Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
23 Years and counting
Article 280 January 30, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of January 24 (Game 1) – Everyone knew that it was just a matter of time before That’s a Plus would end their long losing streak; the question was when this would happen? The answer was last week as That’s a Plus received focused, thirty minute efforts from all three aspects of their team, the offense, defense and the goalie, as they broke open a tie game in the third period on the breakout offensive performance of Tony Medeiros, to win going away from Who Needs Superstars by the score of 5 – 2.
This game did not start out in favor of That’s a Plus as Who Needs Superstars carried most of the play in the first period with their fore checking game working as they continuously pressured the defense and prevented any clean break outs by That’s a Plus. This effort paid off late in the period as Sergio Costa snapped home a wrist shot from the high slot off a pass from George Medeiros.
In the second period, Tony “the Portuguese Power” Medeiros awoke from his early season scoring slumber by scoring the next two goals and shift the momentum over to his team. Four minutes into the period, Tony took a breakout pass on the right wing from the defense and used his speed to get by the defense to score. With a minute to play in the period, Tony struck again, this time out front converting a rebound of a point shot from Naz.
In the third period, a minute and a half in, John Mastrocola took advantage of a turnover off some creative passing by Ray Dow and Mike Surette, to swing the momentum back to Who Needs Superstars, tying this game. However, less than a minute later, Tony Medeiros made sure that his team grabbed the lead back, scoring a natural hat trick by converting a goal to the short side off the hustle cycling of Dominic Defrancisco and John Leite. Late in the period, in a span of thirty-five seconds, Dominic hustled his way in scoring two goals, as he was set up by John Leite.
Week of January 24 (Game 2) – Meeting for the first time since their semi-final playoff game during the winter 2014 season that resulted in a runaway victory for Legends Last Stand, FOURget About-it was out to prove that this game would be different. For most of this game it was, however, in the end, Legends Last Stand came back to pull out a very close 4 – 3 win.
In the first period, Legends Last Stand opened the scoring early only a minute and a half in, to grab the lead on a goal by Ray Nickerson who was set up out front by the passing of Matty Iannello and John Colucciello.
In the second period, Tony Mastrocola scored halfway through the period, set up by Umberto Biancardi to tie this game up. A minute later, Derrick Power made his season debut count as he scored his first goal of the season out front by the passing of Mauro Colucciello and Matty giving Legends Last Stand the lead. Late in the period with just under two minutes to play, John “Dez” Desmond converted the rebound of a point shot from Brien Sullivan to once again tie this game back up for FOURget About-it.
Less than three minutes into the third period, Dez found himself the center of attention, being in the right place at the right time, as he put FOURget About-it back in front with his second goal of the game, set up by Mark Stickney. With just over five minutes to play in the game, Mauro Colucciello was set up on the right wing at the top of the circle by Gary Goodwin and Ray Nickerson to tie this game for Legends Last Stand. Not to be outdone, with just under four minutes to play, brother John Colucciello scored from the right point off the passing of Luigi Derenzes and Mauro to give Legends Last Stand the lead which would stand up for the victory, ad sole possession of first place in the standings.
Trash Can Talk
We were sad to hear the passing of Jon Picard's Dad last week. Our sincere thoughts go out to Jon the Picard family during their time of sorrow.
Passing of the Torch
Jim Barber finally can pass the torch... the pink stick is no longer his to bear. Jim has spent 4 seasons carrying the inaugural stick bag challenge. After both Tony Bono and Scott Young successfully completed their challenges it was up to Matty Iannello to take on the "Smilin Pete Lodi Pink Stick Bag Challenge" and post 12-goals in a season.
Matty was on par to destroy the challenge just a few short weeks into it.. the Great One's foot had other plans bringing his season to an early end. On his second attempt at the challenge it was clear that “Matty I” had "Lost a step" and more importantly lost the challenge.
Areeba Areeba, Undalay Undalay
Tony Bennett once sang he left his heart in San Francisco... for John Mastrocola, he left his hockey game in Mexico. While on vacation John was indulging in the Mexican Food and Beverages before returning a few pounds heavier and a little lighter in the skills department.
Despite scoring a nice top shelf goal... we witnessed Johnny flubbing shots and passes on his way to letting That’s a Plus crush them 5-2
John Mastrocola - Before Mexico
John Mastrocola - After Mexico
It's about time
Many have tried... few have succeeded in helping That's a Plus put 2-points in the Win column. After 2-straight losses to start the season... Dan Broderick and company have posted 10-straight losses going back to last season.
Always optimistic Dan can tell you each of the heartbreaking losses and points they should have earned (but let get away)… those points would have help them make the playoffs... that is until Legends Last Stand went on a crazy hot streak on their way to the Finals.
The difference last week that resulted in their first win in 11-games… Bill Abcunas!
Bill Abcunas wearing his jersey inside out was filling in Paul Castonguay who’s nursing a lower body injury… Billy (together with Mike Naczas) also wearing his jersey inside out… gave the team a much needed solidarity spark.
After last week’s long overdue win… May we suggest the entire team wear their shirts inside out.
Today we are offering up a new segment to the P.U.T.A Forum and Trash Talk in particular. We're calling this guy "Ball Buster" and you can participate in Ball Busting by emailing your comments to email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep it semi-clean and tasteful... and have fun at a fellow players expense.
A message to Pat Pirone
This Day in Dek Hockey History
This new segment to the PUTA Forum is for you… the players to reflect on a story from the past as it relates to the Over-30 players in the league. The actual day and year are really insignificant, but an approximate date range of your story will just help to add detail and approximation of the event.
There are always players telling great stories and this new segment is where we would like to capture and share these classic moments in Dek Hockey History. So please feel free to email your ideas to email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our field reporters will follow up with you and help craft your recollection of “This Day in Dek Hockey History”.
First Up… A story of a Legendary Crumpling
Back in the early 90’s our leader Bill Abcunas was in his prime jumping from team-to-team, as he was notorious for doing. While on a stint with the Corum Canadians (based in NY - 416 miles away from Montreal Canada)… Billy found himself playing against (2) Legends in game; Hall of Fame Inductee Dan Broderick and (should be in the Hall of Fame) Joe Shannon.
In a scoreless game; Dan’s Seahawks vs Billy’s Canadiens… Dan Broderick issued the orders to “take him out”. A young Joe Shannon not wanting to disappoint his Captain took the contract hit and recruited fellow linemate Jimmy Connell to fulfill the orders.
With a sixth sense Bill Abcunas must have known there was danger on the horizon as he retreated behind his own net with the ball. To his left, a barreling Joe Shannon and to his right a steamrolling Jimmy Connell… and before he could beg for mercy, Billy suffered from what would best be described as a “Malachi Crunch”
With a stoppage in play to attend the injured Abcunas… he laid crumpled on the dek in a haze of disorientation with cartoon-like stars swirling around his head. Billy had to be scrapped off the floor and escorted to the bench so the game could resume.
To add insult to injury… this was the final game of the tournament and the Seahawks went on to beat the Corum Canadians 1-0. That day in Dek Hockey History.
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