Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
25 Years and counting
Article 319 September 24, 2016
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of September 17 (Game 1) – Sour Grapes just can’t seem to find a way to close out their first win of the season, as once again they had a lead late in the third period, but, couldn’t hold on, settling for a 3 – 3 tie against Shark Attack. For the second straight game, they held the lead late in the third period, but could not close the deal.
After a scoreless first period, playing without their captain and regular goalie, Sour Grapes took a two goal lead early in the second period as first George Medeiros scored an unassisted goal out front three minutes in. This was followed a minute and a half later by Rick Cassano’s goal set up by very big Mike Surette (who finally got credit for an assist and not see that go to another team mate (hello Jamie Kehoe in 2015). Two minutes later, after some lackluster play till this point in the game, Shark Attack started to press the defense which resulted in Mark Richardson scoring out front, on a set up by Joe Carlton and Joe Shannon.
Still controlling the play in the third period, Sour Grapes took an ill-advised delay of game penalty three minutes in, allowing Shark Attack’s Niko Vramis, set up by Jim Barber and Mark Stickney, to score on a wicked slap shot from the right point, tying up this game. Three minutes later, George scored his second goal of the game for Sour Grapes, set up by Steve Medeiros and Ricky, to retake the lead. However, repeating short history, Sour Grapes took another penalty a minute later that produced the same result of Niko scoring again from the right point on another slap shot, set up by Mark Stickney.
With less than fifteen seconds to play in this game, George had a golden chance to score his third goal of the game as he was sprung free down the high left slot, but, his quick shot went just wide sending this game into overtime. In overtime, Sour Grapes had a 4 on 3 advantage for two minutes but failed to capitalize. This game came down to the last seconds as Jim Barber was sent in alone with time running out and his slap shot went right into the glove of goalie Sandra Glista as time expired, as the girl prevented Mr. Have Some Fun from having some fun and walk away the hero!
Week of September 17 (Game 2) – Four weeks into the season, Yellow Submarine remains undefeated, winning their third straight game in a nail biter, surging back with three goals late in the third period to just sneak by a short-handed 11 Guys, 1 Ball team by the score of 5 – 4.
In a back and forth first period, Yellow Submarine took the early lead as Brian Kehoe was set up out front by Walter Maslak three minutes into the game. Mike Delorey, playing in his first game, shifted up front to help out on offense, scoring out front with under thirty seconds to play in the period, set up by Dominic Defrancisco and Alex Leone.
In the second period, both teams scored matching goals to keep this a tie game. Umberto Biancardi struck first two minutes in set up by Matty Iannello and Ray Nickerson. With just under two minutes, Dominic came flying out of the penalty box on a breakaway to score an unassisted highlight reel goal into the far top corner (wow what a shot!).
The third period turned out to be a wild period that saw five goals scored by both teams. Ten seconds in, Dominic scored another top shelf highlight reel goal, set up by Mike Delorey and Alex Leone right off the faceoff. Just under four minutes to play saw Dez set up by Matty and Ray. Just over a minute later saw Matty score off a two-on-none break with some nifty passing with Ray. Before you could say comeback, right off the ensuing faceoff, Ray Dow unleashed a bomb of a slap shot that the goalie saved but the ball rolled through his pads into the net, tying this game back up. With Yellow Submarine pressing the attack resulting in a penalty behind the net on 11 Guys, 1 Ball with just under a minute to play, Jason Carrien emerged as the hero, scoring the game winning goal on a slap shot coming in off the point with only seven seconds to play, set up by Ray (4th assist) and Brian, to cap off the comeback and remain undefeated.
Trash Can Talk
Thanks Tosh.O Disclaimer
Once in a Harvest Moon
We have all heard the expression "Once in a Blue Moon"... That phrase can best be associated to the current "Drive for Five (Part Duex)" candidate Tony Bono and his quest to be the first Player to win five championships in a row and become a “Once in a Blue Moon” Champion
Last Saturday we got to view the new “Harvest Moon” that signifies the start of fall and with that came a new saying.., “Once in a Harvest Moon”.
