Week of January 6 (Game 1) – In a rematch of last season’s playoff semi-final game, Blues Brothers made sure they would not trail in this game and need double overtime to win that game; instead they scored early in the first period and kept scoring in each of the following two periods in shutting out Fool’s Gold by a 4 – 0 score.
In the first period, the reigning Portuguese Power Dave Costa, jumped up into the offense just over a minute into the game and converted a rebound of a Tony Medeiros (the former Portuguese Power) shot (what you actually thought that Tony passed that ball to Dave? Tony never passes; it’s always shoot first, pass later). Ina back and forth first period with both teams having scoring opportunities, each goalie kept shutting them down.
With Blues Brothers staying with their effective running game and quick transition game from their defense, they finally added to their lead with only five seconds remaining in the second period as Mike Luise scored out front off some quick passing by Dominic Defrancisco and Jason Glista.
In the third period, Blues Brothers basically put this game away, as the new Portuguese Power Dave stepped up on defense to jump up to offense and scored forty-five seconds into the period on a great individual play, giving his team a commanding three goal lead. With the game well in hand, Todd Bryson was set up by Dave with only fifteen seconds left to play to seal the win and account for the final score.
Fill-in goalie Dave Giusti of Blues Brothers had an impressive game in recording the league’s first shut out of the season. After the game, Dave was rewarded when informed that goalie Alby Luise will be out this season placed on long-term IR to rest an upper body injury (no additional information was provided for the medical report).
Week of January 6 (Game 2) – Prior to this game, the rink side chatter was calling this a pre-playoff determining game between the two teams who struggled last season. If we learned anything from this early season match-up, that was far from the truth. Both teams played hard every shift and were committed to running all game. Ultimately, Team Cherry scored in overtime to earn a well-deserved 2 – 1 win over Maybe One.
In a back and forth first and second periods and very entertaining game to watch, both teams had scoring opportunities, but neither team could solve goalies Jake Deehan of Team Cherry nor Jeff Deharo of Maybe One. Both goalies were locked in for this game and were making it very difficult for even prime scoring chances to get past them. The best of these came during the second period off the stick of John Mastrocola in the slot, as he got a pass from Matty Iannello but John’s misfire of a one-timer with the far side open instead gave Jake enough time to recover and make the save (meanwhile John heard it from the side-line hecklers in the Stadler and Waldorf luxury seats that his brother Tony would have buried that scoring chance and scored).
Something had to give in this game, and just about a minute into the third period, Jason Carrien’s left point shot on a pass from Joe Carlton, with Ron Aquino providing a screen out front, was saved initially by the goalie but the traffic in front caused the ball to come loose and roll into the net giving Team Cherry the lead. Halfway through the period, Maybe One answered back as Matty and Joe Mancinelli broke out on a two-on-one on a pass from Ray Nickerson and Joe held the ball (using his patented Turtle dangling move) drawing over the defenseman only to pass last second to Matty who buried his chance top shelf short side to tie up this game.
In overtime, fill in player Matt Farrell setting up in the high slot took a great pass from Joe on the left wing who froze the goalie just enough to slide a pass to Matt who’s shot found the lower far corner through a screen for the game winner.
Trash Can Talk
The Spring Season has officially begun and here's a few notables highlights that kicked off the season
1st Goal - Dave"MVD"Costa
1st Penalty - Shawn Whatt
1st Shutout - Dave Guisti(Guisti who?)
1st GWG - Dave"MVD"Costa
1st OT GWG - Matt Farrell(Farrell who?)
We would like to welcome aboard newly acquired defenseman Joe Gustitus who was recruited to bring youth and speed to Maybe One and initial feedback from the team captain is positive.., but more importantly the goalie Jeff Deharo is excited about the upgrade.
There's a new Over-30 shooter tutor that was installed in the Blues Brothers net last week. Welcome aboard goaltender Dave Guisti who will be taking Alby Luise's place for the Spring Season (more on that later).
Dave plays a wildly aggressive style of goaltending which seemed to work pretty well last week as his rookie debut was highlighted by not only a win.., but also the first shutout of the season which included some pretty impressive saves. Nice way to start the season Dave.
Hired Gun; Matt Farrell is on the TSA watch list as Matt was seen "flying" all over the place last week in his inaugural debut. Although team-less.., Matt filled in for Team Cherry and notched the GWG in OT to help point Dan Broderick and Jay"we will make the playoffs"Carrien in the right direction.
This week look for Matt to test to see if he's made out of 14k, 18k, 24k or if he too is just a piece of Fools Gold.
CNN Fake Schedule
We apologize for the CNN "fake" schedule that was released with incoherent screw ups.
It's sad that all the Over-30 office brass missed the errors that were eventually caught by the leading 2018 Spring Season MVD Candidate Jay"Boooooooo"Carrien.
