Week of October 6 (Game 1) – Desperate to break their losing streak at three games and come up with their first win of the season, if there was ever a prime time to achieve that, this game was it for Coach’s Corner, as their opposition was missing its captain and leader, one of their top defensemen, plus two other players. Problem was someone forgot to tell Tim Hickey who was making his season debut for Mixed Nuts and made Coach’s Corner pay by the score of 6 – 3.
Based on how this game started, Coach’s Corner came out flying and looked focused as a team determined to make a statement. And a statement was made just over a minute into the game as Paul Correia took a pass from Tony Medeiros giving Coach’s Corner the early lead. Just over a minute later however, Gary Goodwin converted a rebound off a scramble after a shot by Dave Costa, tying this game. Thirty seconds later, Tony took back the momentum for his team by scoring out front on a pass from Angelo Deluca and Todd Bryson. Keeping the hustle and pressure on, Tony took a breakout pass from Luigi Derenzes down the right wing, flew down the wing and scored with under two minutes to play in the period, giving his team a commanding two goal lead.
With control of the game in the second period and outplaying Mixed Nuts, all Coach’s Corner needed to do was stick to the game plan with their hustle, getting shots on net, and controlling the ball and the clock. That didn’t happen, as in a span of one minute late in the period, Mixed Nuts struck for two goals. Tim Hickey scored his first goal of the season, set up by Dave and Mark Stickney. This was followed by fill-in player X scoring off a scramble out front, set up by Mark and Dave, tying the game.
Little did anyone know how quickly this game would change in favor of Mixed Nuts in the third period. Forty-five seconds into the period saw fill-in player X score again. Two minutes later, Tim scored an unassisted goal out front off a defensive turnover. With absolutely no pushback from Coach’s Corner, Mark capped off the scoring a minute later as he was set up by Tim and Mike Delorey. The moral of the story for Coach’s Corner…………you play hard for a full 30 minutes, not half a game! Time will tell if this lesson was learned.
Week of October 6 (Game 2) – Looking to get back to their winning ways, if there was ever a prime time to achieve that, this game was it for Black Hole, as their opposition was missing its top scorer and game changer. In the end, Miv wasn’t needed as the Rhinos defeated Black Hole by a 3 – 2 score.
After a scoreless and lethargic first period played by both teams with little scoring chances generated, the Rhinos struck first a minute and a half into the second period, as George Medeiros broke out of his scoring slump, set up out front by Niko Vramis and Alex Leone. The Rhinos were carrying the play but didn’t have much to show for it, as Black Hole was playing short-handed and the toll was starting to have an effect towards the end of the period.
In the third period, the Rhino’s took advantage of Black Hole playing with only two defensemen with some cycling motion down low that resulted in Alex scoring from the point after being set up by George just over a minute in. With just under five minutes to play, a bad turnover out at the blue line was kept in by Jason Glista, who smartly threw a shot on net through a partial screen that found the short-side top corner for an unassisted goal and commanding three goal lead for the Rhinos. However, less than a minute later, Black Hole made a surge as Jim Barber was set up on the left wing by Jason Carrien and Sergio Costa giving Black Hole some life (we still say that Mr. Barber’s excessive celebration was not for giving his team life, rather for keeping his individual goal scoring streak alive at four straight games). Just over a minute later, Sergio was set up by Matt Farrell and Jason, making this a one goal game. Pressing to tie the game, Black Hole started playing desperate hockey; however, the defense of the Rhino’s stepped up together with the back checking of the forwards to snuff out any scoring chances, holding on to the win and moving into a three way tie for first place.
Trash Can Talk
Returning Silver Medalist
Congratulations to our own Over-30 "Defense Person"Colleen O'Connell who returned from Bermuda with a Silver Medal from the 2018 Masters Tournament.
Colleen also returned from Bermuda another year older.., as we wish to extend a "Belated Happy 50th Birthday" to our Senior Silver Medalist.
Returning Restraining Order
Also returning Bermuda with some official paperwork was our Paul Correia.
Paul returned from to the states with an official Restraining Order from both of the Woman's Team USA Teams.
