Week of October 20 (Game 1) – After a lackadaisical loss last week, the Rhinos got back to their winning ways and moved into a first place tie with a third period explosion to defeat Gang Green by a 5 – 2 score. For Gang Green, the loss was their second in a row. Two key plays defined this game that took place in the second period. The first was a blue collar shift and hustle by one of the league’s elite goal scorers for the Rhinos; the second was a key injury to a player on Gang Green who was making a big impact in this game.
Gang Green jumped all over the Rhinos with a surprise go all out approach to start this game. A minute in, Brian Kehoe was set up out front by the hustle of Dominic Defrancisco. Less than a minute later, Brian returned the favor to set up Dominic giving the Rhinos control and command of this game early.
Needing something positive to turn this game around, the Rhinos caught a break early in the second period as George Medeiros was set up out front by the quick passing of Derrick Power. Still being outplayed and looking lethargic by the smothering play of Gang Green, halfway through the period saw Shawn Miville put his hard hat on and give a blue collar hustling shift that seemed to wake up his team mates. Shawn didn’t score but his hustle was noticed! With less than a minute to play in the period, Cooch pulled up with a lower body injury behind the net and was helped off the rink. Up until this point, Cooch was the best player on the rink for both teams. With ten seconds left, Niko Vramis was set up by Alex Leone, tying the game.
Inspired by these changes of events in their favor late in the second period, the Rhinos took control of the game with a relentless offensive push and ball control, never looking back. Three minutes into the period saw Carlos Machado score his first goal of the season as he was set up out front by John Kelleher and George. With just under three minutes to play, Jason Glista carried the ball into the zone, threw a shot on net and hustled in to take advantage of the goalie’s misplay and scored while lying on his back. George capped off the scoring with just two minutes to play with an unassisted goal.
Week of October 20 (Game 2) – In a back and forth game by both teams generating plenty of scoring chances, Black Hole won their second game in a row by defeating Coach’s Corner 3 – 2 in overtime to move up the standings. For Coach’s Corner, the loss was their fifth in a row, but, they earned their first point of the season.
In the first period, Jim Barber scored with just over a minute to play running down the right wing to beat the goalie on an unassisted goal and start a new goal scoring streak.
After a scoreless second period that saw Coach’s Corner Tony Bono standing all alone in the slot receiving a pass to one-time into an open net, we witnessed Tony stop the ball, hold it, wait until the goalie got into position, then shoot it right into his chest, things opened up in the third period as this game looked like one goal would hold up. Two minutes into the third period, Nick Romano was in the right spot out front to take advantage of a defensive miscue in the crease, tying this game up. With four and a half minutes left to play, Jason Carrien jumped into the offense taking passes from Rick Cassano and Sergio Costa and came off the blue line to rip a shot past the goalie. Forty four seconds later, Coach’s Corner caught another break as another defensive turnover by Black Hole saw Todd Bryson put back a rebound at the side of the net after the hustle of Paul Correia and Angelo Deluca crashing the net re-tying this game.
Heading into overtime, Coach’s Corner knew they already had earned a valuable point and put their pointless streak behind them. Perhaps it was karma seeing how Black Hole had made two bad defensive turnovers that resulted in goals for Coach’s Corner, but Coach’s Corner turned the ball over with less than a minute to play in overtime that saw Shawn Wyatt rip a shot by the goalie from outside the white line. For Shawn, it was his second game winning goal already.
Trash Can Talk
Off the DL
Rick Cassano returned to action last week after spending the first five weeks on the DL.., which to Rick meant "Diapers & Laundry" until his back was good enough to get him out of the house and returning to playing hockey twice a week.
Welcome back Cassano.., kinda weird without Angelo Deluca but everyone had to breakup this season and like Steve Perry sang.., "go their separate ways"
Thank God Jeff Deharo won at least one of the two Players of the week award (and rightfully deserved).., because if Jeff didn't win.., we would have had to listen to Jeff bitch about how another player (Pat Pirone) won an award for just hustling and scoring nothing.
Portuguese Gone Wild
Last week we had a viewer submission showing a Portuguese player in the wild.
As you can see the wild Portuguese is stalking its pry.., probably an unsuspecting bottle Rum Chata.
