Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
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Article 285 March 14, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of March 7 (Game 1) – This game was played like a playoff game by both teams. There was tight checking with not much room to move around on the rink. There were momentum swings throughout. There were timely and big saves made by both goalies. In the end, FOURget About-it received a big goal by Carlos Machado to just get by Goodfellas by the score of 3 – 1. An enjoyable back and forth game to watch from the sidelines.
The game started off in the first period all Goodfellas as they controlled the play and outhustled and outworked FOURget About-it. This persistence paid off early in the period as John Kelleher scored two minutes in as he was set up by Jamie Kehoe and Mike Collins. If it wasn’t for goalie Scott Rosato making some timely saves, this could have easily have resulted in FOURget About-it looking at a much larger deficit after one period.
In the second period Goodfellas came out running and carried most of the play early; however, that all changed two minutes in as Dez took advantage of a seam in the defense, while his team was short-handed, off a pass from Mark Stickney, to tie the score for FOURget About-it. Not fazed by the goal, Goodfellas kept pressing the attack. Yet, FOURget About-it was now producing some of their own prime scoring opportunities. Just like in the first period by his counterpart goalie, it was goalie Bill Gardynski Jr of Goodfellas turn to flash some leather and showcase his own highlight reel saves, keeping this a tied game.
It all came down to the third period. However, after carrying the play and momentum for two periods, Goodfellas was now trying to keep up with FOURget About-it. As the game progressed back and forth with both goalies shutting down the scoring chances, with less than five minutes to play, Carlos Machado scored off a bomb from the point, set up by Dez and Mark Stickney, to break the tie. Goodfellas still had their chances, but Dez added the insurance goal with an open net score.
Week of March 7 (Game 2) – With a three game winning streak on the line, Legends Last Stand was facing a tough task to extend their winning streak to four by missing five of their starters. Eventually, this lack of personnel caught up to them as they broke down in the third period, losing to Who Needs Superstars by a 5 – 2 score.
Playing a sit back and wait style in the first period paid off for Legends Last Stand as they took advantage of a defensive turnover with two minutes to play in the period as Ray Nickerson was set up in close by Matty Iannello and Mauro Colucciello. Ray didn’t miss as he buried his shot to give his team the early lead.
With the score stuck at 1-0 and the pace and style still favoring Legends Last Stand, Who Needs Superstar’s Derek Shaw scored a timely goal halfway through the second period to get his team back into this game off a rebound of a Jim Clarke shot. Forty seconds later, after his line mates were on the bench, Mike O’Neil stayed out to bury his scoring chance as he was set up by Sal Provanzano. With just under two minutes left in the period, Mike Luise found himself open out front to bury a pass from Derek. However, thirty seconds later, John Colucciello ripped a slap shot from the point off a clean faceoff win by Matty Iannello.
In the third period, Who Needs Superstars finally broke away and wore down Legends Last Stand as Mike Luise and Mike Surette scored two minutes apart to seal the victory. Interesting to note that Who Needs Superstars is the only team in the league who have given Legends Last Stand their only two losses this season.
Trash Can Talk
11th Player Award
The NHL has the 7th Player Award… we here at the Over-30 would like to present the 11th Player Award to Carlos Machado. Carlos has been the equivalent to former Red Sox Utility Player Lou Merloni… he’ll play wherever you need him and he’ll be effective in his role.
FOURget About-it Captain Jim Barber is the master of juggling the 11-man roster… First it was Steve Oppedisano converting him from a defenseman to a second line center.., winning Steve and the rest of Midas Touch a Championship. Then it was Sean Snelders with Shooting Stars winning back-to-back Championships… Now it’s Carlos Machdo playing a pivotal role for FOURget About-it and trying to win another title with new “BIG 3” three time champions (Barber-Stickney-Desmond).
Carlos rotates through both forward lines for the first two periods and then drops back to help sure up the defense for the third period as both of Carlos’ goals have come from blasts from the point (including a GWG)
Picture Mike Surette and George Medeiros on a seesaw… this is what it would look like.
That is the equivalent of what League Director Bill Abcunas did against Legends Last Stand last week.
With the Legends only having (6) roster players available for their game against Who Needs Superstars (who had 8 roster players). The Legends had to bend Matty Iannello’s Golden Rule which is to “Play with what you have” and like all Chinese Menus clearly state: “No Substitutions.”
Matty was slated to have Bill Abcunas fill-in on Defense (but instead got downgraded to Mike Naczas) to make it 8 on 7… Not wanting to take his ball and go home, Billy (already dressed and ready to go), jumped on the bench with Who Needs Superstars to make it 9 against 7.
