Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
23 Years and counting
Article 269 October 18, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of October 11 (Game 1) – In a game played by two of the hottest teams in the league, both on two game winning streaks, and something had to give. Something did, but, just barely as FOURget About-it defeated Goodfellas in overtime by a score of 2 – 1. With the win, FOURget About-it moved into sole possession of first place in the standings.
In the first period, FOURget About-it jumped out to the early lead only a minute in as who else but John “Dez” Desmond scored off a rebound of shot by Brien Sullivan. For Dez, he has scored at least a goal in all five games he has played, scoring his 10th goal of the season, and has accounted for just under half of his team’s goals scored this season.
During the second period, both teams had some quality scoring chances, yet each team’s goalie came up big, keeping this a one goal game. With a minute left to play in the period, rookie Emidio Magno found himself in perfect position to knock in a rebound as he was set up by Scott Young and Mario Deluca.
After a scoreless third period in a tightly played defensive game, a costly interference penalty at the end of the period resulted in FOURget About-it going on the power play in overtime. Everyone expected to at least see Dez out to start the overtime period, everyone that is except Captain Jim Barber who played a hunch and started Nick Romano and Carlos Machado along with two other players. The hunch paid off as Nick’s fore checking right off the faceoff resulted in the ball going back to Carlos on the left point who moved in and unloaded a bomb past the goalie. For one week, Carlos was the Portuguese Power player of the week.
Week of October 11 (Game 2) – In the second game, both teams were mired in their own losing streaks and hungry to turn things around. Who Needs Superstars was trying to break a two-game losing streak while Legends Last Stand was not only dealing with multiple player injuries but was also dealing with a four game losing streak. Relying on an early second period scoring barrage, Who Needs Superstars cruised to a convincing 6 – 2 win over Legends Last Stand. For Legends Last Stand, their ship continues to take on water and is sinking fast. Having a fill in goalie didn’t help their cause as he chose the wrong time to have a bad game.
After a scoreless first period, the first three minutes of the second period proved to be the undoing of Legends Last Stand as four different scorers for Who Needs Superstars made them pay. It was literally a goal scored every thirty seconds during this span. Mike O’Neil started the scoring only thirty seconds in, followed by Mike Luise, then John Mastrocola, which was followed by Sergio Costa. This was followed by Mauro Colucciello, set up by Niko Vramis, scoring two minutes later to make this a three goal game; however, any comeback aspirations quickly ended for Legends Last Stand at the start of the third period.
Thirty seconds into the third period, Mike Luise was set up out front for his second goal of the game to essentially put this game away. Mike completed his hat trick late in the game; however, the highlight of this game belonged to Legends Last Stand’s John Lasala Jr as his slap shot from his own end beat goalie Alby Luise. What made this a highlight is that the goal set an Over-30 league record for longest goal ever scored as John was a few feet behind his own icing white line, behind his own net, when he took his shot. Estimates put the distance at about 147 feet. Way to go Alby, you made Over-30 history for a second time. Your previous claim to fame was giving up Tony Bono’s goal with less than thirty seconds to play that helped Tony defeat that Pink Stick bag Challenge.
Trash Can Talk
The best of waking up is Folgers in your cup
Anyone else witness Jon Picard refereeing the game with a coffee in his hand? That could be the answer why some of the blatant calls were missed… Like Angelo “Kato” Deluca grabbing the ball… Jon must have been taking a sip of his coffee at that very moment. What’s next… Sorry I missed the call I was taking a bit of my sandwich.
Portuguese Power and a Portuguese Point Sniper
If Dominic Defrancisco and Tony Medeiros are the Portuguese Power… then Carlos Machado has to be the Portuguese Point Sniper. Carlos has (2) goals this season both coming from the point… including a bomb just 11-seconds into OT to give FOURget About-It the win. The extra little bonus for Carlos… He scored it on his nemisis Billy Gardynski Sr.
A Captain's Analyses of his team so far
Before the start of the 5th game of the season for Legends Last Stand… Captain Matty Iannello gathered his team to analyze what’s been working (or not working) for his team thus far this season. Matty tried to use his vast knowledge of dek hockey and years of competing at a high-level to inspire Legends Last Stand to post their first win of the season.
So what’s been working so far for his team… We’ll let Matty explain
Matty then started to call out players individually and began with the play of Gary “Stonehands” Goodwin. Matty thinks Gary has lost his fierce competitive edge and explains how the former runaway freight train “used” to play his game.
So with the Captain calling his team out... as they need to collectively gel together and put some “W’s” in the Win column... Did Matt's pre-game pep talk work?
Nope… Legends Last Stand are now 0-5
Let the Clinching Begin
With Legends Last Stand struggling to put 2-points in the Win column and teams like FOURget About-it and That’s a Plus with only one loss… We could start to see some early “Clinched Playoff Berth” on the standing page… and forPunxsutawney Phil his prediction for Legends Last Stand would mean 6-more weeks of meaningless play.
A new Over-30 record is set
In 1974 Burt Reynolds starred in “The Longest Yard”… well 40-years later the Over-30 League sequel was made starring John Lasalle Jr and Alby Luise in “The Longest Goal”
Unofficially we are still waiting for the Mastrocola Brother’s to pace off the actual distance with their little footsteps… but estimates put the goal at about 157 feet (which is about 450 Mastrocola sneaker lengths).
Lasalle Jr was clearly behind his own white goal when he fired a seemingly innocent shot in Alby’s direction. Thankfully the League Director was videotaping the game and caught the whole thing (including color commentary).
Bar patrons from the wateringhole behind Alby had the following theories;
a) He was recalculating his GAA and had to take off his glove and blocker to use all the fingers on both hands.
b) He thought Matty was shooting it and wanted to help his Pink Stick Bag Challenge. Just like he did with Tony Bono.
c) He was taking a sip of Pic’s coffee.
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