Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
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Article 281 February 14, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of February 7 (Game 1) – If you look at the schedule results for the first 6 weeks, the game between FOURget About-it and Who Needs Superstars played out as expected. FOURget About-it has been consistently following a pattern of win 2-games, and then lose 2-games, while Who Needs Superstars has been playing five hundred hockey, winning a game then following that with a loss. So, it came as no surprise that FOURget About-it, riding a one game winning streak, won this game by the score of 4 – 0.
Both teams had an equal amount of shots in this game, but it was FOURget About-it who made the most of their scoring opportunities by burying their chances, while Who Needs Superstars generated the one and done variety of shots usually from long distance or from angles towards the side. In the first period, Jim Barber (yes he actually scored) buried a shot from the right wing off a feed from Mark Stickney and Carlos Machado to give FOURget About-it all the scoring they would need in this game.
In the second period, it turned into the John Desmond individual show who scored twice, at the beginning minute of the period as well as at the end of the period, set up by Carlos and Jim respectfully.
In the third period, Tony Mastrocola followed the yellow brick road late, scoring an unassisted goal, to finish all the scoring in this game. Rumor has it that Tony was seen mocking his brother John after his goal just for good measure.
Week of February 7(Game 2) – In a game that was well played and fast-paced by both teams, That’s a Plus overcame a late goal scored by Goodfellas after pulling their goalie to win their second straight game by the score of 4 – 3 in overtime. After starting off the season 0 – 3, That’s a Plus seems to have turned their season around. For Goodfellas, they continue to struggle with having players missing each week, especially their defenseman.
In the first period, Dominic Defrancisco opened the scoring by converting a pass from John Leite halfway into the period. For the period, That’s a Plus outshot Goodfellas by a 2 -to-1 margin.
In the second period, two minutes in, the combination of Angelo Deluca and Tony Bono took advantage of a defensive turnover to set up Rick Cassano in the high slot who buried his chance tying this game up. With just over a minute to play, Dominic struck again, this time set up by John and Shawn Wyatt down the right wing giving his team the lead again.
In a wild third period, Goodfellas got back into this game as Mike Collins scored out front as the defense overplayed and John Kelleher gathered in the point shot rebound from Mario Deluca to once again tie this game. With just under four minutes on a 5-on-3 power play advantage, Dominic struck again for his natural hat trick, set up by Tony Medeiros and John. However, with just over a minute to play after pulling their goalie, John Kelleher re-tied the game off a scramble out front set up by Joe Mancinelli.
In overtime, it was Goodfellas on a power play and Angelo’s in tight shot rang off the post less than a minute in. With just under two minutes to play, That’s a Plus went on the power play and a heads up pass deep in his defensive zone by Dan Broderick along the left wing boards freed up Bill Abcunas on a breakaway who froze the goalie, deked to his forehand making the goalie butterfly down, then near the goal line flipped the shot over the goalie into the top far corner for the game winner (the highlight goal of the year) while the spectators behind the net went wild!
Trash Can Talk
Let the begging begin
Only four weeks into the new season and the reigning 2014 Winter Season co-points leader Matty Iannello is already crying for assists that he wasn’t credited for. It seems that playing with Ray Nickerson is starting to rub off on Matty as he now is whining about phantom assists and how the referees are out to screw him.
Dude You Got screwed
Discovery Channel has a new survival show called “Dude, You’re Screwed”… The new Over-30 version is called “Dude You Got Screwed”
Last Week Dominic DeFrancisco scored a hattrick and wins the Player of the week Award… We suspect that Dominic (like his line mate Tony Medeiros) faked a lower leg injury late in the game so he could get sympathy votes for Player of the week, and Carlos Machado gets the Five Guys Award for not yelling at much… and plays an excellent game on Defense… Good game but Award worthy???
Here comes the screwed… wait for it.
Last season on 11-29-14 Jeff Deharo saves 24 out of 25 Shots (NOT A SHUT OUT) and wins a Five Guys Award and 12-13-14 Matty Iannello, Ray Nickerson and Anthony Lauletta all get a Co-Player of the Week (Because they helped Naz win Fantasy Money). This is NOT the first time indecisive judges have handed out “Co-Awards” because they cannot make a tough decision.
Now… for the screwing
We want to apologize to FOURget About-it Goalie Scott Rosato… Last week Scotty was completely overlooked in both the Award Ceremonies and no mention on the Game Sheet highlights. Scott plays one of his best games of the season… stops ALL 28-shots he faced. Made some unbelievable saves (including a breakaway) and basically shuts down the former #1 team from last season… and he gets NOTHING for his efforts… Dude you got screwed!!!
Welcome back Alby
Welcom back Alby Luise; It’s nice to see good ole Alby healthy and between the pipes.
While you were gone we couldn’t find a goalie of your caliber to replace you… so we had to use a girl. Not just any girl either… her resume includes: Team USA and Hockeytown Division 1 Champion with Wild Wings. So Alby you have some pretty big shoes to fill… or should we say “heels to fill”.
Paging “Al”… Last Name “Coholic”
If this was a Jeff Foxworthy bit… it might go something like this:
If you drinking Jack Daniels on the bench between shifts… “You might be an alcoholic”. If you’re asking John Mastrocola for a beer while you’re on the dek playing… “You might be an alcoholic”… and if Sergio Costa turns you inside out, causes you to stumble and then buries a goal in your face for good measure… “You might be an alcoholic”.