Of course Who Needs Superstars goes on to stomp the tired 7-man squad of Legends Last Stand 5-2… so we ask the question; why he would not play defense for a team that was missing 3 out of the 4 roster defenseman and jump on a team that was missing just one?
Matty Iannello is filing the required league paperwork to protest last week’s game against Who Needs Superstars. In the blocked labeled “Reason for Protest”… Matty is calling for an “unfair advantage” and the use of unsanctioned “Hockey Whores” who fill in for teams when they are short roster players.
That loss robbed Legends Last Stand from being the first to clinch a playoff berth.
Matty core group of “Hockey Whores” include: Jim Barber, Nick Romano, Mike Naczas and now Bill Abcunas. Although we think Matty is just a sore-sport because he never gets asked to “fill in” because he would become the “unfair advantage”.
Let the playoff beards begin
Looks like Mike O’Neil is transferring the hair on top of his head to the bottom of his face and has a full force playoff beard in effect. It might already be working for Mike as he scored a goal last week and led his team with 7-shorts. Mike is starting to play like the player Mike Surette vouched for.
An anonymous “Zebra” dropped a dime and said to this reporter… Do you know who James Harden is… and doesn’t Mike O’Neil look exactly like him?
Not knowing who James Harden was (or is)… we goggled him and presto we have an Over-30 Look-a-like Celebrity in the League.
Mike charges $250 for Birthday’s, Bar Mitzvah’s and $350 if you want to bring him to your March Madness Tournament Parties…. Cause he’d rather be playing hockey than watching Basketball.
Clinching Time – The magic number is…
With only (4) games to play… That’s a Plus could be renaming the team to “That’s another playoff season on the couch.” However, the race is a tight one as only 2-points separate 3rd place and a 5th place elimination.
With just 4-games to go and 8-points up for grabs for last seasons playoff eliminated team… That’s a Plus can only get a max of 14-Points… Making 15 the new magic number to clinch a playoff berth.
Meet Really BIG Mike
Everyone knows we have “BIG Mike” Hollingsworth… Slow on his feet, but a cannon for a shot. Now we have “Really BIG Mike” Surette… same characteristics… Slow on his feet, but one hell of a wrist shot.
Last week Mauro Colucciello got to meet “Really BIG Mike” when he was allegedly side-swiped into the boards by the “Gentle Giant.” Mauro was taking a page from the “Pat Pirone Book of Whining” by arguing for an interference call.
Hey Mauro it can’t be an interference call just because he’s 6’-3” 330 lbs and you’re 5’-3” 230 lbs… there is just some Laws of Physics that apply. If you wanna get around “Really BIG Mike” you need to either go (Left-Right-Right) or (Right-Left-Left) as it’s gonna take 3-turns to get around the really BIG fella.
FOUR to #1
Scotty Rosato has been playing some great hockey as of late.
Fantasy Draft Owners ranked Scotty as the 4th best behind 1st) Billy Gardynski Jr, 2nd) Jeff Deharo, 3rd) Billy Gardynski Sr, 4th) Scott Rosato and 5th) Alby Luise – Sorry Alby that longest shot record setting goal from John Lasala Jr affected your power ranking numbers.
As of late Scotty is proving all his critics wrong… The Winter 2014 Leading Goalie Award Winner is picking up right where he left off… leading the league again with a 2.14 GAA and posted the only shutout so far this season.
If Scotty continues to play the way he has of late… look for him and the rest of FOURget About-it to make a bid for a 4th championship behind the new “BIG 3”
40 or Bust
Speaking of Matty Iannello… the “Great One” is sitting on 27-points with 4-games to play… Matty needs finish each of his last (4) games with a minimum of 3-points and one game with 4-points to once again post a 40-point season… Will he do it?
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I just read the new Forum.
Matty will go down as one of the best if not the best player ever to play in the league...he'll have my vote. HOWEVER, here are my thoughts regarding Matty I's 'feats'.
(I play for Goodfellas, therefore, I gotta break sum balls).
#1 If you guys keep 'padding' Matty's stats every other week then OF COURSE he'll break the 40 point mark.
#2 If some of us started playing in the league in our mid 20's, we would have 1000+ points too..haha!!
#3 If some of us were teamed up with snipers every season - wink, wink ...half of that team would be in the top four or five in points.
#4 Playing with a plastic Mylec stick should be illegal and banned from being used in our league. Although, I think I should go back to it - haven't played with one since my days of playing on one way streets and in alleys of East Boston as a 6 year old paisan.
I'd copy the Great One on this but I understand he doesn't have email.
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