Friday, August 22, 2014

Star League - Season 2

After the rousing success of the Star League, a sequel was inevitable. So far, I've played 3 weeks of season 2. Standings so far (click for a better view)

So far, the Canopans are once again on top of the Galactic Division, but the undefeated Fomalians (2nd place in their division last season) are the talk of the league.

I believe the changes (described here and here) I've made to the system are paying off. In addition, I tweaked some of the ratings (lowering some of the top ratings and increasing some of the worst). As a result, scoring is up across the board, there seem to be fewer shutouts.

I'm not going to bother posting every week or even summaries of each game. Instead, I think I'll highlight some games every few weeks.

Week 1 - Canopans at Denebians. Week 1 featured 2 overtime games, but the contest between last season's first and second place teams in the Galactic Division was the best. The Canopans looked like they were going to extend their mastery with a quick goal in the first half. After that, the Denebians fought back and tied the score in the 2nd. It appeared that we were heading to OT when the Canopans snuck in a goal in the waning moments of the game. Canopans 2-1

Week 2 - Fomalians at Electrans. After trading goals in the first half, the Fomalians scored early in the second to take the lead. As time was winding down, the Electrans stole the ball, raced downfield, and scored. The game went into OT, but the Fomalians rectified their defensive lapse with a goal. Fomalians 3-2

Week 3 - Betelguesans at Canopans. An exciting week in the Galactic division. The Denebians beat the Antarens 2-1 with a come-from-behind last-second goal. And that was the boring game. In the other contest, the Betelguesans took a 2-0 first half lead against the defending champions. It looked like the Canopans' winning streak was about to be broken. But then the Canopans struck back with 2 goals in the 2nd (including a last second score to send the game into OT). In extra time, the Betelguesans managed a shot that rebounded back. They grabbed control and shot again. Blocked! Once again, the snatched the rebound. Shot and score! Betelguesans 3-2 (ending the Canopan win streak at 10).

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