Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 255 February 8, 2013
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of February 1(Game 1) – Two teams needing the points in the standings faced each other as the Shooting Stars built an early lead, only to watch it disappear in forty-eight seconds, then had to come back late in the game to earn a 5 – 5 tie against White Lightning. Scott Young got his White Lightning team into the lead with just under four minutes left in the first period, set up by Derek Shaw out front. Two minutes later, Mark Stickney answered for the Shooting Stars, as he was set up by John Mastrocola and Matt Reghitto. Just over thirty seconds later, John Mastrocola gave his team its first lead, set up on the wing by George Medeiros and Ray Dow.
In the second period, the game remained close until Matt Reghitto scored from the point with three minutes left in the period to give the Shooting Stars a commanding two-goal lead and control of this game. However, that would all change in a span of less than fifty seconds at the end of the period by Pat Pirone. First, Pat found himself in the right spot at the right time to pounce on a rebound of a shot off the defenseman. Then, with two seconds left in the period, and the goalie slow to react to cover the far post, Pat swooped in to steal the ball and wrap it into the open net while his team was short-handed. Game tied.
Desperate to regain the momentum and control of this game, the Shooting Stars Ray Dow scored a power play goal five minutes in on a bomb from the left point. However, White Lightning scored the next two goals, one by George Zeinert, the other by Tony Bono. With just under two minutes to play in the game, George Medeiros made his shot count and tied the game for the Shooting Stars. This was a well-earned point by both teams.
Week of February 1(Game 2) – This was the best game of the season so far, and perhaps last season as well. This game was a hard fought, intense, quick paced, physical yet clean back and forth contest, played like a tournament level game between Cuckoo’s Nest and Blame the Girl. Both teams matched each other in goals, hustle and work ethic. We even watched Ray Nickerson actually run hard in this game. In the end, Cuckoo’s Nest won 5 – 4 in overtime to hand Blame the Girl its first loss of the season. Blame the Girl came out running and gunning in the first period, carrying the play with a strong fore check. This style paid off as Blame the Girl’s Carlos Machado found himself open on the right wing and scored just over four minutes in. Keeping up the pressure resulted in Tony Medeiros scoring from the slot three minutes later to give his Blame the Girl team a commanding lead.
Heading into the second period, the defense of Cuckoo’s Nest made some strategic adjustments to give themselves some separation from Blame the Girl’s strong fore check. The move paid off as Cuckoo’s Nest moved the ball out quickly to generate some scoring chances. Late in the period, Angelo Deluca scored off the left wing and thirty seconds later, Matty Iannello scored in tight off a highlight assist by Shawn Wyatt. However, Tony Medeiros answered right back, scoring his second goal with thirty seconds to play in the period.
A minute into the third period, Shawn Wyatt changed the momentum by scoring on a breakaway followed by Nick Romano’s top corner sniper goal only thirty seconds later. A late power play opportunity for Blame the Girl resulted in a goal by Dominic Defrancisco from the high slot, sending this game into overtime. Halfway through the overtime, the defense of Blame the Girl shot the ball into the netting giving Cuckoo’s Nest a power play. Matty Iannello’s heads up steal behind the net and pass back to the point paid off as Joe Shannon took a cross point feed and scored the game winner. Somehow during this game, Shawn Wyatt transformed himself into the silky smooth Patrick Kane.
Trash Can Talk
This week’s debate: Carlos Machado… Better Bowler or Hockey Player? It’s seems Mr Carlos knows his way around the Candlepin lanes. If you missed the Over-30 Bowling night… you missed the ass-whooping Carlos delivered to a certain League Director. After contributing several dollars to the “Matty Iannello Supplement Income Fund”… Carlos was also seen taking piles of cash from the prize pool as well, thus reassuring this reporter that that portugee can bowl.
There is one common thread between “Carlos the Bowler” and “Carlos the hockey Player”? it can be summed up as… “Carlos the Mouth”… Bowling, Hockey, it doesn’t matter what Carlos is competing in… he’s going to talk trash and ensure everyone around his knows it. He talked so much trash that even Ray Dow’s Friday Night Pro Team lost 8-points.
