Official Newsletter of the Old-Time Hockey Over-30 League
25 Years and counting
Article 320 October 1, 2016
Game results and Player(s) of the Week
Week of September 24 (Game 1) – Four games into the season and two teams still trying to establish their team identity faced each other for the first time. For the second game in a row, 11 Guys, 1 Ball was playing short-handed, while their goalie was banged up and dealing with some lower body injuries. Shark Attack took advantage of this, breaking a scoreless tie open in the second period to defeat 11 Guys, 1 Ball by the score of 4 – 2.
After a scoreless first period that saw 11 Guys, 1 Ball carry most of the play but failed to score, Shark Attack turned this game around early in the second period to take control of this game. Less than two minutes into the period, Joe Shannon was set up on the point by Mark Stickney and Joe Carlton’s fore checking, that resulted in one of Joe’s patented slap shot goals from the point. Locked in a back and forth game played mostly between the white lines and center area of the rink, Mark Stickney was set up by the hustle of Joe Carlton out front with a minute to play in the period. The way this game was being played out, that would be more than enough for Shark Attack to win this game.
In the third period, Shark Attack repeated what they did at the start of the second period, putting pressure on their opponents defense deep in the offensive zone, which paid off as Joe Carlton was set up by Jim Barber as his off speed knuckleball of a shot moving across the slot fooled the goalie, throwing off his timing, to put his team up by a commanding three goals. Three minutes later before you could say game over, Tony Medeiros bulled his way to the front of the net using a physical style of play to score a much needed goal by his team, set up by John Leite and Carlos Machado. On a resulting two minute power play, Joe Shannon put an end to any sense of momentum swing for 11 Guys, 1 Ball, to score his second goal of the game, set up by Mauro Colucciello and give Shark Attack a commanding lead once again. Desperate for some offense, 11 Guys, 1 Ball moved defenseman Brien Sullivan up front to center and this resulted in Brien scoring on a set up by Carlos and Dominic Defrancisco. However, it was too little too late.
Week of September 24 (Game 2) – Four games into the season and Sour Grapes continues to struggle to score goals, remaining winless as a result. One of the best defensive teams in the league is having difficulty getting production out of their first line and scoring goals to break games open. Such was the case again as the Pylons scored a third period goal to hold off Sour Grapes by the score of 2 – 1.
In a back and forth first period where both teams were generating offense and landing shots on net, it was George Medeiros who scored first for Sour Grapes, set up by Rick Cassano halfway through the period. For George, he has gotten off to a strong start, surprisingly leading his team in scoring as well as leading the league in goals with his 5th goal of the season. Two minutes later, the Pylons tied the game as defenseman Jamie Kehoe made a heads up play reading the play down low to sneak down from the point uncovered and scored the tying goal, set up by Shawn Miville and Joe Mancinelli.
After a scoreless second period that saw both teams generate scoring chances but the goalies stop everything thrown at them, this was anyone’s game to take. And that someone who made the difference turned out to be a fill-in defenseman returning after a prolonged absence from the Over-30 league in Dave Costa. One of the premier left wings to ever play in the league now finds himself playing defense. Three minutes into the period, Dave made a key heads up read of the play with a game changing result, coming down the left wing off the point, froze the goalie as if he was taking a shot, and fired a slap-pass right onto the stick of a covered Shawn Miville at the top of the crease for the go ahead goal. It was a vintage smart veteran heads up game changing play by Dave. That goal would hold up giving the Pylons their second straight win after starting the season 0 – 2.
League negotiators are currently talking to Dave Costa’s agent about making a full time return to the Over-30 league.
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Jake from State Farm
What are you wearing... "Jake from State Farm?" Goalie pads and a goalie mask.
"Well he sounds hideous" ... Well Jake's a Goalie.
And what a Goalie Jake Deehan was last week when he doubled up and posted two wins. First when he filled in for Shark Attack and then when he posted a 2-1 win for his own Pylons team to keep the Sour Grapes winless.
Jake is working out to be a good competitive fit for the league as he and fellow rookie goaltender Tim Hickey are your current top two goalies on the leaderboard.
Looks like Sandra Glista finally has had enough of the "no recognition" from the Over-30 Statistician.
After (2) back-to-back "Girl Power" performances (5-games in 3-weeks), Sandra "Goalie Spice" Glista declined an invitation to fill-in (again) for Week #5.
Did Sandra decline for;
A) Her lack of recognition
B) She had to wash her hair
C) Representing our country in a tournament
And old familiar face
Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale may not be walking through that door... However an old familiar face (is) walking through the door... Holy $#!T is that Dave Costa filling in for Steve Witkas?
It was good to see Dave Costa in an Over-30 jersey again. Dave did his best Witkus impression by quarterbacking and playing stellar defense.., (Oh!) and he also set up the game winning goal for Shawn Miville.
Over-30 league officials are speaking with Dave agent to the stars Scott Boras.. One of Dave's demands is a Joe Lentini reunion so they can relive the glory days when Dave and Joe lite the league up in Revere.
We reached out to Mr Boras for an update and he said “Who the hell is Dave Costa… and please tell him to stop calling me”
Congratulations to Scotty Rosato, Ray Dow, Ray Nickerson, John Carey and the rest of the Blueroom Devils on your recent Hockeytown summer season division championship.
The Devils beat the Bricklayers 3-1 in the semi-finals and then went on to beat Dave Costa and the Misfits 3-0 for the summer season championship.
When Mike Hollingsworth was in the league he was nicknamed "Big Mike"... then Mike Surette joined the league and he became "Really Big Mike."
Seeing Mike in his new team colors he reminded us of a childhood cartoon.
Mike "Grape Ape" Surette
According to MrEclipes.com, a rare “Total Lunar Eclipse” can happen from 0 to 3 times a year and that is eerily directly proportional to the number of times Mike "Grape Ape" Surette makes his way into the offense of zone to do his Zdeno Chára impression and provide a screen of the goalie.
So we ponder this… When a goalie is screened by his defenseman or another opposing player, the goalie yells "screeeeenn"... If Mike is that opposing player screening the goalie should the goalie scream "Eclipse... Eclipse", since he can no longer see any of the game taking place in front of him?
Dan Broderick is finding himself in old familiar territory that he didn't like then and doesn't like it now... it’s when he can recall how his team lost all of their games and missed the playoffs twice in a row with the 2013-2014 Golden Oldies.
Sour Grapes has (2) 1-goal losses and (2) ties for their disappointed Hall of Fame Captain. They are just one goal (per game) away from either being their current “winless” status or 4–0.
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