Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
23 Years and counting
Article 273 November 29, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of November 22 (Game 1) – This was a game played where the word defense was a four letter word and featured some dramatic momentum swings, as each team opened up the offense in producing the most shots taken by two teams in a game this season. For the record, FOURget About it generated 41 shots on net, while Who Needs Superstars generated 39 (AlbyLuise made a smart decision in taking this game off in net). In a very entertaining back and forth game, FOURget About it scored two short-handed goals and won in overtime over Who Needs Superstars by a 4 – 3 score. With the win, they climbed to within a game of first place in the overall standings.
The first period and halfway through this game belonged to FOURget About it as they jumped out to a three goal lead on goals scored by Umberto Biancardi (how can you leave this sniper all alone out on the rink?), John Desmond and Brien Sullivan’s short-handed goal (his first goal of the season). However, the second half of this game belonged to Who Needs Superstars as rookie Mike O’Neil started the comeback in the second period, while Derek Shaw followed that goal with his own a few minutes later.
In the third period, played wide open by both teams, as evidenced by the 33 total shots taken by both teams, rookie Sal Provanzano scored his first goal of the season at the halfway mark to even this game, set up out front by the hustle of John Mastrocola.
In overtime, Who Needs Superstars were poised to score the winner when they went on a power play with a minute and a half to play. However, someone forgot to tell Mark Stickney that his team was playing short-handed as he was set up in the high slot by a Jim Barber pass and ended this game with less than thirty seconds to play.
Week of November 22 (Game 2) – Holding a game in hand on their nearest competitor and fighting for that last playoff spot still failed to produce results for That’s a Plus as they lost their fifth straight game, losing to Goodfellas in a blowout loss, 6 – 1. That’s a Plus finds themselves in a downward spiral with no end in sight. It didn’t help that after the third goal scored against them, their goalie was not sharp for the remainder of this game.
Things started out positive for That’s a Plus in the first period as the hustle and corner work of Pat Pirone paid off as he was set up out front by Sean Snelders. However, that momentum was short-lived as Goodfellas scored the next six goals.
Goodfellas broke this game open in the second period and never looked back. A minute into the period it was Joe Mancinelli proving his critics wrong by showing that he still is a goal scorer and not just a set-up player. Two minutes later, John Kelleher scored as he was set up on the wing by Tony Bono. Two minutes after that, it was Scott Young who “finished” his scoring chance out front, set up by Joe Mancinelli and Mario Deluca. Two minutes thereafter (see the pattern here?), Jason Glista scored his first goal of the season, set up by John Kelleher.
In the third period, Goodfellas extended their lead as John Kelleher scored his second goal of the game about halfway in which was followed up by Rick Cassano’s goal with just under two minutes to play.
With the win, Goodfellas climbed within a game of first place. For captain Dan Broderick and his That’s a Plus team, we can provide the names of some reputable sports psychologists who may be able to help turn your season around.
Trash Can Talk
Late for Latte?
There he goes again… Not only did he arrive LATE last week for his job. He strolled in nonchalantly with a coffee in hand ready to miss more calls while he sipped his LATTE.
We wonder if former Midas Touch Champion Jon Picard (turned referee) was docked a periods worth of salary… which is probably the equivalent to that fancy coffee.
The Deluca Stick Garden
A few weeks ago we noticed Rick Cassano snap the blade to his vintage Easton Aluminum stick. When Mario Deluca noticed the antique “bladeless” shaft lying behind the bench he commented that “he had the same stick”… but that his Dad used it in the garden to hold up tomato plants.
So now we wonder if Rick Cassano is sneaking into the Deluca Garden to get his sticks before the tomato plants get too high.
The Goalie Whisperer
Kudos to referee Jon Picard for becoming the first ever Over-30 Goalie Whisperer.
First he was seen whispering in Billy Gardynski Jr’s ear after he let up the first goal of the game… our sources say he whispered... “It’s OK, you can’t stop them all”. Jon’s words seemed resonate as Jr went on to stop everything else that was shot his way.
Not to be outshined by his son’s tantrums… Billy Gardynski Sr was soon experiencing technical difficulties in the brain and once again Jon was seen whispering his ear… “It’s Ok, your GAA is 4.0 and you’re just not that good”
Did the referee blow another call? Your team got a man in the penalty box? Who you gonna call? Call the experts at 1-800-PENALITY and Mark Stickney, John Desmond, and Jim Barber will show to your game and score shorthanded goals for your team. These (3) were on the dek for both shorthanded goals last week against Who Needs Superstars.
Mark’s masterful faceoff expertise setup Brien Sullivan’s first goal of the season… then in the overtime with John Desmond fore-checking and barreling down on the defense of Who Needs Superstars… Jim Barber taking a page from Tom Brady’s “How to read a defense mistake” picked off a clearing attempt and dished a beautiful pass to a wide open Mark Stickney at the point. Game-Set-Match!!
An Over-30 Triple Crown Winner?
Have we ever had a Rookie of the Year, League Leader and Season MVP in his first season in the League? That is exactly the pace and season Rookie Mike O’Neil is having. His team is currently in first place… clinched a playoff berth… and with (17-Points) is only 3-points of the league leader John Desmond (20-points)
So long Pinkie
Na Na Na Na… Na Na Na Na… Hey Hey Hey… Goodbye.
More like “Good Riddance” as Jim Barber would like to say to his Pink Stick Bag.
With (3) Games and (9) goals needed it’s almost certain that Jim will be presenting the current challenger Matty Iannello with the Pink Bag in just 3-short weeks. Had Matty not injured himself last year during the challenge… he would have destroyed the 13-goal challenge as he was on pace for a record goals season.
Don’t worry Matty… We are already in meetings discussing whose next on the chopping block for a challenge. Until then… your Mylec’s will be nice and warm this winter.
The Magic Number is...
The Magic Number is 13 for the playoff race. With 14 points, Who Needs Superstars is the first team to punch their playoff dance ticket. For the remaining teams it’s 13-points to get in… unless Legends Last Stand loses, then it’s only 10.
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