Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
24 Years and counting
Article 297 October 31, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of October 24 (Game 1) – Blowout game # 1 saw Labatt Blues win their third straight game to take over sole possession of first place overall with a rout of Consigliere by the score of 7 – 3. Labatt Blues overcame an early deficit in the third period, and then proceeded to score six unanswered goals to break this game open.
In the first period, who else but Shawn Miville scored four minutes in as he took a breakout pass from Ray Dow and goalie Bill Gardynski Jr to score on a bomb of a shot from the left wing. Before they could celebrate taking the lead, Consigliere put a scare into them by scoring two goals in 7 seconds, as Mike Luise scored out front set up by Joe Mancinelli and Steve Oppedisano, followed by Gino Tammaro taking a pass on the right wing off the ensuing face-off at center from Mike and John Lasala Jr to give his team the lead. Less than a minute later, Ray dialed it up to remind Consigliere to calm down, tying up this game.
Labatt Blues broke this game open and never looked back in the second period, scoring three straight goals. Gary Goodwin, having a surprising season on offense, got things started early, set up by Shawn and Mark Stickney. Two minutes later, Walter Maslak took advantage of a defensive turnover to increase the lead. Two minutes after that, Ray scored his second goal of the game, set up by Walter and Shawn.
In the third period, Shawn completed his hat trick by scoring two goals. Yet, the highlight of this game may go unnoticed as Steve Oppedisano scored with a minute to play to make the Over-30 Trifecta a reality (Tony Mastrocola, Colleen AND now Steve ALL scored their first goals this season before Jim Barber). Time to think about retirement web master!
Week of October 24 (Game 2) – Blowout game # 2 saw HABitual Complainers score seven straight goals to run away with an easy lopsided win over Island of Misfit Toys by the score of 7 -2. Like the game played before them, this game was decided in the second period as HABitual Complainers scored four times to put this game out of reach.
Only thirty seconds into the first period, Dominic Defrancisco was sent down the right wing on a pass from John Leite and simply used his outstanding speed to blow by the defense for an easy opening goal. A minute later, Tony Bono followed that up by scoring out front after some hustle cycling play by the rookies Joe Carlton and Brian Kehoe.
Four minutes into the second period, the second line of HABitual Complainers not only were showcasing their speed fore checking game but also their offensive scoring as Joe was set up in close by Brian. We should reluctantly mention that a minute later, Jim Barber scored his first goal of the season as he was handed a gift off a deflection with a wide open net (even Smilin Pete Lodi could have scored that one!). Two minutes later, Dominic was set up by Jason Carrien for his second goal of the game. With only one second to play in the period, Jason scored on the power play, as he was set up by Brian and Joe.
Early in the third period, another gift was handed out by Island of Misfit Toys as Jim’s shot deflected off defenseman Mike Surette’s shin pad for a goal. After consulting with Toronto video replay, the league decided to award both players a half goal each (a first-ever occurrence in league history). Showing up a little too late, Island of Misfit Toys finally got on the scoreboard when Sergio Costa scored his first goal of the season late in the period, then followed that up with his second only forty seconds later to account for the final score. With the win, HABitual Complainers remained in sole possession of second place overall in the standings.
Mid-season Playoff Picture
Before we start our normal trash talking… we wanted to provide you with a mid-season playoff picture.
We ran some calculations based on historical playoff data for all the veteran players (didn’t factor in the rookies… cause who cares about them).
Then we came up with the following real scientific analyses and unbiased prediction of which team should have the best percentage to win the 2015 Winter Season Championship.
So without further ado… The Historical Data Predictions
Team Historic Winning %
Island of Misfit Toys 66%
Labatt Blues 44%
HABitual Complainers 42%
Broken Promises 37%
Call it Chalkboard Material… or call it BS, but this is what the data has provided. The rookies will play a key role to either (increase or decrease) their team’s chances.
One thing for sure… if Consigliere doesn’t start winning immediately, instead of a 55% chance of winning the championship… they are facing 100% chance of not even making the playoffs.
Now on to the Trash Talk segment of our forum
Trash Can Talk
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2 for 7 (and 1)
Once is a Blue Moon and when the stars align perfectly the following event can be witnessed at Hockeytown. What is this rare occurrence we speak of?
Why it’s Billy Gardynski Jr giving up (2) goals in 7-seconds and Steve Oppedisano getting a goal against Jr in the same game. This combination is even rarer than holding a winning Powerball Ticket, while getting struck by lightning on February 28th of a Leap Year… It will never happen again. Or we could have used Joe’s 65-points as an impossible feat as well… because that too will never happen again in our lifetime.
First Gardynski Jr gave up two back-to-back goals to Mike Luise and Gino Tammaro who scored on an absolute blast just 7-seconds after the ball was dropped from Mike’s goal.
Then to add insult to injury for Jim Barber… Steve Oppedisano scored his first goal of the season before Jim. Thankfully for Jim no money was wagered.
Like Father, Like Son… Like Grandpa
Bush’s Baked Beans has an old family tradition for making baked beans… The Gardynski’s have an old family tradition too. It’s blaming the players in front of you when a goal is scored against them.
