Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 246 November 9, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of November 2, (Game 1) –Ho hum (yawn), Blame the Girl won again, what else is new with this team as they remained undefeated after seven games played. Can any team step up and beat this team? Not based on the results seen so far this season. Blame the Girl, behind the monster efforts of Jon Pickard and Tony Medeiros, easily defeated the Golden Oldies team by the score of 6 – 3. Talk about two teams heading in different directions, the Golden Oldies team is listing and taking on water, losers of four straight. It doesn’t help that for the second straight game, Golden Oldies was missing half their team.
As they continue to do every week (except one) in the first period, Blame the Girl scored first and scored early as Tony Medeiros scored 2-goals less than thirty seconds apart three minutes into this game, set up by Colleen Sedille and Jon Pickard. Lucky to be only two goals down in this game, Joe Mancinelli got his team back into this game, scoring with thirty seconds left in the period, set up by John Kelleher and Luigi Derenzes.
Taking advantage of that momentum from scoring late in the first period, the Golden Oldies started to pressure the defense of Blame the Girl to generate some quality scoring chances. This sustained pressure paid off as Mauro Colucciello scored three minutes into the second period to tie up this game. However, this would be short-lived as Blame the Girl’s Dominic Defrancisco, set up by Pic, scored to put his team back in front to stay. Two minutes later, Pic scored his first goal of the season to increase the lead for his team.
In the third period, Gary Goodwin scored his team’s third unanswered goal that put this game out of reach with another one of his “excuse me” goals (excuse me as in not doing anything with your hands or stick to score, but, just have the ball hit off your leg and go into the net). Golden Oldies scored with just over four minutes to play; however, playing 4-on-4, Tony Medeiros completed his hat trick as he was set up by Pic’s third assist of the game to close out the scoring.
Week of November 2, (Game 2) –Don’t look now but the White Lightning team is making a move up the standings after an early season slumber. For the second week in a row, White Lightning won, and in the process defeated a team that was closest to them in the standings, as they beat Cuckoo’s Nest by the score of 3 – 1 to jump up into third place in the standings.
In the first period, seven minutes in, Cuckoo’s Nest struck first as Nick Romano scored out front as he was set up by Rick Cassano and Angelo Deluca with some strong cycling play.
The second period was where White Lightning took the lead and started to control this game. Derek Shaw first scored with three minutes to play in the period as the ball was kept in the point by Steve Oppedisano and Derek scored off a rebound of a Scott Young shot (once again a measly assist recorded for his pink stick bag challenge and not a goal). With thirty-two seconds left in the period, Derek scored again, this time on an unassisted goal.
The third period was played back and forth by both teams, who each generated some quality scoring chances only to have goalies Jeff Deharo of White Lightning and Scott Rosato of Cuckoo’s Nest turn these shots aside. The game remained close and was in doubt until Niko Vramis scored with under two minutes to play to seal the victory for White Lightning.
White Lightning appears to have turned around their season with their strong play of late, especially by the defense and the goaltending (both of which were MIA in their prior five games played). For Cuckoo’s Nest, not having Joe Shannon playing was a huge disadvantage and X factor in their losing their third straight game.
What a Disappointment
This week’s “Trash Can Talk” is being replaced with a segment we are calling “What a Disappointment”
Every season the draft process is carefully orchestrated to balance the team’s offense, defense and goalie configurations. Contrary to popular belief about backdoor bribes, teammate requests and pleas from players not wanting to play with other particular players… somehow the teams and players magically balance out the competition throughout the season.
No Captain cares about finishing in first place… the battle cry for every team is to just “Get into the playoffs”… as the league’s history has proven anything can happen in 30-minutes.
With that said… every year about this time we reflect back on the season thus far and find the highlights and in the edition we focused on the lowlights of what’s happening throughout the league.
First up: The “Great One”… Mr Matty Iannello. What a disappointing year this legend is having. The most decorated Over-30 player in league history is sitting in the 27th spot on the league leader board. That’s right… #27 for the infamous #77. What a disappointment.
The league leading complainer… Ray Nickerson is sitting just 4-spots above his captain Matt in the #23 spot on the league leader board. Ray has played in 6-games with ZERO goals (None, Nadda) and this guy is the all-time league leader. What a disappointment.
Since we are on the topic of Matty and Ray’s disappointing seasons thus far, this was the season we were supposed to see history being made with Matty Iannello surpassing teammate Ray Nickerson for the #1 spot on the All-time leader board. The balloons and confetti have been placed in the rafters at Hockeytown just waiting for the momentous event to occur… but thus far; What a disappointment.
Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week… leading blacklisted candidate John Colucciello also has yet to light the lamp once this season. Cooch who is the subject of a side bet… was projected to not score a single goal this season. When we reviewed his stats, the over/under bet was adjusted to 4-goals on a $5.00 wager. The original “no goal season” prediction is actually on par. What a disappointment.
Speaking of predictions… Very early in the season Matt Iannello predicted that this year’s leading points winner will be lowest in the league's history. Matt who holds an astounding (11) League Leader Awards and current “lowest points winner” with 24-points during the 2007 Winter Season, predicts this year’s race will be won by 20-points (or less). What a disappointment.
The anti-climactic “Smiling Pete Lodi – Pink Stick Bag Challenge” is somewhat on par to be defeated by current challenger Scott Young. Needing only 4-points to complete his 14-point challenge, and true to his nickname “The Pretender” and his uncanny ability to “Not Finish”, Scott has registered only 1-goal along with 10-assists. What a disappointment.
Sorry Dan Broderick… The brochure promised you a pretty decent offense with 2012 Winter Leading Points Scorer Anthony Lauletta, Charlie Hustle himself in John Kelleher, Joe Mancinelli, Mike Luise and the Cooch’s… but week after week it seems like yet another heartbreaking loss. What a disappointment.
Saying goodbye to a league icon Dave “The Anchor, Former Curse” Hill who called it a career mid-season. Pushed into retirement by a girl that out performed him in the defense position… it’s going to be sad to not have Dave to kick around anymore. What a disappointment.
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