Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
23 Years and counting
Article 267 October 4, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of September 27 (Game 1) – Coming into this game, Legends Last Stand was once again missing most of its defensive core of players due to injuries, missing its best player, while another of its top forwards was out on IR with a lower body injury. Yet, with all of this and fielding a team with four fill-in players, they managed to make a game of this until finally losing on a late goal to FOURget About-it by the score of 5 – 2. Don’t let this score fool you; this was a much closer game than the final score indicated. With the win, FOURget About-it moved into first place overall.
For FOURget About-it, it has been four weeks of redundancy as once again it was John “Dez” Desmond led their offense. And this game was no exception as Dez opened up the game’s scoring three minutes in on a bang-bang set up by teammates Mark Stickney and Jim Barber. However, halfway through the period, two of the fill-in players for Legends Last Stand combined on their own bang-bang play out front to tie the game. With less than thirty seconds left in the period, it was John Lasala Jr. scoring his first goal of the season set up by Gary Goodwin giving Legends Last Stand the lead.
The second period saw both teams with scoring chances, yet, the only scoring belonged to FOURget About-its’ Carlos Machado, whose point shot with a minute to play in the period, set up by Mark Stickney, tied this game up.
In the third period, FOURget About-it developed some momentum through its running game to generate some offense and a wide open Jim Barber in the high slot buried his second goal of the season giving his team the lead and taking the air out of Legends Last Stands sails. All that was left was for two open net goals, including Dez’s punk move (or was it a defensive move or simple mistake) to score into an open net with only 12 seconds to play.
Week of September 27 (Game 2) – No one knew how That’s a Plus would come out and play this week after the previous week’s blowout loss; no one that is except the Portuguese Power duo of Tony Medeiros and Dominic Defrancisco. In a span of less than thirty seconds late in the first period, the outcome of this game was determined as That’s a Plus emerged with a convincing 6 – 3 win over the previously unbeaten Who Needs Superstars.
In the first period, two late goals scored sixteen seconds apart by Tony Medeiros, set up by Paul Castonguay and Dominic, provided all the momentum That’s a Plus would need in this game. Those two quick goals shifted all the game’s momentum over to That’s a Plus and stunned Who Needs Superstars.
Early in the second period, Tony Medeiros scored a natural hat trick with his third consecutive goal set up by Dominic in the high slot. A minute later, someone other than Tony scored as it was Sean Snelders (not Schneider) scoring his first goal of the season, set up by Dominic and John Leite. Late in the second period, in a span of three minutes, Who Needs Superstars made their offensive push scoring two goals to get back in this game. First, John Mastrocola scored, followed by Sergio Costa. However, in between, John Leite answered right back for That’s a Plus.
Early in the third period, Sergio scored his second goal of the game making this a two goal game; however, Tony Medeiros ended any comeback thoughts by burying his fourth goal of the game with two minutes to play to essentially close out this game. Not to be overlooked in all the Tony goal scoring was the fact that Dominic played a big role in his team’s offensive production as he set up five of his team’s goals scored. Portuguese Power duo indeed!
Trash Can Talk
The power of the Press
After a well-documented “Minus 5” last week for our Century Defense Duo… the peer pressure of having the equivalent of the “Fenway K’s” displayed as “That’s a Minus -“ for all to see caused That’s a Plus to separate the senior blue liners for their tilt against Who Needs Superstars.
That “Minus 5” really hit home for onetime heckler Michael Naczas as when he saw the (2) new “That’s a Minus -“ signs go up in the corner glass… he quickly tried to blame his counterpart Dan Broderick on the other line for them.
The rule for the “That’s a Minus” fan club is anytime Mike Naczas and/or Dan Broderick are on the rink for an opposing goal a “That’s a Minus -“sign goes up to document your negative play… and we all cheer “That’s a Minus”
A Portuguese Hattrick
Nice performance last week for Tony Medeiros who scored the first Portuguese Hattrick.
What is a Portuguese Hattrick you ask? It’s when you score 4-Goals and taunt the other team and let everyone in the rink know you scored on every goal.
Solve this equation 0W + 3L = R5
Once the largest casino in the world… Foxwoods offers Gambling, Booze, Nightlife and last Saturday they hosted Legends Last Stand own John Colucciello and Matty Iannello for what had to be a pretty important event for both players to leave their struggling team.
With a dismal 0-2 start to the season… Cooch and his captain decided to take in a concert… (Some band with a 5 in the name). So we thought, well it can’t be the The Jackson 5 as Michael is no longer with us… but maybe Tito was using a hologram Michael. Then we guessed Maroon 5, very popular band that millions love their music (but not this reporter)… Nope wasn’t Maroon 5
So Attention Legends Last Stand… you guys are now 0-3 so that Matty and Cooch could attend a concert by these guys:
Teen Beat Headline: R5 causes Legends Last Stand to remain winless at 0-3
We can only add speculation to the story and hope that (they) like many other gambling parents… left their kids in the car with the windows down… so Daddy can go play a few games of Roulette and try to win back some of the money he spent of R5 tickets.
“Don’t tread on me” and more importantly “Don’t bet on me”
How dare you Mr League Director and Mrs Assistant League Director call one of the winningest players in recent history a “Tabletop Player” and once again try and wager on Jim Barber’s goal production. Go work on an original idea will ya!!
Not to mention that while you two knuckleheads were trying to get into Jim’s head… He only went on to score the Game Winning Goal for FOURget About-it. So your meaningless banter doesn’t seem to bother the current three-peat champion and his quest for history.
Exception to the rule.., for Punk Moves???
The unofficial Joe Shannon “Punk Move” clubs current members: Jim Barber, Angelo Deluca and Scott Young are voting on the latest application submitted by John Desmond.
The “Punk Move” is generally reserved for those who have a clear opportunity (in a non-loosing situation) to just dump the ball into the opposing corner and let the time run out… but instead they choose to take the opportunity to pad their stats with an Empty Net Goal.
In reviewing the latest application submitted to the current members… John Desmond scored a second open netter with only 12-seconds to play in the game. Already up 2-goals (including a previous ENG) by Tony Mastrocola, just mere 15-seconds before Dez’ second nail in the coffin… We reached out to Dez for a comment
The Dez Defense: My empty net goal should not be classified as a “Punk Move” because of the following reason: FOURget About-it should be 4-0 if Jeff Deharo did not let up 4-Goals while filling in during our only loss of this early season so far.
This was a message game that we (myself included) were hand delivering to Jeff. The message to Jeff and any other goalie that fills in for Scott Rosato in the future better bring his “A” game, otherwise there will be retribution. The second empty netter was just the equivalent of a horse head in the bed… take the message for what it’s worth and learn from it.
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