Week of February 15 (Game 1) – There are some games played during the season that have a lot of hype building up before the actual game, while other games act as a turning point for one team and define their season. Such may have been the case with Drama Queens. Struggling to find consistency and their overall game, they may have just saved their season with a comeback 4 – 2 win over the free falling Jake-O-Lanterns team.
Coming into this game, even though Jake-O-Lanterns had lost three straight games, with a win they could keep Drama Queens two games behind them in the standings while holding a key tie breaker in head to head wins. In the first period it was all Jake-O-Lanterns as they kept storming the Drama Queens net looking for the first goal; however, all they found was goalie Jeff Deharo stopping everything thrown his way. With two minutes to play in the period, it was Drama Queens who scored first as Ray Dow converted the rebounds of Umberto Biancardi and Tim Hickey shots for the game’s first goal. Less than a minute later, Angelo Deluca tied it on a very fluky goal as his initial shot went high and wide over the net only to come back down hitting the chest of the goalie dropping into the net tying the game.
In the second period, a blitzkrieg of three goals within a minute and fifteen seconds ultimately sealed the win for Drama Queens. Only thirty seconds into the period, Nick Doherty found an opening at the crease on a pass from George Medeiros to give Jake-O-Lanterns the lead. Just under a minute later, Joe Carlton set up shop on the wing and buried the tying goal off the passing of Tony Bono and Cooch. On the ensuing power play thirty seconds later, Ray scored his second goal on a seeing eye shot from out high off a pass from Cooch. That go ahead goal changed the momentum and took the wind out of Jake-O-Lanterns. For good measure, forty-three seconds after that goal, Joe added an insurance goal, set up by Cooch.
The question for captain Matty Iannello after his team has now lost four straight games is two-fold. First, is it time for him to move back up front on offense as his team clearly needs a “finisher?” Secondly, someone on the team has to speak up and address the issue of playing a full 30 minutes and not giving up when things aren’t going in favor of your team.
Week of February 15 (Game 2) – In a battle of titans and the two hottest teams in the league, this game had a playoff like feel to it and lived up to all pre-game expectations, as Shockwave held on to defeat Snow White by a score of 2 – 1.
Coming into this game, Shockwave had won four of their first five games, while Snow White was rolling on a three game winning streak. Something had to give. A underlying storyline was the return of Matt Farrell off IR for Snow White.
After a scoreless first period that saw Snow White carry the play, mainly due to the emotional boost of the return of Matt Farrell, early in the second period only twelve seconds into the period, Shockwave’s Derrick Powers picked the right time to score his first goal of the season, on a set up by Mark Stickney and Mike Roberto. Throughout the period, any scoring chances by either team were being matched save for save by goalies Sean Roach and Scott Rosato.
Heading into the third period of a one goal game, both goalies were standing out, while a game within the game was being played out in the center of the rink. As Matt was trying to make plays, there was Dominic Defrancisco hustling around the rink casting a big shadow on Matt. With four and a half minutes to play in the game, the passing of Dominic and Niko Vramis set up Paul Correia on the high left wing who beat the goalie with a slap shot goal giving Shockwave a big insurance goal. Snow White kept crashing the net as frustrations came out by both teams and tempers flared around the crease. With a minute and a half to play in the game, Chris Ducharme was set up by Ray Nickerson and JohnKelleher, giving Snow White a chance. However, the team defense of Shockwave together with goalie Sean Roach shut the door to hold on for the win. As this season plays out, it continues to amaze this reporter how the supporting cast of Shockwave continues to step up to make a difference taking the pressure off their captain. It also helps that goalie Sean Roach is having an impact producing season in net, stingy on the goals allowed.
Trash Can Talk
Like all good “Wannabe” leader.., instead of showing up early for a team motivational speech.., Don Maccini strolled in right as the ball is about to drop in the first.
Well “Mr Wannabe”.., we’ll let the former New England Patriots Defensive Coach Brian Flores tell you a little something about “On-time”
So remember; “Early is on-time.., On-time is late.., Late is forgotten”
Shawn Miville was noticeably absent last week for Drama Queens first regulation win of the season.
With a growing frustration with their lack of success, was “Miv” was off testing the free agency market trying to “ink” a new deal with a playoff contender?
Turns out Shawn was “inking” a new deal (through FaceBook)
Congrats on the new tattoo.., but remember League Policy prohibits the altering of league jersey.., so you cannot cut the sleeves off for the “Tattoo & Guns Show”
We found out why Donny Maccini was late to the game on Saturday.., it turns out he was working on some last minute set plays to roll out against Jake-O-Lanterns.
Here’s some of the plays and names Donny came up with;
“The Smurf Wiff” - We going to have Tim Hickey shoot on net.., intentionally miss the net. The rebound will come to Umberto “Papa Smurf” Biancardi who will intentionally wiff the rebound and Ray Dow will clean the whole mess up.
“Clutch Goal” - We need John Colucciello to beat Matty Iannello to the ball in the corner.., but “Cooch” I need you to clutch Matty’s stick without being called for a penalty and then send the ball out front to a streaking Joe Carlton for a one-timer.
“Crab-off”- For our Powerplay.., I drew this up.., I need John Colucciello to slowly crab walk your way into the faceoff circle and win a clean faceoff back to Ray Dow who will blast a one-timer only using 5-seconds of our allotted 1-minute Powerplay time.
Lastly.., to make it seem like Jamie Kehoe is still in charge.., we need to give up a weak goal.., I call the next play;
“The Flunky Monkey”Mike Surette I need you to cough up the ball to George Medeiros.., who will in turn get it over to Nick Doherty.., who instead of missing the net like he’s been doing all season. Nick will bury the goal and we’ll all “Blame Sasquatch” for the cough up.