Right after Gino Tammaro’s blast (and we mean BLAST!)… The younger Gardynski did as he was taught growing up watching his Dad… Blame someone else.
For generations the Gardynski net minders have learned from their father’s before them.
Grandpa “Five Hole” Gardynski
He has hands like…
Some would say he has hands like “stones” in reference to Gary “Stonehands” Goodwin… but Joe Shannon turned us on to another ice hockey expression for Gary.
After Joe witnessed Gary executing a breakaway vs Alby Luise (who is giving away goals this season)…, Gary clearly had zero control of the ball and just lost control of it in the corner somehow… Joe said “He’s got hands like feet”
Call him what you want… “Stonehands” or “Feethands” Gary later in the game notched another goal this season and is 9th in fantasy points (and not surprisingly undrafted).
This could be the season we see Gary make his way to center dek to receive his “Over-30 Achievement Award”
Chocking on Pasta
Yes, Gino Tammaro scored a beautiful goal on Billy Gardynski Jr… and we watched the speedy Pisano running all around the dek. But, we suspect that Gino might have had either some Ziti or Fettuccine stuck in his throat cause that Goombah was also “chocking” all game.
We watched a clearly disappointed Angelo “Kato” Deluca (sigh after sigh) as his passes to Gino were shot wide, misfired or hit the glass behind it.
When will it end?
When will it end? When will Shawn Miville stop scoring goals and more importantly embarrassing our goalies?
Shawn had Alby Luise so far out of the net that is looked like Alby was lined up to take a face off. As poor Alby laid helpless face down, counting the little squares on the dek through his mask… it reminded us of the Shawn’s first goal of the season when had Billy Gardynski Sr flopping around.
Hey Shawn when your reign of terror is over… can you at least get the goalie who you abused the most a gift basket for their effort (or lack of).
What makes a Dek HOF’er
You wanna know what it takes to be in the Dek Hockey Hall of Fame… it takes someone like our own Dan Broderick who gave us an insight to his success.
You’ll notice Dan after the game enjoying “Victory Beers” this season instead of drowning his sorrow in “Disappointing Loss Beers” like he did for the previous 4-seasons.
While seeming enjoying both types of brew… Dan is also observing and scouting the teams and players.
When Gino Tammaro came into the league… his first game against Dan Broderick he turned Dan into a turnstile and Dan collected about $4.75 in tolls that day.
Flash forward to their second meeting… and as Gino (approaching the toll at 100mph) was stickhandling and taking .75 cents out of his pocket to pay and pass Dan… The legend calmly dropped back 3-steps and applied his patented stick poke on Gino thus rendering his offensive attack useless.
We asked Dan about this after the game and Dan let us know he studied Gino’s moves and watched his drag and when Gino tried that shit again on the senior defenseman, Dan showed him why the “Real #5” is hanging in Leominster.
You wanna have your name and number hung in Leominster (like Dan)… study the game and in Dan’s case, play for 55-years at a tournament level of play.
Monkey’s off their backs
3-players scored their first goal of the season last week (finally)… First up and beating Jim Barber to the goal column was Steve Oppedisano. Although we suspect that Billy Gardynski Jr was paid off to let the Steve score before Jim.
Feeling the mounting pressure and $20 Bucks lighter in the wallet… Jim Barber got that monkey off his back by notching 2-goals vs Billy Gardynski Sr (More on that later).
Lastly Sergio Costa who quietly pitched a 0-for-6 goal production… he too also bagged a couple of goals to break out of his scoreless slump.
Distinct Kicking Motion
Sure the cynics are going to say that Jim Barber’s second goal of the game was a “Distinct Kicking Motion”… but it wasn’t Jim’s kicking that did the scoring.
While speeding down the right wing with a 2-on-1… Jim was looking set up what would have been a wide open Dominic DeFranciso with a backhand pass. However, it was “Really BIG” Mike Surette and his “Really BIG” size 25 shoe that ended up scoring the goal.
We thought that Jim’s “Distinct Kicking Motion” goal was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Billy Gardynski Sr as he wasstanding and waiting for the door behind the net to open… was he leaving his post and the game? Nope, he was just changing his stick. Which leads us to wonder why? If anything Mike should have changed his shoes because it was the shoes fault.., not the goalie sticks fault.
Made up BS call
The fix is in… and here’s the proof.
Jim Barber clearly had his best game of the season by scoring 2-goals and 1-assist (that as not credited)… he was dishing off passes like his idol Matty Iannello and fore-checking like it was 2005.
Jim was clearly locked in and trying to notch that 3rd goal for the hattrick when he was blatantly targeted by a disgruntle Referee who did not want to see Jim become a nominee for either Player of the Week awards… and put him in the box for the last 90-seconds of the game thus preventing Jim from completing his mission and forcing the judges to recognize (and reward) his efforts last week.
Treat or Treat
Looks like we are getting a preview of John Mastrocola’s Pink outfit for the 2016 Spring Season… that is once he and his brother fail their current Pink Stick Bag Challenge.
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