With a nickname like Stonehands… one could imply that they are having hands of stone are not good for scoring finesse style goals… but two-weeks ago we witness Gary“Stonehands”Goodwin use his incredible hand-eye coordination to bat home an ESPN highlight-worthy goal. So hockey finesse worthy (No!), extreme baseball coordination (Yes!)… Nice goal Gary!
Back in net this season Alby Luise played his best game of the season thus far (2-weeks ago). Despite the 3-2 loss for Alby and Golden Oldies against Shooting Stars… Alby’s goaltending performance was stellar in net… and showed his team a flashback of his championship season with J.A.F.H.T.
The Girl Scout Cookies are in… Assistant League Director Mike Naczas delivered the goods on his “Annual Extortion Event.” Most players received a nice neat bag of cookies with their names on it. However if your last name was Gardynski Sr… your cookies came in a pretty sizable box. We can only suspect that Billy is starting early at bulking up (or out) for the playoffs.
With their 2013 Winter Season Championship Jackets already on order… Shooting Stars are playing the 2014 season with “House Money”… and in doing so; team Captain Jim Barber has declared this season mantra of “Let’s have some fun.” There is no pressure of being a team that goes 10-1-1 in the regular season only to be “One and done” in the playoffs… or the only team to beat the #1 team (twice), then get shell-shocked by an appropriately named team called the “Shooting” Stars in the championship game.
There is zero pressure to be a three-peat champion for Jim Barber, Mark Stickney and John Desmond… these guys already proved their championship status on two separate teams. In fact one of those players is the “winningest championship player” in the last 8-seasons… winning 50% of the last 8 championship games played.
So for the Shooting Stars… they are on a new mission… "A Quest"… well let’s have Chevy Chase explain the 2014 Spring Season "Quest" for the recently crowned champions…
Take it away Chevy;
So everyone sing along with Jim’s Ass… "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah… Zip-A-Dee-A… My oh my, what a wonderful GAME!!!"
Well it Looks like Bill Abcunas is picking a team and (sticking to it ???)…Donning a red jersey and declaring he is a better defenseman than the injured Mike Fleming and now looking at more double shifting while fellow blue-liner Joe Shannon is potentially out with an undisclosed mid-section injury. Bill is the one common thread that beat Blame the Girl (twice) in the regular season. First while filling in for White Lightning last year… and then last week as he declared his loyalty for “The Great One” and the rest of Cuckoo’s Nest.
Famous name changes in sports history… First up; Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. became better known as “Muhammad Ali”… then; Chad Johnson converts to “Chad Ochocinco” followed by; Ronald William Artest, Jr turning into “Metta World Peace”.
The latest player in dek hockey infamy to change his name; Bill Abcunas self-imposed nameplate on the back of his jersey last Saturday read “Have Some Fun” We can’t decide if that’s his new playing name or a tribute to Jim Barber and the Shooting Stars.
Fun was anything but in the battle of Blame the Girl vs Cuckoo’s Nest.
Dominic DeFrancisco throws another uncharacteristic tantrum on a marginal call
Premier defenseman and hockeytown referee Joe Shannon gets tossed in the Sin Bin (twice)
Matty Iannello gets a penalty as he “Holds the Girl”
Ray Nickerson gets away with a hold… on the goalie stick
Billy Gardynski Jr goes old school and “throws” a tantrum to end all tantrums… while going Charlie Brown on his equipment.
We know Billy Gardynski Jr... Ray Nickerson interfered with your ability to make the save (as clearly shown in the Hockeytown goal cam)... but it's only one loss and this behavior from the goalies (or any player) gets you one week off to reflect.
The one incredible highlight was (late in the 3rd peroid) Joe Shannon gets impaled on his on stick and was down in severe pain for several minutes… after Joe shook it off on the bench he reappeared on the Dek during the Overtime period to score his signature slapshot GWG… however it's under a cloud of controversy (as shown in the Hockeytown goal cam footage)
Through all that negativity was an incredibly fun game to watch. With the first game of the Shooting Stars vs White Lightning playing to a 5-5 OT Tie and then the second game excitement of the back and forth play of Blame the Girl and Cuckoo’s Nest… Player and spectator Ray Dow commented on how these were the (2) best games of the season played thus far this season. While making that comment and standing to his immediate right was an undisclosed player from Golden Oldies who quickly followed up Ray’s comment with… “Yeah that’s because yellow is not playing and getting blown out”
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