Week of February 29 (Game 1) – In a key game affecting the league standings, Olive Pits rode a hot goalie in the first period, stopping everything thrown his way, and got timely scoring to defeat Snow White by a score of 3 – 1. With the win, Olive Pits moved into third place in the standings, closing the gap on Snow White just ahead of them.
As the first period played out, it became apparent that goalie Dave Giusti was the impact player of this game, as time after time he repeatedly denied any scoring chances by Snow White, stopping all eleven shots he faced. Taking advantage of that brick wall in net, Olive Pits broke through with the game’s first goal with thirty-three seconds to play in the period as Ron Aquino converted the passing of Alex Leone and Mauro Colucciello on a turnaround goal.
In the second period it was more of the same by Dave as he refused to allow any shots to get past him. In one sequence as he was lying on his back he stopped not one but two point blank shots looking like Gumby in the net! Two minutes into the period, Ron struck again, this time converting the rebounds of shots by Mike Luise and Dave Costa. Feeling the frustration of facing a hot goalie, Snow White needed something to get them back into this game. It came less than four minutes later as Jason Carrien was set up by Matt Farrell and beat the goalie on a slap shot. For Jason, who is futilely failing in that pink shirt/stick bag challenge, it was his 1st goal this season. After seven games played, 1 goal scored?
In the third period, Snow White kept generating shots trying to tie this game. The period went back and forth until with less than three minutes to play, Jim Barber was set up by Elder Lopes and found some long dormant magic in his Vulcan stick to round out the scoring.
Week of February 29 (Game 2) – In a de ja vu and back to the future moment, once again Jake-O-Lanterns played in another high scoring shootout game that ended with the exact identical score as the prior week. The big difference, it was Jake-O-Lanterns who came storming back from a multiple goal deficit to defeat the first place Shockwave for a 6 – 5 overtime win. The win snapped a five game losing streak by Jake-O-Lanterns, moving them into a tie for 3rd place in the standings. They were led on offense by Nick Doherty who played his best game since entering the league.
In the first period, it was all Shockwave as once again they were led by one of their supporting cast of players. Three and a half minutes into this game, Dominic Defrancisco set the tempo, scoring an unassisted goal. Four minutes later, Mike Roberto snapped a three scoring drought with a goal set up by Jason Glista and Dominic. That was followed a minute later by Mike scoring again on a delayed penalty unassisted. Not the best of starts by the Jake-O-Lantern team.
But a funny thing happened at the start of the second period. Carlos Machado stepped up and started leading this team. His actions and positive commentary was a game changing moment as Jake-O-Lanterns scored five unanswered goals. Less than thirty seconds in, Nick scored, set up by Todd Bryson and George Medeiros. This was followed by two goals scored fourteen seconds apart tying this game halfway through as Gino Tammaro was set up by Angelo Deluca and Steve Medeiros, followed by Nick set up by George and Todd. With just under two minutes in the period, George scored off the passing of Todd and Nick. With twelve seconds in the period, Nick scored his third goal set up by Carlos on the power play. Hats off to Carlos for his actions and leadership, it was an impact moment!
Stunned by this blitzkrieg offensive onslaught, Shockwave recovered four minutes into the third period as Mike completed his hat trick on the power play set up by Niko. With a minute and a half to play, the highlight goal of the year was scored by Dominic, set up by Jason, as he took two steps over the blue line near the benches and ripped a laser shot that took less than two seconds to go top corner far side past the surprised goalie. In a back and forth overtime period with Shockwave having the advantage, Nick was sent down the left wing by Steve on a breakaway taking advantage of some open space and scored two minutes in, emphatically ending the game and that losing streak!
Trash Can Talk
With the exception of the Drama Queens.., all (4) teams got a pre-game speech last week about bitching and complaining with the referees and about calls (or non-calls).
The league is very (very) serious about clamping down on the verbal abuse and debating calls. Our referees are being paid to referee the games.., not babysit the players. This is an invitational league that you should feel proud to be a part of.., and if you don’t feel privileged, then go join a Hockeytown Team and see how that refereeing and league organization compares.
To sum of the speech in one simple phrase: “Enough with the bullshit and play hockey.., or stay home!”
Leap Year Achievement(s)
According to Google... February 29th falls on a Saturday once every 28-years except when a year evenly divisible by 100 is not a leap year like 2100. A default leap year is always a leap year starting on a Wednesday.
