Week of October 21 (Game 1) – Upset game of the week # 1. If you asked the odds makers coming into this game who should win the game, the consensus would have been Trojan Horse who should be motivated after their crushing first loss of the season two weeks ago. However, the odds makers never consulted with Maybe One as they survived being outplayed in the first period, regrouped, and held on for a close 2 – 1 win. After starting out the season an impressive four game winning streak, Trojan Horse has come back to Earth losing its second straight game.
Trojan Horse came out flying in the first period attacking the defense of Maybe One. This aggressive fore checking led directly to the game’s first goal just over a minute in as Shawn Miville was being in the right place at the right time in front of the net, as Jim Barber’s shot from the deep right side deflected off Shawn’s foot into the net. As the period played out, Maybe One settled down which led to a heads up play by defenseman John Carey. With just over a minute to play in the period, John drew the fore checker in deep in his right corner, banked a self-pass off the boards, passed up to Matty Iannello in the middle of the rink who found Ray Nickerson on the left wing who hit running is stride John in on a partial breakaway who buried his chance, tying this game.
Carrying this momentum over into the second period saw Pat Pirone score two minutes in on a timely wrap-around goal, giving his Maybe One team the lead.
The third period was played at a up and down hectic pace with both teams getting scoring chances; yet, both goalies Jeff Deharo and Scott Rosato shut down the net and stopped everything shot at them. With time running down and Trojan Horse playing with six players looking for the equalizer, captain Jim Barber received a sweet pass in the right face-off circle only to mis-fire his scoring chance and fan on his shot…………..oh the humility!
Week of October 21 (Game 2) – Major Upset game of the week # 2. If you asked the odds makers coming into this game who should win the game, the consensus would have been a unanimous Blues Brothers; however, no one knew that they would be missing their top two forwards as well as their top two defensemen. As a result, Team Cherry finally won their first game of the season as they embarrassed Blues Brothers in a rout, 9 – 0.
In the first period, Team Cherry carried the play in scoring three goals to take a commanding lead in this game. Three minutes in saw Jason Carrien score on a set up by Mark Stickney and Carlos Machado. Three minutes later, Jason scored again, as he was set up by Carlos and Brian Kehoe. Just over a minute later, Mark Stickney buried his chance out front on a pass from Brian. Blues Brothers looked shell-shocked and offered very little offensive pushback.
In the second period, Team Cherry left no doubt which team would be winning this game as they scored the game’s next four goals. Three minutes in saw Brian score out front set up by Dan Broderick and Joe Carlton. Two minutes after that saw Joe score set up by Jason. Thirty seconds later, Carlos scored as he was set up by Brian and Ron Aquino. Rounding out this offensive blitz a minute later saw Ron scoring as he was set up by Mark.
With Blues Brothers giving no pushback so far, as evidenced by being out shot by a 24 – 8 differential, Team Cherry continued to find the back of the net. Three minutes in saw Jason complete his hat trick set up by Ed Nigro, becoming the only defenseman this season to score three goals in a game. With less than three minutes to play in the game, Ron was left uncovered out front as he pounced on a rebound on shots by Carlos and Brian to account for the final score. Blues Brothers picked the wrong time to have a bad game heading into their bye week.
Trash Can Talk
4 R's for the win
Matty Iannello "Returned", "Refreshed" and "Rejuvenated" from his 2-week Hawaiian/Las Vegas vacation(s).., Matty was so "Relaxed" that he strolled in so uncharacteristically late and he had Ray Nickerson starting to panic at the thought of his captain (and bread & butter points provider) might have abandoned him.
Matty Iannello now has 5,000,000 reasons to win the Over-30 Championship this season.
While is Vegas he walked by the New York, New York Sports betting room and noticed that Maybe One was floating at 1,000,000:1 odds that they win the Over-30 Championship.., So Matty did what all great underdogs do… he put down a crisp $5.00 bill and told the bookie.., "I'll see you in December for my winnings"
But.., just to hedge his bet... He also put $100 bucks on the “Even Money” bet that they will finish in 4th and not last place.
"May-Be-Three.., May-Be-Three.., May-Be-Three.., was the chant we heard after watching "The Great One" and company upset Trojan Horse 2-1.
That's two weeks in a row we saw the last place goalie and forum punching bag Jeff Deharo shut Trojan Horse down. Someone is starting to find themselves and realizing he can't count on his defense and its every goalie for himself in this league (Just ask Alby Luise)
Blues Brothers Goaltender Alby Luise used the 2-minute warning left in the 3rd to walk off the deck and apply aloe to the back of his neck, to relieve the sunburn he got after allowing 9-goals.
The league's "former" league "leading" goalie "lead" the way to the showers that was kinda reminiscent of when Patrick Roy walked away from the Canadiens... Except Alby didn't whisper anything into anyone's ear on the way out.
Not only did Alby walk off the dek... His (and his teams) performance knocked him out of the #1 spot all the way down to the #4 spot. That was the equivalent of "Black Monday" back in 2007 when 22% of the stock market value dropped in one day.
