Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 238 September 14, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of September 7, (Game 1) –In a game that featured two evenly matched teams in White Lightning and the Shooting Stars, it wasn’t the usual stars that shined brightly and made their impact felt in this game. It wasn’t Dave Curcio, Scott Young, John Desmond, Ray Dow or Jeff Deharo whose skills led their teams on to victory. Rather, it came from an unexpected player, especially in the first game of the new season that led the way as the Shooting Stars came back late in the game and defeated White Lightning 3 – 2 in overtime.
That unexpected player leading the Shooting Stars was the Over-30 league’s other Medeiros Portuguese player, George Medeiros. George got his season jump started the right way as he factored in on all three of his tam’s goals in this game, scoring 2-goals (including the game winner in overtime) and setting up another goal. George threw down the gauntlet in the first game of the season to serve notice to all the rest of the Portuguese players in the Over-30 league that he will be a force to reckon with this year as the league’s ultimate Portuguese Power Player.
After a scoreless first period that was played as expected with no flow as players were trying to get comfortable with each other, Mike Delorey’s slap shot from the point, set up by George two minutes into the second period, was tipped in front by John Desmond giving the shooting Stars an early lead. With two minutes to play in the same period, Dave Curcio scored from high on the left wing after some great passing by Scott Young and Derek Shaw, to tie this game up.
Four minutes into the third period, White Lightning took the lead as Scott Young (what Pink Stick Bag Challenge?) scored as he was set up by Derek Shaw. With time winding down in this game and White Lightning holding on to the lead, George Medeiros found himself in the right place at the right time, as he scored off a rebound of another Mike Delorey bomb from the point with twenty-eight seconds to play to tie this game back up. Wasting no time in overtime on his first shift, George struck again as he again found himself in the perfect spot to put back a Ray Dow slap shot off a set up pass from Jim Barber to stun the White Lightning team.
Editor's Note: That is not how the Overtime Goal was scored by George... clearly that field reporter was not paying attention to the game.
Week of September 7, (Game 2) –No top defenseman playing, missing 5 of your players and going up against the Big 3 line, was no problem for Blame the Girl as the soundly outplayed Cuckoo’s Nest in this game romping in a 5 – 1 easy victory. The final score gave no justice to how complete the Blame the Girl team played in shutting down their opponent. Even when Cuckoo’s Nest did generate scoring chances, there was goalie Bill Gardynski Jr. shutting the door, making the save, and preventing any goals from going in.
Generating 22 out of the 30 total shots produced by Blame the Girl in this game, the first line of Ricky Hudson–Tony Medeiros–Dominic Defrancisco made their prescience felt all game long as they never stopped running, constantly hustling and putting pressure on the overworked defense of Cuckoo’s Nest. If that wasn’t enough, you also had Gary Goodwin turning up the pressure by playing his constant running fore checking / back checking style of play clogging up the rink and not giving the Cuckoo’s Nest players any open space.
Four minutes into the first period, Ricky Hudson scored the game’s first goal, as he was set up in the high slot by Tony Medeiros and Dominic Defrancisco. For Ricky, the goal was his first scored since the spring 2007 season, the last season he played in the Over-30 league, due to health-related issues. Welcome back indeed! Just over a minute to play in the same period, Dominic scored out front off a rebound of a Gary Goodwin shot. Two minutes into the second period, Blame the Girl upped its lead to three goals.
Two minutes into the third period, Cuckoo’s Nest tried making this a game as Angelo Deluca scored off the left wing, set up by Ricky Cassano. Making the key saves when he needed to, goalie Bill Gardynski Jr. and Gary Goodwin each elevated their games to once again turn the momentum back in favor of their team resulting in Tony Medeiros scoring on a setup from Ricky Cassano two minutes later on a top corner bomb from the right wing (a goal scorer’s shot and not so fast George Medeiros) as the goalie had no chance. This was followed by Dominic scoring an unassisted goal two minutes later to complete the scoring in this one-sided game.
Trash Can Talk
“Matty Iannello is not walking through that door, fans… Joe Shannon is not walking through that door.., and Ray Nickerson is not walking through that door… and if you expect them to walk through that door, they're going to be gray and old.”
~ Bill Abcunas (Sept 2013)
Oh Wait.., they did walk through that door. However, I would not say they are gray and old. I would call them a little over-weight and slow. Week 1 of the race for the all-time scoring title was anticlimactic as Billy Gardynski Jr kept the Three Amigos off the scoring sheet with his early league leading 1 GAA while setting himself up to defend his Spring 2013 Leading Goalie Award.
So how does Mike Surette thank Jim Barber for winning his 1st championship jacket in his first season with Midas Touch… He thanked him by applying every pound of his 6-4 fame and firmly snapping his blade (in half) during the early minutes of the inaugural game. Jim was seen trying to negotiate with Scott Young and the rest of White Lighting to pass a hat and take up a collection… but was promptly given the bird!
With the Midas Touch championship jackets due in within the next few weeks… Rumor has it Mike is going to have to pay $45 for his jacket, with all proceeds going to the Easton S19 Blade Memorial Foundation.
Jim Barber’s list of League I.O.U.’s is growing…
That (Mother F’er) Alby Luise $10.00
Mike Surette $45.00
Billy Gardynski Sr, one (calm, cool, and collected) championship type performance season to help heal the Jim’s scars left by the Coochie Coochie Coo experience.
We all know Jr has the talent and the one filling the trophy case at the Gardynski residence… Billy Jr along with Jeff Deharo and Alby Luise each have (2) Championship jackets over the last (6) seasons, so we are predicting that these upcoming seasons with the Shooting Stars, Bill Gardynski Sr is going to have his long awaited breakout redemption.
Blame the Girl… We think NOT!! There was no blaming Colleen Sedille for her solid performance against the Holy Trinity line. If anything they should consider changing the team name to “No Need 4 Naz”
Welcome back (Cousin Luke) Rick Hudson… It didn’t take you long to find the back of the net and be the first to reach a milestone this season by joining the 300-points club. Oh how Cousin Butch would have been so proud…. Whhhhhooooooooaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
On a side note about Rick’s performance… it noticed by a few people that Rick had a hard time staying on his feet… and we’re not talking about the dives he was making to break-up a play… we are talking about just a plain old unintentional flop. Resident flop expert and current Arrant Fumbling Champion Steve Oppedisano was seen trying to convince the League Director that he might be losing his title this season to Rick. So now we have to watch and see who wins the 2013 Winter Season Floppy Award.
Dave Curcio thinks 25-points are not a long shot… “Kid, that’s just two points a game” (Dave said). Well for starters Dave 2 x 12 = 24 thus leaving you one point short… but let’s not get caught up with complicated math. Let’s review the facts: In the past 16 Seasons (SIXTEEN)… you posted 25 or more points only 4 (FOUR) times. Three-out-of-four you had a Franco Grutti spoon feeding you points… and once you did it “On Your Own.” So after further review; the ruling on the field stands… Longshot!
It’s officially unofficial but Jim Barber and Ray Dow are leading the league in points and are 2-0 after week 1… but yet neither of them is enjoying a FREE burger or coffee.
Gardynski Sr - Off Season Training Video
An anonymous source sent along the following Spy Cam footage of Billy Gardynski Sr's off-season training. You can clearly see how deidicated he is to the sport. It appears he even gets mad when he scores on himself... and now you owe Billy Jr a new remote control truck.
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