Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
24 Years and counting
Article 298 November 7, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of October 31 (Game 1) – With a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the standings, HABitual Complainers needed a late third period comeback, after trailing most of this game, to pull out a 3 – 2 win over Broken Promises.
Only thirty seconds into this game, a short-handed Broken Promises team took the early lead on a timely goal by Mauro Colucciello who was set up by the hustle of Niko Vramis.
After a scoreless second period, and with Broken Promises hanging on to a one goal lead, HABitual Complainers got the break they needed as Tony Medeiros was set up by Dominic Defrancisco on the right wing during a power play in scoring off a slap shot tying this game. Two minutes later, fill-in Joe Shannon took a pass from Mauro to score giving Broken Promises the lead again. Yet, just over a minute later, Tony re-tied this game again for HABitual Complainers off a pass from Steve Medeiros. With Broken Promises looking tired, it finally caught up to them as rookie Brian Kehoe found himself open in the slot after some pinpoint passing by Joe Carlton and Jason Carrien, completing the comeback.
Missing some key offensive players proved to be the difference in this game for Broken Promises. They played a gritty game but just couldn’t generate any finishing touch on their scoring chances.
Week of October 31 (Game 2) – Coming into this game, Consigliere had two objectives. One was to simply put an end to their six game losing streak. Second, was to keep their playoff hopes alive. They accomplished both, as they held on to defeat Island of Misfit Toys by a score of 4 – 3, beating the closet team to them in the playoff race. Let’s face it, if Consigliere lost this game, any chance of making the playoffs were non-existent. Consigliere now only trails Island of Misfit Toys by three points in the standings for the final playoff spot.
Playing one of their best first periods, Consigliere played textbook hockey, as they controlled the period with their speed and hustle, out chancing their opponent which paid off as Gino Tammaro scored from the right wing seven minutes into the period, set up by Steve Oppedisano.
The second period saw Island of Misfit Toys turn the momentum to their favor as Mike O’Neil scored an unassisted goal off a defensive turnover, two minutes in. That was followed by defenseman Jamie Kehoe scoring three minutes later on a slap shot, set up by Shawn Wyatt. Needing a spark, Consigliere got it when Gino received a gift of a defensive turnover less than a minute later and scored his second goal of the game.
In the third period, Consigliere re-took the lead and momentum back as Rick Cassano scored four minutes in, as he was set up by Gino in the high slot. Only forty-nine seconds later, Rick and Gino teamed up again as the Paisan’s used some sweet deception, making it appear that Gino was going behind the net only to make a pass back out to a wide open Rick for the easy open net goal, giving Consigliere a key insurance goal. However, with just over three minutes to play, Sergio Costa scored his third goal in the last two games, set up by George Medeiros to make things interesting. Consigliere’s goalie Alby Luise stopped every shot thereafter, in preserving the win (Alby made some timely saves in the second period that went a long way in earning this win).
Trash Can Talk
Thanks Tosh.O Disclaimer
Breaking the streak
What Alby Luise needed to break the losing streak was to fill-in for a team that knows how to win. Alby needed a team in front of him that puts balls in the net and plays defensively to support their goalie… unfortunately that team wasn’t his own, but rather the first place HABitual Complainers.
Congratulation to Alby for breaking the streak… but remember the win was meaningless to you and your stats, and fill-in goalies can’t win a weekly award (or can they?) – More on that later.
Sweet Taste of Victory
There are two things members of Consigliere like the taste of… Mom’s good ole’ fashion Italian cooking and the sweet taste of victory... which probably tastes the same as a Cannoli from Mike’s in the North End.
Finally they were collectively able to celebrate their first win of the season against Island of Misfit Toys. This is a huge 2-point swing for Consigliere.., who were on the verge of being mathematically eliminated by Week 8 if they didn’t win.
I am Iron Man
Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath wrote it… but Alby Luise displayed it last week. If there was an “Iron Man” award for back-to-back performances we would be handing Alby an award and a photo opt… but since fill-in players and goalies cannot win awards (or can they?)… We’ll just have to give Alby a nice round of applause for posting a 1-day 2.5 GAA double performance.
(Insert Applause Here) Nice job Alby… thanks for the 2-points too!!
No Justice… No Peace
Wait WHAT??? Alby Luise won a “Player of the Week Award”??? For what??
Alby won the Five Guys Lunch Pail Gang Award for;
Not facing 50 shots - (He actually faced 53, but that's not why)
Playing back to back games - (Which is unrecognizable, right JeffDeharo and the Shutout you posted for Broken Promises while filling in)
Got that damn monkey off his back – (The WHOLE damn team was wearing monkeys on their backs… One more loss and we would have changed the team name to “Planet of the Apes”)
Made multiple timely saves in the second period - (That’s his job!!)
Preserve the win – (By only giving up 3-goals??)