To make it an official complaint each of woman had to sign the petition requesting Paul to stay 500ft away from all players at all times.
We asked Paul about the severity of these charges.., and Paul said "How cool is that I got all their autographs on one 8.5x11" document"
The Woman's Team USA was robbed of a potential Gold Medal on a controversial call.
Thanks to Paul Correia who was creeping behind the goal and secretly filming through the chain link fence.., he unknowingly captured all the controversy on his iPhone.
You can clearly see that the ball hits the post and comes back out.., and unfortunately that proved to be the game winning "non-goal" for the Canadians 2-1 controversial win.
We asked our on Head Referee Jon Pickard for an official Ref's perspective on how Referee's miss simple calls like that and he had this to say; "Look.., Last time I missed a controversial goal it put Shawn Miville on the DL for weeks after he slipped on his own (angrily tossed) spilled Gatorade.., so I prefer not to comment on the blown call by the Referee's in Bermuda"
The video clearly shows the ball hitting the post.., but you cannot see clearly who was Refereeing. The Over-30 Front Office is checking old pay stubs and Over-30 game sheets from that week to see if "Pic" was absent from work and potentially at the Masters in Bermuda during the time of the blown call.
There was a noticeable amount of players missing from last Saturday's games.
There were all kinds of various excuses on why players left their teams high and dry.., but we're pretty sure that these excuses were all part of an elaborate coverup to hide the real truth as to why players missed their games on Saturday.
Topsfield Fair Accountants reported that Turkey Legs and Fried Dough Sales tripled between the hours of 5:00-7:00PM last Saturday.
With no Jeff Deharo and Mike Naczas for Black Hole.., it was a peaceful 3-2 loss to the Rhino's
You kids are so lucky (and when we say kids.., we're talking to you who still have a "3" to start your age).., why are you lucky?
You are so lucky to be playing in the presence of a dek hockey legend and our own "Quotable Yogi Berra" that is Dan Broderick
Dan can recount Players, Games, Stats, Situations and sum it all up with a simple quote.
Last week the legend said "It happens all the time to us. We get it.., and then we give it up."
That dejected comment came moments after Gary Goodwin tied the game at 1-1 which was just 68-seconds after Paul Correia made it 1-0 to start the game.
Like a scene out of the Godfather.., last Saturday's match up between Mixed Nuts and Coach's Corner had an eerie feeling to it.
After Dominic DeFrancisco drunkenly called out TonyMedeiros and John"The Codfather"Leite in his diary ramblings.., "The Codfather" who was noticeably absent secretly prepaidMike Delory witha carton of cigarettes to carryout a "Portuguese Hit" on his underboss Tony.
Unlike his Italian counterparts.., "The Codfather" doesn't strangle, shoot or blow people up.., John pays his hitman to "Hit 'em where it hurts" as John's motto is "Don't kill 'em, just make sure they can't make anymore of them"
Last week Mike Delory's "targeted" clearing attempt was to make sure the world doesn't see anymore "Lil Tony's"
We used some NHL footage to simulate the "Portuguese Hit" on Tony.
Following the "incident" Mr and Mrs Medeiros then went on TV to explain what happened and how they now live in fear of additional attempts on Tony's manhood.
Hey Dominic.., after hearing Tony in this interview you might want to consider wearing a cup for the rest of the season.
Icing Rule Debate
There was some debate on a icing call (or not) an icing call last week.
Head Referee Jon Pickard said "If the ball is hit (behind) the icing line.., but the blade of the follow through is over the icing line it's NOT icing"
The Webmaster and our League Director (who wears a referee shirtbut may or may not have a certificate to ref).., both said that if the ball was struck before the line that "IS" icing.
We couldn't find the official rule.., so we are left wondering if this is just another made up Over-30 Rule.., like the MikeSurette"Suretting" Delay of Game penalty for hitting the surrounding net while in the defensive zone.., or John Coluciello's "3-second" rule for balls landing on the back of the goal netting.
