Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
24 Years and counting
Article 302 December 5, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of November 28 (Game 1) – Staying alive! That was the rallying call for Consigliere coming into this game. Win the game and they would only be 1 point out of the final playoff spot and would put the pressure squarely on Island of Misfit Toys. Lose this game and they would need to win both their remaining games to qualify. Perhaps inspired by a Turtle scoring early in this game, Consigliere jumped out to a commanding four goal lead and hung on for a much needed win over Labatt Blues, by a score of 4 – 3.
Needing a spark early, Consigliere got just that only a minute and a half into the first period as the Turtle, Joe Mancinelli was set up out front by Angelo Deluca and Derrick Power. Energized by the Turtle, Consigliere quickly jumped on the momentum as Gino Tamarro used his uncanny speed and scored 2-goals in less than two minutes. His first goal caught the defense of Labatt Blues off guard as they failed to react to a high clearing pass (was it a lob?) from Mike Hollingsworth that fell just over their heads at the blue line. Before they could react, Gino broke between the defensemen, jumped on the ball, and scored on a breakaway. On his second goal, Gino was set up on the wing by John Lasala Jr giving his team a commanding lead.
In the second period, John Lasala Jr scored his first goal of the season unassisted on a booming slap shot halfway through the period. With just over two minutes to play in the period, the hustle of Shawn Miville resulted in an unassisted goal mouth stuff to get his team back into this game.
Trailing going into the third period, Labatt Blues continued to be frustrated by the outstanding positional play and blocking of shots by the entire Consigliere team. Late in the third period, Labatt Blues mounted a furious comeback as they scored two goals in the last three minutes, as Tony Mastrocola scored in close, which was followed by Shawn receiving a brilliant cross circle pass from Ray Dow. However, it was too little too late as Labatt Blues could not recover from that early four goal deficit. With this loss, Labatt Blues has now lost three straight games.
Week of November 28 (Game 2) – In a tightly played defensive battle, with offensive scoring chances at a premium, HABitual Complainers took advantage of a very late goal from John Leite to pull out a 2 – 1 win over Island of Misfit Toys. The last second loss was an emotional loss for Island of Misfit Toys as they head into their final game of the season going head-to-head against Consigliere for that final playoff spot.
In a scoreless first period, HABitual Complainers carried most of the play with their team speed as they outshot Island of Misfit Toys by a 10-3 differential. However, neither team could score.
Early in the second period, less than thirty seconds in, HABitual Complainers scored the game’s first goal as Joe Carlton was set up out front by Brian Kehoe. Answering right back less than two minutes later, Mike O’Neil stayed hot, scoring out front set up by Jamie Kehoe and Colleen O’Connell from the point. For Mike, it was the fifth goal scored in the last four games.
The game settled down as a defensive battle from the second half of this game onwards and definitely looked like this game was heading to overtime and Island of Misfit Toys would pick up at least a crucial point in the standings. However, before you could say “Codfather”, John Leite was sent in on the left wing by Tony Medeiros and buried his shot with only thirty seconds to play in the game. This was a crushing defeat for Island of Misfit Toys. Can they recover in time for a crucial head-to-head match-up against Consigliere
Trash Can Talk
Thanks Tosh.O Disclaimer
Welchers is for grape juice not Wagers
Turns out Tony Medeiros is not a “Welcher” after all. His mysterious award of shame the “pink stick bag” was being carried inside his hockey bag… which is a challenge violation.
Numerous emails were exchanged calling out Tony’s lack of respect for the challenge… and on the email chain was none other than the “Codfather” John Leite. Strangely enough John did not reply to any of the emails and remained mysteriously silent through the banter.
However, come game time Tony showed up with his sticks in the bag… so perhaps his silence weighed heavily on Tony as he probably doesn’t want to be shamed and kicked out of the family that fellow teammate Dominic DeFrancisco so desperately wants to marry into.
Thank you “Codfather”… and please remind Tony (through your silence) that he has just two games (plus the playoffs) to honor lost wager.
We’re pretty sure Mike Hollingsworth’s (Brady Like) “aired out” pass from behind his own goalie line to Gino Tammaro just over the centerline was a “LOB”
Gino was running a Julian Edleman-esk “go route”… When Mike’s pass narrowly missed the light fixtures and dropped behind the defense of Dan Broderick.
Dan blew his own “internal inadvertent whistle”… figuring it was a “LOB” and instead had to watch Gino collect the looong bomb pass and bury a questionable breakaway goal.
Note to Refs
If Dan Broderick, a Dek Hockey Hall of Fame and Living Legend questions if it was a “LOB” of not… Chances are it was a “LOB” and you clearly blew the call. Until your name and number is hanging in Leominster, don’t you dare debate with Dan.
Finally he scores
John Lasala Jr finally decided 10-games into the season (6 for him) that he was ready to score for Consigliere. This kid’s been in a personal slump… just last year he was nominated (twice) for the Goal of the Year Award, but was edged out in the voting by Colleen O’Connell.
John scored on his signature BLAST from the point… Did Jr wake up just in time to save his team’s playoff chances? Stay tuned for their biggest game of the season.
Winner Take All
For Island of Misfit Toys and Consigliere… every game they played this season is all meaningless. The wins and disappointing losses mean nothing now.
