Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
23 Years and counting
Article 284 March 7, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of February 28 (Game 1) – A lucky bounce. That’s all you need to know about this game and the end result. In the season’s most crucial game that will go a long way in determining the final playoff seed, Who Needs Superstars received a lucky bounce late in the third period to defeat That’s a Plus, by the score of 6 – 3, and move into fourth place in the standings.
In the first period, it was all Who Needs Superstars, as That’s a Plus was missing its two best offensive players. Halfway through the period, Sergio Costa was set up in the high slot by George Medeiros to open the scoring. Thirty seconds later, the speed and fore checking of the second line overpowered That’s a Plus’ defense as John Mastrocola scored out front on a rebound of a Jim Clarke shot. Desperate to hang in and keep within striking distance, That’s a Plus got the break they needed with a minute left as rookie Jason Carrien scored his first-ever Over-30 league goal as he jumped into the offense and scored on a great individual effort.
In the second period, Who Needs Superstars took advantage of a power play by scoring the period’s only goal as George Medeiros scored off a scramble out front. Heading into the third period, That’s a Plus received a huge boost as the Calvary arrived when Tony Medeiros and Dominic Defrancisco walked through that door. Only five seconds into the period, John Leite scored to get his team back into this game, set up by the Portuguese Power duo. This was followed up by Dominic scoring a brilliant individual short-handed goal. However, less than a minute later after killing off a penalty, the hustle of George Medeiros found Sergio open on the high left wing and his shot that was heading wide into the corner got a fortuitous bounce off a defenseman’s pad standing ten feet wide of the net and bounce into the far corner of the net. A lucky bounce! Rounding out the scoring for Who Needs Superstars late in the game were Sal Provanzano and Derek Shaw.
Week of February 28 (Game 2) – It was setting up as a big game between the league’s top team and a team looking to start a hot streak. It quickly was over after only one period of play as Legends Last Stand won their third straight game by defeating FOURget About-it 6 – 3.
The league’s hottest player, Anthony Lauletta was the impact player here and proved that he has fully recovered from an early season lower body injury that has not affected his scoring skills. Anthony scored twice in the first period, set up both times by Ray Nickerson. Late in the period, Anthony returned the favor to Ray who scored.
In the second period, Legends Last Stand had both lines going and the defense making crisp outlet passes. With the game well in hand, John Lasala Jr unleashed one of his booming shots from the point to give his team a commanding four goal lead. Before you could say game over, FOURget About-it made this a game as Mark Stickney and then Jim Barber, both set up by Dez, scored in a span of thirty seconds.
In the third period, FOURget About-it was pressing for the next goal and were taking advantage of Legends Last Stand sitting back nursing their lead. Four minutes in, John Lasala Jr scored on another bomb from inside his zone (on a shot that the goalie should have stopped easily) to give his team some breathing room. A minute later, Anthony finished off his hat trick scoring his fifth goal in the last two games (don’t touch him as your hand will turn to fire, he is so hot). Rounding out the scoring for FOURget About-it was Tony Mastrocola who followed the yellow brick road right to the net.
Trash Can Talk
Jersey Defamation Penalty
Ok Refs… It’s time to start doing your jobs (besides missing calls). You need to start looking at players that are willfully defacing league jerseys and/or turning them inside out. For several weeks now we have watched (2) pranksters mock opposing team’s players by plastering a rival’s picture over the jersey logo. Not only is this a direct violation of league policy… but in this now “Pussification of America” it could hurt the feelings of their opponents being taunted and be considered bullying.
We are calling for stricter jersey infraction penalties (which are fantasy points) and include being fined by the league for wearing non-sanctioned uniforms.
Upgraded to Verizon
Looks like someone on That’s a Plus took offense to the forum piece on having a “Half-Fast” Defense and upgraded to Verizon… and by Verizon we mean Jason Carrien.
Jay’s youth can help make up for the lack of defensive speed and agility that the (3) 60-year olds guarding Billy Gardynski Sr in net exhibit.., and we still you have a “Half-Fast” defense.