Here’s who got screwed… A player that scored a Hattrick and assisted on the other two goals that his team scored during a 5-3 win (Their FIRST of the season). We would like to send our sincerest apologies to Gino Tammaro who now has to buy his own coffee this week, because apparently factoring in ALL (5) Goals is not worthy enough for the Dunkin Donuts POW Award.
Rick Cassano should be the one eating a free hamburger for his (2) goals while Gino enjoys the sweet taste of a new Dunkin Donut’s Hot Macchiato or Espresso with his Biscotti from Mike’s…. while Alby enjoys our cheers (Insert Applause Here).
Another week … (another screwing) … and until we get it right every week. No Justice, No Peace (in the press).
Nice new gloves
Tony Bono must have hit on a scratch ticket… because someone was sporting a nice new pair of gloves. Only problem, our sources witnessed Tony drop his stick and after several attempts to pick it up… he had to remove his oversized glove to retrieve his lumber while play continued around him.
Thankfully he didn’t have to use his team’s timeout and ask the referee for assistance.
Save your receipts
To All Over-30 League Players; After paying your registration fees…save your receipt. You’ll need it if you approached for an overdue balance due (even if you have paid in full).
Normally Assistant League Director and rookie Referee Mike Naczas reserves his bullying tactics for Girl Scout Cookie Season… but last week players were nervous the overzealous ALD was trying to extort money even though they had a zero balance.
So save your receipts… and be forewarned… you WILL be purchasing Girl Scout Cookies next year (January 2016) or else!!
Penalty vs No Penalty
Ok can we all stop the bitching and crying to the refs every time the ball leaves the dek area. Before you open your mouth and cry at the refs for a penalty… here is the”official” rule; “Learn It, Know it, Live it” – Brad Hamilton (Fast Times at Ridgemont High).
A Delay of Game penalty shall be called on any player who shoots the ball FROM THEIR OWN DEFENSIVE ZONE and ABOVE THE PLEXIGLASSsurrounding the rink into the perimeter netting, causing a stoppage in play.
No warning shall be given to the offending player and that player shall be given a 1-minute minor penalty for Delay of Game.
If any player shoots the ball directly into the PENALY BOX area or onto the player BENCH AREA, this WILL NOT result in a Delay of Game penalty.
The only exception to this rule is if the player is a goalie who shoots the ball into the PENALY BOX area or onto the player BENCH AREA. If, in the discretion of the referee, if this is done intentionally, the offending goalie will be issued a warning on their first offense, then assessed a 1-minute minor penalty for Delay of Game for any further subsequent offenses. Any Delay of Game penalty by the goalie must be served by one of the players on the dek at the time of the offense.
Over-30 Halloween Costumes
Last week we saw Johnny Mastrocola’s picture online of his Halloween costume.
We’re still waiting for pictures… but we heard some of the players talking about what they were going to dress up as for Halloween following the games last week.
So we thought we’d share what we overheard:
Mike Surette was going as a “Redwood Tree”
Gary Goodwin wearing #77 and going as a “Goal Scorer”
Umberto Biancardi donning his red pants and “Papa Smurf” hat (of course)
Scott Young as “The Invisible Man”
Alby Luise as a big hunk of “Swiss Cheese”
Shaun Miville also wearing #77 but going as the new “Great One”
Dan Broderick as the “Old Man of the Mountain” silhouette
Jason Carrien just wore his Over-30 jersey and went as Maurice “Rocket” Richard… and got a bag full of rocks.
Over-30 Complaint Department
Here is an actual letter submitted to the points committee. Names and specific details were edited to protect the innocent.
Dear Points Committee Members,
I hate to send this disgruntled email because normally stats mean nothing to me but since it’s the Over-30 league and a lot of the fun about the league includes stat-tracking, newsletters, head to head side betting, trash talk, etc.
I have to air my grievance about not getting credit for all my points. There are 2 instances, one where I didn’t even get the credit for a legit assist and the other this past week where I was credited for an assist on the game sheet but not in any of the team stats, league leaders, and head to head sections.
I stayed at XXg XX ast. If done correctly it should read XXg XX ast. XXpts. (Not including the missed assist from another game.)
I guess part of me being mad about it is because I have a fairly large side bet ####edited #### with #### edited ##### as we have been very good friends for ##edited## years now sooo bragging rights are a premium.
Personally individual stats mean nothing to me but since u guys keep them (for the fun of it of course) I think they should be done accurately otherwise why even bother. I feel like what’s fun about this league (outside of the play) has been ruined for me because of this.
For me winning is really the only thing that matters and I will continue to do everything I can to help my team win. It’s just disappointing that I can’t enjoy all that this league has to offer (or is supposed to offer).
Ray Nickerson (This is every season for Ray)
Matty Iannello (Winning got him a tie for 2014 Winter Season co-Leading Scorer)
Joe Shannon (All your points don’t count if it was you)
Dominic DeFrancisco (Doing all he can to catch Shaun Miville for the lead)
Shaun Miville (Doing all he can to stay ahead of Dominic)
A Rookie (Suffering from “Picarditis” in only his first season) <=== this one
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