Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 260 March 8, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of March 1 (Game 1) – This would be a big credibility test for the White Lightning team in the Over-30 league. After starting off the season at 1-2, they have since gone 2-0-1 in their last three games. A win would elevate them back into contention near the top. Standing in their way was Blame the Girl. Unfazed by all of this, White Lightning continued to play a solid all-around complete team game in defeating Blame the Girl by a 3 – 1 score.
In a back and forth first period, neither team maintained an edge until White Lightning’s Pat Pirone scored out front with less than thirty seconds in the period off a rebound of a George Zeinert shot. Questions still persist if Pat was standing in the goal crease and prevented the goalie from moving across.
In the second period, three minutes in, George found himself open on the right wing on some timely passing by Derek Shaw and Steve Oppedisano to give White Lightning a two-goal lead and firmly grab the momentum swing in this game. Two minutes later, Blame the Girl needed something to change their fortunes and they received this in the form of a power play. Gary Goodwin put home the rebound of a Colleen Sedille bomb from the point to make this a one-goal game again. However, any momentum swing failed to result as two minutes later, Derek Shaw scored off the left wing on a pass from Pat out front. A big factor in this goal happening was the net front presence of big Mike Surette. Mike made like Mount Rushmore and stood his ground refusing to be moved even by two defenders. The play resulted in all kinds of traffic and havoc in front that resulted in Derek’s goal.
For Blame the Girl, they have only played .500 hockey in their last four games. Added to this was the fact that their best all-around player, Pic was not there. This marked the first game all season that Tony Medeiros had failed to score a goal.
Week of March 1 (Game 2) – If the Golden Oldies were to salvage their season this was the key game for them, playing against the nearest team above them in the league standings. If they lost this game, their chances of making the playoffs would be a very dim prospect indeed. For the first time all season, the Golden Oldies played a complete 30-minute team game from their goalie to their defense to their forwards. The result was a 3 – 3 tie against the Shooting Stars.
John Kelleher set the tone of this game for his team as he scored only twenty-three seconds into this game, set up on the left wing by Mike Luise and Anthony Lauletta. Two minutes later, Jamie Kehoe scored on a bomb from the right point on a cross point pass from Matt Reghitto off a feed from Jim Barber. You just knew that the Golden Oldies were into this game as with just under three minutes left in the period, John Colucciello scored his second goal of the season, set up by brother Mauro. However, only twenty seconds thereafter, George Medeiros evened this game back up as he was set up by Ray Dow. Needless to say, the first period was hectic and wide open.
In the second period, hell froze over as Jim Barber finally had some fun out there and scored his first goal of the season on the right wing, set up by Mark Stickney and Matt Reghitto. Less than thirty seconds into the third period, the Golden Oldies tied this game back up on some pretty tic-tac-toe passing, as Anthony Lauletta scored from the slot area after John Kelleher got a cross rink pass from Joe Mancinelli, froze the goalie and defenseman by faking his shot, to find Anthony all alone out front. A big reason that the Golden Oldies earned a point in this game was the outstanding play of goalie Alby Luise, especially in the third period, stopping all 14 shots that he faced.
Trash Can Talk
Breaking News: Matty Iannello is out for the season
Well the regular season anyway… as Matt has confirmed that Doctors have advised him to shut it down for the regular season and hopefully his foot will heal in time for the playoffs. Doctors have also advised that Matt take this this time to drop a few pounds to help avoid any future potential incidents. However there is still no proof that the League Director was proposing a nickname change from “The Great One” to “The Grande One”
Pink Stick Bag Suspended Challenge
With the new developments unfolding for Matty Iannello, The “Smilin Pete Lodi – Pink Stick Bag Challenge” is officially suspended. On pace to shatter his 12-goal challenge.., Matty was seen petitioning the league to take his “Average (per game) Goals Production” and apply it to the rest of the un-played season, thus bringing this silly challenge to an end.
Not so fast Fatso… We’ll reconvene in the Winter (and maybe even recalculate), as 2 out of the last 3 challenges have come down to the final game of the season and in Tony Bono’s case… the last 25-seconds of the season.
Welcome and Welcome back
1-Adam-12, 1-Adam-12… We have an ABP and BOL for Blame the Girl’s new rookie player Brian Roderick. We hear that Brian has a real desire to play in the Over-30 League.., but he’s been running with his “Blue” team.
It used to be Jim Barber and Nick Romano… but there’s a new fill-in whore in town.
Jumping from team-to-team and anyone that needs a solid dek hockey player (at 6:00PM only) - Welcome back Marty Makarewicz. Since Marty is sleeping with every team in town… He’s going to petition the league to move the Championship game from 5:00PM to 6:00PM and then pick what team he wants to play with in the finals
Gone is the long hair, but not the talent… Sean Snelders is making his (winded and out of breathe) return to Dek Hockey with the Shooting Stars. “Negotiations” are in process to change Shawn’s playing status from “Fill-in” to “Permanent Shooting Star”…. and by “negotiations” we mean… did Shawn’s check and payment clear yet???
The Over-30 League would like to welcome back from his long absence from the league… “El Baby.” Questioning several calls and confused about a Delay of Game ruling it’s nice to hear “El Baby” crying for (and about) calls.
New Over-30 DirectTv commercial
Have you seen the new DirectTv commercial that is similarly eerie to the John Colucciello??? I couldn’t find the video, but below is the transcription from the commercial;
When you don’t score goals… You get bet on
When you get bet on… You get depressed
When you get depressed… You miss hockey
When you miss hockey… Your team looses
When you return to hockey… you score a goal
(and) when you score a goal… your team ties
Don’t be a guy who gets bet on
The difference between Pre-game and Post-game team huddles
Two weeks ago we witnessed two team huddles resulting in two different outcomes.
First up… with the absence of Cuckoo’s Nest team Captain Matty Iannello and Joe Shannon still nursing a core injury… permanent fill-in player and newly self-imposed leader Bill Abcunas held a (pre-game) huddle to strategize their game play against defending champs Shooting Stars. Even though in the eyes of this reporter the Shooting Stars outplayed Cuckoo’s Nest for most of the game. The pre-game meeting must have included Billy telling goalie Scott Rosato to get his head out of his ass after he just let in 8-goals in the previous game… and Scott and the rest of the team responded with a 3-2 win.
Next up… Dan Broderick was seen holding a (post-game) huddle to dissect yet another disappointing loss. Armed with enough talent and leader who has won more games and tournaments than all of the Over-30 League Players combined. Dan’s frustration is one of optimism as he reminds his team that they are not out of the playoff race (yet).
Wait… What? Are we playing Defense or Offense???
This week we noticed changes in Dan’s line-up as a result of last week’s post-game talking to. We noticed that “Offensive” Centerman Mike Luise was playing “Defense”?
Confused by this move we had to get to the bottom of Player Captain and GM Dan Broderick’s brilliant hockey mind and discovered why Dan made the change to drop Mike back to Defense.
We’ll let Dan explain the change;
Dan Broderick’s brilliant hockey mind at work… Listen and learn Golden Oldies.
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