Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 239 September 21, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of September 14, (Game 1) –Once again, Blame the Girl started out strong, making a strong push and throwing a lot of shots on net in the first period, in defeating White Lightning by a score of 3 – 1. This game was a lot closer than the score indicated as Blame the Girl scored late in the game to put this game away.
John Leite scored his first goal of the new season as he was set up out front by Mike Hollingsworth with just over a minute to play in the first period. Blame the Girl made a big push in the first period, outshooting White Lightning 14 to 8. Early in the second period, only a minute in, White Lightning evened the score at one when Pat Pirone set up shop near the crease and scored out front as he was set up by Tony Bono and Dave Curcio. With time winding down in the period and Blame the Girl still attacking and pressing the defense, Tony Medeiros scored with eight seconds left in the period, as he was set up on the wing by John Leite and Dominic Defrancisco. For Blame the Girl, this would be the killer goal.
Still in a close game, White Lightning started to gain the momentum and was pressing to score the game tying goal, even without two of their top forwards not at this game. However, rookie Scott Ponte ended any hopes of a comeback when he was set up out front by Carlos Machado with six minutes to play to essentially put this game away and keep Blame the Girl undefeated and in first place overall. For White Lightning, they have been in both games and competed but have come up just short.
Interestingly, with John Leite and Chris Ponte each scoring a goal, every member of the Portuguese Gang in the Over-30 league, including Tony Medeiros, Dominic Defrancisco and George Medeiros, has now scored a goal this season and reinforcing how the Portuguese Gang members will be a force to be recognized in the league this year. That is everyone except poor Sergio Costa of the Shooting Stars who is still putting up goose eggs on the score sheet. Rumor has it that Sergio soon will be kicked out of the gang for non-performance and not providing his weekly share of points in filling up the coffers of the Portuguese Gang’s stats account.
Week of September 14, (Game 2) –In a game of momentum swings, and goals scored in bunches, the Golden Oldies opened up their Over-30 season by tying the Shooting Stars 5 – 5 in overtime. In the process, the Golden Oldies built up a 4 – 1 lead only to watch the Shooting Stars come storming back scoring four goals in the third period.
In the first period, only a minute into the game, John Mastrocola was set up for a goal in the high slot on the hustle of Jim Barber. Five minutes later, Mike Luise was set up out front by Anthony Lauletta and John Kelleher to tie this game at 1 – 1. In the second period, the combination of Anthony Lauletta and Joe Mancinelli proved too much for the Shooting Stars to handle or counter as they each scored a goal and set each other up to help their Golden Oldies team pad their lead to 3 – 1.
In a wild third period, a combined five goals were scored by both teams and for a while there goals were scored a minute apart. A minute and a half in, Anthony Lauletta scored his second goal of the game as he was set up by Mike Luise and John Kellher, giving his team a seemingly insurmountable four goal lead. Game over right? Wrong! Soon the comeback was on as Umberto Baldassarre scored from the point only forty seconds later, then a minute later, John Desmond scored an unassisted goal to make this very quickly into a one goal game. However, only twenty-seven seconds later, Anthony Lauletta completed his hat trick as he scored off the wing set up by John Kelleher’s third assist. Seemingly in command of the game from that point on, the clock wound down to under a minute to play when John Desmond worked the ball down low and back to the point to Mike Delorey who fed across the point to Ray Dow, whose bomb beat the goalie. With time running down and the ball in deep in their own defensive zone, Ray Dow made the only play available to him and passed from the corner up to the right wing to Jamie Kehoe whose slap shot just over the blue line eluded the goalie with only seven seconds to play in the game, tying this game up. Even though the Shooting Stars pressed the pace in overtime, outshooting the Golden Oldies 5 to 1, the game ended up tied. A point gained for the Golden Oldies but a missed opportunity given up along the way for a win.
Trash Can Talk
Once again Colleen Sedille is gathering names on her petition to change the name of the team from Blame the Girl to “Blame someone else” as we witnessed another solid performance on defense. The only potential “blaming the girl” was Colleen’s near miss to get her first goal of the season on a tip in attempt. However, after Colleen’s failed attempt to bury her chance on a offensive-defensive pinch in… We noticed she out hustled everyone on the dek to be the first player back deep in her own defensive zone to help her team preserve her teams 3-1 win
Alby Luise is back where he started in the Over-30 League… playing defense behind his twin brother Mike Luise. For those of you that are looking at the Luise Brothers and saying to yourself … “there is no way they are twins”… (I said the same thing), but they are! Alby’s favorite part about returning to defense instead of playing goalie… “It’s a lot lighter coming into Hockeytown when you play defense”
Taking over Alby’s vacated spot between the pipes for Golden Oldies… Matt Antcil… and Matt wasted no time taking over where Alby left off… but letting in (2) Long Shot Goals to help deflate Golden Oldies dreams of an opening day win for them. While Golden Oldies was enjoying a 5-3 lead with only minutes to play, Ray Dow’s long shot from Kowloon’s parking lot was a laser beam to bring the Shooting Stars within one goal... and then again, Ray (without panic) and less than 10-seconds to play sent a beautiful breakout pass to Jamie Kehoe who blasted a top shelf corner shot… Deeeeep from the Home Depot parking lot to tie the game with only 7-seconds left to play.
What’s in a name?
Originally the Shooting Stars was going to be called “Green Peace”, but when it was revealed the Billy Gardynski Sr was his goalie, that would have just been a bad play on words. So inspired by their Dallas Stars colors… Captain Jim Barber noticed the list of qualified shooters that was on the roster and thus promptly switched to Shooting Stars
Cuckoo’s Nest was an obvious choice for Captain Matt Iannello given the number of characters that he has to deal with this season. Originally Matt wanted “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as he likes to tie in movie names to his teams (ie: Dead Men Walking & Lords of the Rink)… but the name was clearly too long for the schedule and thus shortened to just a very fitting and concise Cuckoo’s Nest. Good luck with that nest of bird brains this season.
Blame the Girl… was a chopped down version of the original “10 Guys and 1 Girl”. We suspect Captain Gary Goodwin’s underboss Mike Naczas proudly came up with the name, but again a team name that is tooooo long for logistic purposes. We chopped it to “Blame the Girl”, but based on that girls performance in the first two weeks… they might not be blaming her at all this season.
Golden Oldies… another fitting name from the (senior) Hall of Fame Legend and team Captain Dan Broderick. With a 1/4 of his team qualifying for AARP discounts and $6.00 Steaks using their senior discount at The Continental… Dan’s choice was fitting. However with Ed Nigro on the team other names that were considered: “Geriatric Duo”.., “Where’s My Keys”.., and “Death’s Waiting Room”.
White Lighting was inspired by the Tampa Bay Lightning Blue jersey his team was assigned… so Captain Scott Young wanted something to do with lightning… and in a lazy last minute pressure decision to name his team he choose… “White Lightning” for a team dressed in blue??? Clearly the pressure of being last to name his team and lack of creativity was too much for Scott.
What else is in a name... well here's a little hockey tale for you.
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