Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
24 Years and counting
Article 296 October 24, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of October 17 (Game 1) – After starting the season losing their first two games by lopsided scores, it appears that Island of Misfit Toys have turned around their season by winning three of their last four games. Facing the first place Broken Promises team which had won its last two games, Island of Misfit Toys turned up the offense in running away with a 6 – 2 thrashing of Broken Promises.
After spotting Broken Promises an early goal just over a minute into this game, Island of Misfit Toys quickly took control of this game as Matty Iannello was set up by Ray Nickerson to score a minute later, which was followed by Matty returning the favor and setting up Ray three minutes later with some help from Carlos Machado.
In the second period, Island of Misfit Toys broke this game wide open scoring the next two goals. Mike O’Neil scored his first goal of the game out front, on an unassisted individual effort. That was followed by Colleen O’Connell scoring her first goal of the season from the point (even Colleen can score a goal before Jim Barber). Broken Promises climbed back within two goals late in the second period.
The third period was more of the same for island of Misfit Toys as first Matty scored two minutes in, that was followed by Mike O’Neil scoring in close to wrap up the scoring. Broken Promises couldn’t get their offense in gear, had problems in their defensive end and were due for one of these games.
Week of October 17 (Game 2) – This was the best played game so far this season as some players from Labatt Blues were overheard saying how they had circled this date on their calendars in anticipation of facing HABitual Complainers again after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period and losing the first game they played each other. Goalie Bill Gardynski Jr was certainly locked in for this game as he stopped 32 shots and wave after wave of scoring chances to lead Labatt Blues to a gritty 3 – 0 shut out over HABitual Complainers.
This would be another game featuring two teams playing different styles, as it matched up the ball control set up game of Labatt Blues against the run and gun and run some more up tempo speed game of HABitual Complainers. Rookie Walter Maslak scored the game’s first goal only two and a half minutes in as he took a cross rink pass from Shawn Miville and buried his chance to put Labatt Blues up early.
The second period saw HABitual Complainers turn up the speed in generating multiple scoring opportunities, especially from their second line that featured two rookies, only to stare in disbelief when goalie Bill Gardynski Jr did his best Carey Price imitation as he calmly turned every shot aside while not leaving any rebounds.
Heading into the third period in a 1-0 game, both teams kept the offensive pressure dialed up at a high level. At this point it was either team’s game to win and everyone knew that the next goal scored would be the key. Three minutes in, a loud roar could be heard as Shawn Miville scored as he was set up by Walter, keeping his goal scoring streak alive at 6 games. Three minutes later, giving his team some breathing room, saw Ray Dow score, set up by Shawn and Mark Stickney.
As previously mentioned, the stand out player in this game was goalie Bill Gardynski Jr, as he turned in one of his vintage performances in shutting out the high powered offense of HABitual Complainers.
Trash Can Talk
Thanks Tosh.O Disclaimer
Fine… Tony Mastrocola scored before Jim Barber and earned himself $5.00. Now let’s move on.
However, the only reason I’m conceding is because on my 5th Game of the season... I chose to miss the game for a bigger event (more on that later).
Then there were 18
To make Jim Barber’s 2015 Winter Season even more miserable… he is now in the bottom 18 of players who have yet to score a goal this season.
When players like Colleen O’Connell, Mike Surrette and Jim Clark (all defenseman sorry Colleen… Defensepeople) score before Mr. Barber… maybe Jim better think about starting the Over-40 Bowling League.
Promoting from within
Rumor has it Scott “Don’t call me the Pretender anymore” Young is out on indefinite IR and there is a promotion within.
We hear John Kelleher is going to be the new Commander in Chief for the 1st place Broken Promises.
As the new Captain John has vowed that he will do everything in his power to ensure his goalie Scott Rosato is recognized and appropriately awarded when posting any future shutouts. John has also instructed Nick Romano to seek alternative plow drivers when it snows on game days and lastly has demanded that John Mastrocola meets and exceeds his Pink Stick Bag Challenge (with or without) his brother Tony’s help.
There will be no "Failure" on John’s watch.
Appropriate choice of characters
By now you should have seen these two knuckleheads and their antics presenting Tony Mastrocola with a crisp $5.00 bill.
They couldn’t have picked more appropriate characters to portray.
Mike Naczas as the Scarecrow… It's fitting because as a freshly (retired?) player turned referee he was apparently “Scared” of his defensive skills and now “Scared” to call any penalties.
Bill Abcunas as the Cowardly Lion… Just as fitting since he’s too “cowardly” to make those tough decisions that would better the league (Like Letters and OT Changes) but instead lets his minions do his bidding. He’s even too “cowardly” to show his face.
No Captain, No Points
Despite Jim Barber’s lack of burying the biscuit in net… Jim’s lack of goal production is made up by his leadership and stress-free “Let’s have some fun” attitude resulting in a 3-0-1 (7-points out of 8) start to the season.
Without Jim last week, the whole team pitched a goose egg and posted the first pointless game.
So is it more important to score goals or provide leadership? We’ll find in the very last game of the season if Dominic and Tony are being asked the question every player wants to answer… “What size jacket do you need?”
Saying Goodbye to Hair Band Royalty
Normally we would continue our P.U.T.A. Coverage with additional story lines. However, you have been robbed of any potential press because someone did not do their job last week and provide this reporter with substantial dirt from last week’s games (as asked).
Someone was too fixated on a silly $10 wager payment rather than providing you (the readers) with entertaining trash talk.
So we will take this time to share the real reason Jim Barber was a “no show” last week. It was “not” because he was suspended for non-payment. It was because this will be the very last time these guys will play in the North East (Forever). It’s the equivalent to watching Matty Iannello play his last game.
Opening Act - Alice Cooper
9th Row POV
So long Vince, Tommy, Mick and Nikki
After KISS... these guys were the best with fire and explosions.
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