So what happened last Saturday will only happen once every 28-years so we decided to focus our entire PUTA forum on what highlights and lowlights that occurred during this potential once a playing career Leap Year.
Ron “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”Aquino scores two goals (sure he’s done it before) but they were two of the ugliest goals and one of which was the GWG to beat Snow White.
Jim Barber forgets his shin pads at home and has to borrow the ALD Mike Naczas’ and Jim showed Naz’ pads what it felt like to shoot and score a goal.., so those pads are good for another 28-years.
Jason Carrien decides Leap Day 2020 (6-games) into his challenge to bury his first goal of the season. Even though you failed.., you’re still young enough to try again in 2048.
Nick Doherty has a Leap Day miracle after several (and we mean several) failed attempts to score on a breakaway, he finally scores a nice breakaway goal. Then to cap off Leap Day 2020 he logs 4-goals and 1-assist on the game sheet. Let’s see what you do in 2048.
Sorry Dave Giusti you played a hell of a game last week and make key save, after key save on your way to a 3-1 win.
However like the state of Massachusetts during last week’s Super Tuesday Primaries .., you were leading in the early exit polls for a POW Award.., but Nick Doherty had a monstrous game that could not be overlooked and Todd Bryson had too many helpers and helped himself to a free cheeseburger.
Even though you were overshadowed for the weekly prize.., keep your focus on the bigger prize the “Best Goalie Award” as you battle your way back to the playoffs.
Snow White was doomed to lose from the start:
Their goalie Scott Rosato left his jersey home and was forced to use a tight fitting player’s jersey.
Their hottest player Johnny Mastrocola was noticeably missing from the lineup as no one else wearing white could finish.
Their top defenseman Jason Carrien was still a little “wobbly” from his (undisclosed) upper shoulders injury.
Their top prospect (and youth movement)Matt Farrell is playing with the “Cloak of Invisibility” as his much anticipated return has yet to produce goals for them (Rumor has it he’s struggling on his other teams as well).
After watching Olive Pits win their game and taking a potential 2-point lead on them… and then being down 3-0 quickly in their game. The Jake-O-Lanterns bench looked miserable and depressed.
With no signs of enthusiasm. We thought this guy joined the team;
Invisible Hat’s were flying from both benches last week as Mike Roberto and Nick Doherty went “mano-a-mano” in a scoring battle as both players scored Hat Tricks for their teams.
When it was over Nick Doherty was the victor with 4-goals (unofficially 5-goals) and 1-assist.
(Operator)9-1-1 What’s your emergency?
(Scoreboards Fans)We’d like to report a robbery.
(Operator)Where is the robbery?
(Scoreboards Fans)Hockeytown in Saugus.., we just watched Referee Ric Aylwin rob Nick Doherty of a beautiful backhand goal.
(Operator)Were there any other witnesses?
(Scoreboards Fans)Yeah all of us here at Scoreboards Pub, about 20-players playing the game and the Head Statistician (who’s his brother).
(Operator)What about the other Referee.., did he see anything?
(Scoreboards Fans)No, they never do.., and it wasn’t his end.
(Operator)Please hold we have another call coming in
(Operator)9-1-1 What’s your emergency?
(Anonymous Caller)I’d like to turn my older brother in for robbery.., (we) all said it was a goal.., *whisper* Sorry I gotta go.., he’s coming over to the Timekeepers Box…*Caller hung up*
(Operator)Sir are you still on the line?
(Scoreboards Fans) *inaudible* drinking and laughing
(Operator)Sir are you still on the line?
(Scoreboards Fans) *inaudible* you know who else sucks... *Caller hung up*
Carlos Machado has been called and instigator and nicknamed “The Mouth of the South”.., but there is a new side of Carlos that has been emerging.., and it’s not going unnoticed.
Recently Carlos is stepping up as a vocal leader and team cheerleader.., and no more evident than last week after being down 3-0 Carlos rallied the troops with “The Perfect Cheer”.
Carlos didn’t sit back saying “We’re Doomed… We’ll Never Make It”. Despite the missed goal and phantom penalty complaint, he rallied his team with positive praise, reinforcement and vocal enthusiasm (something we seldom hear) from the orange “Team Leadership”
Survey says; since Carlos starts with a “C” maybe he should be wearing the “C” ???
Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” tonight and set your clock ahead 1-hour.., which is one hour closer to retirement for many of our senior players.
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