Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
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Article 268 October 11, 2014
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of October 4 (Game 1) – This game featured two teams heading in opposite directions as That’s a Plus won their second straight game to climb into a tie atop the league standings, while Legends Last Stand lost their fourth straight game. However, this game was closer than the final score indicated as That’s a Plus broke open a one goal game by scoring two goals in the last four minutes to take a 5 – 3 victory over Legends Last Stand.
In the first period, the teams traded goals as Sean Snelders scored the game’s first goal for That’s a Plus as he was set up out front by Pat Pirone six minutes into the game. Two minutes later, it was Matty Iannello finally getting that goal scoring monkey off his back by scoring his first goal of the season after three games, as he was set up by Niko Vramis.
In the second period, the momentum and game turned in favor of That’s a Plus mainly due to the play of their second line, especially the duo of Pat Pirone and Sean Snelders. For one game, That’s a Plus didn’t depend on the Portuguese Power duo of Tony Medeiros and Dominic Defrancisco to score the goals and lead the offense. Pat and Sean took care of that. A minute into the period, Pat was set up out front by Sean to put his team back in front. Five minutes later, Pat struck again. Thirty seconds later, Niko Vramis scored an unassisted goal on a partial breakaway to make this a one goal game again.
The third period saw That’s a Plus put this game away late, as Pat and Dominic each scored a minute apart with just under four minutes to play. John Colucciello’s top corner slap shot with thirty seconds to play accounted for the game’s final score. Joe Shannon made his debut off IR for legends Last Stand but clearly needs more time to recover.
Week of October 4 (Game 2) – In a game that had many shifts of momentum with each team making a strong offensive counter punch resulting in multiple goals scored less than a minute apart, Goodfellas won their second straight game by outlasting Who Needs Superstars by a score of 4 – 3. The win moved Goodfellas up the standings after struggling in their first two games. For Who Needs Superstars, after starting off very strong winning their first two games, they have now lost their last two games.
Things started off very promising for Who Needs Superstars as Mike O’Neil took advantage of a defensive turnover only a minute and a half into this game to give his team the early lead with an unassisted goal. The first half of the period saw Who Needs Superstars carry the play; however, late in the period, Goodfellas took advantage of some strong fore checking and zone time to score two goals less than thirty seconds apart. First, Angelo Deluca was set up on the wing by Joe Mancinelli and Jamie Kehoe which was then followed by Tony Bono scoring out front after some strong corner cycling work by Rick Cassano and Emidio Magno.
Early into the second period, Jamie Kehoe unleashed a bomb from the point on a pass from Angelo Deluca to give his Goodfellas team a two goal lead and the momentum. Three minutes later, Sergio Costa converted a rebound out front to make this a one goal game. Two minutes after that, Jim Clarke jumped up into the play as his team’s only fore checker and the move paid off as he took advantage of a defensive turnover to sweep in a shot past the surprised goalie. Both teams opened up the offense in the third period as Goodfellas carried the play which paid off as Mario Deluca’s knuckleball shot from the point through a screen set up by Rick Cassano caught the goalie by surprise, giving Goodfellas a well-earned victory.
Trash Can Talk
Congratulations you’re a Referee
So here’s another case of Cinderella Syndrome in which if the shoe fits… you must be a Princess. Apparently that same logic has been instituted with the referees… if the ref jacket fits… you must be a ref.
We need to start seeing referee credentials and/or certificates of successful completion of referee schooling before allowing just anyone to don the referee stripes.
First up… “Fumbles” himself Bill Abcunas filling in for a no show ref. Fumbling around the rink we witnessed the two left footed ref (twice) be in the middle of a loose ball battle, and his failure to jump up on the glass and “Get out of the way.”
Once “Fumbles” was done… he was replaced by Mike “No Call” Naczas. Naz who is clearly one of the more agile refs and will make an attempt to get out of the way… but our dismay with the ALD was that he clearly witnessed a raging Billy Gardynski Jr blatantly toss his goalie stick 15-feet in the air and almost hitting Joe Mancinelli on the descent.
When asked for a comment from Mikey “No Call”… his comment was “that’s not my end.” Now we are left to wonder if the refs are only paid 50% of their check since they only call 50% of the game (in their end).