Still recovering from neck surgery and doped up on medicine.., we reached out to the "League Director" for his comments on the drug induced screw ups and he only had the following to say;
It was brought to our attention that the newly appointed Pink Stick Challenger Ray Dow and DC United Defenseman is donning a helmet to get ready for the Masters Tournament.
Someone said.., "Check out Ray.., he looks like one of the original Nintendo Hockey Players."
We’re still trying to validate the comment as to was he referring the slow "Fat" player with the hard Slapshot, the "Skinny" player that had speed.., or the "Average" guy with a balance of both.
Secret Portuguese Meeting
So you're Dominic DeFrancisco and two weeks ago you lost the Championship game 5-4.., what do you do?
We heard through insiders that Dominic called a super-secret meeting with his Portuguese Underbosses; Tony"The Shooter"Medeiros, MVP defenseman Dave Costa and John"The Codfather"Leite to discuss the underlying issues on the team.
During their meeting in only Portuguese was spoken.., it was decided that Alby Luise“needed” to go on season long IR.., Bob Snyder should "consider" IR (or else) and they would send a "message" to Mike Naczas by slicing his sticks throat.
Positive Meeting Results
After consulting with Brother Mike Luise it was decided it would be best for his safety that Alby Luise goes out on season long IR and said that it had nothing to do with an anonymous letter that was sent to the Luise residence.
Rest up Alby.., good luck with the rehab.., see you in the fall.
Still "considering" IR Bob Snyder was standing on the Blues Brothers bench in street clothes when a VIP Guest in the the Statler & Waldorf Suite.., asked;
“Why is Bob not playing.., and who does he think he is Ottawa Senators Coach Guy Boucher standing on the bench pretending to coach?”
Then the true reason came to light as tucked behind his back (in his left hand) was a bright pink water bottle.., then it was apparent he wasn't "Guy" Boucher, but rather "Bobby" Boucher
Finally.., last week Mike"The Windmill"Naczas had his stick "mysteriously" break.., and you know it's caused due to his weak shot from the point.., not to mention it's probably the same stick that helped him fail his challenge many moons ago anyway.
However.., we picked up the broken stick and sent it to the forensics lab to have it inspected for cut marks or tampering.., but the results came back "inconclusive."
Hall of Fame Memorabilia?
After the inconclusive forensics test came back.., the stick was sent to the Leominster Dek Hockey Hall of Fame to see if they wanted to display it.
Sorry to say.., we received the stick back along with a rejection letter stating that they would only be interested in the Goalie Stick that Naz used to shut out the Reckers.
(Editor note: Many of you won't get that joke and reference.., but the people who do get it.., will chuckle)
It's amazing to see how many Over-30 players are endorsed by Vulcan Industries.., and by “endorsed” we mean they paid CEO John Kelleher $100 to own one of the lightest sticks made.
Rumor has it that Mike Naczas is looking to purchase a replacement and wants something lighter to use to "wave" his patterned "windmill" style defense at.
Side Note: Hey Pat Pirone the former "Snipe Incorporated" went bankrupt in 2017.., so the stick you are using is obsolete. You might want to talk to John about getting the latest craze with the Vulcan.., oh and speaking of obsolete sticks while we're at it.., Hey Bob Snyder 1987 called.., they want their "flow blade" stick back. What is that thing a fly swatter? Talk to John Kelleher and see if you can trade that in for a Vulcan.
Another Patriots Theft
We all know the story of someone that stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey and it ended up in Mexico. But the news did not cover his latest theft to occur last week.
We're pretty sure Patriots Video Surveillance captured Mauro Coluciello stealing Tom Brady's wetsuit that he used to keep warm for the Jets game.
Did you see Mauro all bundled up pre-game.., wasn't sure if was practicing shots on net or getting ready to deep sea dive for goals?
Backing his promise
Jay Carrien is not just putting cherries where his mouth is.., he's also putting his money where his mouth is.., Jay is setting the tone for this season as he notched the first goal of the season for Team Cherry.
Remember Team Cherry.., Jay is putting his career on the line this season with his bold prediction. It's time for the forwards to step up and start burying goals. Otherwise you’re going to hear more of Jay and his... “Boooooooo.., Booooooo”
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.., that's what we learned after ESPN's report last week that sighted Tom Brady was disgruntled about never winning the "Patriot of the week" Award
On WEEI radio Brady was saying how do guys like Umberdo Biacardi, Mike Delorey and Jim Barber up on the North Shore win the "Trojan of the Week" Award and that none of them have (5) Super Bowl Rings.
So for those who think the "Trojan of the Week" Award is silly.., it just goes to show that another Coach from another championship caliber team was reading the forum and stole Shawn Miville's team bonding and sportsmanship award idea
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