Week of January 28 (Game 1) – Do you believe in miracles? On those rare occasions that the Hockey Gods come together and smile down on either a team or player in the Over-30 league, the results can be dramatic. Even more so when the Gods favor both a team AND a player in the same game. Such was the case for Shark Attack, as they played their best game as a team and defeated Sour Grapes by the score of 2 – 1, breaking that four month losing streak dating back to October 1, while also witnessing Jim Barber break a 15 game scoring drought that dated back to mid-August.
Things did not start off promising for Shark Attack halfway into the first period as Sour Grapes grabbed the early lead when Angelo “Otak” Deluca received a breakout pass from Gary Goodwin and walked down the middle of the rink, surprisingly watching the defense of Shark Attack part like the Red Sea and keep backing up towards their goalie, giving Otak a free shot. Otak made his opportunity count on a shot taken from about 35 feet out that found nothing but net to the far side. For Otak, aka Kato, it was his first goal scored in his pink stick bag challenge (only 5 more to go!).
In the second period, Shark Attack took the lead and all the momentum as first Mark Stickney scored on the power play three minutes in, on some nifty perimeter passing by Mauro Colucciello and Bill Abcunas. Three minutes later, we had that rare “hell freezing over” and “pigs flying” moment as Jim Barber actually scored a goal. Actually, it was by accident as he stumbled on his first attempt, slid to his left in close and lifted his shot past a stunned goalie. Nevertheless, Mr. Barber did score to give his team a huge confidence boost.
The third period saw each team with some scoring opportunities, however, the team defense of Shark Attack continued to swarm and stifle all scoring chances by Sour Grapes, keeping these to the sides, away from the prime scoring areas. In the end, the aggressive fore checking led to the defense of Sour Grapes being out of gas and struggling to keep up.
Week of January 28 (Game 2) – In a game played between the league’s two undefeated teams, something had to give, especially with both teams playing without their respective captain and team leaders. In the absence of Matty I and Dominic, emerged Ray Nickerson and Tony Medeiros leading the respective teams. Yellow Submarine remained undefeated early into the new season with a comeback 4 – 3 win over previously undefeated 11 Guys, 1 Ball.
Halfway through the first period, the hustle of Tony and John Mastrocola resulted in Alex Leone scoring from the point, giving 11 Guys, 1 Ball the early lead. A minute and a half later saw Ray Nickerson being set up by Tony Bono out front to tie this game up.
With momentum on their side, Yellow Submarine took advantage of a defensive turnover three minutes in as rookie Bob Snyder stayed hot in scoring his second goal in as many games, set up by Ray and John Carey. However, John Mastrocola found his running game as he was set up on the wing by the passing of the Portuguese duo of Tony and Carlos Machado only three minutes later.
Three minutes into the third period saw Tony reinforce his self-imposed title of the Portuguese Power (Dominic who?) by scoring on a booming slap shot off a pass from Shawn Wyatt. 11 guys, 1 Ball had the momentum and were heading for another win when a costly penalty with only three minutes left allowed Ray to score from the left wing as he was set up by Ed Nigro and Brian Kehoe on the power play.
With this game heading to overtime, Tony Bono (playing defense most of this game) alertly jumped up into the offense on a counterattack, received a pass from Ray and Bob, to score the game winning goal with just over a minute to play. Ironically, the significance of Tony’s moment in the spotlight did not go unnoticed as his daughter Faith just happened to be keeping time during his game. How did Faith react upon seeing dear old dad score the game winning goal? She missed it as she was texting a friend!
Trash Can Talk
A wakeup call
It wasn't a Herb Brooks speech.., it was more like a "Kick in the ass wakeup call" that Billy Abcunas delivered to his new team before their first win in four months.
Tired of watching a team with this much talent that failing to make the playoffs last season… Billy gave up his ownership interest in the league to become a regular player, thus becoming Joe Shannon's third replacement after Joe and Paul White's immediate and sudden departures from Shark Attack.
Is Billy's presence what Shark Attack needs to right the ship and avoid the sequel Jaws 2
Can Billy help John Colucciello from coughing up the ball, and can he turn Jim Barber into a scorer like Matty Iannello did for Umberto"Papa Smurf"Biancardi... and most importantly can he help prevent shark Attack from missing another playoff season?
Stay tuned we have a lot more hockey to play.
Distinct Kicking Motion
Despite pleas from the Shark Attack’s bench to let Jim Barber's first goal of the season stand.., Jim himself will admit it was a "distinct kicking motion" and Toronto had to call correct "No Goal"... But redemption is better served on a breakaway when Jim finally got that monkey off his back and scored his first goal in 15-games. That GWG earned Jim a Five Guys Burger (which tastes better than DD Coffee) and more importantly gave Shark Attack their first win of the season.
Championship Caliber Family
If you paid your dues last week.., you might've seen this front-page headline lying on the table.
The fine young gentleman holding the cup is none other than Jim Barber's youngest brother Dave Barber who is a World Champion Candlepin Bowler.
With oldest brother Jim now tied for 5th place in All-Time Championship Jackets with (8) and winning 5 out of the last 8 championship games, The Barbers, like their Dad were born to win.
Best Defense Excuse
Much like the famous "Twinkie Defense" (Google it) and South Park's "Chewbacca Defense" (Watch the video)
Sergio Costa's excuse as to why his shot from his own "Defensive Zone" that left the playing surface and hit the netting in the “Offensive Zone” just does not make sense.
Grant it, the netting was 10-feet "above and behind" Shark Attack Goalie Alby Luise... But that shot does not count as a shot "on net" because it was in the direction "of the opposing net" or hit the net in "the offensive zone" as opposed to the "defensive zone" therefore Sergio should be acquitted of the delay of game penalty.
Sergio's defense was that his "follow-through" from the shot was "over the line"… and that folks... just does not make sense, so the referee must acquit
6th Man Presidential Ban
There is a new ban in the Over-30 league
Effective immediately the "6th Man" a.k.a. Jeff Deharo's towel that he places on the top of the net is now banned from the playing surface.
In back-to-back weeks Jeff's towel has been the center of controversy as two goals have been disallowed because the speculation is that potential goals from The Pylons and Shark Attack hit the towel.., but without conclusive video review both were disallowed.
If Jeff happens to win another close race for the Leading Goalie Award, the little blue glass trophy award better come with an asterisk etched in it.
Congratulations Jeff's towel you are now leading the league in goals against at 0.0
Hit the Showers
Taunting, Booing and Jeering are always fun spectator sports for the players watching the previous or following games.
Last week Sour Grapes goaltender Jeff Deharo had a little payback of his own when he doused jeering rival fan in the face with his water between the glass.
Jeff was like a little school girl giggling from one end to the other between periods.
Could it be a matter of time before we ban goalie water bottles from the nets too? Nah, it's too much fun watching them fly off from a top corner slapshot.
Oh Judas, Oh Judas
First John Desmond betrays Jim Barber and now this underground video footage has surfaced from an unnamed source… and this one hits close to “home”
Watch this till the very end…
Ball Buster (Video Breakdown)
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