Someone gets a sore throat
The one call that was made… was a high-sticking call against Steve Oppedisano who tried to give Matty Iannello a tracheotomy with his blade. After Matty was down for several minutes we were wondering if we were witnessing another suspended stick bag challenge for the Great One.
We checked in with the Great One after the game to see how he was doing
Matty Iannello doing better after a high-stick to the throat and thanks his supporters.
No Stonehands… still no win
Two weeks ago we witness Gary “Stonehands” Goodwin live up to his name as on (2) prime scoring chances as Stonehand’s shanked an easy goal opportunity. Taking a page from the Teenbeat playbook Gary was noticeably absent from their 4th straight loss… Rumor has it Gary was waiting in line for Hanson Tickets.
Ballot Question 77 in November - Vote to repeal the name “The Great One”
With a slumping 0-4 start to the season Legends Last Stand Matty “The Great One” Iannello is clearly the center of his non-supporting Helicopter Line. Combine that with the pressure of the “Pink Stick Bag Challenge” and Matt has only (1) goal tallied so far… We are wondering if the “Great One” is still the “Great One” or do we consider the alternative and reassign the nickname to Pat Pirone who not only is the only player to wear #99… but he had (2) goals last and (2) assists week against the (former?) “Great One”
New team name for Legends Last Stand
With Matty Iannello missing games for tween bands… Ray Nickerson missing games for his banquet hall… and Joe Shannon missing games to get some replacement parts… Not to mention that Joe’s once booming shot from the point has been replaced with younger cannon in John LaSalle Jr’s shot. The consensus is Legends Last Stand was not the appropriate team name for this season. Gary should have considered “Passed Their Prime” as a more suitable team name.
Breaking News… Shutdown Talk is brewing
We interrupt our regularly scheduled Trash Talk segment for this exclusive: An obviously under healed defensive superstar is considering shutting it back down for another month or so. Legends Last Stand All-Star Defenseman Joe Shannon was heard saying that he might have come back to early.
Part of Joe’s thought provoking shutdown talks started to circulate after seeing Shawn Wyatt and Steve Oppedisano had a 2-on-1 against the hobbling Joe. Although nothing came of mild offensive threat (after all it was Shawn and Steve)… it made Joe realize he might have come back a little too soon.
Smuck Teams - 10 against 9
It’s common practice to use replacement players of similar caliber and talent to fill-in for a team that is short. However, we have to use a word from our youth to describe the injustice that occurred last week for Who Needs Superstars vs Goodfellas… “Smuck Teams”
They should have been played with 9-players vs 9-players… however in this conspiracy theory, Goodfellas sitting on a 1-2 record this early in the season did not want to be down 1-3… so they recruited a future Leominster Hall Of Fame Candidate and League Director Bill Abcunas to fill in, thus making it 10 vs 9 players and perhaps an unfair advantage… of having “Smuck Teams”. After all Goodfellas did get a 4-3 win. Coincidence they won by one goal while having one extra player
A Future Leominster Hall Of Fame Candidate or Defensive Liability?
He fumbled around as a ref in game one and choked on an attempt to clear the opening faceoff in the “Smuck Teams Conspiracy” game. His weak and feeble attempt to dump the ball into the offensive zone for Goodfellas resulted if an opening drive goal for Who Needs superstars… As rookie Mike O’Neil made the League Director pay for his mistake (24-seconds earlier) to open the game. It was also nice to see a little karma as fill-in ref Mike Naczas quickly realized and shouted “That’s a Minus” to the President of the “That’s a Minus” fan club. So we ask Bill Abcunas: A Future Leominster Hall Of Fame Candidate or Defensive Liability?
A team Captain seeks professional help
With already one Delay of Game penalty on the sheet and another “non-call” blatant Unsportsmanlike… We notice Goodfellas Captain Scott Young taking a page from the Gary Goodwin titled “Reeling in Jr”.
Scotty was seen trying to calm his decorated goalie and focus him on the win at hand and not the fact Jr is not #1 in the Goalie Leader Standings.
My Goalie has issues... Can I get some Ritalin for his water bottle?
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