Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
21 Seasons and counting
Article 216 September 22, 2012
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of September 8, first game– Kicking off the 21st season of the Over-30 league, Scott “the Finisher” Young’s insurance goal early in the third period held up as the game winner, as the Portuguese Pretenders held on for a 4 – 3 win over In Shannon We Trust. Dominic DeFrancisco scored the Over-30 league’s first goal of the new season, four minutes into the game and team mate Tony Medeiros increased the Portuguese Pretenders lead to two goals, scoring three minutes later. Ray Nickerson scored his first of two goals with just over two minutes to play in the period to make this a one goal game. In the second period, the team’s each scored a goal as Tony “the Munchcin” Mastrocola scored just over a minute into the second period to tie the game at 2-2, while the Portuguese Pretenders scored with just under three minutes left in the period to regain the lead. In the third period, Scott Young scored a minute and a half in to give his team a two goal lead again. Ray Nickerson scored halfway through the period to once again make this a one goal game and in the process kept complaining about why this team is giving Shannon all the promotion when he only had two assists in this game and Ray scored two goals.
Week of September 8, second game – A wide open shootout took place with Midas Touch outlasting On My Own in overtime by the score of 5 -4, showing everyone that they are the real deal and not a team known as Fool’s Gold. The shorthanded Midas Touch received all the help they would need from their first line of Mark Stickney – Rick Cassano – Angelo Deluca, as this line accounted for all the goals scored for their team. The duo of Angelo Deluca and Rick Cassano each scored 2-goals and added 2-assist, while Mark scored a goal and added an assist. For On My Own, prodigal son Joe “the Turtle” Mancinelli had a big game, scoring 2-goals and adding an assist, while rookie team mate Anthony Lauletta scored a goal and added 2-assists. A wild last two minutes of this game saw Mark Stickney score the go ahead goal with just under two minutes to play, only to watch the Turtle score with 50 seconds to play to tie it back up. Only 22 seconds into OT, Angelo scored from a bad angle after a save on a point shot, giving his Midas Touch team the win.
Week of September 15, first game– In a wild and wacky shootout that saw multiple changes of momentum, In Shannon We Trust outlasted On My Own and earn a 6 – 5 victory. Only two players from In Shannon We Trust failed to record a point in this game. Ray Nickerson stayed hot, scoring 2-goals and adding an assist, while his other “Big 3” line mates of Joe Shannon scored a goal and added 2-assists, and Matty Iannello finally got on the score sheet by recording 3-assists. Captain Dave Curcio of On My Own did his best to lead his team as he factored into every goal scored, by recording an assist on all five goals his team scored. Team mates Joe Mancinelli and Anthony Lauletta remained hot as the Turtle scored a natural hat trick and Anthony scored 2 more goals and added an assist.
Week of September 15, second game– After much anticipation, the Wanna Be’s finally made their league debut as they defeated the Portuguese Pretenders (and their lack of offense) by a 2 – 1 margin. This reporter can confirm that the final score was not as close as it appears as the Wanna Be’s had 7 breakaways throughout this game, but, failed to show any finish and put the ball into the net. Umberto Baldassarre’s goal and assist proved to be the difference in this game for his team, as was the overall team speed of the Wanna Be’s forwards. Niko Vramis also contributed to the victory by scoring a goal. For the Portuguese Pretenders, their lone goal was scored by Scott Young. Perhaps with October right around the corner, the Portuguese Pretenders are starting to turn into the Portuguese Pumpkins? Time will tell.
Trash Can Talk
Notorious bad boy John Colucciello was almost convicted of a serious felony, but he plea bargained it down to a misdemeanor with 1-minute to serve with good behavior.
The charge; “Crimes against the elderly” Did anyone see an unprovoked Cooch bury Umberto “Papa Smurf” Biancardi. Officially ruled a Tripping penalty.., but that looked more like an assault on poor ole’ Papa. Luckily Umberto was able to spring back up without having to push his Medical Alert Pendant… and say those infamous words; “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
Just like (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvestor Stallone, Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris) team up in a sequence of greatest action hero’s that collaborate in the “Expendables 2” to form a super-power house that undertake a seemingly simple mission that soon evolves into a quest for revenge… well, our own super heroes of Joe “The Canteen Guy” Shannon, Matty “Matty-I” Iannello, Ray “You’re screwing me in points” Nickerson and Mike “Don’t call me Chuck” Luise are also reunited in a quest for revenge… Their Mission… “Operation get Naz a new jacket.” Tune in and watch Mike Naczas ride the coattails of the (4) greatest players to ever play in the Over-30 League. This is a first for the league history that the top (4) points leaders of all-time are not only paired-up together.., but paired up with the soon to be reinstated “Assistant League Director”.., I smell a payoff!!
Hey.. Anthony Lauletta so you having a pretty good start to your Over-30 League playing career by scoring 3-goals in your first two games. So instead of getting a gift basket for your efforts… you get (the gift) of an infamous chop to the hands from non-other than our legendary chop master himself Pat Pirone. Sure Pat has toned it down in his senior years.., and has taken a backseat role to playing defense with his Idols… but every now and then… WHAM!!!! .. and, you find yourself walking to the bench shaking your hand while Pats walks his familiar route to the penalty box. Oh and Anthony… you also may want to keep an eye out for Gary Goodwin and Dave Hill, both formally known as “The Curse(s)” and both pretty handy with unintentionally bringing the lumber.
Nikko Vramis… This is your breakout season… Gone is the pressure under the Cooch regime and the constant looks (but no pass). The Over-30 League Board Members are expecting big things from you this season. No pressure… No bickering… just enjoy your new role as a free man and bring that skill level and intensity that you finished last year with.
Can anyone tell me… anyone… How does a League Director draft a team with two #77 on the same team? Matt Iannello aka “The great one”… and Alby Luise aka “5-hole” are both #77. For this reporter it’s an absolute insult to “Matty I”. Had Matt known that the commissioner would have a senior moment he would have reverted back to his original number #7 that he so graciously gave up to Phil.
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