Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
23 Years and counting
Article 277 January 10, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of January 3 (Game 1) – The Spring 2015 season officially got underway with the top two teams from last season facing off in the opening game. FOURget About-it turned a close game into a runaway with a three goal explosion during a one minute sequence in the second period to walk away with a well-earned 7 – 4 victory over Who Needs Superstars.
In the first period, Who Needs Superstars only managed to land four shots on net but they made one of those count as Sergio Costa scored halfway through the period as he was set up by Mike Luise and John Mastrocola.
This game turned in the favor of FOURget About-it during the second period literally in a span of one minute. First, Brien Sullivan’s shot from the point only a minute in, set up by Carlos Machado and Umberto Biancardi, tied this game. Building on this momentum shift, FOURget About-it then struck quickly in a one minute stretch halfway through the period, to take control of this game. During this offensive explosion, Mike Hollingsworth scored from the point, followed by Mark Stickney and Jim Barber scoring from in close. Less than thirty seconds later, Jim Clarke brought Who Needs Superstars back into this game.
However, any doubt about the outcome of this game was settled early by Dez, two minutes into the third period, as FOURget About-it reclaimed the momentum. Two minutes later, Carlos Machado batted out of mid-air the rebound of a Mike Hollingsworth shot to provide his team with some added insurance. And a good thing too as the last two minutes saw Who Needs Superstars score twice, thirty seconds apart, by John Mastrocola and Sergio, only to have Dez offset that by scoring his second goal of the game.
Week of January 3 (Game 2) – What championship hangover affecting Goodfellas? Far from it as they routed That’s a Plus by the lopsided score of 6 – 1 as six different players scored showing the offensive balance of this team. Unfortunately for That’s a Plus, this new season started off with more of the same losing results from last season. This team needs a confidence boost and soon.
During the first period, Goodfellas controlled most of the play and zone time in the offensive end that paid off with two goals. Four minutes in, Angelo Deluca scored from the wing as he was set up by Rick Cassano and Colleen Sedille. Three minutes later, Jason Glista’s bomb from the point off a defensive turnover, beat the goalie cleanly to the far side.
In the second period four minutes in, Colleen Sedille made what could be the highlight play of the Spring season as she faced down a developing 3-on-2 by standing her ground at the center line to knock the ball down as two opposing players were running past her on the breakout. Colleen proceeded to alertly carry the ball down the middle into the vacated space, used the defenseman as a partial screen, to score low far side. It was a tournament level play by the girl! Building on that momentum, Goodfellas scored two more goals in the second period as Joe Mancinelli scored from the high slot which was followed by Jamie Kehoe’s power play goal from the point.
For That’s a Plus, their only highlight play came courteousy of Pat Pirone only thirty seconds into the third period, as Pat broke in alone down the left wing to beat the goalie in close. Late in the period, Rick Cassano scored to account for the final score.
For That’s a Plus, the majority of the players have not given up, but they need EVERYONE to stay focused and compete for the full thirty minutes if they are going to turn this downward spiral around.
Trash Can Talk
Today’s Top Story – Goal of the Year!
If you missed League Director Bill Abcunas first “fill in” game of the season… you missed what this reporter is calling the “Goal of the Year” and if you were there to witness it… you would agree.
So what was the goal? Did Billy have a breakaway and used Matty’s “The Move” to score a goal? Nope!
The goal had Billy breaking out of his defensive zone with the ball, a full head of steam and a bucket of confidence as he was leading the offensive charge… but wait!! There’s trouble ahead.
With only one defenseman (sorry defensewoman) to beat before entering the offensive zone… Colleen“Get that shit outta here”Sedille, broke up offensive attack, stole the ball (and his confidence)… then stickhandled another 15-feet and ripped a shot on Billy Gardynski Sr. We likened the fan response to that of Mike Eruzione’s “Mircle on Ice goal” as the fans under the scoreboard went wild.
Footage of the goal is being sent to ESPN for a potential ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award). That is exactly how we would describe Colleen’s break-up and in your face as an “Excellent Performance”
How to tell if you’re going to lose?
If your team is short players and you see Bill Abcunas put on your teams jersey… Historical data and calculated formulas project a loss for your team.
Sidenote: For a guy who’s closer to 60 than 50… The man can still hustle, pass and has a good hockey sense. Just don’t fill in against Colleen anymore.
Could the Over-30 League be making a sequel to “Blame the Girl”. A heartwarming story about a team finishing in first both seasons only to get bounced in the first round and then lose in the finals to a team of legendary 3-pete champions.
“Blame the Girl Too” started production last week with two of the movie stars missing from the set. Ray “When’s the next contest?” Dow and Derek Shaw were both noticeable absentees on (Offense and Defense) for Who Needs Superstars’ first game of the season.
We already witnessed this team finish first and get bounced in the first round last season… Will they finish first again this season and lose in the championship game… or rewrite the ending and become a team of champions… or will they “Blame the Girl Too”
Who Needs a Captain?
It’s hard to run a team when you only have 33% of the vote. We noticed that Who Needs Superstars could have used the name “Who Needs a Captain”. Was there a misprint and one of the three “A’s” was supposed to be a “C” and whose was it?
Traditionally speaking if you’re wearing an “A” you’re an Assistant Captain… but if there is no Captain are you all Assistants to the Assistant? That would make the other 2 Assistants both your Bosses and Subordinates.
Great Starts to an Over-30 Career
When you think of great champions in the Over-30 League, you think of names like: Ed Nigro, Pat Pirone, Joe Shannon, Matty Iannello, Mark Stickney and Jim Barber.
But when who think of great starts to an Over-30 career… One name comes to mind; Dusty Caufield. Dusty’s brief but legendary record had him winning a championship (3) out of the first 4 seasons he played in the league. Dusty would then go on to win (4) championships in his first (6) seasons in the league… before he retired with an overall 5-7 record.
We mention this because Jamie Kehoe is on a similar pace to “Not Chase History” but become part of it. Jamie is now chasing a very elusive and exclusive 4-pete Champion Title only held by Pat Prone.
However not to go unnoticed, Jamie is also following the same path that Dusty pioneered back in 2007-2010 starting his Over-30 Career winning (3) of out his first 4 seasons.
Good Luck Jamie and the rest of Goodfellas… Statically you won’t be repeating.
Over-30 Public Service Announcement on Alzheimer's Disease
Here at the Over-30 League we care about our players and their mental capacity. As we all advance from the Over-30 league to now the predominantly Over-40 (and Over-50) League.
We Googled “Alzheimer's Disease” and learned the following warning signs and effects:
It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. As the disease advances, symptoms can include:
Problems with language.
Disorientation (including easily getting lost).
Loss of motivation, and behavioral issues.
Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death.
Putting your hockey jersey on inside out
Letting the “Leading 2014 Winter Points Co-Winner” serve a Goalie Penalty while you stay on the Dek and let up a shorthanded goal.
If you are experiencing (or have experienced) any of the above symptoms, please seek medical advice. Also; if you think this is about you… it probably is, but just give it a few minutes and you’ll undoubtedly forget it was.
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