Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 251 December 14, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Zero Tolerance Policy
To all players in the Over-30 League:
This is a reminder that the league has a “Zero Tolerance Policy” in effect. When you participate in the league you acknowledge that it’s your responsibility to be respectful of all players, referees, scorekeepers, administrative support individuals and the facilities.
You are responsible for your actions, stick, and emotions at all times. The following are (some) examples of actions that will not be tolerated and will lead to disciplinary action up to and including suspension along with possible expulsion from the league:
Verbal abuse of referees, players, scorekeepers and league administrators
Any physical contact with a referee, timer or administrator inside or outside the facility
Throwing or slamming of sticks
Defacing or damaging the facilities
Any intent to injure occurrences
All incidents are reviewed by the League Director with input from the Board of Directors and all decisions are final. There is no appeals process.
Over-30 Board of Directors
Week of December 7 (Game 1) – Blame the Girl is short-handed, missing 2 players on defense and 3 players on offense. An easy victory for the Golden Oldies right? Wrong. Blame the Girl out hustled, out worked, and outshot the Golden Oldies, making them look really old on the rink, in a blowout, winning 5 – 1. This game was not even that close as it seemed like the play was in the Golden Oldies defensive zone all game long. Dominic Defrancisco had a statement game, factoring in on every goal his team scored in this game.
Getting back to the previous successful offensive ways, Blame the Girl scored first in the first period to set the tone for this game as Carlos Machado scored out front, set up by Dominic Defrancisco and Naz.
Early in the second period, Dominic scored out front as he was set up by Mike Hollingsworth. With just over two minutes to play in the period, Carlos scored his second goal of the game, again set up by Dominic. Inquiring minds want to know where the hell this production was all season long Carlos.
In the third period, the rout was on as Dominic scored his second goal of the game, three minutes in, on a great pass from Mike Hollingsworth. On the ensuing faceoff, nine seconds later, Dominic once again factored into all of his team’s goals as he set up a fill-in player for Blame the Girl’s fifth consecutive goal. All that was left in question for this game was if goalie Bill Gardynski Jr. would keep the shutout or not. The answer to that question came with three minutes to play as Mauro Colucciello scored off the wing as he was set up by Dan Broderick. This was the worst loss of the season for the Golden Oldies as they displayed no emotion, no hustle, no desperation, basically mailing in this game.
Week of December 7 (Game 2) – In a game that had a playoff feel to it, Cuckoo’s Nest broke open a tied game in the third period, to hold on to a 4 – 3 win over White Lightning. This was a well-played even game by both teams as they get ready for their playoff push.
In the first period, White Lightning’s Derek Shaw scored an unassisted goal out front halfway through the period. With time running down in the period and Cuckoo’s Nest on a power play, Joe Shannon moved down off the left point an unloaded a bomb past the goalie to tie the game (you never, ever leave Joe Shannon that wide open), set up by Matty Iannello and Mike Fleming.
After a back and forth second period, with both teams denied on scoring chances, Cuckoo’s Nest Mike Fleming scored from the right point, as he was set up by Angelo Deluca and Rick Cassano at the six minute mark. Just under two minutes later, however, Pat Pirone powered his way down the middle to tie the game back up on a pass from Dave Curcio. The highlight of the second period though came moments later as Matty Iannello was tripped on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. Goalie Jeff Deharo shut him down as we are still trying to figure out what the hell kind of move Matty made (he looked like he was dancing rather than trying to score)?
In the third period, lightning struck again (that’s White Lightning) as Pat scored once again on a similar goal set up by Dave Curcio twenty seconds in (did the refs miss a hand pass before the goal?). Only twenty-two seconds later, Nick Romano scored on a power move of his own on a slap shot off the left wing to re-tie the game, set up by Matty and Ray Nickerson. The outcome of this game was still in doubt until Matty put his team in the lead for good, scoring in the slot, set up by Ricky Cassano and Ray Nickerson.
Trash Can Talk
Relax Dan Broderick… this season is almost over and we can put this all behind us and focus on the 2014 Spring Season up next. Gone will be the ties, the heartbreaking last minute losses and the disarray that has become synonymous with Golden Oldies. All water under the bridge as you rally the troops for a fresh start in 2014.
On a positive note Dan… you took the lead in the Battle of the Kelly’s Clam Plate… Not only did you take the lead shortly after Mike Naczas tied you in points… but you’re also in line to make this reporter $10 as I bet money on a legend. Let’s go Dan… Last game of the season… just post 1 or 2 more points and we’ll both end your dismal season with a smile. I get $10 bucks and you get a full belly of tasty clams.
Holy crap Shawn Wyatt… Not only did Matty Iannello provide you with an early Christmas present, he wrapped it and put a nice big red bow on it. He even labeled it “To: Shawn, Merry Christmas: Matty”. All you had to do was lay your stick flat on the dek in the goalie crease and let “The Great One” do what he does best… thread a pass and tip it in. I hope you apologized to Matt after for costing him a point.
Hey Ray“The Boss”Nickerson why did you get so upset after Matty looked you off in favor of Nick Romano. Sure you were open, but Matty was using you like a duck decoy… while you’re sitting in your usual spot (at the top of the faceoff circle) quaking and ruffling your feathers for the ball… Nicky stepped into the low slot and buried a bang-bang play. We speculate you were upset because you had to watch Matty tally another “Nickerson-less” point in the All-time Points Leader race.
Did anyone see that “Hand Pass” by White Lightning that immediately led to a goal that tied game up? Apparently the Ref’s didn’t either, but you know who did see it? Just about everyone else watching the game (including Matt).., who was seen very animated and arguing at the “missed call”.
Speaking of an animated Matty Iannello… WTF was that debacle of a Penalty Shot? One of the most prolific scorers in the league… during one of the most exciting plays in hockey… and that’s what you had us watch. Poor planning, followed by poor execution and just plain awful to witness coming from “The Great One.”
Fresh off his 1-game suspension Mr. Pat Pirone used his time off wisely to reflect on his dismal 4-point season and came back rejuvenated and hungry to post a few more goals for his last game of the season.
“PAY UP SUCKERS!!” - Thank you John Colucciello… your (1) goal performance this season cost a few people $5.00, as Assistant League Director Mike Naczas was seen waiving two $5.00 bills in the air. Even though technically you have one game left… and you would need a hat trick… so we just decided to pay up and kiss our $5.00 goodbye last week. Attention Ray Dow, please see Mr. Naczas next week with your $5.00 losing wager.
It’s Official… the candidate for the next Smilin Pete Lodi – Pink Stick bag Challenge has accepted his yet to be determined “Goals – challenge”… Who is brave enough to say yes to a yet unknown TBD challenge? The one and only… (opps sorry) “The Great One” and only Matty“Matty-I”Iannello
Stay tuned as Matty steps up to the plate… and watch as Ray Nickerson loses his mind because Matt will now be forced to shoot more instead of passing to Ray… or Ray and Joe Shannon can reclaim their former glory and help Matt become a dominant goal scorer again.
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