Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
22 Seasons and counting
Article 263 April 5, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of March 29 (Game 1) – Heading into this crucial game, if previous results were any indication, not many observers were giving the Shooting Stars much of a chance in beating Cuckoo’s Nest. Seeing as they had lost both previous match-ups, each by one goal, and Matty Iannello was making his return from injured reserve (surely this would provide a boost in confidence to the rest of his team). The problem is that someone forgot to inform the Shooting Stars players as they went on to post a convincing 3 – 1 win over Cuckoo’s Nest.
From the start, the Shooting Stars had both lines going as they too received a much needed confidence boost with the return of their own energizer bunny from injured reserve, John Mastrocola. John’s running game seemed to inspire his team mates as they carried the play in the first period scoring the game’s first two goals. Halfway through the period, Jim Barber (yes he did actually score another goal) scored on a slap shot from the right wing set up by Mark Stickney and Dez, which was followed up ninety seconds later by Mark Stickney’s redirection of a point shot past a screened goalie.
In the second period, Dez added to his team’s lead to provide some insurance and breathing room as he finished off some hustle cycling work by Jim and Mark for the period’s only score. With both of their lines operating at maximum effectiveness and shutting down the offense of Cuckoo’s Nest, the only question remaining was whether or not goalie Bill Gardynski Sr., who by the way was solid in net, would get a shutout or not. That answer came with only twenty-three seconds to play as Brien Sullivan’s point shot sailed past through a screen of bodies. With the win, the Shooting Stars increased the pressure on the Golden Oldies for claiming that final playoff spot.
Week of March 29 (Game 2) – Heading into their game, the players from the Golden Oldies knew that they had to win (a result of the Shooting Stars earlier win) or for the second season in a row they would not qualify for the playoffs. The pressure was on, yet, the Golden Oldies pulled off a gut check victory over White Lightning by a 6 – 5 score by exploding for three goals in the third period.
In a back and forth wide open first period, Mauro Colucciello was the story for the Golden Oldies team. Mauro had the hot hand for his team. He opened the scoring only eight seconds into the game right off the opening faceoff. Thirty seconds later, George Zeinert scored an unassisted goal to even the score. With four minutes to play in the period, Jim Clarke scored from the point as he was set up by George. Answering right back fifteen seconds later was Mauro as he scored out front set up by Mike Luise. Capping off the scoring with only three seconds left in the period was Mauro again picking up the rebound of a point shot.
Late in the second period, White Lightning regained the momentum by scoring the only goals of the period. First, Jim Clarke was set up again by George on the point for his second goal of the game, then, Steve Oppedisano benefited from the cycling hustle of Pat Pirone and Niko Vramis, giving White Lightning the lead once again.
In the third period, Mauro scored his fourth goal of the game on a power play only thirty seconds in, set up by brother John, re-tying the game. Late in the period, John Kelleher crashed the net to redirect a pass from Anthony Lauletta in tight to give the Golden Oldies the lead back. With less than thirty seconds to play, White Lightning pulled their goalie for an extra player only to have it backfire as Mike Luise picked off an errant pass and scored an open net goal. Rounding out the final scoring was Niko Vramis scoring out in front off a scramble. With the win, this sets up a huge head-to-head match-up next week against the Shooting Stars which may just determine that final playoff spot.
Trash Can Talk
Off the IR List
It was good to see John Mastrocola, Matty Iannello and Niko Vramis all make their return to league after a lengthy stay on the IR list. All operating with a bit of caution managed to play exceptionally well considering how long they spent their Saturday nights on the sofa. However, Niko had the most impact for the returning trio as he had a goal and an assist in his game while Matty and John were just happy to be back (at least Johnny was), Matty is never happy!
When you wish upon your nuts
Sean Sneldershas a new nickname… “Wishbone”. During last Saturday’s Monsoon rains, Hockeytown’s tattered roof allowed water to leak all over the deck causing a playing hazard in one of the corners. Sean “Wishbone” Snelders tried to make a wish on his nuts as he executed a James Brown worthy split in the corner. “Wishbone” was able to return to the game leaving us to believe that he either wished that his fall was nothing too serious… or he wished for the Shooting Stars to return to the playoffs.
Will History Repeat Itself?
Speaking of the Shooting Stars and the Playoffs… They are in a position to control their own destiny and the playoff seeding. If they win this week and beat Golden Oldies… the will send Dan Broderick and his rest of his team to the driving range to work on their golf game. Also, if they follow that up and beat White Lighting in the final game of the season they will jump to the 3rd place seed and duplicate last season’s playoff bracket of (1) Blame the Girl vs. (4) White Lighting followed by (2) Cuckoo’s Nest vs. (3) Shooting Stars. Will History Repeat Itself?
A shutout conspiracy theory
Last week Billy Gardynski Sr was in position to post his first shutout of the season… However with only 23-seconds Brien Sullivan “slipped” uncovered into the slot to bury a heartbreaking goal on Gardynski Sr. We heard through the grapevine that Brien was given an undisclosed amount of money and a free shooting lane help send a message to Sr that the Shooting Stars are not going to serve anymore of his silly Unsportsmanlike and Delay of Game penalties.
There is no “I” in TEAM… period
Facing another possible elimination before the playoffs… Dan Broderick brought his TEAM together for a little pre-game motivational TEAM speech. When Dan speaks, players listen and when Dan spells, he could win a 1st Grade Spelling Bee.
Dan doesn’t want to miss the playoffs again… period!
Nothing is over until Mauro decides it is
Not wanting to repeat their lack of a playoff appearance last season… Mauro Colucciello gave his best motivational speech of the season for the “Must Win” second to last game of the season. Granted Mauro’s history is a bit out whack… but we see where he was going with it.
Take it away Maruo…
Nothing is over until Mauro and the rest of Golden Oldies say it’s over.
The first 3-pointer in Dek Hockey
With their backs to the wall and fighting for that last playoff slot… Golden Oldies Mauro Colucciello launched a 3-point attempt (only 8-seconds) into the game from the new Walmart Construction site that somehow snuck by white Lightning goalie Jeff “Gomer” Deharo. Mauro argued with the referee that he was behind the 3-point line and it should count as 3-goals. After further review from Toronto, Mauro’s foot was on the 3-point line (and by 3-point line we mean Route 1 North). Determined to get his 3-pointer… Mauro went on to bury two more goals for a Natural Hattrick all in the 1st period of play with the 3rd goal coming with just 3-seconds left. We reached out to goalie “Gomer” and he just had this to say… “We’ll Golly, I ain’t got’s no reason… I guess I just wasn’t paying any attention to that fella in yella”
The definition on the Plus/Minus
On the dek for the opening drop of the ball… Dan Broderick smiles quietly to himself as teammate Mauro buries the first shot of the game and only 8-seconds into the game. Dan is now +1 Ahhh… It’s going to be a good game for the team GM.
However just 27-seconds later Dan (still on the dek ) witnesses Marty Makarewicz bury an unassisted goal… (oh sorry Dan) that is -1 and the jeers come in “That’s a minus #5.. that’s a minus” So less than one minute of play “Old Man” Broderick is officially scored as “even” and he’s only been on the dek for just 35-seconds.
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