Week of September 26 (Game 1) – With their playoff hopes fading fast, and needing a confidence boost, Jake-O-Lanterns got just what they were looking for, as they smothered Snow White with a relentless first period attack and shots, scoring two early goals and holding on for a crucial 3 – 2 win, moving them back into 4th place for that final playoff spot.
In the first period, Jake-O-Lantern simply dominated the play, outshooting Snow White by a 16 - 5 differential. The relentless attack paid off early as Jake-O-Lanterns scored two goals. Five minutes into the first period saw fill in player Dave Wilson (yes that Dave Wilson from years past) score out front set up by Angelo Deluca and Carlos Machado. Less than a minute later, Matty Iannello was the beneficiary of a defensive mistake and made them pay, scoring an unassisted goal out front. Missing both centers definitely hurt Snow White’s offense and they needed to shake things up.
After a scoreless second period, this game turned into a nail biter as Snow White moved Jason Carrien up front to compensate for the team missing both of their centers. Forty-eight second into the third period, the move paid dividends as Jason was set up by the hustle of Nick Romano and Ray Nickerson, making this a one goal game. Sitting back and playing more defensive with sporadic fore checking, Jake-O-Lanterns needed a momentum swing and got it two minutes later as Angelo aka “Kato” was set up on the left wing by the passing of Naz and Dave as his short side shot snuck under the arm of the goalie. Before Kato and the team could celebrate, only forty-five seconds later, Jason was set up in the right circle by the passing of Ray and Shawn Mulcahy and his quick shot was initially saved by the goalie but somehow rolled into the net. Four minutes left and suddenly we had a game! Snow White came in flurries pressing for the tying goal as the rink was tilted in Jake-O-Lanterns end. Steve Medeiros full body laided out block of a shot from the slot late in the game was a highlight play.
With the win, Jake-O-Lanterns moved into 4th place overall for that final playoff spot and will now play Drama Queens next week for a “winner-take-all” showdown to determine which team advances to the playoffs.
Week of September 26 (Game 2) – Coming into this game, Drama Queens already knew that Jake-O-Lanterns had won their game, and had incentive to come out strong in their game. Instead, they came out flat and it cost them as Olive Pits played a relentless 30 minute game and buried Drama Queens for a convincing 6 – 2 victory.
The first period was all Olive Pits as they erupted for three unanswered goals with a balanced scoring attack, controlling the period. Five and a half minutes into the period saw Jim Barber continue his hot scoring streak, scoring out front off the passing of Alex Leone. A minute and a half later, it was Mauro Colucciello scoring, set up by the hustle of Rick Cassano and Dave Parquette. Not finished scoring, Olive Pits piled it on with thirty seconds to play in the period as Mike Luise (making his restart debut) scored off the feed of Rick. Drama Queens looked stunned and shell shocked by the offensive scoring barrage. Not the start they wanted. The question is how would they regroup and push back.
In a back and forth second period that saw scoring chances by both teams, Drama Queens showed some life, and with three minutes left in the period, Jamie Kehoe was set up on the point by fill-in player Gary Goodwin. From that point on, Drama Queens started hustling more and carried the play.
The offensive fore check finally paid off as Shawn Miville scored from the slot, set up by Gary’s hustle and the passing of Ray Dow, forty-six seconds into the third period. A huge momentum swing took place as Drama Queens was coming hard at Olive Pits looking for the tying goal. However, remaining calm, Olive Pits took back the game and momentum two minutes later with back to back goals within a minute sticking a dagger into Drama Queens. First, Jim scored out front set up by Ron Aquino and Dave, followed by Mauro’s one-timer from the right circle off the pass of Mike Luise. With five minutes to play, Jim scored again capping off his second hat trick in consecutive games.
Trash Can Talk
Paying Dividends Jake-O-Lanterns took their first step in their quest for the 4th (and final) playoff spot to avoid being shutout from the playoffs for their second straight season.
It was a MUST WIN.., and it was played like a MUST WIN by who’s left of the orange skeleton crew.
With the late addition of returning Over-30 player Dave Wilson to fill some vacated roster spots.., Dave quickly paid dividends with a goal and an assist in his return to the league (Welcome back Dave!)
Winner Take All Following the Drama Queens loss to Olive Pits.., It’s a winner take all scenario for the final playoff spot. Which in itself should feel like a playoff game.
This week 5:00.., one team will advance and one team will debate about what went wrong.
