Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 261 March 15, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of March 8 (Game 1) - This would be a crucial game for the Shooting Stars, as they faced the hottest team in the Over-30 league, White Lightning, who was undefeated in their last four games played. The Shooting Stars jumped out to a commanding three goal lead, watched in stunned silence as White Lightning scored two goals in twenty-two seconds to tie it up in the last minute, then overcame their shock to win it in overtime by a 5 – 4 score.
In the first period, we witnessed the comeback debut of Sergio Costa after taking a few weeks off per doctor’s orders, as he was set up by George Medeiros and Matt Reghitto just under three minutes in, to score from the high slot, giving his Shooting Stars the early lead. Less than two minutes later, Dez increased that lead, scoring out front off the passing of George and Jim Barber.
Early in the second period, Matt Reghitto’s curve shot from the point, set up by Dez and Mark Stickney, eluded the goalie to give the shooting Stars a commanding lead and making this game appear to be over. However, before you could say game over, White Lightning finally woke up, scoring two goals in a minute. First, George Zeinert was set up down the wing by Steve Oppedisano and Pat Pirone four minutes in. Then, Tony Bono found the rebound of a Derek Shaw shot, set up by Scott Young, to make this a game. After withstanding the momentum swing and pressure from White Lightning, Mark Stickney answered with just over three minutes left in the period, set up by Dez and Jim Barber, to seize back the momentum for the Shooting Stars.
In the third period, the Shooting Stars were coasting to victory when White Lightning caught fire and struck quickly in the last minute, turning a sure loss into renewed hope, both goals scored by Scott Young. However, in overtime, Mark Stickney ended any comeback hopes by scoring out front on a power play.
Week of March 8 (Game 2) – Blame the Girl needed a statement game to change re-establish their dominance atop the league standings and send a message to their closest challenger, Cuckoo’s Nest. Blame the Girl jumped out to a commanding three goal lead then was reeling from the hard working comeback by Cuckoo’s Nest to tie up the game, only to re-assert themselves late in the third period to coast to a 8 – 3 win.
In the first period, luck would be smiling down on Blame the Girl as a Cuckoo’s Nest goal only ten seconds in to the game was called back. Eighteen seconds later rookie Jeff McCarthy scored his first goal of the season, set up by Gary Goodwin and Carlos Machado. Just under three minutes left in the period, Dominic Defrancisco scored on a rebound out front of a Naz shot.
Early in the second period, Carlos scored all alone from the right wing to give his team a commanding three goal lead. However, just like the first game, Cuckoo’s Nest came storming back, scoring the next three goals tying this game. Tony Mastrocola scored his first goal of the season late in the period, set up by Mario Deluca. That was followed by Angelo Deluca scoring on a breakaway on a pass from brother Mario with seconds to play. Taking advantage of the momentum early in the third period, Angelo again was sprung on a breakaway pass to tie the game up. Less than a minute later, Angelo had a wide open net and missed scoring the go ahead goal. Taking advantage of a defensive coverage breakdown, Tony Medeiros made no mistake and buried his chance from the high slot to give Blame the Girl the lead again. In the next two minutes, the rout was on as Dominic and Tony each scored two more goals to seal this win.
Trash Can Talk
Bring out your dead
It was a scene right out of Monty Python and the Holy Grail… Back from his Heart Attack (Schma-attack), Sergio Costa was seen convincing League Director Bill Abcunas that’s he’s “not dead yet.”
Not wanting any legal repercussions; League Director Bill Abcunas was seen pre-game carrying a very argumentative Sergio Costa and placing him into the “Retirement Pile”
Sergio Costa’s unsolicited retirement party from the Over-30 League... Call me crazy but I think I see Dave Hill on the bottom of that pile.
Finally proving to the Bill and the rest of the Shooting Stars that he’s “not dead yet”… Sergio got the first goal of the game and proved there’s still plenty of life (and goals) left in him. Now if you can just have the “Joe Camel” tattoo removed from your arm and keep “The Fags” out of your mouth (whoa easy, we mean cigarettes) you can look forward to many more championship seasons with your Portuguese brotherhood
WOW!!!! What a save by;
Unbelievable save in OT for White Lightning goalie Jeff Deharo… Tied 3-3, Shooting Stars Ray Down was living up to the team name as he BLASTED a shot from the point into a seeming wide open net for the win… when out of nowhere came the right pad of Jeff denying Ray of the victory goal.
However, just a minute later John Desmond set Ray up again for chance number two… another blast from the point… this time his teammate Mark Stickney was in the right place at the right time as he bangs home the rebound left by Ray’s shot. (Scotty was you watching? - I was)
I got a fever and the only prescription is more…
Methylphenidate (aka Ritalin) is what Dr. Ray Dow was heard prescribing to his goalie Billy Gardynski Sr (and his son Billy Jr). According to Wikipedia (Ritalin) is approved for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Charlie Brown Syndrome (CBS) which involves the tossing of gloves and equipment after an opposing goal is scored.
Side effects of Ritalin include:
Focusing on the score before throwing a tantrum
Chilling the FU&# out when the “team” lets up a goal
Not complaining about using a team timeout
Keeping your teammates out of the penalty box for your penalty
Happier and more confident teammates
Dr. Ray Dow said that if Gardynski’s are not willing to self-medicate themselves then he has offered up a roll of nickels to go visit one of his colleagues.
Specializing in Goalies Tantrums
The League Director scores a goal???
Shame on you Bill Abcunas… tossing Tony Medeiros into his own goal does not count as a goal or an assist… it just earns you (yet another trip this season) to the penalty box. It kinda sad to see someone of your stature whose name is often associated as being one of the greats in the game… but as you wind down a legendary playing career and what’s supposed to be your golden years… you morph into Pat Pirone… You goon!!! (Oh and to quote Naz… “That’s a minus #5”) – No, not you Dan Broderick, he’ll catch up with you this week.
It was a good game until…
The “wheels” on the Cuckoo’s Nest bus came wobbling off… and we’re not talking about the flat tire on the League Director’s car from last week either. This was all four tires being shot out from the onslaught that Blame the Girl delivered to Cuckoo’s Nest late in the third period.
However; while the game was still a good one… one of the stars for the loosing team was definitely the play of Angelo “Kato” Deluca who scored two beautiful goals on Billy Gardynski Jr… which included a sweet breakaway and 5-hole goal. Angelo had a minimum of 3 breakaways (if not 4) on Jr… and “Kato” has been playing like superhero in the absence of team captain Matt Iannello.
The Good Samaritan and a Damsel in distress…
Ok, raise your hand if you saw our League Director outside after the games steering at his flat tire… and you pretended not to notice and drove by.
Making his way to his car after scoring his first goal of the season, Jim “The Good Samaritan” Barber also noticed a “Damsel” in distress while Kellie was filming the whole event and encouraging him… “Come on, Come on, you can do it”
This was the scene that Mr Barber happened upon;
The best thing to do is get out of the way and let a man take over...
This Dame (Bill) was going to call AAA before our resident Good Samaritan said “Do you have a spare and a jack… you’re not the first woman I changed a tire for.”
The only requirement was “if” Jim’s newly acquired championship jacket was ruined in the process that he would get a replacement from the league
Using one of those cheap Chinese Scissor Jacks… you know the ones that SUCK!, our hero jumped into action and got the Abcunas’ home safe and sound.
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