Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 248 November 23, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of November 16, (Game 1) –Don’t look now but here comes the White Lightning team, back from obscurity, climbing out of the cellar and currently sitting tied for third place. The second hottest team in the Over-30 league had a tough battle this past week but managed to hold on to a 5 – 3 victory over the Shooting Stars. Leading the way in a breakout performance was captain Scott Young who now needs only 1 more point to defeat that Pink Stick Bag challenge.
In the first period, before the fans could settle in to their seats and Tony Medeiros could comment on Sergio Costa’s lack of hockey skills, who else but the Shooting Stars Sergio scored the game’s first goal only 21 seconds in as he took a cross rink pass from John Mastrocola and beat the goalie from the high right wing. Five minutes later, Pat Pirone was sent in on a breakaway by Dave Curcio and scored to tie this game up for White Lightning. Two and a half minutes later, Dave Curcio took matters into his own hands and scored an unassisted goal putting his White Lightning team ahead.
In the second period, playing in his first shift of the game after arriving late, captain Scott Young scored his own unassisted goal only 28 seconds into the period to give White Lightning a three goal lead. Before this game could get out of hand, the Shooting Stars Mark Stickney made sure that did not happen, only 22 seconds later, as he was set up in front by John Desmond.
In the third period, White Lightning’s Tony Bono scored his first goal of the season, two minutes in, as he was set up out front by Scott Young and Mike Caso. With just under three minutes to play, Mark Stickney scored a highlight reel goal from the high slot as he faked the forehand shot, pulled it to his backhand and then took something off his shot to fool the goalie to make this a one goal game again. It remained that way until Scott Young got the ball with five seconds to play and deliberately scored into the open net with one second left. A “punk move” by Scott like Jim Barber did a few weeks ago? Absolutely not!
Week of November 16, (Game 2) –Just like the opening game of the season when they initially played each other, the game between Blame the Girl and Cuckoo’s Nest was no contest and over very early. Blame the Girl rushed out to a quick lead, scoring three goals on their first three shots to soundly crush Cuckoo’s Nest in a rout, 6 – 1.
How bad was the first period for Cuckoo’s Nest? Blame the Girl threw nine shots on net and four of them went in, including their first three shots. It was ugly. How ugly you ask? Mike Naczas scored his first goal of the season only two and a half minutes in when his slap shot from inside his own defensive zone was saved by the goalie, only to pop straight up, and drop behind the goalie and slowly roll into the net (before the goalie could find it). Next, Carlos Machado whipped a shot off the wing only one minute later. Just over a minute after that goal, Tony Medeiros, set up by Dominic Defrancsico, scored from the slot on a power move to increase Blame the Girl’s lead to three goals. Capping off the scoring onslaught in the first period was Dominic, set up by Naz, a few minutes later. Four unanswered goals by Blame the Girl! The rout was on.
Even though Cuckoo’s Nest competed, played much better in the second period and generated some quality scoring chances, the momentum did not last as the frustration settled in. First, they lost one of their defensemen for the game due to multiple penalties for arguing calls with the referee. Secondly, all their hard work trying to get back into this game was for naught as their goalie let in another goal by Dominic (again set up by Naz) on the ensuing power play. Halfway through the period, Cuckoo’s Nest finally got on the board as Rick Cassano unleased a rocket from the right wing that beat the goalie, as he was set up by Joe Shannon and Matty Iannello.
In the third period, Dominic completed his hat trick with an unassisted breakaway goal to account for the final score. Like we said before, this game was ugly. For Blame the Girl, they remain undefeated after nine straight games!!
Trash Can Talk
Did everyone see Sergio Costa’s opening goal blast (XXX) into the game… We know one person that didn’t; White Lighting Goalie Jeff Deharo. Like all goalies their default answer is “I was screened”. The truth is Jeff wasn’t screened… (Actually, he blinked).., because that’s how hard of a blast Sergio put on net… you heard the shot and 2/10’s of a second later you heard the instant (THUMP!!) of the net padding.
Speaking of Jeff Deharo… Last week was Veterans Day and like all soldiers in uniform, I personally take a brief moment to thank them for their service. While trolling through Facebook and seeing Jeff’s updated profile image… I would also like to send a sincere “Thank You” to Jeff for his dedication and service to our country.
I would also like to thank Facebook for giving me some new P.U.T.A. Forum material… Currently there is a new Over-30 Hockey League “Nickname” contest going on… where you can win a $50.00 Gift Card for the Holidays. One person not on this 2013 contest list is Jeff Deharo… however after seeing his Military Service photo… I am offering a new nickname for Jeff… Jeff “Gomer” Deharo
Jeff "Gomer" Deharo
Using the Freedom of Information Act… we inquired about Jeff’s Military activities and learned he served in the “Yellow Submarine” division. Recently obtained de-classified Navy footage clears shows that Jeff was a very naive and demanding seaman.