So now we have "Black Saturday" in which Alby's goalie stock value plummeted back down to a penny stock status.., and it's going to take a loooong time to get that GAA back to compete for the #1 spot again.
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Sean Roache is leading the league while playing in only 50% of his games.
Another Week… Another “No Trojan of the Week”.
The whiff heard round the world... Jim Barber misses hero chance
Dan"Buttermaker"Broderick and Team Cherry get first win!!
Week #7 is known as "Upset Week"
It was nice to see Paul Correia suiting up in an Over-30 Jersey again.
Paul was filling in for (yep, you guessed it)Scotty Young... and the funny thing is.., it was like having "Bizzaro Scotty". The both look similar.., both were baseball hats, both have no "A" or "C" on their jersey.., both were winded from not playing on a regular basis.., and both are a long way from their prime playing days.
What do you get when you take 2-slices of "Slashing" with some "High Sticking" in the middle?
You get Pat Pirone's famous recipe for an "Ejection Sandwich".
Come on Pat... You like mid-50.., what are you doing still slashing at your age?
Furthermore.., why are you arguing with the ref? You are not a lettered player... Shut up, get in the box and try to do a little better when you get paroled.
You have two signature moves that everyone knows about... (1) your signature wrap around goal from behind the net and (2) your ability to get penalties and argue about them... Last week we saw you execute both just perfectly on Scotty Rosato and the Ref's.
Someone woke up Mark Stickney and Team Cherry... We're pretty sure that after Mark's last two disappointing seasons with Shark Attack is what promoted Mark to get tougher last week...
Looks like Mark and his new attitude is ready to take this team of underachievers and guide them to the playoffs that he so desperately wants to return too.
If Mike Naczas wants to accuse Jim Barber of being a "Tabletop switch hockey player”.., Then Mike has to accept the fact that he has become a "Windmill" defenseman.
Last week we watched Naz "waive" at multiple balls as the opposing player blew past Mike by tapping the ball through his legs and collecting the ball on the other side of the par 3 "windmill" before taking it to the hole for a goal.., and all Naz could do is “waive” at it unaffectedly.
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When does two pairs beat three of a kind?
When you have defensive pairings of Dan Brodrick and Steve Medeiros along with Jason Carrien and Ed Nigro... Playing against arguably the worse defensive "trio" a goalie had to suffer through... Mike Naczas, Jimmy Clarke and for still unknown reasons Bob Snyder(on defense??).., No wonder Alby walked off after the 9th Goal.
Jake "From StateFarm" Deehan might as well have been wearing Khaki's while playing net last week.
We were glad to see you post your first win of the season (and the first league shutout), but let's face it... You only saw 4-shots per period for a grand total of 12-shots.., which was not impressive to the "Award Committee Voters".
However shame on you "Award Committee Voters".., you could have thrown ole Jake a fricken Bone and co-awarded him in your everyone wins something.., even Jeff Deharo won for a loss
Right Jake.., you tell them..,
Practice makes Perfect
We've all seen Sandra Glista taking the dek after the Over-30 League to work on her goaltending skills. Sandra spends hours facing shoots, practicing her angles and technique and even gets in some tennis practice as well courtesy of her tennis pitching machine.
Taking a page from Sandra's new book "Practice.., inside the mind of a Team USA women's dek hockey medalist"... Mike Naczas and Alby Luise decided to stick around after last week’s blowout and work on their defensive craft as well;
This week’s view submission shows them practicing after the loss;
You can clearly see that Alby is working on his "leaving the game early".., while Naz is practicing his defensive "windmill" stance.
After John"The Codfather"Leite spoke to his two Portuguese Under-Bosses Dominic "The Dominator"DeFrancisco and Tony"The Shooter"Medeiros of the “Portuguese Power” Crime Family... The three of them unanimously decided that they need to send a message to the returning Mike Naczas after last week’s performance.., so they sent Naz a little video and stern warning from the family’s enforcer;
Halloween or Reality?????
It's that time of the year when Alex dusts off his officer costume from last Halloween and joins 4 of his closest friends to pay tribute to The Village People...
Wait, what... Alex is a real Sherrif.., whoa whoa whoa Sorry Alex.
When then it's definitely that time of the years when Bob Snyder puts on doo rag and pretends to be Eminem for a night... Wait, what... he wears that thing all year round... WTF?
Then this must be League Director's Bill Abcunas' big night where he dresses up as a spineless Jellyfish and pretends to wear the pants around the house. Wait, what... Nooo!, can't be... He is a giant spineless pant-less jellyfish???.
Next you’re gonna tell me that; Tony & Johnny Mastrocola are not really munchkins and that Kellie Abcunas is not the wicked witch of the west... and that Maybe One (unlettered centerman) Scotty Young isn't a straw filled scarecrow who really has "no heart" for the game anymore.
The Great “Mini” Pumpkin
Poor Linus spent all those Halloween nights sitting alone in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for The Great Pumpkin to appear.., and never once saw him appear.
It’s too bad Linus didn’t have a Facebook account.., because he could have seen The Great “Mini” Pumpkin spreading holiday cheer.
Since it's Tony wearing that costume... would he be considered "a gourd" pumpkin (google it).
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