Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
25 Years and counting
Article 323 October 22, 2016
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of October 15 (Game 1) – After four straight losses, and continuing to play short-handed, the eight players present for this game made a team commitment to play for thirty minutes and put an end to their losing streak. That commitment paid off as 11 Guys, 1 Ball scored five straight goals to romp over the Pylons by a 5 – 1 score. The loss was the third in a row for the Pylons.
Things started out well for the Pylons as Anthony Lauletta scored the game’s first goal, set up on the wing by Tony Mastrocola, five minutes into the period. For Anthony, it was his second game that he has scored a goal. The score could have been even more except for the stellar play of goalie Scott Rosato for 11 Guys, 1 Ball.
At the start of the second period, 11 Guys, 1 Ball made a heads up roster shift and moved Carlos Machado back to defense while Tony Medeiros stopped filling in on defense and moved back up front full time. That move paid off immediately as Tony was set up in front by Shawn Wyatt only twelve seconds into the period. Two minutes later saw the Portuguese trio have an impact as John Leite scored, set up by Tony and Dominic Defrancisco on a power play. With just under three minutes left in the period, Tony struck again giving his team some much needed insurance, as he was set up by John and Brien Sullivan. The play of 11 Guys, 1 Ball dramatically increased in the second period as they took control and momentum of this game.
In the third period, 11 guys, 1 Ball didn’t let up their foot on the gas pedal as a minute and a half in Tony struck again unassisted to complete his hat trick. Just over three minutes later, it was Shawn Wyatt scoring his second goal in as many games, as Tony returned the favor from earlier and set him up out front. Scott may have shut that door in net, but, it was Tony re-asserting himself as the self-proclaimed Portuguese Power of the Over-30 league……………with this performance no one could argue differently.
Week of October 15 (Game 2) – In the season’s first defining moment of a much anticipated match-up of contending teams, proved more of a one-sided affair as Yellow Submarine played a complete thirty minute team game in asserting themselves as the league’s best team, with a 5 – 1 thrashing over Shark Attack.
In a back and forth first period that saw both team’s defense control the play, Yellow Submarine had a slight edge in offense which paid off with thirty seconds left in the period, as Walter Maslak struck first as he was set up by the hustle of Dez and Brian Kehoe.
Early into the second period, Yellow Submarine increased its lead as John Carey scored from the point, set up by Matty Iannello and Umberto Biancardi. Needing something to turn their game and fortunes around, Shark Attack took advantage of a brother combination that saw John Colucciello score on a bomb from the point off a pass from brother Mauro, five minutes into the period. Game on! The next four and a half minutes saw Shark Attack pick up the intensity and carry the play to Yellow Submarine, pressing for the tying goal. However, this game changed dramatically with less than ten seconds to play as John Colucciello gathered in the rebound and took the ball behind the net. Rather than kill off the clock, Cooch made a bad decision to carry the ball up the right side in his defensive zone, only to lose the ball to Jason Carrien pinching in who alertly passed to Matty in the high slot who passed up a sure shot as time wound down to smartly find a wide open Ray Nickerson all alone at the side of the net for a goal. There was only one second left in the period when ray scored. Ouch! Shark Attack would never recover from this defensive blunder!
The third period saw Brian Kehoe score at the five minute mark, set up by Ray, followed by John Carey scoring a great top corner shot moving in off the point, set up by Walter and Brian. The moral of this game? Eat the damn ball Cooch!!
Trash Can Talk
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On a serious note
As many of you have already read via email George is actively recovering in a Beverly rehab facility.
There is no truth to the rumor that he was suspended indefinitely for lack of calls… As fellow referee John Picard is making the same amount of calls as George is from his hospital bed.
There is also no truth to the rumor that his internal ailment was due to a lack of guts... As we've seen him eject many Over-30 players for their tantrums and even put his own boss in the penalty box his dumb (player fill-in) infractions.
The truth is... like his referee style (or not)... George is part of the Over-30 hockey family and we want to wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his healthy return and his "I didn't see it" or "that's his call" excuses.
For the record
For the record… Assistance League Director; Mike Nazcas did not fall on his own last week, he was manhandled by an overly aggressive Tony Medeiros and once again the referees missed the call.., all three; Pic, Doobie and George from ICU all missed it.
Vodoo Doll Steve
Although Mike Naczas did not fall on his own accord ... The curse of Steve has claimed another victim… Last week it was Jamie Kehoe as he was breaking out of the defense of zone with the ball and NO ONE around him for 20-feet... when all of a sudden Jamie went from stickhandling confidently to stumbling and finally embarrassingly falling flat on his face. #CurseOfSteve
No Help Wanted (or needed)
It seems Tony Medeiros woke up Saturday morning with a premonition. Tony foreseen his future and his premonition was that he was going to have a BIG game Saturday night.
With only two subs on the bench Tony rejected the leagues offering of former Captain Jim Barber to fill-in... and instead Tony wanted to run with 7-guys, 1-ball against a full squad of "Miville-less" Pylons and in the process Tony factored in all the scoring with 3-goals, 2-assists and earned himself the Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week Award.
There are 10-Pylons and a goalie who are eagerly awaiting the healthy return of their 11th and most productive Pylon Shawn Miville as they are 0-2 since he went on the DL.
The league is waiting for Shaw's clearance to return from his "Witch Doctor" who's lack of Sports Rehabilitation has prescribed him "Rest and Vaporing" for his nagging rib injury
Yellow Submarine PSA
Matty Iannello has a Public Service Announcement for the league.
When are teams going to learn to stop trying to flip the ball over “Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo” or as we commonly know him as.... Dikembe Mutombo…, or as Yellow Submarine calls him; Jason Carrien.
The only way to get the ball over Jay's head is to violate the lob rule.
Uh..Uh..Uh… Not is Jay’s house
We have a new league nemesis matchup forming… Like Superman vs Kryptonite, or Scott Young vs A Complete Season.., we now have Umberto"Papa Smurf"Biancardi vs John "I need a cough drop" Colucciello
Two weeks in a row Cooch has coughed the ball up and Papa Smurf made him pay
The Blame Game
Matty Iannello want to make it perfectly clear that he is "not the reason" Jamie Kehoe did not earn his fifth championship and become the first ever 5-Pete Champion ever.
To prove his point, Matty would like to enter "Exhibit A" for the jury to deliberate and make up their own minds.
11 Guys, 1 Ball
So jury of his peers… Was Jamie's “Drive for Five” a victim of Matty's poor leadership as a Captain.., or Jamie's lack of defense?
The week after a BYE
After watching Shark Attack play one of the worst games this season… A few players are condemning the BYE week and placing the blame for their awful performance on the fact they were laying on the couch all day and all Saturday night.
We had our head statistician look into these allegations and learned that the week following a bye week teams are 3-3-1
So there is some truth to their allegation… Following a BYE week there is a better than 50% chance you will either loose or tie your first game back.
Concussion like Symptoms
Following last week’s Shark Attack embarrassing loss, Joe Carlton has entered the league's protocol for concussions.
Joe took the advice of his assistant captain Joe Shannon and went home.., went down to his basement.., placed his team issued "Bang Head Here" target on the wall, and repeatedly struck his head until he puked and fell asleep.
Joe's return is day-to-day and a game time decision for this week vs Sour Grapes
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