Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 240 September 28, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
To clearify any confusion moving forward… in years past we always had a 5-minute overtime period with 3-minutes of running time and 2-minutes stop time. Though we have never seen an official memo documenting the change in policy… we were just left yelling at Don and the Refs to stop the clock. So it’s now official; All Overtime Games are still 5-minutes with the change being 4-minutes of running time and the final 1-minute of stop time. So why the change? We are being told it’s called the Coochie-Young effect. It seems Scott Young likes to use his time out in OT and John Cooch’s face-off antics could drag the final 2-minutes of stop time into almost a full 10-minute period.., Kinda like when the last 45-seconds of a basketball game takes 7-minutes to complete.
Week of September 21, (Game 1) – early in the winter 2013 season we had our first game situation that featured one team desperately needing a win, while another team was trying to keep their undefeated streak alive. Turns out that desperation trumped undefeated! Playing without two of their best forwards and scorers and essentially playing with no number 1 line, Cuckoo’s Nest scored an upset win over the Shooting Stars, in earning a 3 – 2 victory. In the process, they prevented the Shooting Stars from completing another comeback late in the game.
The number 21 was wild this game and featured scoring on both teams from, you guessed it, number 21. For Cuckoo’s Nest, old-timer and Over-30 designated snow plow expert Nick Romano, number 21 in your program, was the man this game, making his team mates forget about the great Matty I for one game, and picking up the scoring slack. In the first period, Nick found himself open near the net scoring his first goal just over three minutes in as he was set up by Angelo Deluca and Shawn Wyatt. Less than one minute into the second period, Nick struck again, this time set up by Mike Fleming and Rick Cassano. A minute later, the other number 21 for the Shooting Stars, George Medeiros, scored off some creative passing by Jamie Kehoe and Ray Dow.
The game stayed close until Nick scored his third and final goal, netting the hat trick out front with only a minute to play, as he was set up by Joe Shannon and Angelo, and providing his team with some insurance breathing room. However, as they had done so in their previous two other games played, the Shooting Stars mounted a comeback late, as Ray Dow dialed it up, scoring with thirty-six seconds to play, and unleashed a bomb from the left point that was a pinpoint top corner laser, in and back out of the net before the goalie could even move.
How much of a key player was Nick Romano in this game? He was all over the rink, hustling his way up and down the rink, scoring the hat trick while recording 9 total shots on net, as well as making some key blocks late in the game. For one game, Cuckoo’s Nest had their Great One present, wearing number 21 and going by the name of Nicky not Matty!
Week of September 21, (Game 2) –Taking a reference from last week’s Forum on how this year’s Over-30 teams got their names, we are taking the liberty of changing the name of the Golden Oldies to, for this week at least, the Golden FOLDIES! We have heard of the term “Deja Vue” and have actually seen it happen in the Over-30 league, but, never in consecutive weeks and happening to the same team. In this case, lightning did strike twice for the Golden Foldies. Captain Dan Broderick is still probably shaking his head in disbelief. After blowing leads of 4-1 and 5-3 last week and the week before, the Golden Foldies had to once again settle for a 5-5 tie against White Lightning. Instead of being undefeated with two wins, the Golden Foldies had to settle for a disappointing two points and let four points slip through their fingertips.
Just like their first game a week earlier, the Golden Foldies stormed out to a 4-1 lead halfway through the game on the strength of goals by Mike Luise (scoring twice), Mauro Colucciello, and John Kelleher. Derek Shaw of White Lightning scored his team’s first goal. Late in the second period, a pair of defensemen for White Lightning kick started their team’s comeback attempt, as first Jason Glista scored, followed by Mike Surette in making this a one-goal game.
