Week of October 5 (Game 1) – Frustrated with losing their first three games of the season, Jake-O-Lanterns took out their vengeance by casting their own spell on Snow White and her band of Dwarfs, with a stunning comeback late in the game, to shock Snow White with a 6 – 4 win. Jake-O-Lanterns scored four goals in the last three minutes of the game to pull off the victory.
In the first period, Jake-O-Lantern scored the game’s first goal as everyone thought that Naz had finally scored his first goal in five years, only to find out that Otak Deluca tapped in the ball as it deflected off the goalie’s back and was going into the goal on its own only thirty seconds in. Way to go Otak on stealing Naz’s moment of glory! A minute later saw Chris Ducharme hustle after a pass from Jason Carrien and beat the goalie from the right wing boards. At the three minute mark, Snow White took the lead as Nick Romano buried his shot on the passing of Matt Farrell and Jason.
Getting outhustled and outplayed, Jake-O-Lanterns caught a break on a defensive turnover as George Medeiros was sent in on a partial breakaway by Matty Iannello retying the game at just over four minutes in the period. Before there was any momentum swing, only forty-two seconds later saw Chris score again, set up by Matt and John Kelleher.
In a wide open third period that saw both teams have prime scoring chances, with Snow White missing some open nets with their chances, Snow White was controlling the play. However, that all changed with just over three minutes to play as Jake-O-Lanterns scored four goals. Matty was set up by Todd Bryson and Sergio Costa making this a tie game. This was followed by George banging home a Cappy shot from the point fifteen seconds later. Unfazed, Jason was set up on the left point by Matt and beat the goalie five hole thirty-seven seconds later. With thirty-eight seconds to play in the game, a poke check at the point by Bill Abcunas keeping the ball in went right to Matty who didn’t miss with a thinking sniper backhander shot to give Jake-O-Lanterns the lead, stunning Snow White. On the ensuing face-off, won by George back to Cappy, went right to Matty along the left wing boards who swept the ball into the open net for the insurance goal.
Week of October 5 (Game 2) – In a game played with multiple momentum swings favoring each team, Olive Pits came back from a two goal deficit in the third period to earn a well-deserved 4 – 4 tie and point with Shockwave.
In the first period, Olive Pits took advantage of some timely shooting in taking the lead as Jim Barber was set up by Dave Costa and Ed Nigro with just over two minutes to play in the period. This was followed by Pat Pirone converting the rebound of a Rick Cassano shot just over a minute later. Undaunted, Shockwave got back into this game as Paul Correia was set up by the passing of Jason Glista and Jim Clarke to make this a one goal game with a minute to play.
The second period saw Shockwave carry the play and press the defense of Olive Pits with their fore checking. This paid off as who else but Dominic Defrancisco led by example with two unassisted goals. First, tying this game only forty-eight seconds into the period, then three minutes later giving his team the lead.
In the third period, as the pace of play picked up with some up tempo speed and both teams coming back hard on the back check, Shockwave kept their scoring spree going as six and a half minutes into the period, John Carey was set up by Dominic and Mike Roberto for a commanding two goal lead. Game over right? Not for Olive Pits as Jim was set up by Pat and Rick only forty seconds later making this a one-goal game. A minute later, Olive Pits got the game tying goal from an unlikely source as Ed Nigro was set up on the point by Dave and beat the goalie with a bomb from the right point.
Overtime saw Shockwave carry the play but both goalies stood tall to preserve the tie. With the point, Olive Pits moved into sole possession of first place in the standings.
Stars of the Week
The Over-30 league would like to publically apologize to Angelo Deluca and retract the reference of him making a “punk move” in last week’s game for the Jake-O-Lanterns that resulted in their first win of the season. The league called into your character of denying your team mate Naz from scoring his first goal in 5 years, when you tapped in the ball allegedly that was rolling into the open net. The league was led to believe in a since unfounded claim that Naz had not scored since September 2013. League fact checkers were consulted and confirmed that Naz had last scored in April of 2018. The game sheet and player card confirms this. Angelo was simply doing his job in going to the dirty areas of the net and making sure a goal was scored for his team. Any resurrection of the former nickname of “Otak” which was officially retired when you personally beat that Pink Shirt/Stick Bag Challenge a few years back, cannot legally be associated with you.
Sincerely, Bill Abcunas Director Over-30 League
Trash Can Talk
The first lap of the Over-30 race to the playoffs is complete.., and here are the first 1/3 results and our analysts breakdown. It’s really to speculate.., but we do like to recap each leg of the journey now that everyone has faced each other once so far.
Olive Pitsfinished the first leg of the race in 1st place due in part by not losing a game in regulation and taking 6 of the possible 8-points with a 2-0-1-1 record. Their summer championship defense continues with Dave Costa, Elder Lopez and Ed Nigro as Olive Pits is currently leading the league with only 11-Goals Against.
Snow Whiteprevious 1st place leaders lost their final game of the first 1/3 to the last place team which dropped them to their current 2nd place standing. A Defenseman (Jason Carrien) leads the team in scoring with 7-points but lack of goals by Matt Farrell and Ray Nickerson(1-Goal each) is the disappointing news for this analyst.