“Once in a Harvest Moon” occurs when both Mike Delorey and Umberto “Papa Smurf” Biancardi both score a goal in the same game. This occurrence will never happen again in our lifetime and note that both scored before “Mr. let’s have some fun” Jim Barber.
Zero tolerance policy reminder
Mark"Marky"Richardson please take 5-minutes and read the zero-tolerance policy on our webpage under the announcements page.
Arguing with the refs is only going to double up your penalty as it did last week in overtime for your team. Your talent is wasted when you have to sit for three minutes in the penalty box and then get ejected leaving your team shorthanded for almost the entire overtime.
The policy was put in place many years ago to remind players that this is a game and a league that is supposed to be fun and respect full to fellow players, referees and administrative support staff.
"A" stern warning
“So help me if I have to pull this car over”... Shark Attack Assistant Captain Joe Shannon was seen blasting his teammates in between periods as emotions started to flare.
Joe's words of wisdom... “We're all a team here, no one's a retard and leave all your negative energy outside of the rink and if you want to go home, go down your basement, and bang your fu@&ing head against the wall... That's fine.., but don't bring it here to this team.”
Step #1 - Hang Sign
Step #2 - Aim and Repeat
Let's see if Joe's pep talked worked as this week they are playing 11-Guys 1-Ball and one captain who learned to “have fun out there” and won two championships.
Goal of the year nominee
Looks like we have our first goal of the year nominee as Dominic DeFrancisco had the nicest goal of the season (thus far) just 10-seconds after serving his high-sticking penalty.
Dominic exited the box at 1:44 in the second period and picked Yellow Submarine defenseman Ed Nigro's pocket in the same motion... Before Ed even knew it or could react to it... Dominic was gone on a breakaway all alone against Tim"My legs are not too skinny for goalie pads" Hickey and picked the top right (glove hand) corner all within 10-seconds after serving his penalty.
In this reporter's eyes... We witnessed the first "Goal of the Year" nominee.
What an unbelievable effort and if he had a little help from say “no shows” like John"Codfather"Leite, Tony Mederios or the invisible one himself Scotty Young the end result of the game might have been different "7-Guys, 1-Sub, and a fill in goalie"
Back-to-back (and then again) back-to-back games for a "fill in goalie??"... Sandra Glista now has more games combined than the “Top 3 Goalies” combined. #Where’sSandra’sStats
Out of the 55-shots she faced, the biggest save came with 2-seconds left in overtime as a streaking Jim Barber entered the offense of zone (turned to check the time) saw that was 2-seconds left and blasted a slapshot that Sandra amazingly saved as she came out of her crease 15 feet to cut down the angle and preserve the tie… and turned a could be “Hero” into an “Overtime Zero”.
Another side bet
It seems fans now want to bet on Mike Naczas vs Mike Surette in a "Points vs Delay of Game Penalty" showdown.
Mike Surette leads the league in delay of game penalties with (3) while Mike Naczas sits on (2) points. Place your bets before Mike shoots another one into the net, or Naz records another “Punk Move Point”
Looks like Niko Vramis learned a thing (or two) from watching his cousin Mauro Colucciello take shots from the point on the power play.
Niko’s two power play goals came off the draw… and both we’re game tying goals.
Assistant League Jinx
Tim Hickey… you didn’t give up 4-goals because Dominic DeFrancisco had a monster game.
You gave up 4-goals because you were jinxed. Assistant League Director Mike Naczas was commenting how stacked Yellow Submarine was this season… and that Tim was the new “Jr” with similar mannerism and style of play (less the “equipment malfunctions”)
Shortly after praising you… the tires started to wobble on the “Hickey Bus” and you gave up a “Harvest Moon” goal to Mike Delory. #ALDJinx
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