Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
24 Years and counting
Article 301 November 28, 2015
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of November 21 (Game 1) – Playing their typical grinding style of play as a team, Broken Promises played it to perfection in smothering Island of Misfit Toys and holding on for a gritty 5 – 4 win. Ever so quietly, Broken Promises has slipped under the radar and is back in contention for first place overall in the standings, only one point behind.
In the first period, both teams had scoring chances but it was Island of Misfit Toys who struck first, as Sergio Costa, suddenly awakened from his offensive hibernation in his last four games, scoring off a set up by Matty Iannello.
During a wild and wide open second period, a combined total of five goals were scored by both teams. Broken Promises scored two goals early in the period within a minute’s of each other as Joe Shannon scored on a bomb from the point, which was followed by Nick Romano scoring unassisted after receiving a defensive gift-wrapped turnover (Merry Christmas). Halfway through the period, Mike O’Neil (who also has been on a hot goal scoring streak in his last three games) scored out front. Only thirty seconds after that, John Mastrocola scored to give Broken Promises the lead again. However, with less than two minutes to play in the period, Sergio scored his second goal of the game.
An early two-goal barrage in the third period would prove crucial for Broken Promises. John Mastrocola scored just under three minutes into the period which was followed by John Kelleher’s insurance goal only a minute later. Down by two with just over a minute to play and their goalie pulled, Island of Misfit Toys Mike O’Neil scored with less than twenty seconds to play but it was too little too late.
Week of November 21 (Game 2) – In a battle of titans, Labatt Blues faced off against HABitual Complainers in their third and final head-to-head meeting this season. As the previous two games before this had played out, this game delivered a very entertaining contest with HABitual Complainers coming out on top, 3 – 2 in overtime. As they had done so in their first meeting, HABitual Complainers overcame a 2-goal deficit to emerge with the comeback victory.
In the first period, who else but Shawn Miville scored for Labatt Blues halfway through the period on a brilliant unassisted breakaway as he patiently waited for the goalie to move, then undressed him with a nifty tuck five hole for the early lead.
The second period proved to be the key for HABitual Complainers and Dominic Defrancisco. Only two minutes into the period, Gary Goodwin, scored to give his Labatt Blues team a commanding 2-goal lead. At this point, Dominic was very quiet offensively and was heading in the direction of going three games in a row without scoring a goal. That is until lightning struck twice in a span of forty seconds as Dominic used his speed and rink awareness to single-handedly bring his team back into this game by scoring two goals. It was here that we witnessed Dominic being the heart and soul of this team.
In a wide open third period, each team had some quality scoring chances, but the goalies, Jeff Deharo and Bill Gardynski Jr, kept this a tied game, each coming up with some timely key stops. Jeff’s acrobatic arm save while falling down foiled a sure goal late in the game that was matched by Junior stuffing Dominic in tight while falling down with time running out. In overtime, the former Portuguese Power, Tony Medeiros, was set up by the hustle of Dominic as he wheeled around from the right circle to score the game winning goal. With the win, HABitual Complainers is now tied with Labatt Blues for first place.
Trash Can Talk
Thanks Tosh.O Disclaimer
No “C” for you
It wasn’t a benching after all… John Kelleher officially “cut” Nick Romano. No Nicky was not “cut” from Broken Promises… they need him down the stretch.
In a bold move to show his authority newly appointed Captain John Kelleher “cut” the mockery that Nick Romano displayed on his jersey last week and left a hole were the “A” should have been… thus leaving Nicky with a new “A” hole.
Our apologies for the piss-poor quality. Someone needs to work on their photography skills.
3 out of 4 Referees… Recommend?
If 9 out of 10 Dentists recommend Crest tooth paste… than 3 out of 4 Referees recommend that the penalty against Sergio Costa was not actually a penalty. The one lone holdout was Referee George “There’s no gray area” Hodgdon.
We’re not sure if it was a clearing attempt (or a pass) to Sergio from his own defenseman… but the waist high pass/clearing attempt hit Sergio in the hand and deflected into the screen, to which George immediately signaled for a penalty.
75% of the Referees polled said they would not have made that call because it was not a deliberate distinct throwing motion. So thanks to George that penalty is now on Sergio’s permanent record.
New Sherriff in town
There’s a new Sherriff in town… and his name in “not” Reggie Hammond it’s Mike O’Neil.
For the second straight week Mike has shown the goalies who’s the boss when it comes to breakaways. Fresh off his Week #11 “Five Guys Award” it was Mike’s turn to show the only goalie who posted two shutouts this season who’s the king of breakaways.
Mike’s goal was reminisce of Billy Abcunas’ goal last season against Billy Gardyski Jr… where Mike broke in from left to right on fellow Week #11 “Player of the Week” Scotty Rosato. Mike waited patiently for Scotty to lie down and play dead while he picked the top corner with pinpoint accuracy.