For both of these teams… it all comes down to this one game “Winner Take All” bid to get into the playoffs. Win and you in… Lose and you have a few extra Saturday nights to Christmas shop.
What’s at stake besides getting into the playoffs… Matty Iannello’s questionable leadership and Jamie Kehoe’s “Drive for Five”
For Jamie Kehoe it went from “Drive for Five” to “Drive to Stay Alive”… and now it’s all boiled down to just “Drive to… Do or Die.”
Can Jamie rally the rest of defense to step up and shut down Consigliere, who won their last 3-out-of-4? Consigliere winning ways came to life on Week #9 with a 4-3 win over Island of Misfit Toys has now come full circle for the battle of the season.
This is the primetime 6:00PM game so stick around and watch two teams battle for their playoff lives.
New POW Award
Jeff Deharo brought a new Player of the Week Award… and it was awarded to his own teammates. Jeff presented Tony Medeiros and Dominic DeFrancisco with the first ever RumChata “Player(s) of the Week Award”
Congrats and Saúde!!!
Poor Mike Hollingsworth… the man gets no respect at the point from his teammates.
We have watched week-after-week as Mike has been wide open at the point… while his forwards are down low trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Mike has always been a premier defenseman with a cannon for a shot. Sure the cannon is a little rusty from age and has a little less gun powder behind the blast… but the guy can still shoot and pass with the best of ‘em… perhaps when Consigliere figures that out (sooner than later) they won’t have to take next season down to the wire.
Over-30 Organization Chart
To protect the identities and anonymity of those involved in making the Over-30 the success it is today we are reluctant to specifically name names of the people that play key roles in the organization.
However here is a general overview of the operation from the top down.
League Director – Overseeing all the branches of government
Assistant League Director – In case the guy at the top fails
Board of Directors – Advises upper Management
Finance & Collections – Collects Payments and Payroll
Director of Career Stats – The keeper of “All” Career Stats (active and retired)
Game Statistician – Tracks all Shots, Penalties, Goals and Assists
Timekeeper – Starts and Stops the clock (most of the time)
Referees – Collect checks
Webmaster – Website Creation and Updating along with Special Advisor
What we are trying to convey is this; the Webmaster does not edit (or credit) any assists that is not recorded of the game sheets. Like many of you, he too has been a victim of the injustice that we call Referee’s.
As the Organization clearly shows, the Webmaster is the lowest of the lows and the bottom of the barrel. Emailing and Texting the Webmaster whining about points that you weren’t credited for on a secondary assist is like peeing in a diaper… No one will see it and only you get that warm feeling that it brings.
So savor that warm feeling knowing you helped set up a goal that you may (or may not) get credit for… or just smile and let your teammates know you just peed in your diaper.
Lastly: Please note all complaints sent to the “Points Appeals Process” are subject to ridicule and are the sole property of the Over-30 League once you hit the “send” button.
You want credit for an assist?
The official term is called “Picardi-itis”… It’s the act of begging for (or ensuring that) you are properly credited for an assist (or goal).
Remember one thing… the Referees are watching 24-players who think they know how to Referee (but won’t) and 10-whinning babies chasing one ball around the rink, so they miss a lot of the action like; penalties, off-sides, goals and assists (especially the 2nd assist). This is why Ray Nickerson is no longer your All-Time League Leader, as he’s had hundreds of assists not make it onto the scoring sheet.
Here is the proper way to get credited for your assists… After the goal is scored, announce loudly your name and number “on the assist.” Then follow the referee who is going to formally record the goals and assist with the Timekeeper and Game Statistician and stand over his shoulder as he announces the numbers.
If you don’t hear your number called… Selfishly use your team’s only time out to stop the game and call over the other Ref to discuss why your assist was not recorded.
Arguing and yelling seems to work best when begging and pleading fails… and lastly when all else fails, take a page from the Book of Ray Nickerson“$20 Bucks for 20-Assists” and just bribe the refs with a $20 bill… then watch your phantom assists skyrocket.
Here is another contest for an Over-30 Christmas Prize Package… and we couldn’t make this one any simpler.
All you need to do is guess the order of the Oldest to Youngest teams in the league and guess at their combined age.
We even gave you an approximate range for guessing and one of the correct answers in our mock example of how easy it is.
Will Ray Dow continue his winning streak… or will someone new take the prize pack from Ray.
We will give you these hints: (2) Teams are in the 400’s… (2) Teams are in the 500’s and (1) team is in the 600’s.
Teams range from 400 to 625 (not the exact range) and the middle team is actually 513 Years Old.
Below is an example... and official entry forms will be handed out.
List in Order
Guess the Team
TEAM Age (in Years)
1st Tie Breaker
Island of Misfit Toys
2nd Tie Breaker
Your League Total
3rd Tie Breaker
Write the Oldest to Youngest Team in order and their age
Winners will be those who place “ALL” five team in the correct order
1st Tie Breaker is whoever guess (closer without going over) the Oldest TEAM age.
2nd Tie Breaker is whoever guess (closer without going over) the Youngest TEAM age
3rd Tie Breaker is whoever guess (closer without going over) the TOTAL League Age
If we’re still tied after that… then we go to a Coin Flip Tournament that will not be officiated by our Referee’s because they miss a lot of calls… and if you “call heads”, they might miss the call.
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