With Don’s superb play calling the Drama Queens are now 1-0 under Donny’s command
Breaking News..,we were just informed that those previously mentioned “set plays” were not the creation of Donny Maccini.., it seems Jamie Kehoe’s car was broken into (pre-game) and his playbook was stolen and those were actually Jamie’s brilliantly orchestrated “set plays” and furthermore because Donny showed up late, he was never put in charge and according to Brian Flores, Donny was “Forgotten” and therefor is not 1-0 and cannot take credit for the win thus making Donny a...
We’re not sure if Angelo Deluca called for the “bank shot” goal or was just doing his normal missing the net shot.., but somehow we saw “Kato” take a slapshot.., followed by that distinct noise of a ball hitting the metal door jamb behind the net and then somehow bouncing off Jeff Deharo’s back and in for a goal.
Technically he didn’t call the “bank shot” but since it was scored against Jeff.., we’ll allow it.
Meet the Dwarfs
Matt Farrell is off IR and back for Snow White thus marking the first time in team history they competed with their full drafted roster.
Despite coming up a little “short” it was the perfect opportunity see “all” of Snow White’s Dwarfs competing as a team.., which got us thinking which player is closest to which fairytale dwarf?
Here’s what we came up with;
Shawn Mulcahy & Colleen O'Connel
Scotty "Magic Mirror" Rosato
John "The Huntsman" Mastrocola
Jason "Evil Queen" Carrien
That’s all Shockwave had to hold off Snow White for (1-minute and 31-seconds) and the hottest goaltender in the league Sean Roach would have had back-to-back shutouts.., but as we analyzed the tape and Sean’s hesitating and uncertainty on the shot and fumbling rebound left him in a vulnerable position as Chris Ducharme buried Snow White’s only shutout breaking goal.
We hear you
Remember the commerical “When EF Hutton Talks.., people listen”
Well when “Hall of Fame Legend” Dan Broderick talks.., league officials take notes.
Dan, who was recently relieved of his Captaincy to focus more on defense and less with babysitting the talent.., was overheard last week saying the league should strip Matty Iannello of his “C” as well.., since he is clearly not leading his team to the playoffs.
Coming from a legend who has also missed out on numerous playoff opportunities.., the league has taken Dan’s suggestion under advisement.
AARP Senior Play of the Week
Colleen O’Connell was robbed from winning last week’s AARP weekly award.., despite the 2-1 loss Colleen played a solid game for the 50+ Defensewoman.
Colleen had the AARP “Senior Play of the Week” coming in the 3rd period when Shockwave’s Mark Stickney was stick-handling the ball into the offensive zone looking for an easy point of entry to get past the defense.
Mark spotted his opportunity to try and go past Colleen.., who with one mighty and perfectly timed poke-check.., not only single handily broke up the fellow “Senior” offensive threat.., but she also took the ball from Mark and launched her own offensive threat on Shockwave Goaltender Sean Roach.
The fans in the Statler &Waldorf Luxury Suite went nuts after Colleen’s defensive play and lucky for Sean.., Colleen shoots like a girl.
We have a race to GR8NESS as Alex Ovechkin closes in on his next milestone of 700 Career Goals.., our own Matty Iannello “Mr 500” needs just 8-more goals to become the All-time #1 goal scorer with 508.
Fans, Teammates, and Sideline Reporters are calling for the end of Matty’s experiment on Defense. Since Matty has a better chance at winning a jackpot on an Encore slot machine then winning MVD because according to Jake-O-Lanterns’ team statistician his “+/-“ is amongst the worst in the league.
What do you say Matty? Let’s end the defense experiment.., and focus on 8-goals to become the official and statistical “Over-30 GOAT” and show Jason Carrien how to score 8-goals in only 6-games because Jay has ZERO chances of scoring 7-goals in 7-games.
Dressed to the nine’s
The #99’s that is.., Finally after all those championship jackets.., Pat Pirone has something nice he can wear for a night on the town.
The 12th Jacket looks the best!
Meanwhile Olive Pits Goaltender Dave Giusti wrote a piece for his blog “Between the Pipes” and sent the league a copy of his latest blog entry;
So, took the day off and went to the grocery store proudly sportin’ my new Over-30 jacket. In aisle 10, this lady comes up to me and says, “Hey, that’s a real sharp jersey!” Just thought I’d pass that along.
For the record: The part that I left out is that the woman was wearing glasses and needed one of those electric scooters to make it around the store...but she still liked it.
This week we have a long distance dedication request to a struggle boyfriend in Saugus Massachusetts.
The letter reads:
I’m dating this guy who is struggling with “a challenge” it’s not something that is incurable (maybe more mental).. but it is something that is impossible.
He’s almost halfway through his 7-goal challenge and has nothing to show for it. I spoke to League Officials and they can’t help but wonder if he was a nicer person that maybe he would have at least one goal?
So Casey to my struggling boy friend can you please play a song of inspiration for him?
Well “Anonymous Jess” we’re sorry about your struggling boyfriend and you’re probably right.., instead of “insulting” everyone with chants of “Booooo” and “You Suck” maybe then he wouldn’t be the one “sucking” and getting “booo’d” in return.
So “Anonymous Jess” here’s your song request for inspiration.
I’m Casey Kasem and this next song goes out to a tall fellow with low expectations and absolutely no chance of beating his challenge and quite possibly maybe even the worst failure in the history of the challenge;
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