 29 86 20 2
Note: each player gets one point for attendance and points based on what place they finish.
Table hockey nut Mike Bennett was happy to find the LTHL.