Shockwave(Officially in 3rd) but tied for second in points they are a very dangerous team because of their Captain Dominic DeFrancisco who is clearly the best two-way player in the league and the copper conduit for the “Portuguese Power”.., they are going to be a tough team to beat, especially when the largest goalie in the league Sean Roach is on.
Jake-O-Lanterns a team that started on 0-3 downward spiral managed to pull the nose up aircraft up before it nose-dived their first 1/3 of the season and won their last game of the round impressively over Snow White. It took 4-Games, but Captain Matty Iannello found his scoring touch (just in time for the BYE week)
How Close? Just how close did the Assistant League Director Mike Naczas come to scoring his first goal of the season? About this close;
First reports had “Naz” scoring the first goal of the game… as he was all smiles and halfway to his 2-goal bet against the League Director.
However; after the game the head referee Jon Picard was interviewed by Toronto and it was determined that Angelo“Kato”Deluca actually stole the goal as he tapped it in just before the ball was about to cross the line.
Flying Towel We thought Jake Deehan threw in the towel last week.., but it was really Chris Ducharme’s top corner rocket that actually blasted the towel off the top of the net and into his Jake’s crease.
If that was Jeff Deharo’s towel… it would have made the save and not counted (Remember that Mauro.., when his towel made the save on your goal)
Arch Enemy Angelo“Kato” Deluca has a new arch enemy to contend with in the Over-30 League.
Colleen “The Assistant”O’Connell was witnessed (not once) but several times breaking up Angelo’s advancements into the offensive zone.
“Kato” tried one of his Signature Kung Fu Hockey moves on “The Assistant” where he tucks the ball and tries to go by the unintimidated looking defenseman woman.., only to be stopped dead in his tracks.
After several failed attempts “Kato” resorted to psychical intimidation as he knocked “The Assistant” to the ground behind her own net and was quickly meet with “Booooo’s” from the fans.
Colleen was doing her best to rid the rink of evil plays as “The Assistant” was seen breaking up several Jake-O-Lantern threats and even managed to get off two quality shots on net in the process. Let that be a lesson to evil.., “Don’t mess with “The Assistant””
Road to Recovery Rumors are swirling.., Facebook posts are posting.., rumor has it that Mike Surette and Johnny Mastrocola are a week or so away from returning to action and making their debuts.
Mike got the green light to play.., while Johnny could be right behind him.
We reached out to Steve Iacoviello on his potential return.., but he was still on “Medical” vaping and was making no sense about his return. He said something about Doritos, Bean Dip and a Wizard.., so we think Steve still has a few weeks left to recover.
Yeeeaaah !!! (Awwwww) Not the start Matty Iannello and the rest of the Jake-O-Lanterns were hoping for.., and in a last ditch effort not to get blanked for the first third of the season. “The Great One” finally broke his mini-jinx with a hat trick.
However… we could help but notice that after time the Jake-O-Lanterns scored and had a little celebratory “Yeeeaaah !!!“ … but they were quickly turning around in the defensive zone and saying… “Awwwww” as 3-times they gave the goal right back to Snow White and deflated their hopes of their first win.
Jake-O-Lanterns 1st 9:21
Snow White 1st 8:17 (Quick Answer)
Snow White 1st 3:00
Jake-O-Lanterns 2nd 4:35
Snow White 2nd 3:53 (Quicker Answer)
Jake-O-Lanterns 3rd 3:18
Jake-O-Lanterns 3rd 3:06
Snow White 3rd 2:53 (Quickest Answer)
Jake-O-Lanterns 3rd 0:38
With the Jake-O-Lanterns scoring with 38-seconds left in the 3rd… we wondering if they left to much time on the clock?
Nope; Jake-O-Lanterns 3rd 0:19 (ENG) – First Win!!
Never Too Old When you get to be Ed Nigro’s age.., he’s learned many lessons in life and here are three;
Ed also learned to trust his defensive partner.., and to trust his slap shot. The Leagues Senior Defenseman showed these young whippersnappers that this old man can still score meaningful goals.., even though they are far and few these past seasons.
Ed’s goal late in the 3rd period capped off a come from behind tie to earn them one of those “Most Important Points” that we talked about last week.
Nursery Rhyme Time
After Ed Nigro scored the game tying goal… there were a bunch of kids watching and one of them starting singing a Nursery Rhyme to Ed;
This old man, he scored one, He played hockey till he’s done; Knick-knack paddy-whack, Give a dog a bone, This old man goes crawling home.
But before Ed could sign any autographs… the kids were told to get down below the glass… and to go downstairs this is a private rental. Sorry Ed, maybe the next goal in 2-3 years.
Hottest Week #5 Team With the only win during the Week #5 matchups.., Matty Iannello declares that Jake-O-Lanterns was the hottest team of the week.
Scoreboards Comedy Night Why spend money at the Kowloon Komedy Club or Giggles Comedy Club.., when for a free two-drink minimum at the new “Scoreboards Pub” you can listen to “Jay, The Insult Comic Defenseman” berate half the league after each game.
Chants of “You Suck”.., “Booooo”.., and “Your playing is almost good enough for;
Jay then tried out some new material as he insulted his former Captain Jim Barber that he looks like he’s just come off a bender.., and Dominic Defrancisco is getting “portly” and the only reason Matty Iannello stuck around after the game was because he won.
Jay, just remember like all comedians… Don’t quit your day job!
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