That’s not my Daddy
Speaking of stumbling players… No not you again Steve Oppedisano (today you get a pass), this week we are talking about Gary “I only play dek hockey for the drinking” Goodwin… Wow did Sergio Costa make you look bad on defense.
We had the privilege of watching your game with Jake… who refused participate in the Gary (Daddy) bashing that was taking place by the sign-in table. Jake just watched silently and then pulled his hat down over his eyes.
Jake "Spyder" Goodwin
ABC After School Special – Shovel Discipline
Be sure to check your local listing for the new Over-30 League ABC After School Special – Shovel Discipline; starring the Lasala’s.
It about a family that copes with a Dad passing down the proper technique for shoveling the walkway… but poor little Jr can’t seem to get the proper throwing technique to please his father. In a heart wrenching moment of rage Dad grabs the shovel from his son and teaches him how to shovel… his face.
The after school special ends with Lasala Sr missing the following game because he was not able to post bond and watch his son John Jr light Alby Luise up (again) to welcome Alby back from the DL.
Hey John Jr… it we see anymore “Shoveling Marks” we’ll have no choice but to call DSS as we care about your safety and more importantly any unpaid balances.
Your Defense is “Half-Fast”
When you have a speedy youngster like Dominic DeFransico leading your offense… it really exposes the age and the “Half-Fast” speed of your defense. So for That’s a Plus… with players like Mike Naczas, Dan Broderick, Bill Abcunas and Shaun Wyatt you could say your defense is “Half-Fast”
They say “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery”… so we guess Steve Oppedisano is honoring his idol Joe Shannon. They both shoot righty… they both wear #4… they both can’t run anymore and last week we noticed Steve is a “Tucker” like Joe.
Steve, I know Joe Shannon and you sir are no Joe Shannon.
72 Dolphins Celebrate Again
Crack open a bottle of Geritol it’s time for the 72 Dolphins to toast another team that cannot match their undefeated season.
Two weeks Legends Last Stand was the last remaining team without a loss… Thanks to Mike Luise (2 Goals and an Assist) there will be no White House visit for the Legends.
Who Cares Obama - This is just another smear campaign against the Patriots
Karma is a Bitch
Flashback (Week 1) January 3rd… Let us reminisce about the “Goal of the Year” when Collen Sedille broke up none other than the League Director Bill Abcunas as he was streaking out of the offensive zone… Colleen’s remarkable hand-eye coordination had her picking the ball clean and then carrying it 15ft before ripping a shot past Billy Gardynski Sr. It was pure pandemonium that followed Colleen’s goal.
However… Karma is a Bitch. Just five short weeks later during their second meeting it was Déjà vu all over again (except reversed), which really wouldn’t make it Déjà vu (but anyway). Eager to repair his tarnished image Bill Abcunas had a chip on his shoulder about being embarrassed by the 5-2 105 Lbs Defensewoman.
In a moment when you wished you had your camera on… After Goodfella’s pulled their goalie and John Kelleher scores a beautiful goal tie the game with 1:00 to play and send the game in Overtime. Much like Malcom Butler jumping the route and becoming the Superbowl Hero… Bill Abcunas had that same feeling that he was going to make a big play to win the game. Billy’s “route jump” had his steaming up the left side and bulldozing Colleen over (reminder: she’s only 5-2, 105 Lbs and a girl)… as he looked in the rear view mirror to see Colleen’s limp and motionless body lying on the dek… he continued steamrolling in on a clean breakaway against the #1 Fantasy (Last in the standings) Goalie Billy Gardynski Jr.
With flashbacks of Colleen embarrassing him and “This day in Dek Hockey History” exposing him in a story of a “Legendary Crumpling”… This was Mr Abcunas’ payback moment and he delivered… BIGTIME!!
Coming in Left to Right on Gardynski Jr… Abcunas waited for the right moment when Jr went down and he buried a beautiful top corner that would have made his old Coram Canadians proud.
That was definitely a highlight worthy goal… but not the “Goal of the Year”. Colleen already has that trophy on her mantel.
A message to That's a Plus
This Day in Dek Hockey History
Keep Your Trophies
After our inaugural edition of “This Day in Dek Hockey History” we learned that our own Joe Shannon was part of a perfectly executed “Malachi Crunch” with Jimmy Connell. Under orders from Seahawks Captain Dan Broderick, the duo accomplished their mission to take out former Coram Canadian Bill Abcunas.
While Billy was being Medevac to the nearest NY Hospital… the Seahawks with Championship trophies in hand were riding the ferry back to what we now refer to as “Title Town” Boston.
Just off the shore of the Coram NY… Joe and the rest of the newly crowned champions decided it would be best if they left their meaningless trophies on the bottom of Block Island Sound and on the count of three tossed their accomplishment overboard.
It’s kind of ironic that the “Seahawks” Championship trophy have been living at the bottom of the Sea for the past 25-years. We hear that it has become a Diver Attraction for Divers to visit and pay homage to one of the greatest Dek Hockey Championships game ever.
Seahawks Championship Trophy Reef
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