Week of October 3 (Game 1) – With the playoffs on the line, and the final head to head match-up of the season taking place, it was fitting that Drama Queens and Jake-O-Lanterns would play each other this late in the season. In a winner take all game, it was Drama Queens breaking a close game open by scoring three unanswered goals in the second period in a span of one minute and thirty seconds, to defeat the Jake-O-Lanterns by a score of 4 – 2.
Needing a good start, both teams knew what was at stake by scoring the game’s first goal to set the pace. In a wide-open plenty of offense period that saw a combined 26 shots thrown on net by both teams, it was Jake-O-Lanterns who scored first. With just over a minute to play in the first period, George Medeiros crashed the net to score off the rebound of shots by Angelo Deluca and Matty Iannello. However, just under forty-five seconds later, Shawn Miville answered right back as he stayed with the ball while covered to somehow get off a knuckleball shot off the passing of Umberto Biancardi and Jamie Kehoe.
In the second period, Drama Queens took over this game breaking it wide open, all on long shot goals. Just over four minutes into the period saw Ray Dow throw an off-speed shot from the point for an unassisted goal. That was followed just under a minute late by Shawn taking passes from Umberto and Jamie and throw a wrist shot from the left wing boards just over the blue line top corner far side (a perfectly placed shot that still could have been stopped). Forty-three seconds later saw Don Maccini walk across the blue line and throw a shot on net that somehow went in. Three long shot goals in a minute and a half simply stunned Jake-O-Lanterns from which they never recovered. Angelo was set up out front by Matty and Naz with less than a minute to play in the period, but the psychological damage was done.
With the win, Drama Queens locked up the 4th playoff seed, while Jake-O-Lanterns, after an impressive two game start, never got on track this season with team chemistry thereafter and missed the playoffs for a second straight season.
Week of October 3 (Game 2) – Needing to earn their first win of the restart, Snow White was determined to play a full
30-minute game and force Shockwave into a winner take all game next week for first place. In a close playoff-like feel of a game, Snow White outlasted Shockwave by a score of 3 – 2 on a late goal.
Both teams were looking for an edge right away as the game started and it was Snow White’s Matt Farrell who provided it only fifty-six seconds into the game, as he took passes from Ray Nickerson and Jason Carrien to score the game’s first goal. On the ensuing faceoff only thirteen seconds later, Shockwave’s rookie Rich Pelletier answered right back scoring an unassisted goal, his fourth straight goal in only three games played this season.
The second period was a replay of the first as once again, only thirty-five seconds in, it was Matt scoring again, set up by Ray and Jason. In a back and forth defensive period, it was Rich again who was set up by Dominic Defrancisco and John Carey in the slot tying the game with forty-one seconds to play in the period.
The third period saw Snow White carry most of the play as both goalies Scott Rosato and Sean Roach were stopping everything throw at them. This game had all the look and feel of heading to overtime until Matt scored his third goal of the game, completing the hat trick with just under two minutes to play in the game, set up by goalie Scott Rosato. After missing games and only scoring 1-goal to this point, could Matt be heating up just in time for the playoffs?
Next week, last games of the season outcomes will determine which team finishes in 1st place earning the number 1 playoff seed, will Ray Nickerson hold on to his lead in the leading scorer’s race, which goalie will win the best goalie award. Tune in on Saturday, as it promises to be a very interesting two games and will Jason Carrien beat that pink shirt/stick bag challenge needing just one more goal?
Trash Can Talk
Technical Difficulties: Last week Network Solutions was down for updates.., so league officials and reporters were unable to publish last week’s PUTA Forum before the game.
Below is lost episode “Article 430” with added "Updates" to conclude the 2020 Spring Season
Fittingly enough the last “BYE” of the season goes to the Jake-O’Lanterns.., which results in their “BYE-BYE” for the season as they will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.., the last team to accomplish that feat was 2016-2017 Shark Attack
Pu Pu Platter?
Jake-O-Lanterns goalie looked more like he ordered a “Poo Poo” Platter and it delivered to Hockeytown as he let up some pretty long and “crappy” goals that were shot from the Kowloons parking lot & new Drive-In.