So let’s spin those baseball hats backwards and get pumped up with an 80’s montage;
Sleeping Giant Dear Casey Kasem.., I have a teammate that is lacking production this year for a player of his caliber.
He’s gone from a league leader to a middle of the pack performance (sitting in the 21-spot 6 behind the Flyin Hawaiian).., go ahead and check the league leaders.
I don’t want to call my friend out by name.., but let’s say he’s a tall “Drama Queen” who could use a little motivational song.., so could you play something like another 80’s inspirational to help “wake him up” before our biggest game of the season.
Sign The Queen in Charge
Well (Queen in Charge) we have the perfect 80’s song for your under-producing sleepy teammate... So good luck with your game it sounds like a winner take all situation.
One to Go It’s all but over (again) for John“Pinky”Colucciello.., it’s looking like another pink season when he returns (next season).
After coming off his 2-goal performance.., Current Pink Stick Bag Challenger Jason “The Insult Defenseman”Carrien has to score just 1-goal in either of his last two games.
With a playoff position already locked up.., Snow White should focus on helping Jay get his last goal to beat his 7-goal challenge.
Otherwise.., if he fails that pink warmup jersey will be “good enough for him to poop on”
Breaking News:we interrupt this forum to bring you some late breaking news... the Assistant League Director is filing a formal complaint against the PSBC Committee claiming that JasonCarrien scored 2-goals illegitimately while playing forward (and not defense) per his implied challenge guidelines. MikeNaczas is threatening to make all bets Null & Void and will contest the outcome of the challenge should he loose the wagers.
Who’s the Boss? You might answer that question with Tony Danza.., but if you look at the League Leaders you’ll see that Ray“The Boss” Nickerson is tied for the top spot on the chart.
Ray’s recently beat cancer and next up on his radar for his battle agenda is beating MauroColucciello for sole possession of the top dog spot.
Tied at 16-points.., Ray has a slight advantage with 2-games left as opposed to Mauro’s last game of the season.
You have any extra week “Bossman” use it wisely!
Portuguese Possum Dominic DeFrancisco finds himself sniffing around the top spot with 14-points and 2-games.., could the reigning Season MVP & League Leader be playing Portuguese Possum.., before making his final bid for the top spot.
This is gonna be a good weekend for Over-30 Hockey “Samson”ov Olive Pits have signed a petition banning their Captain from visiting any Hair Salons until after the playoffs.
Coming off his 2nd straight game with a hattrick Jim“Samson-ov”Barber with his flowing Covid locks might just be the change he needed to spark his switch-hockey style of play.
Unarmed Robbery 9-1-1 What’s your emergency?
I’d like to report a robbery at Hockeytown in Saugus.
Last week Dave Giusti flat out robbed Jamie Kehoe of a sure fire goal. ShawnMiville sent a pass across the Dave’s crease for an easy tap in by his Captain.., but somehow Dave who was overly committed to playing Miv (and rightfully so) somehow slide across his crease and robbed Jamie with his glove.
Everyone thought it was a goal (even his teammates) until Dave turned his glove over and dumped the ball out of his glove.
FinalTwo The Leading goalie race is heating up.., DaveGiusti and SeanRoach are neck-and-neck coming down to the finish line and fittingly enough, it could come down to the last game of the season when the top two contenders face each other for the final game of the Over-30 Regular Season
RiggedElection JimBarber is not willing to concede and except the results of last week’s voting for the weekly 3-Stars as he got zero stars for his back-to-back hattricks to remain the hottest player during the leagues restart.
All 3-Stars were awarded to players on the Jake-O-Lanterns and their must win game.
Without any fans in the stands.., we could be looking at some rigged voter fraud.
Sure; let’s assume Angelo “Kato” Deluca played a good game with a GWG and an assist... and award him the #1 Star
But the #2 Star for to SteveMedeiros(who according to the game sheet)... “doesn't factor on the game sheet, but makes plenty of key noticable plays during this game, including a huge laided out body block of a slot shot late in the third period.”
So he got the #2 Star for doing nothing statically and blocking a shot?
Then Jake“MIA”Deehan gets the #3 Star for only giving up 2-goals? Thankfully JeffDeharo is not here to witness this voter fraud.
Jake-O-Lanterns took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period where Jake gives up 2-goals and gets a star for what?.., not giving up the 3rd goal?
This November remember to Vote “No” on Question #2 regarding Massachusetts Ranked-Choice Voting Initiative.., no one really wins with Ranked-Choice Voting
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