Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 254 January 25, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of January 18 (Game 1) – And the championship “hangover” continues for the Shooting Stars, as they dropped to 0-2 in the spring season, with a loss to Cuckoo’s Nest, by the score of 5 – 4 in overtime. It looks like captain Jim Barber’s mantra for the team of “let’s go and have some fun out there” this season is backfiring. If they keep this pace up they may be looking to make a change in captain.
This game was played in a playoff-like atmosphere with both teams holding leads and neither team allowing the other to break away and build on their lead. The Shooting Stars opened up the scoring three minutes into the first period, as John Mastrocola scored an unassisted goal out front. Cuckoo’s Nest tied it less than a minute later as Rick Cassano’s slap shot from the left point, set up by Matty Iannello and Joe Shannon, sailed past a screened goalie. With a minute to play in the period, Dez ripped a shot off from in tight on a perfect pass from Mark Stickney, reclaiming the lead for his team.
In the second period, Cuckoo’s Nest reclaimed the lead, first tying it four minutes in, as Joe Shannon was left all alone to walk in from the point to unleash a slap shot past the goalie from close range (trust us, the goalie had NO chance to stop that rocket). With under a minute left in the period, Matty redirected a shot from the point off a pass from Angelo Deluca.
The Shooting Stars came back early in the third period as Sergio Costa poke in a rebound off a scramble out front of George Medeiros’ shot retying the game. However, with just over two minutes to play in the game, Angelo Deluca was sprung down the left wing by Matty and made a goal scorer’s move in tight across the crease to give Cuckoo’s Nest the lead. With time running down and their goalie pulled, Mike Delorey unleashed a bomb from the right point off a faceoff win by Mark Stickney to retie the game. But, the momentum swing would not last as Matty I ended it in overtime, batting the ball out of midair in tight, set up by Angelo and Joe past the goalie for the hard earned win.
Week of January 18 (Game 2)– Finally! There will be no repeat of last season for the Golden Oldies based on what we witnessed last week. In a breakout performance by the entire team, the Golden Oldies scored five goals in the first period to blowout White Lightning and win easily by the score of 8 – 2. Every forward on the team had at least one point. The goals came fast and furious. It was as if everything that they went through as a team last season and the first two games of this season, all the frustration experienced, finally reached a tipping point and exploded into an offensive barrage of goals.
Anthony Lauletta led the way, scoring four goals, Umberto Biancardi set up three goals, Mike Luise and Joe Mancinelli each scored a goal and added an assist, John Kelleher scored a goal and even John Colucciello scored in this game to get that scoring monkey off his back sooner rather than later in this season. The defense and goalie Alby Luise had little to worry about as the offense took care of everything, especially in the first period of this game.
How dominant was Golden Oldies in this game? They scored the game’s first three goals in just over a two minute span, scored four straight goals after White Lightning scored their first goal, and outshot their opponent by a 37 – 19 margin. It will be interesting to watch this team for their next couple of games to see if they are truly back and will compete for a playoff spot this season, or if this was just an aberration. For one week at least, captain Dan Broderick could relax and concentrate on playing his game rather than trying to constantly get his team motivated to compete.
Trash Can Talk
We’re back… (and by “We’re” we mean the P.U.T.A. Forum) The Winter Season 2013 playoffs are over.., the holidays (gone!)... and the long work weeks (well let’s not get crazy) we all need to make a living.
Before we can begin to trash talk the 2014 Spring Season and its doings thus far… first we must recap the 2013 Winter Season Playoffs.
The phrase “One and done!” never hit home as much as it did for the 2013 Winter Season favorite to win it all, Blame the Girl. Losing only 1-game during the regular season to White Lighting and then getting bounced in the first round against none other than White Lighting (again)… with an Overtime goal by Niko Vramis. Ouch! What a way to end almost undefeated season at 10-1-1… with a “One and done!” disappointment.
On the flip side; Shooting Stars who lost their last 4 out of 5 regular season games stepped up to the challenged and answered the bell with two 3-1 victories, first over Cuckoo’s Nest in the semi-finals and then totally dominating White Lighting in the finals. Bill Gardynski Sr. and the line of Mastrocola-Medeiros-Costa elevated their performance to championship status… while helping solidify Jim Barber as a bona fide captain with back-to-back championship seasons.
Now fast forward to the 2014 Spring Season and the developments that have occurred thus far in the early season.
We lost some familiar faces… and added a few new ones, along with some returning former players.
First up; Welcome to returning players: Eric Lefebvre, Tony Mastrocola and new-comers: Jeff McCarthy and George Zeinert.
We say goodbye to: Chris Ponte and Rick Hudson… whom were both too disappointed to return after their one and done playoffs. The biggest loss was from one of the best two-way players the league has ever had in Dave Curcio.
Dave stepped away for a little break as he is the only player to play the last (3) championship finals and lost them all. Dave is either going to take some time to find himself.., or he will be making frequent trips to southern MA and beg Franco Grutti to return to the Over-30 League and reclaim their dynamic duo glory.
Before Dave parted ways with White Lighting he asked Captain Scott Young if he could address the team about their recent championship loss and more importantly what Dave has learned from coming in 2nd place 3-times in-a-row… and a little motivational speech for their 2014 Spring Season.
Dave Curcio – one of the best runner-up’s to play the game... picking a fight with 2nd Place
The Who’s Roger Daltrey once sang “Meet the new boss… same as the old boss”. For the players of Golden Oldies those lyrics could very well be changed to “Meet the new season… same as the old season”, as they started out the season with two blowout (and goal-less) losses for the new season.
Not one to stand by and remain silent about their lack of performance… the legendary captain Dan Broderick addressed the team before thier third game and gave them a motivational and mathematical speech on how they are going to turn their season around. We’ll let Dan explain further on his new plan to win more games this season.
Dan Broderick addressing Golden Oldies before Game 3… and it worked!!
After Dan’s speech… which left a few players scratching their heads trying to figure out his math and game plan… Golden Oldies responded by pounding a water-downed (shortened bench) team of White Lighting 8-2.
Leading the way for White Lighting’s 8-2 loss was Jeff “Gomer Pyle”Deharo performance in net… which leads to this week’s conspiracy theory. After posting a 5-0 shutout in his first game on the season… Jeff was overlooked and passed over for the Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week. Talk on the bench was that Jeff was showing fill-in player Mike Naczas what a piss-poor performance looked like first-hand so that Mike would appreciate his shutouts in the future.
The challenge is on… or is it really a challenge for the great one we call Matty Iannello.
Through careful analyses and complicated algorithms (show below) you can see how we reached the “12-goal” Challenge for Matty’s “Smilin’ Pete Pink Stick Bag Challenge” this season.
The algorithm of the Pink Stick Bag Challenge
For those of you looking for simpler math (Alby Luise + Billy Gardynski Sr) x 2 games = 5-goals… or 40% of his challenge complete.
Once again, The Over-30 Bowling night was a hit, or should we say a Strike!
Thanks again to Lucky Strike Lanes for providing the atmosphere and Ray Nickerson supplying the “Most Delicious” Chinese Food. As always it’s a nice enjoyable night with your fellow league players in a non-hockey environment with (Laughing-Drinking-Eating-Gambling).., instead of yelling at the refs and each other about missed calls and broken plays.
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