"Run.., Rum Chata.., Run”.., but the poor Rum Chata never had a chance against its Portuguese Alcoholic Predator
Happy belated Birthday Tony Medeiros from the Over-30 League
Boy did Demi Moore let herself go for the sequel Striptease 2.., (no wait).., that was Mike Naczas stripping during the first period of Gang Green vs Rhinos.
Apparently Naz was being confused for a Rhino (no not because of his weight).., because he was wearing (blue?) while refereeing the game.
When the request came down to have the ALD remove that article of clothing.., he allegedly "let it all" hang out as players were confused on either to cover their eyes or put a dollar on the glass.
After witnessing Mike Naczas accidental disrobing.., Some of the players thought Pete Walters returned to Hockeytown to referee in the Over-30 League.
Other players wondered why Naz isn’t wearing a referee shirt.
According to Ray Dow.., Naz' referee shirt hasn't fit him since he shutout the Reckers (Summer Squad) out back in the early 90's.
With the income from the upcoming Bruins Raffle Tickets.., the league has decided to purchase new jerseys for our substitute refs which are very expensive ($97.46) for our "plus sized" referee.
It's not every week you hear the 20th ranked scoring leader yelling and trying to motivate his fellow herd of Rhinos.., when it should be his team yelling at him.
We're pretty sure Shawn Miville spent Saturday afternoon watching Tom Brady motivational cheers.., because he's about to be sued by the NFL and the TB12 brand for copy write infringements and the "use of accounts of the game without the NFL's consent is prohibited.
The frustration and pressure of not being amongst the top scores has "Miv" questioning his choice of Vape.., should he keep puffing on "Unproductive" or switch to "LET'S GOOOO"
Last week Jeff Deharo was called out by his #1 Defenseman Jay Carrien as having alligator arms when he tried reaching to save the second goal of the game.
However another spectator in the stands was questioning why Jeff was so far out of his net in the first place??
That unnamed 4-time Championship spectator was starting to think "Why is Jeff eight feet out of his crease.., is he taking the draw or something?"
Don't Worry Be Happy
Bobby McFerrin made millions singing "Don't Worry Be Happy".., now if Jeff Deharo could just hum that tune while he's playing net that would be great.
Up 1-0 going into the 3rd.., Jeff approached his bench and immediately went into a hostile tirade about something that no one was listening or paying attention to.., but that tirade only last 15-seconds before he was abruptly interrupted with a hostile "Shut the F&€K up Jeff and get in the net".
What's the moral of the story "Don't Worry Be Happy"
Where checking the actual stats.., but we are noticing a trend of only 7 or 8 players showing up week after week.
One thing to take into consideration before you abandon your team for the week.., this league is drafted using giant Algorithm's to calculate and balance a team's full potential strength (when a full squad is present).
Take one or two pieces away.., and you might get a hiccup.., take away three or four pieces and you’re bound to puke up a loss.
Congrats to Carlos Machado as he was first off the "No Point" list.., finally those Usain Bolt inspired sneakers paid off after just one week after being highlighted last week.
Has Gargamel finally exacted his revenge on "Papa Smurf?"
We haven't seen Umberto "Papa Smurf" Biancardi in recent weeks.., in fact he's only played 2-games this season for Gang Green.
But in those 2-games "Papa" managed to record more points than; Mike Naczas, Brien Sullivan, Walter Maslak, Tony Bono and Colleen O'Connell.
Halfway through the season we take a peek at the Head-to-Head Challenge and some key matchup’s and in particular.., the “Head-to-Head-to-Head” Challenges
First we look at the Portuguese Trio matchup;
DominicDefrancisco is clearly running away with this race… as he is out-scoring both of his opponents together. Tony Medeiros isn’t the high-powered scorer that the brochure promised to Dan Broderick on draft day.., and John“The Codfather”Leite isn’t putting the work hours in for his Captain Matty Iannello. Congrats Dom.., you could be the first guy to win the “Head-to-Head-to-Head” Challenge by outscoring both opponents combined.
Now a look at the Italiano’s Trio matchup;
Niko Vramas is taking a page from Dominic’s Book “How to embarrass your family in the scoring race”… as Niko is leading in the Italian version of the “Head-to-Head-to-Head” Challenge.
Every season that Niko is separated from his Colucciello cousins, he thrives on his own. He too is beating his cousins collective scoring.., and with cousin John Colucciello going down last week with a “lower-body” injury.., all the pressure now falls on brother Mauro Colucciello to bring honor to the family name.
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