Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 262 March 29, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of March 15 (Game 1) – With a chance to extend their lead in the standings and leave no doubt who the first place team is Blame the Girl made good on that, clinching first place overall with a strong 3 – 2 win over the Shooting Stars. The loss by the Shooting Stars prevented them from increasing their precarious lead over the Golden Oldies for that final playoff spot.
Once again jumping out to an early lead in the first period on the strength of goals by Dominic Defrancisco and John Leite, Blame the Girl survived a scare when Matt Reghitto scored from the point to cut into this lead in the second period. In the third period, Pic scored early to provide his team with some breathing room which stood up as the game winner after Matt had scored his second goal late with the goalie pulled.
Week of March 15 (Game 2) – With a chance to climb back into the playoff race, the Golden Oldies surprised Cuckoo’s Nest with three straight goals in a span of five minutes in the second period to earn a 3 – 1 victory. Leading the way was Joe “Turtle” Mancinelli who scored a goal and set up the insurance goal. The Golden Oldies, since the beginning of March, have been making a run at that final playoff spot going 1-0-1 to get back into this race.
Week of March 22 (Game 1)– Perhaps they simply overlooked their opponent and thought that this would be an easy victory based on the standings; however, the Golden Oldies came to play this game and sent a message that they will compete right up till their final game regardless of the standings. Coming back and scoring two goals in the third period, Blame the Girl barely escaped with a 5 – 4 victory over the Golden Oldies.
It was the Golden Oldies taking a play out of Blame the Girl’s playbook as they jumped out to an early lead in the first period and extended that on the strength of Umberto Biancardi, Anthony Lauletta and Joe Mancinelli goals. The only reason that Blame the Girl was still in this game at this point was due to the play of Tony Medeiros scoring 2-goals, keeping this a one goal game. From the halfway point of this game, it was the Pic show who simply took this game over with some highlight individual efforts. First, he stick handled around three different players then scored in tight on a backhand finish. After a John Colucciello goal early in the third period was offset by a Dominic Defrancisco goal twenty-three seconds later, Pic once again took over late in the game. Playing the left wing, Pic turned on the after burners to blow right past the surprised defense then tucked the shot in tight past the goalie with just under three minutes to play for the win. This was the best game that the Golden Oldies have played all year; they deserved a better outcome!
Week of March 22 (Game 2) – Going into this game, everyone expected White Lightning to cruise to an easy victory over Cuckoo’s Nest. Prior to this game, they were 2-0, outscoring their opponent by a 13-1 margin. Factor in that Cuckoo’s Nest was missing four veteran core players and one could understand the edge that White Lightning had. Someone forgot to inform the Cuckoo’s Nest team that showed up as they won a convincing 4 – 2 victory over White Lightning.
Leading the way for Cuckoo’s Nest was who else but Angelo “Kato” Deluca, scoring 2-goals and adding 1-assist, together with the hustle and scoring of Ricky Cassano’s goal and assist as well as Nick Romano’s 2-assists broke this game open in the first period. It was the best all-around team effort (especially their team defense) that Cuckoo’s Nest had displayed all year! With the Golden Oldies loss earlier, both of these teams have now qualified for a playoff spot.
Trash Can Talk
Someone’s wife says “Shut It down”
Shooting Stars received some bad news 2-weeks ago… after making a triumphant return to the Over-30 League after heart surgery and scoring the first goal of the game. Sergio Costa was ordered by Mrs. Costa to “Shut it down.” Apparently their health insurance no longer covers Sergio playing contract and apparently Disney has some interest in Sergio’s story of an Over-30 Hockey player returning after heart surgery… It’s tentatively being called "Pink Balls"– the Sergio Costa story
Mrs. Costa advice to Sergio and his 2014 Spring Season playing status
Knock, Knock… Joke’s on Ray
You know that moment when you enjoy the perfect prank on someone? Resident “Most Decorated Over-30 Player to ever play in the league” Matty Iannello does. Two weeks ago Matt was seen getting dressed and looked ready to go during the pre-game warm-ups. Teammate Ray Nickerson did all he could to contain his joy at the sight of “The Great One” returning to dish him some passes. Giddy as a Girl Scout who just sold Billy Gardynski Sr a trailer load of cookies… Ray was all excited during warm-ups.