Declassified Navy footage of Jeff “Gomer” Deharo’s first Military Haircut, not quite the same way as “Floyd the Barber” would do it back home.
So it comes to an end… a very anti-climactic end. Scott“El Baby”Young finishes his “Pink Stick Bag Challenge” in style… (His style), while the rest of us refer to his 14th point as a (say it Joe) – “A Punk Move”. Scotty, strolling in late halfway through the first period with all the confidence knowing that he only needed 2.5 periods of hockey and Billy Gardynski Sr in net to bring his challenge to an end.
With only 3-points to go you could hear the current pink stick bag holder Jim Barber moaning and groaning every time Scott touched the ball and with a mere "ONE" second left Scott and his version of the “Punk Move” and scored an empty-net goal to meet his 14-point challenge and immediately went over to the Shooting Stars bench to celebrate with a victory dance right in front of Jim.
Scott Young’s “Pink Stick Bag Challenge” – Victory Dance in Jim Barber’s face!!!
Welcome Back Ron Duguay… after suffering a concussion over a year ago while playing softball. Then rookie Matt Reghitto was making his 2011 Over-30 debut with Coochie Coochie Coo. Matt’s injury shortened his debut season, but now he’s back and reunited with John Desmond, Jim Barber, and Billy Gardynski Sr. Welcome back Matt… you looked a little winded, but the poke checks and hockey sense are still there and just like an old pair of Bauer’s they need to be sharpened before the playoffs start.
Ron Duguay (aka Matt Reghitto)
Now’s it time for Cling Eastwood’s segment… The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (featuring Cuckoo’s Nest)
The Good: There’s no denying Matt Iannello is one of the most prolific passers in Dek Hockey… and there is no denying that Matt is also the most decorated award winner in the League’s 22-Season History. So it’s no surprise that Matt likes to spend his Saturday mornings having a cup of coffee (courtesy of his Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week Award) while dusting and polishing his collection of Over-30 glass awards… which last week had greasy hamburger fingerprints all over them from his recent 5-Guys Player of the Week Award. After “The Great One” was done, he decided to line them up and share a few photos of his most prize possessions in Matt Iannello Memorial Trophy case.
Missing from photos Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week and 5-Guys Player of the Week Awards
The Bad:“Cause it’s ONE, TWO, THREE Strikes you’re out at the old ball game.”
Shame on you Mike Fleming for getting rung up 3-times (in-a-row) on just one silly call. You of all people (an active Ref) should know to just shut up and go take the one-minute penalty… there’s no arguing a Referee’s call. Or… Mr Fleming did you have a premonition that Cuckoo’s Nest was going to stink that bad against Blame the Girl and you wanted to get tossed early?
Which leads us to;
The Ugly: Sorry Scott Rosato… but if we had an Ugly award someone would have been taking a photo with you. The goals came fast, furious and ugly (courtesy of Mike Naczas).., and the hole was just too deep, too quickly for any type of comeback. However, the ugliest goal of the game was not Mike Naczas’ pop-up over your head and drop in… it was your weak clearing pass attempt to your defenseman that was picked off by the League’s Leading MVP Candidate Dominic DeFrancisco as he stuffed your pass attempt right back in the net. Let’s go Scotty… put that loss behind you, rest up during the bye week bounce back in two weeks against the Shooting Stars.
With Scott Young blowing away his “Pink Stick Bag Challenge” early… and with two goals, we are looking around the league and noticed a new “Pretender” and someone that cannot “Finish” emerging from the ranks of Cuckoo’s Nest… except we can’t use the nickname “The Pretender”, so we’ll try out… Rick“The Faker”Cassano, as someone “faking” his hockey resume and skills. For two weeks in a row we watched “The Faker” be in position to bury (or even tap in) easy goals that were set up by his teammates. We expected greater things from Rick “The Faker” and Angelo“Kato”Deluca both fresh off their championship seasons.., or are they just both professional coat tail riders?
Chasing a record: Billy Gardyski Jr is chasing a record that has stood for 15-years (30 Seasons Total) and that’s record is the All-time Goals Against Average. Current record holder Denny Beaupre (1.14 GAA) was set back in the Spring of 2008 when Denny played only 7-games and allowed only 8-goals to get by him.
With Billy Jr. hovering at an unbelievable 1.25 GAA after 8-games… Blame the Girl needs to help Billy post at least one shutout and keep the GAA to (1) per game.
With Blame the Girl walking away and clinching 1st place this season… and the competition at this point laughable to them. We noticed Billy Jr has migrated away from his Dad’s tantrum like tendencies and adopted a more calming goalie technique thanks to the C&C Music Factory.
Billy Gardyski Jr – Calm, Cool and Relaxed this season.
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