With that said… Jay welcome to the (Over-30?) League
NHL Rule 75 Amendment
"An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play,"
Why do we at the forum bring this up… because 2-weeks ago we witnessed our own League Director and That’s a Plus (new league instigator) Bill Abcunas doing this exact rule violation in the face of Legends Last Stand Goalie Jeff Deharo. Billy was seen reenacting the Sean Avery – Martin Brodeur goalie interference move and that kind of non-sense should not be tolerated… next time it should just be… “Get in the Box!!!”
A plea to stop cheating!
Scott Rosato, Alby Luise, Billy Gardnyski (Sr and Jr) have all been a victim of a John Lasala Jr long shot (over half dek) and for Alby… well, he set the record for the longest in league history.
Last week we watched Billy Gardnyski Sr (while filling in for FOURget About-it) let in two bombs from Lasala Jr’s cannon.
Hey Lasala Jr., please do us all a favor and stop cheating with those long shots. You know there is not a goalie in the league that can stop those… and it sucks the wind out of an opposing team’s moral to watch their goalie let up a shot from the new Walmart parking lot.
Oh and Jeff Deharo… before you get all excited about not reading your name on the list of goalies that have let up long bombs… let us remind you Spring 2002, the Rick VanCampen dump and change (chip shot) that turned into the Championship Game Winning Goal.
Shaking it off vs Giving Up
Hey Billy Gardynski Sr… Playing just once a week is not helping your game. Remember just a few short seasons ago you were the back-to-back Championship Goalie… where did that guy go?
2-weeks ago we watched you get shelled… and last week you posted back-to-back losses (including filling in for FOURget About-it)… We can’t help but wonder if you know the difference between “Shaking it off” and “Giving Up”.
SAT Comparison Question
The following video could best be compared as;
a) Billy Gardynski Sr “Giving Up” a goal
b) Jeff Deharo’s GWG debacle
c) John Lasala Jr showing how easy it is to score in the Over-30 League
Over-30 Déjà vu Karma
Déjà vu - A feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
Karma - The universal principle of cause and effect. Our actions, both good and bad, come back to us in the future.
Over-30 Déjà vu Karma –The joy you experience while watching someone who has made fun of your experience but with a negative effect. (For example) A few weeks ago Jim Barber had a John Desmond shot go off his for a goal. Mr Barber was ridiculed for as someone (Bill Abcunas) called it a “fortuitous bounce”. Flash forward just one week later and we wonder what that same person (Bill Abcunas) calls it when a shot goes off “his leg” and into “his own net”.
Was Bill Abcunas Over-30 Déjà vu Karma moment?
a) Bad Luck
b) Bad Bounce
c) Bad Positioning
d) “Half-Fast” Defense
e) All of the above
Matty Iannello has declared he is going for 40 points this year… a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since who else but “Matty I” did it back in 2011. Sitting at 25-points in 7 games (3.5 ppg/avg)… If Matty can keep this pace (and not miss any games) he will finish the season with a projected 42 points
Looking back at the previous 40-point winners… there is a going to be new commemorative award to the Over-30 League. Called the “Matty Iannello 40-point season achievement award”
Looking back at the last 10-years (20 Seasons)
2011 - Winter
2009 - Spring
2006 - Winter
2005 - Winter
John Lasala Jr is not only a Top Gun, but a Young Gun. Lasala Jr is not only leading the League in Goals with (8) but he’s also sitting 3rd with 14-points. Did we mention that John is a Defenseman!
John is the highest ranking defenseman in league history since Dan “Old Man” Broderick did it back in 1994 with Ray’s Whiners.
Legends Last Stand are currently holding the Top 3 spots on the League Leaders board
Legends Last Stand
Legends Last Stand
John Lasala Jr.
Legends Last Stand
Only one other time in League History had the Top 4 spots all held by one team… that was back in 1994 with Ray’s Whiners. If one of the cousins (John Colucciello, Mauro Colucciello, Niko Vramis) or hot hands Anthony Lauletta stays healthy enough to crack the Top 4 is would be a momentous achievement.
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