Both Ray Dow and Donny Maccini had unassisted goals that were easily stoppable had Jake Deahan“stayed vertical my friend”.., and when a guy who looks like he got dressed in the Hockeytown Lost & Found bin scores a floater on you.., it may be time to do some soul searching.
No we are not reviewing the movie starring Keanu Reeves.., we’re talking about goaltenders and their eagerness to quickly go into the butterfly stance.
I don’t always play goalie.., but when I do;
Tree House Returns
Umberto“Papa Smurf” Biancardi and Tony“The Munchkin” Mastrocola have come out of the tiny tree house homes to return action (Better late than never) we say.
Glad to see your return.., nothing changed except the face coverings and for some players it’s nice improvement.
Retraction: Tony only gets a half welcome.., as he is not officially back full time
Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers won 35–21 over the New England Patriots
World Series: Florida Marlins won 4 games to 3 over the Cleveland Indians.
Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 0 over the Philadelphia Flyers
NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls earn their second repeat beating the Utah Jazz 4 games to 2
Masters Tournament: Tiger Woods became both the youngest (21) and the first non-white player to win at Augusta
Over 30 League Leader: However the most memorable event of 1997 was Ray Nickerson’s Spring 1997 Season when he won the scoring title with 58-points
1997 - Spring
Why is Ray’s accomplishment in 1997 relevant in a 2020 Forum Article?
Ray is currently leading the league with one game to play.., and it’s the 23rdAnniversary since Ray won a scoring title.
Update: One of the oldest (but definitely the grumpiest) player in the league showed everyone that he’s still a relevant household name by leading the league in points without the aid of a Matty Iannello of Joe Shannon… “The Boss” lives on!
The question is; How did Ray“The Boss”Nickerson score 58-points back in 1997 when the season was only 10-games.., but in 2020 with an expanded 12-game season only 18-points is leading the league.
I can tell you this.., the talent was far better back in the day.., the goalies were way better but the league referees were greedy bride taking officials.
Back in the day rumor has it.., it would cost Ray $10 for a primary assist and $5 for a secondary assist.., and $20 for an assist if he wasn’t even on the rink (aka phantom assists).
With 37-assists it cost Ray $330 to win the scoring title. In fact is cost “The Boss” so much that he stopped bribing the referees and as a result has won a title since then.
With a pocket full of cash.., can Ray Nickerson lock up the 2020 Spring Season League Leader?
Update: Ray Nickerson held on to his lead to win the 2020 Spring Season Leading Scorer.., and he didn't have to shell out any cash to the Referees.., but we did hear the Drama Queens fill-in goalie Dave Guisti was seen having a steak dinner with Ray & Jay after the game last week.
Last Game - 1st Place
It’s all over but the seeding.., and the top spot is still up for grabs.
The last game of the season ironically is biggest game of the season.., not only to determine who will finish 1st in the 10-month long 2020 (restart) Spring Season.
For Olive Pits and Shockwave; this game could also be a sneak peak of the finals in 2-weeks if the top two teams win their playoff games next week.
Update: Shockwave beat Olive Pits 2-1 to finish in first place securing their playoff match up against Drama Queens while Olive Pits will face Snow White in the first round
It’s only appropriate that the top two teams that are battling for the top spot have their goalies doing the same.
Dave Giusti and Sean Roach are neck-and-neck in the stats and the race for the “Best Goalie” Award that could come down to a single games performance to influence those independent and undecided voters.
Update: Sean Roach pulled a Jeff Deharo and missed the final matchup of the season for a novice tournament. The Lithuanian judge will surely be deducting points
This is his last attempt at the challenge… will Jason Carrien score early (or late) ala Tony Bono with 27-seconds left in his challenge.
Will the guest Referee and Assistant League Director Mike Naczas ring him up toss him out… or will he say that Jay’s goal (if he scores) was tipped?
We’ll find out tonight at 6:00…. Stay tuned???
Update: Jay Carrien did not only beat the challenge.., he destroyed it by scoring (4) goals while playing “Defense” and thus removed the potential “*” that was being considered for his (2) goals scored while playing forward.
With the playoffs upon us.., we take this opportunity to stop all the “Trash Talking” and let the games and players speak for themselves. We will resume after the finals and good luck to all those participating in the playoffs… and to the Jake-O-Lantern’s “Happy Halloween”… your year for redemption starts on October 31st
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