Coach's Corner Coaching
Hey Angelo Deluca.., if the "Coach" in Coach's Corner is "Coaching" you.., he might want to "Coach" you and say "Make quicker decisions and make quicker passes" but who are we to"Coach" a Coach's Corner Player when you have a "Coach" like Dan "Coaching" Coach's Corner.
Already missing 4-players and their Goalie for Black Hole.., Sergio Costa showed up "sick as a dog".., but wanted to give it a go.., and Matt Farrell announced pre-game that he was just coming off the flu.
With those players not feeling 100%, the pressure fell on the rest of the five healthy players to step up their game as Black Hole was condemned to play with only 7-players (Thanks to the Commissioner's Veto to allow the use of Brian Capodilupo)
Dan Broderick was cleared by the commissioner and was going to stay and play back-to-back games for Black Hole .., but then he realized he had to catch the early bird special at The Continental (All you can eat Prime Rib before 6:30PM).., so Dan declined the offer to stay.
One player that couldn’t handle the additional pressure was Joe“Turtle”Mancinelli who after just one shift started to feel woozy and had sit out a few shifts to recover.
Concerns for Joe grew as while he was sitting there we thought we heard him say that; "He was coming to join ya Elizabeth"
Thankfully Sergio Costa after his bout with a post-game stroke several years ago assured "Turtle" he had some nitroglycerin (just in case).
So thanks to Billy's veto he almost killed "Turtle"
Badda Book Badda "Boom"
The scoring streak continues for Black Hole Captain Jim Barber
Withjust 3:50 to play and after several failed scoring attempts Jim finally broke up Scotty Rosato's shutout bid.
The "BOOMing" blast coming off the new Black Vulcan was Jim's League Leading 6th goal in 4-games.
Although the Black Hole Captain would gladly trade his 6-goals for 6-wins for the team.., it's really the pleasure that Jim gets from making the referees go over to the timekeeper and say "#10 on the goal"
Once Around the Block
All (5) Teams have gone once around the block and first 1/3 of the season has not been good for Black Hole and Coach's Corner as both struggled to put points in the win column.
The second 1/3 starts this week and this is when struggling teams need to pull some wins together before heading into the final 1/3 of the season.
The final 1/3 is when head-to-head records start to come into play and the 4th & 5th teams usually come down to the last week or two of fighting to stay out of the basement.
This is a very important 1/3 of the season for all teams... this 1/3 can make or break a season.
How to Qualify
If you want to buy the new Ferrari called "LaFerrari".., you first must have $1.4 million and meet Ferrari's stringent requirements before even being considered a candidate to own the super car.
First You must "own at least five Ferrari's, and one must be recommended to Ferrari by individual dealers, where the higher-ups (at Ferrari) then make the final pick. In this way, Ferrari ensures that the LaFerrari ends up ultimately in the hands of ardent fans of the car brand, who will admire it for the work of art that it is.
Vulcan Industries President and CEO; John Kelleher is adopting those same qualification guidelines for those wishing to own the new "Vulcan Black" super-light composite stick.
John is expected to take delivery on a limited number of new "Vulcan Black" sticks and to ensure these end up in the hands talented and highly skilled players like those currently using the new sticks; players like Jim Barber, Paul Correia, and Mike Surette allhave all signed lucrative endorsement deals for the new line of sticks.., although Mike thought he was signing up to be a free beer tester.
John is taking applications for the new sticks; to qualify for a new "Vulcan Black" you must meet some of the following criteria;
Be a previous Vulcan owner
Scored at least 2-goals this season
Achieved the "Four Horseman of the Apocalypse"
Won Back-to-Back Championships
Get a written letter of recommendation from a current "Vulcan Black" owners
Have $100 in cash
Above all; Respect the Vulcan Brand and not whack it anger
Fake News Retraction
Apparently Bill Abcunas was allegedly going to fill in for Mixed Nuts as reported last week in the media.
Once again the readers were subjected to "fake news" as Billy was demoted to referee duties (in the absence of the ailing Ric Aylwin).
But remember; if your team is down a few players.., don't be surprised if Billy suits up for your team to get that "one game" qualification rule that will allow him to win a potential new championship jacket (if Todd Bryson doesn't screw it up)
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