Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 247 November 16, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of November 9, (Game 1) – In a crucial game that would go a long way to determine if Blame the Girl will keep rolling right along and wrap up first place overall in the Over-30 winter 2013 standings, the Shooting Stars had the opportunity to temporarily slow the juggernaut Blame the Girl team down. They failed to. Blame the Girl featured a balanced scoring attack, smothering team defense, and almost impenetrable goaltending to post a 3 – 1 victory.
As they have done in seven of their previous eight games played, Blame the Girl came out fast and often, pressuring their opponent’s defense with hustle and fore checking in scoring early in the game. Just over four minutes into the game, after a turnover, Blame the Girl was off to the races as Naz pushed the ball up to Dominic Defrancisco who found rookie Chris Ponte breaking down the right wing, who beat the goalie glove side. Two minutes later, the Shooting Stars answered right back off a turnover, as John Desmond scored from the high slot on a bullet pass from Mark Stickney. However, in what would hold up as the critical play of this game, only nine seconds later off the faceoff, Naz spotted John Leite open on the right wing who took the defenseman down deep and found Tony Medeiros in the high slot, whose deflected shot eluded the goalie to put his Blame the Girl team back on top. Simply put, it was early in the game, but this was a killer goal!
Early in the second period, Blame the Girl’s first line struck again. This time, Dominic found himself open off the left wing in close off a feed from Tony and John to increase his team’s lead. From this point on, the team defense of Blame the Girl took over, preventing any quality scoring chances to develop. After three straight wins where their second line has stood out and carried the offense for the Shooting Stars, this same trio came up empty and failed to record a single point.
Week of November 9, (Game 2) – How many more heartbreaking last second losses can the Golden Oldies endure before they are mentally done for the season? For the third time this season, the Golden Oldies jumped out to an early two goal lead in the first period, only to watch in stunned silence as their opponent scored in the waning second s of the game. Sticking the dagger in the heart of the Golden Oldies team this time was Cuckoo’s Nest, as they completed their comeback, scoring the winning goal with only three seconds left in the game, to win 4 – 3. Ouch!
Less than a minute into this game, Joe Mancinelli rifled his shot past the goalie as he was set up by Mauro Colucciello. Just over two minutes later, Anthony Lauletta scored from the high slot area as he was set up by Dan Broderick and John Coluciello. For most of the period, the Golden Oldies were controlling the play, keeping Matty Iannello contained and quiet. When Cuckoo’s Nest did generate a scoring opportunity, there was goalie Matt Anctil to make the key save for them.
In the second period, both teams generated some scoring chances, but, it was soon apparent that Cuckoo’s Nest was quicker to the ball and controlling the play. In gaining the momentum and pressuring the opponent’s defense this soon resulted in a power play opportunity. Cuckoo’s Nest did not fail to capitalize as Mike Fleming and Dan Driscoll moved the ball D-to-D on the point before finding Ray Nickerson all alone on the right wing whose one-timer sailed right past the goalie.
The third period was where all the excitement played out in this game. After a quiet two periods, Matty Iannello started getting noticed as the premier playmaker that he is. With three minutes to play in the game and his team down by a goal, Matty I. rose to the challenge. First, he found himself playing defense on the right point, and Mike Fleming passed across the point where Matty’s bomb from the point found the back of the net. Taking advantage of the huge momentum swing, Matty shifted back up front and scored off a rebound out front of a Ray Nickerson shot, set up by Mike Fleming. Fighting back, the Golden Oldies Anthony Lauletta countered, set up by Dan Broderick and Joe Mancinelli to tie the game. However, heartbreak struck again for the Golden Oldies as Ray Nickerson scored with only three seconds to play, sliding on his knees, as he was set up by Matty and Dan Driscoll.
Trash Can Talk
Someone on Blame the Girl is already asking teammates what size jacket they take?
We are hearing rumors from their camp that some are declaring a clean sweep of the league and going undefeated all the way through the championship finals. While another insider has the team wanting to take a dive and throw a regular season game before the playoffs.
For you Courtroom reporters… may I offer into the record the following cases: Roe (v.) Wade, Patriots (v.) Giants and My Brother's Keeper (v.) An Offer You Can't Refuse. Why the My Brother's Keeper reference you ask? That was the 2006 Spring Season when My Brother's Keeper went undefeated with 12 wins - 0 losses - 1 tie for 25 points that included: 60 GF - 16 GA… only to lose the last and biggest game of their season, the championship finals to Mike Fleming and An Offer You Can't Refuse.
So big deal you say… that was Spring 2006, this is 2013. We’ll there is one eerie similarity between Blame the Girl and My Brother's Keeper… both teams included none other than “Shoot first, ask questions later” Tony Medeiros.
In a texting age when everything has an acronym… there is only one way to sum up yet another disappointing loss for Golden Oldies… OMG WTF LOL?
Dan Broderick had to watch his team let another potential first win of the season slip away, but more importantly a game tying point went up in flames with only 3-seconds left in the game. We reached out to the subdued captain Dan who just had this to say… “FML”.
The dagger in Dan Broderick’s heart… Ray Nickerson and the turbo booster rocket that was shoved up Ray’s ass for his last second burst of energy to bury an ESPN highlight worthy Game Winning Goal with only 3-seconds left to play. Not only did the goal give Cuckoo’s Nest a little more breathing room between them and the two teams behind them fighting for the 4th place spot in the playoffs… but it earned Ray Nickerson his first ever Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week Award.
Now if you know Ray… you know he doesn’t need a $10 gift card, for Ray it’s about respect and acknowledgment. For those of you who actually saw Assistant League Director Mike Naczas present Ray with the award after the game… you got to see a very rare occurrence. No, not Ray winning an award… but the smile on his face. Much like a solar eclipse both occur very-very rarely. So if you missed Ray’s smile, it might be another 10-years before we see another one. Congrats Ray!
So with a smile on his face and a Player of the Week award in hand… we took the opportunity to hit Ray up for our Annual Bowling and Chinese Food Soirée courtesy of Jim Barber and Lucky Strike Lanes in Lynn.., and catered by Ray’s Chinese Connection. We are working out the final details, but it’s looking like January 3rd will be the next Over-30 Bowling (and Chinese) night. More details to follow… stay tuned!
WOW!!! Did you see old man Dan Broderick get fired up after Anthony Lauletta scored thetying goal for Golden Oldies??? Dan was seen screaming at the Assistant League Director Mike Naczas… who’s been riding Dan all season with his (plus/minus) chants. That was the first real emotion of the season that we saw from the elder statesman and that is something that Golden Oldies needs to build on.
We also witnessed Dan having a flashback moment to the 1986 Leominster Can-Am when he stick-handled and deked his way into the offensive zone… while the fans wanted to see Dan finish his efforts with a shot, he dished it off to the disappointing groans of the fans and later himself (who admitted he should have ripped off a shot)
When we asked Dan… why is Naz riding you so hard on your plus/minus? Dan had this to say “You can take that stat and stick it up his ass… that is the most exaggerated and usless stat going. The real stats are on the scoring sheets”. So looking at the actual stats and seeing that Dan is 3-points ahead of Naz… Dan is looking forward to winning his side bet with Naz in that head-to-head competition and enjoying his “Kelly’s Roast Beef - Large Roast Beef Sandwich (AND) a Fish Plate (AND) a large Coke Award” from the loud mouth Assistant Director. And no paying Dan $20 cash either Naz, you have to be there with him in person so that you can take a picture of this to post onto the website.
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