Ray was grinning from ear to ear as Matty entered the faceoff circle to take the draw… But, before the ball was dropped Matty was seemingly making a line change. Ray quickly followed his Captain thinking “Good call let’s start the B-Line.” Then like a reality punch to the face Matty told Ray he’s not ready to return. Cue Ashton Kutcher… Ray Nickerson you just got IANNELLOED. What do you have to say about Matt’s joke? “Aww what the F#@&... You can stick the Teriyaki request up your ass next time” ~Ray
Someone got a ticket for Unsportsmanlike
You know that moment when you get pulled over and you get a citation from a State Trooper and you think… This is Bullshit, I wasn’t doing anything wrong. Welcome to the World of Over-30 Referring Brian Roderick who was recently cited for Unsportsmanlike.
Refusing to pay the fine and serve the 1-minute penalty in the box.., Brian decided to sign the checkbox on the back of the game sheet and mail in his appeal to the League Director thus forcing one of his teammates served his penalty for him.
You (fix) some, you win some…
Assistant League Director Mike Nacaz playing in back-to-back to game we had to witness Naz on Defense for Cuckoo’s and Mike Nacaz is no Joe Shannon (Not even close). We had to watch as you conspired with the actual League Director Bill Abcunas to throw the game and let Golden Oldies win their 2nd game of the season thus keeping their playoff hopes alive. Shame on you two.
Then we had to witness Naz stop Shooting Stars John Desmond in what was a seemingly simple tap in (wide open net) goal… but Dez just didn’t put enough on to slam home a goal. Naz is leading all defensemen in “Goalie Crease Saves” and could possibly have a 0.00 GAA (but this stat is unconfirmed at time of publication)
Lighten up Francis(s)
Now it’s time for Dave Letterman’s Top 10
“Lighten Up Francis” Over-30 Hockey League Players
#1 Ray Nickerson - Not one to hide his emotions or feelings. Ray will critique and hurl insults about your game play right on the deck (even with you standing next to him).
#2 Steve Oppedisano - Stumbling and never smiling … Steve can often be seen giving his team’s captain or the league director an ear full of advice.
#3 Jon Pickard - Call it a completive edge, a drive to win… An inspirational teammate, but you can’t be a Referee and a Player in the same game (Pic one)
#4 Bill Abcunas - Mr. “Way too serious”, he can often be seen on the dek ignoring his adoring heckling fans and taking stupid “goon-like” penalties. Lighten up, you only have a few years left to play.
#5 Mike Caso - Once a power forward Mike’s “Al Bundy’s 4-touchdowns in a game moment” came in the Winter 2007 season when he tied Jim Barber with 13-Goals to lead the league in goals that season. Now he’s becoming that old lady on the block who complains about the kids in the neighborhood when the ball goes in her yard.
#6 Bill Gardynski Jr - A chip off the old block
#7 Bill Gardynski Sr - Never meet a goal he didn’t like... and never met a defensemen that didn’t screen him.
#8 Luigi Derenzes - Sometimes with the attitude of Glum from The Adventures of Gulliver (It will never work, well never make it)… we guess he’s referring to the post season.
#9 Mauro Colucciello - Playing with his brother for too long… blind passes, behind the back mis-fire passes and just plain no pass at all have taken its toll playing with his brother John.
#10 Tony Medeiros - Mr. Shoot first then shoot some more… a very antagonistic player who plays every shift out to prove that he is the real Portuguese Power Player of the Over-30 league. Lighten up and learn to have fun like fellow Gueses’ George Mereiros and Dominic DeFrancisco
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