Week of March 11 (Game 1) – And the defense shall lead them! Rather than wait on their captain Great One to do it all again, Yellow Submarine’s defense stepped up in a must win game against the streaking Pylons (both teams had winning streaks going), winning in a surprising romp and shutting out their opponent by a 5 – 0 score.
In a back and forth fast paced period, defenseman John Carey jumped into the offense, just under four minutes into the first period, taking a pass from Ray Nickerson and Umberto Biancardi, walking in and beating the goalie on a knuckle ball shot for the early lead. The first line of the Pylons had their chances but failed to cash in.
Yellow Submarine broke this game wide open in the second period, scoring twice. Just under two minutes in, Jason Carrien alertly jumped into the offense, taking a pass from Ray and Matty I to beat the goalie far side. This was followed with under a minute to go by Matty scoring off the passing of Ray and Jason.
In the third period, two minutes in, Matty struck again. This time from far out off a turnover caused by Ray and Umberto. Game over! With less than three minutes to play, Walter Maslak cleaned up in garbage time, scoring a power play goal set up by Matty and Brian Kehoe. This game had the offensive scoring stamps of Matty (2-2-4) and Ray (0-4-4) all over it. Goalie Tim Hickey had a relatively easy time in net stopping all twenty-three shots faced in recording his first shutout of the season. Rumors immediately circulated after this loss that if Naz had played the outcome would have been different………..trust us Naz we have watched you play, and if you were there, the outcome would have been much worse!
Week of March 11 (Game 2) – Needing a win to move up in the standings and put further distance between them and Shark Attack for that final playoff spot, Sour Grapes had this game won only to watch in numbing fashion as 11 Guys, 1 Ball scored three late goals to complete a stunning comeback, winning this game by a score of 5 – 4. Shocking!
It was all 11 Guys, 1 Ball in the first period as they carried the play and attacked Sour Grapes, outshooting them by a
14 – 10 margin. Taking advantage of an early penalty saw Ray Dow score off a bomb from the left point, as he was set up by Carlos Machado and Alex Leone. Four minutes later, they struck again, this time Tony Medeiros ripped a shot from far out past the goalie, set up once again by Carlos and Alex. 11 guys, 1 Ball was totally in control of this game. However, someone forgot to mention this to George Medeiros of Sour Grapes as he kept fore checking and found an open seam in the slot to bat the ball out of the air into the net, set up by Sergio Costa and Dan Broderick.
The momentum kept swinging over to Sour Grapes in the second period big time as who else but George led the way with his relentless hustle and hand-eye coordination. Four minutes in, with the ball in the air, George calmly waited to knock the ball past the surprised goalie, set up by Sergio in the slot. This ignited another goal as Jason Glista unloaded a bomb from the right point, set up by Sergio that gave Sour Grapes the lead.
In the third period, Sour Grapes added to their lead, making this a two-goal game, and hitting 11 Guys, 1 ball with what seemed like a knockout punch as Otak Deluca scored less than a minute into the period. For Otak, it was his fifth goal scored this season and now only needs one more goal (thanks Jim) to beat that pink stick bag challenge. Game over right? Wrong! Held without a point all game and obviously frustrated by the results, Dominic Defrancisco, changed all that by scoring a typical Dominic hustle goal in close, converting the passing of Carlos and Shawn Wyatt with four minutes to play. With just under two minutes to play, Tony received a pass from Ray on the right side, and his long shot curved around the goalie tying this game. This game was definitely heading to overtime……not! With under a minute to play, Carlos’ “excuse me” goal completed the comeback for his team as his wrist shot from the right side was heading into the corner and deflected off the hand of the defenseman into the open net. Shocking outcome!
Trash Can Talk
Guess Who’s Back?
No not Scott Young… like 11-Guys, 1-Ball, we gave up on “Casper’s” return.
Welcome back Ed Nigro... Playing in only his third game of the season, Eddie picked up right where he left off… Shutting down Shawn Miville.
Don't forget Ed we have a two drink limit and a 4-game minimum to qualify for the playoffs.
We found out the real reason Assistant League Director Mike Naczas missed last week’s 5-0 trouncing by Yellow Submarine
Some speculated he was too embarrassed to show his face after the debacle the week before... But the real reason was he had some "soccer related event" to which he knows nothing about.
But what he does know is...
