Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
24 Years and counting
Article 312 March 12, 2016
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of March 5 (Game 1) – Mathematically still alive for that final playoff spot, the winless Island of Misfit Toys faced a must win situation in their game against Broken Promises. A strong first period put them comfortably in the lead, only to watch it all come tumbling down in overtime as Broken Promises made an incredible comeback to pull out a devastating
6 – 5 win in overtime. For Island of Misfit Toys, all they needed in the second period was a few timely and key saves and they would have earned their first win of the season; instead, the frustration continues to mount and may be too much to overcome as this felt like someone had landed a gut wrenching body blow to the entire team.
Needing a quick start in the first period, Island of Misfit Toys got that pressing the attack and smothering Broken Promises in surging out to a quick 4-1 lead. Leading the scoring charge was their first line of Sergio Costa with 2-goals and 1-assist, Matty Iannello with 1-goal and 3-assists, and Ray Nickerson with 1-goal and 2-assists. Offsetting this scoring barrage of Island of Misfit Toys was Nick Romano’s wrap around goal late in the period. Momentum and confidence was running rampant on the bench of island of Misfit Toys after this strong start to this game.
However, everything changed in the second period, as Broken Promises scored three unanswered goals in a span of two minutes to tie this game up. First, John Mastrocola took advantage of a mental mistake and failed dump-in at the off sides line that was followed by two goals in less than twenty seconds. Umberto Biancardi scored on a three-on-two breakout that quickly turned into a three-on-one break, which was followed by Alex Leone’s shot from the point tying this game up. However, answering right back late in the period was the heads up play of Jamie Kehoe, faking a slap shot and passing to Matty who faked everyone out and found a wide open Sergio for an open net goal.
In the third period, three minutes in, momentum swung back to Broken Promises as Mauro Colucciello scored tying this game. After a back and forth pace, Mauro missed a wide open net with three seconds to play. However, redeeming himself in overtime, Mauro scored a power play goal to pull off the comeback for his team.
Week of March 5 (Game 2) – In the best game played this season (and all of last season), HABitual Complainers and Labatt Blues played to a 3 – 3 tie. As a result, both teams remained tied for the top spot in the league standings.
In the first period, Mark Stickney was set up by Dan Broderick and Ray Dow, giving Labatt Blues the early lead.
In the second period, Dominic Defrancisco made a point to take over this game for his team, scoring 2-goals to put his team in front. Dominic’s first goal resulted on a determined individual effort. His second goal was set up out front by Jason Glista and John Leite. With less than two minutes to play in the period, Tony Mastrocola found himself open out front, set up by Walter Maslak and Anthony Lauletta, tying this game up.
Heading into the third period, this was anyone’s game in the battle of league titans. Each team was trying to impose its will on the other and send a message as to who was the better team. However, Labatt Blues was effectively neutralizing the speed game of HABitual Complainers, while HABitual Complainers was doing the same to the league’s leading scorer in Shawn Miville and keeping him off the score sheet. Less than three minutes into the period, HABitual Complainers broke through and took the lead as Joe Carlton wheeled out of the corner back up the high left wing, set up by Jason and Brian Kehoe, to score the go-ahead goal. With just over two minutes to play and desperation settling in, Ray jumped into the play to score the tying goal for Labatt Blues, as he was set up by Anthony. Similar to what happened to Mauro in that first game, with less than thirty seconds to play in the game, Anthony Lauletta had the ball on his stick with a wide open net and pulled a Jim Barber and missed.
In overtime, each team had some scoring chances but the goalies made sure that nothing got by them.
Trash Can Talk
Thanks Tosh.O Disclaimer
Some weeks the league has boring games with minimal highlights and lowlights… Weeks where there is just not trash talk available.
Week #9 was one of those weeks where everything was just mehhh?
Week #9 Ketchup
Week #9 Lowlights: Top LOW story has to be what we are calling “RENT-a-loss Weekend”, whereas Billy Gardynski Sr filled in for both of the top (2) teams and successfully ensured both teams lost and preventing either team from clinching a playoff berth while prolonging Island of Misfit Toys’ chances of making it into the playoffs.
However, the elder Gardynski played one of his best games filling in for HABitual Complainers, despite the 4-3 Loss, Sr played good enough to give them a chance to beat Consigliere, but the HAB’s could not contain the speedy little Pisano Gino Tammaro who factored in every goal for them.
Sidenote: HABitual Complainers only (non-OT loss) was suffered without: Dominic “Franchise” DeFranciso, Jeff “League Leading Goalie” Deharo, Jason “Team USA” Glista, Steve “I’m taller than George” Medeiros, and Jason “I learned my lesson” Carrien. With that many players missing from the defending champion’s roster, they are not officially recognizing that loss and demand a rematch.