It’s too bad the goal and effort were in vein as they went on to lose 5-4 in a game that would have given Island of Misfit Toys some breathing room in the playoff hunt (if) they could have pulled out a win.
Play of the game
John Mastrocola and Luigi Derenzes combined for one of the quickest goals of the game. First Luigi’s defensiveness had him breaking up a play in the offensive zone before stripping the ball and rushing in on an offensive threat. Luigi then fired a precision pass to a streaking Johnny who was cutting across the goalie crease, and with a distinct “tipping” motion… tipped Luigi’s laser beam pass top shelf where Billy Gardyski Sr keeps the Samoas Girl Scout Cookies hidden from the rest of the Gardyski family.
New Slogan for Jamie Kehoe
When we started this season we coined the phrase “Drive for Five” in regards to Jamie Kehoe’s quest for his fifth straight championship. With the lost last week and only 3-points from the basement we are re-thinking a new phrase… “Drive to Stay Alive” otherwise their playoff hopes are “Dead.”
Clash of the Titans
#1 vs #2 are swapping places again… in a battle dubbed “Clash of the Titans” and what some believe is a sneak preview of the Week #17 game. Going into their last regular season meeting Labatt Blues (#1) vs HABitual Complainers (#2) and also the League’s Leading Scorers; Shawn Miville (#1) vs Dominic DeFrancisco (#2)
Both teams have posted 13-points and both teams have tallied 37-Goals so far this season. With each team winning one game each, of their first two meetings… so it was only fitting that their 3rd and final regular season rubber match came down to overtime.
Two out of the three meetings had Labatt Blues going up 2-0 only to lose 3-2 and their second meeting had Billy Gardynsky Jr blanking and shutting off the switch to the Portuguese Power.
Lastly Shawn Miville (4g-2a) edged out Dominic DeFranciso (3g-2a) and both teams have learned who they need to focus on and game plan for should they meet in the playoffs
You can’t handle the “tooth”
First we open with a joke;
Question: What did the Judge say to the Dentist?
Answer: Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth?
For Jim Barber he can’t handle the “tooth”… as it seems someone was sidelined from last week’s Clash of the Titans game for a wisdom tooth extraction. He had an appointment was last Friday at “Tooth-hurty” in the afternoon to extract ¼ of his wisdom.
We reached to Jim for a comment on his “IR” report… and he assures us that he was fine to play, but facing Gary “Freight train” Goodwin the over/under was high that Gary would reopen the freshly stitched jawbone… and his prediction was not too far fetch as Gary’s “Crush first and ask questions later” style of play left Tony Medeiros lying on the dek gasping for air nursing some crushed ribs late in the 3rd period.
Jay Carrien the #1defenseman became the #1 Doorman for HABitual Complainers. Sidelined with a lower body injury, Jay teamed up with Captain Jim “The Tooth Fairy” Barber to open doors, cheer and high-five the able players for the Habs who played one of the best game of the season against Labatt Blues.
This was a breakout week for Steve Medeiros of HABitual Comaplainers. Not only did Steve win last weeks “Five Guys Player of the Week” Award… but he won it for the right reasons.
Steve had several defensive break-ups… guarded the blue line and kept several balls in the offensive zone, and lastly Steve was seen multiple times jumping up into the offense and assisting on their first goal of the game.
Fellow teammate Dominic DeFransico won top honors with the Dunkin Donuts “Player of the Week”… so it seems that finally the nominations and voting was 100% accurate last week.
With Gary Goodwin winning a Turkey Award… for who knows why? Maybe because Gary is on the verge a double digit points season. If Gary was a candidate and recipient for a fictional award such as the "2015 Director’s Choice Award"… we thought what other nonsensical awards could we present for Thanksgiving.
First-up… You can’t have Turkey without the stuffing so congratulation Pat Pirone on winning the first ever “Stove Top’s Stuffing Award”. Pat wins for his continuous effort to “Stuff” a goal in… even after the whistle blows.
“Shimp Cocktail Award”– Serious do we have to even name the names. Its low lying fruit to joke about both “munchkins” Johnny and Tony Mastrocola, but since it’s a Cocktail award we need to add another shrimp George Medeiros into the Cocktail sauce.
The “Tylenol PM Tryptophan Award” goes to timekeeper Don… It’s about time Don gets an Over-30 Award and since most players can agree it looks like Don is half asleep in the timekeepers box.
Don wanted to take this time to thank… Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (Don wake up)… Zzzzzzzzzz (Pssst Don)… Zzzzzzzzz. Oh well just pretend he pointed at the sky and "Thanked God" like Big Papi after a homerun.
Cranberries (sounds like Crabby) and it reminds me of crabby old people, so this year’s “Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Award” goes to Bill and Kellie Abcunas for constantly chasing the kids away. They say it’s for “insurance reasons”, but we think it’s because they are not paying $240 to be upstairs.
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