Punching Dance Tickets
This season's playoffs magic number is 14
With Shark Attack "attacking" nothing but themselves and almost "floating" dead at the top of the shark tank exhibit and only 5-games left to play the most those "nurse" sharks can only eat is only ten more points (but only if);
A) They win out the season and earn 13-point max
B) Their Captain starts scoring
C) Hell freezes over
So look for Yellow Submarine to punch their ticket to the playoffs this weekend.., and the “Battle to stay out of the basement” is officially underway as we come down the stretch of the 2017 Spring Season... Or as Mark Stickney likes to equate it to his favorite Christmas movie "A year without the Playoffs"
Pylon Captain John Kelleher might want to rethink his "Plan B" for when he's missing have his defense.
Putting Joe"Turtle"Mancinelli back on defense might have looked good on paper.., but unfortunately it's on the same paper that suggested that John Colucciello should be drafted as a top line defenseman.
In "Turtles Defense" he's having the same depressing season as Jim Barber with just 1-goal and 2-assists... But it was hard to watch "Turtle" cough of the ball.., whiff on passes and have shot after shot blocked. Wait, Shark Attack had the BYE last week... Are we sure that wasn't "Cooch" filling in for the Pylons? Cause we all know how that experiment turned out.
Never in a million years would you think that Umberto"Papa Smurf"Biancardi would get a penalty for "Roughing" of all things... While Pat Pirone was given 2-minutes for "Smurf Assault"
Though it wasn't a pay-per-view MMA bout... But it was real weird seeing Papa and Pat nose-to-nose as Umberto was protecting his goalie from Pat's infamous digging at the ball (after) it's been tied up... then claiming he was playing till "the whistle".
In the spotlight
If you going to have your new “Player Spotlight” posted on the big board... You might as well back it up but scoring the first goal of the game before the ink even dries on your printout.
That's exactly what Ray Dow did last week less than 2-minutes into his game when he buried a PPG from the point. Ray then followed that up with a trip to the penalty box.
Scoring a goal and getting a penalty was his own way of paying tribute to his idol(s) and the "Real #5's" Dan Broderick and the dirtier #5 Bill Abcunas.
One and done
Perhaps it was an over simplified challenge of just (6) measly goals for Angelo"Kato"Deluca to beat his pink stick bag challenge... Or perhaps the bookie calculating the spread miscalculated.
Whatever the reason "Kato" needs just one more goal to put his challenge to rest and earn his "PASSED" patch for next season.., leaving Mike Naczas literally holding the bag for one more season.
Could the "last one" be the hardest for the Green Hornet? ~Stay tuned....
Long Shot Prevention (Optional)
Looks like when Jeff Deharo was filling out the order form for his brand-new custom pads he checked the box marked "Custom Embroidered Name" instead of checking the box labeled "Long-shot Prevention (Optional)"
Jeff spent all his money on his pads “looking good” instead of “functioning good” by not purchasing the "long-shot prevention option"
What kryptonite and Lex Lutherto are to Superman... It's no secret that Jeff's weakness and arch enemy is the "long-shot", which all stems back to the Revere days and Rick Vancampen's seemingly harmless (dump and change) shot on goal (from his own bench) somehow trickled by Jeff for the game-winning goal.
Last week it wasn't a (dump and change) throw the ball at the net... It was (3) BOMBS from almost center ice that found their way past Jeff. (2) from Tony Medeiros and (1) from newly spotlighted defenseman Ray Dow.
15th Year Anniversary
Speaking of Rick Vancampen... This season marks the 15th year anniversary of Jeff Deharo's Hindenburg tragedy moment. A goal that will live on in infamy as Rick's feeble little dump in attempt.., turned out to be the game-winning goal and the Championship for Mission 3W.
Spring 2002 was the year that “Oh the humanity” happened as Rick’s (Dump and Change) turned into a Championship Game Winning Goal. Let’s look back and see who was on that team: Bill Abcunas, Tony Bono, Ray Nickerson, Mike Naczas and Mark Stickney
This story does have a happy ending for Jeff. Ironically the very next season Jeff Deharo went on to win the 2002 Winter Championship with a team called “Not My Fault” andthat team had fellow Sour Grape Dave Costa on it
Whoever said lightning doesn't strike the same place twice was dead wrong.
Last week we witness Tony Medeiros score the same goal from almost the exact same spot, not once but twice!!
Tony took just two steps into the offensive zone and a blasted lower left pad side shot that left Jeff Deharo shaking his head and sipping water.
Woman's Team USA Prospect
Congratulations to Yellow Submarine defenseman Jay Carrien and the birth on his new daughter Kelsey.
Weight: 4 lb 8 oz
Length: 17-1/2 inches long
Father’s Note: “A little early so she's got some work ahead of her but everything is overall great!”
Looks like little Kelsey is crying because she just found out who her Dad was… While Sandra and JasonGlista see a good looking glove hand for the Women’s Team USA 2035
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