Week #9 Lowlights (Act 2): Billy Gardynski Sr filled in for his son it went from bad to worse as fellow chauffeur Nick Romano scored so many times on Sr that there was talk of them stopping at a tattoo parlor so (Sr) could get “Nick’s Bitch” carved into his short-side.
Week #9 Highlights: There are just two… Nick Romano and Gino Tammaro who both singled-handedly went on a scoring spree and was the main reason both their teams won.
There… there was your Week #9 Forum… now let’s move on.
The team once accused (by one of their own) of playing with “No Heart” seemed to get a “Heart Transplant” and came alive last week in what is the first of many “Must WIN” games for Island of Misfit Toys.
The “Toy’s” jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead and finished the period up 4-1… but then they let Broken Promises win the second period 3-1 to give Island of Misfit Toys just a slim 5-4 lead to hold on to going into the 3rd period.
Then it was the Mauro Colucciello show… Mauro tied the game with 7-minutes left to play in the 3rd, but the heroics were yet to come.
With just mere seconds left to play Mauro had a chance to be the hero (but) missed a wide open net when he pulled his shot wide right… however redemption is bitter sweet.
Unfortunately for Island of Misfit Toys in overtime BIG Mike Surette had to serve 90-seconds in the sin bin for tripping thus setting up redemption and a hero "goal of the game" as Mauro Colucciello buries a Game Winning Overtime Power Play Goal (8-Fantasy Points, Thank you!).
Whack Packer Goals
If this was the Over-30 Howard Stern Hockey League… It would be a week that featured goals from the Whack Pack.
For Howard he had “Crackhead” Bob, Gary “The Retard”, “High-Pitch” Eric, Fred “The Elephant Boy”, and Hank “The Angry Dwarf” that were part of a whole cast of notable nicknames.
For the Over-30 League… We have Tony “The Munchkin” Mastrocola and Umberto “Papa Smurf” Biancardi and both scored highlight worthy goals for their respective teams
Two weeks ago the top two teams only needed a win (just two points) to clinch a playoff berth. However, they both “rented” a loss and couldn’t lock up their pending seeds.
Last week the top two titans meet for the second time. The first meeting had Labatt Blues beating Habitual Complainers 5-4 in OT… and like the first meeting it came down to overtime once again. This time there was no clear winner as it ended in a tie and what Ray Dow is calling one of the best games of the season.
However, with a tie and one-point a piece.., compiled with an Island of Misfit Toys overtime loss enabled the titans to punch their playoff dance card.
Mauro Colucciello and the rest of Broken Promises who broke the hearts of Island of Misfit Toys were also able to punch their ticket to the dance as well.
Island of Misfit Toys is not yet mathematically eliminated, but they are on life support and a priest is in the lobby waiting to administer last rights with their BIGGEST game of the dying season coming up against Consigliere.
WARNING: A loss this week for Island of Misfit Toys could have the players making tee times for the playoffs.
Sticks and Stones…
Sticks and Stones may break my bones… but withholding my jacket will never hurt me.
It seems the “League Director” and his sidekick “Assistant League Director” are trying to punish the Webmaster for not posting a forum last week by withholding his 7th Championship Jacket.
It’s Ok, because the Webmaster has (6) more at home… which is (1) more than the “League Director” and (2) more than the “Assistant League Director” have hanging in their closets. In fact with #7, the webmaster jumps into the top 10 of all time.
Ransom and List of Demands
Advantage Webmaster… It seems the League Director could be facing a potential catastrophic problem for withholding the Webmaster’s jacket.
The webmaster received a text asking if he knows where the Championship Trophy is.
Call it perfect timing… but it’s actually in the Webmaster’s possession and he is offering the League Director an offer that he can’t refuse for the safe return of the historical trophy.
However the safe return comes with a three “reasonable” demands or the trophy faces several “Guantanamo Bay-esk” tortures until he complies.
I want the Week #7 scoring change on Shawn Miville’s behalf. All the evidence supports a retroactive scoring change to right the wrong that was committed by “Bube” when he called the numbers in the wrong order.
Failure to comply
Will result in the removal of all plaques on the trophy that contain the name “Bill Abcunas” and thankfully it would only be (5) plaques removed.
I want my 7th championship jacket to wear until I win the 8th one this spring… which will move me from the top 10 to the top 6 “All-Time Champions”
Failure to comply
Will result in the trophy being placed next to a rabid woodchuck den that lives next door under my neighbors shed. I’m sure he’ll like the taste of stained pine… or what he’ll think is marinated wood.
Third and Final Demand... Which will drive up everyone's registration
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