Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
21 Seasons and counting
Article 218 October 6, 2012
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of September 29, first game– In a game that was closer than the final score indicated, the Wanna Be’s remained undefeated with a 4 – 1 victory over On My Own. Early into the season, the well balanced offensive attack and stingy defense of the Wanna Be’s has proven difficult for opposing teams to figure out. This game proved no different as the high energy play of the Wanna Be’s resulted in their third straight win.
Rookie Shawn Wyatt got things started late in the first period, set up by Niko Vramis and fellow rookie Jamie Kehoe, as he scored in close to give the Wanna Be’s the lead. Shawn now has scored a goal in his first two games played in the Over-30 league (maybe he can bottle up that magic formula for scoring and sell it to Jim Barber cheap). Two minutes later, team mate Nick Romano scored the first of his two goals, as he was set up by the same duo of Niko and Jamie to give the Wanna Be’s a two-goal lead .
The game was still close and On My Own were finding ways to generate their own scoring chances, especially in the second period, when captain Dave Curcio found himself open in the high slot, burying a shot to make this a one-goal game, as he was set up by rookie Anthony Lauletta and John Colucciello.
In the third period, with the game still undecided, when Wanna Be’s captain Gary Goodwin scored an unassisted goal to once again provide his team with a two goal cushion. With a minute to play in the game, Nick Romano scored into an open net accounting for the final score. For On My Own, even though they have yet to post a win, they have been right in every game only to have things fall apart in the last four minutes. This team is very close to turning things around; they just need to get that first win, which should come soon.
Week of September 29, second game – One week after being embarrassed and outplayed, In Shannon We Trust turned things around, as they jumped out to early lead and held on for a 3 – 2 victory over Midas Touch. Similar to the first game, it was the captain who led the way as Matty Iannello had a monster game. For all those critics who insisted that the great Matty I’s game had gone into hibernation, he proved them wrong.
In a four minute span in the first period, captain Matty Iannello scored 2-goals and assisted on another, while team mate Joe Shannon scored a goal and set up both of Matty’s goals to set the pace leading In Shannon We Trust to jump out to a three-goal lead. Not for a lack of scoring chances themselves in the first period, Midas Touch couldn’t manage to put a goal behind the goalie and quickly needed something to counter the offensive finesse game of In Shannon We Trust. They needed something fast to change the momentum and got it from rookie defenseman Mike Florentino, as his point shot got past fill-in goalie Scott Rosato with just under a minute to play.
In the second period, both teams had their scoring chances, yet each goalie shut the door, preventing any goals from being scored.
In a back and forth wide open offensive shootout by both teams, In Shannon We Trust was holding on to their two-goal lead when halfway through the period, Mike Florentino scored his second goal of the game, set up by Mark Stickney and Angelo Deluca, as he came down from the point and beat the goalie to the short side. With the momentum clearly on Midas Touch’s side, they came fast and furious as they continued to press the clearly tired In Shannon We Trust team for the tying goal only to come up just short.
Trash Can Talk
So let this be a lesson for Ed Nigro and the rest of the players in the Over-30 League.
Over the summer while the rest of us were chowing down on hotdogs, hamburgers and stuffing our guts with anything cooked on a BBQ. Ed was training all summer long to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge. The PMC is a 190-mile bike ride to raise awareness and money for Cancer research (but we’ll let Ed elaborate more… see below).
While most of us don’t even drive our cars 190-miles in 2-days.., Ed trained and represented what an Over-30 Dek Hockey “All-time Championship” player is capable of doing should we decide to get off the couch?
Way to go Ed, no wonder you lead the League in All-time Championships with 39-Seasons played and 11-Championships.
The Lessoned to be learned: You can train all summer long and be in perfect health only to start the Winter season 0-3.
On a serious note: Please support Ed and the PMC next year... We've all had (or know of) a family member/friend that has battled cancer and I personally would like to thank Ed for his efforts. So, Thank Ed!!
Speaking of the winless team of Own My Own… we got an anonymous email that we thought we would share with team captain Dave Curio and the rest of Own My Own.
I was checking the web site and noticed that Dave lost this first game. Just wanted to give you a little gas for the fire and remind you that (Dave) going back to the start of last season still has not won a game without me there.
Has Dave considered changing the name of the team to “Can’t Win Without Me”?
Tell him I'll be watching!
Anonymous player watch week 3… Two weeks played for two different teams and yet no decision on what team he is considering a comeback for. It typically takes about 6-8 weeks before he makes a decision to jump on a championship worth team like his previous choice with Dead Men Walking.., but we’ll keep you posted when Mr Anonymous makes a decision or just tries out the other 3 teams first.
Ed Nigro - Riding for a good cause
I was introduced to the Pan-Mass Challenge in 1984 by my uncle Arthur who had taken-up bike riding before it became popular. The event was in its nascent stages and Lycra, bikes with 20+ gears and real training was all foreign concepts for the 350+ riders back then. Of course much has changed since that first ride except for the goal of raising enough money to wipe-out cancer.
I generally start my PMC training in April riding to and from work (25 miles round trip) once or twice a week weather and work schedule permitting. From May- July most of my training is on weekends where I stretch out from 30 mile training rides to 70+ mile rides, eventually working up to 100 miles over the last weekend or two prior to the event. In a good year I try to ride about 800-1,000 miles for training. In a bad year (like this one), I might get in 500 miles, which makes the hills a little steeper and the bottom a little more sore!
But it’s all for a good cause.
I started riding in the PMC, first as a personal challenge, could I actually ride 200 miles in a weekend, and raise money to fight cancer? After 1984, when I saw the commitment of these riders, the organizers and heard the stories of why they ride I was hooked. I continue to ride each year because cancer touches everyone and each year it seems to become more personal.
Over the last few years I’ve seen my uncle Arthur who introduced me to the PMC, treated and cured of prostate cancer. Unfortunately his younger brother (my uncle Joe] lost his battle with cancer a few years ago.
About 10 years ago I finished the PMC on a Sunday and the next day found me sitting with one of my closest friends in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute where he was diagnosed with cancer, and undergoing treatment. I’m happy to say that today he is cancer free.
Just a few weeks ago as I completed this year’s PMC and approached the finish line, there were large pictures of maybe 100 kids, all of whom had been treated and cured of cancer at the Dana Farber and once again I was reminded why this event is so important and why I’ll be back again next year.
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) is an annual 2-day, 190 mile cycling event to raise money for the Jimmy Fund/ Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Cancer is something that unfortunately touches most of us, be it family, friends, or co-workers. Since 1997 the PMC has donated 100% of every rider raised dollar to cancer research. This year's PMC fund raising goal is $36 million.
Since 1980, the PMC has raised $338 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber. The majority of this impressive total supports funding that can be directed where and when it is needed most. As the PMC generates nearly half of the Jimmy Fund's annual revenue, every rider supports the efforts of more than 3,000 DFCI faculty and staff members as they make countless advances that have become the standard of cancer care and research.
On August 4th and 5th I rode (survived!) the heat and humidity of this year’s PMC. My goal is to raise $4,500 and will be collecting donations through September 30th. Please see the information below if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation. Appreciate your support.
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