Three minutes into the third period, the Golden Foldies Joe Mancinelli re-upped the lead again making the score 5-3 in their favor. After the Golden Foldies Anthony Lauletta failed to score on a clean breakaway to give his team a commanding lead, the Hockey Gods unleashed their torment once again of the Golden Foldies. Instead of having two goals scored against them with under a minute to play, the Golden Foldies were stunned once again as Derek Shaw scored his second goal of the game on a classic redirect tip over the goalies shoulder with three minutes to play. After pulling their goalie late with less than thirty seconds to play, White Lightning swarmed all over their opponent and Mike Surette’s shot from the left point with ten seconds to play somehow found its way into the back of the net through a screen of players out front. Instead of “can you believe in miracle” the phrase of the day is “do you believe in Deja Vue?”
Trash Can Talk
No Matty… No Ray… No problem for Cuckoo’s Nest. In fact the game was actually peaceful with those two missing. Ray Nickerson’s constant whining for the ball and Matty Iannello’s disgust at Joe Shannon for making the wrong play was noticeably absent.
If Nick Romano is ever nominated for the Pink Stick Bag Challenge… his challenge would not be goals, it would not be points… Heck, it wouldn’t even be based on the incredible amount of shots Nicky takes in one season. For Nicky he would have to do one simple thing… Score a goal on a breakaway. That’s it!!
Does Pat Pirone know who’s he messing with? Last week we had to witness Pat cross-checking on our Hall Of Fame Living Ledgend Dan Broderick… that’s the NHL equivalent of getting into a fight with Ray Bourque. Not only did Pat get a penalty, but he’s lucky he wasn’t charged for assaulting the elderly. How did Dan react to the vicious check… with a baseball-esk swing back at Pat (that however surprisingly went unnoticed by the officials).
Mike Naczas is giving away $5.00 bills… Get yours while they last. The catch; John Colucciello has to score 4 measly goals this season. No it’s not an official challenge… it’s the Mike Naczas “2013 Assistant League Director Bookie Side-bet of the season”. Mike wanted to bet $20.00 that Cooch would not score a single goal this season… not one!! After re-consideration from his peers we came up $5.00 and the magic number is now 4. If Cooch scores 3 (or less) Mike will clean-up… 4 or more and the payouts could amount to a small car payment for the second in command. Since this is considered a wager… legs will be broken for lack of payment, so league deadbeat Gary Goodwin and Scott Young are blacklisted from betting their typical IOU’s.
Rookie Blame the Girl forward Chris Ponte was previously introduced in the inaugural PUTA forum and veterans around the league all said the same thing; “Who the F@&K is Chris Ponte?” Well this is Chris Ponte and he scored his first goal during his debut with Blame the Girl
This is F@&king Chris Ponte
Attention Recall Notice: The board of Directors has issued a recall notice for the #33 Midas Touch Championship Jacket. There is not an issue with the size or color… the person wearing this jacket could be impersonating a champion with his performance in net against Golden Oldies.
Yogi Berra once quoted “It’s like Déjà vu all over again”. For Golden Oldies Captain Dan Broderick, this was eerily true. Sitting on another 4-1 lead, they watched another potential win slip away with less and 45-seconds to play. This 2nd back-to-back 5-5 tie has Dan seriously considering changing the team name to “4-5-6” because they... “Loose with 4-goals”… “Tie with 5-goals”… and need “6 to win”
There may be no “I” in team… but there definitely is for the “Matty I’s.” They are your 2013 Hockeytown Summer League Division 2 Champions. Led obviously by the man who the team is named after Matty Iannello and several other familiar Over-30 players bested (13 other teams) to win the division. Congrats to: Matty Iannello, Joe Shannon, Ray Dow, Mike Hollingsworth, Mike Fleming.
The real irony in their win is “yes” you get your team name on the Hockeytown Banner and Markee… but for Matty Iannello, his name will live on in infamoy with “Matty I’s” permanently engraved in the D2 banner for all to pay tribute to years from now.
Other notable congratulations go out to the D1 winners the Wild Wings, whose roster included: Ray Dow, Jon Pickard, Mike Fleming, Jason Glista
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