Week of November 12 (Game 1) – With the playoffs looming in the horizon and grouped in a cluster of four teams all fighting for three playoff spots, going up against the best team in the league in Yellow Submarine would go a long way in determining the fate of the Pylons. Win and it would move them up the standings and ease the pressure. Lose and it would put even more emphasis on those last two games remaining. Fortunately for the Pylons, option one prevailed as they defeated Yellow Submarine 6 – 5 in overtime. Yellow Submarine clinched first place overall with the point.
In the first period, the Pylons sent a very strong message to Yellow Submarine that they were determined to hand the Submariners to their second loss of the season. Just over one minute in, Pat Pirone scored his second goal in as many games, set up by Nick Romano and Naz. Five minutes later saw Shawn Miville bump up his team’s lead, set up by Nick and Naz. Needing a spark, Yellow Submarine got it less than a minute later from an unexpected source as Tony Bono scored his first goal of the season, set up by Matty Iannello and Walter Maslak.
The second period saw Yellow Submarine maintain the momentum switch as less than two minutes in, Brian Kehoe scored set up by Tony and Walter. This was followed three minutes later by Ray Nickerson scoring on a setup from Matty and Tony. With just over two minutes left in the period, taking advantage of a defensive turnover saw Nick score, assisted by Shawn.
The third period saw four goals scored with Yellow Submarine grabbing back the momentum, only to be stunned as the Pylons re-tied the game with under a minute to play. At the eight minute mark, Anthony Lauletta was set up by Shawn. A minute later saw Ray score his second goal set up by Matty. Three minutes later saw Brian score his second goal, set up by Matty. With fifty seconds left in the period, it was Nick scoring set up by Shawn to send this game into overtime.
In OT, Shawn and Anthony took advantage of a turnover to break in on a two-on-one with Shawn setting up Anthony at the top of the crease who calmly waited and waited moving across the crease for the goalie to commit then buried his shot upstairs, giving his team the victory. It was a goal scorer’s move and goal that even the Great One nodded his approval.
Week of November 12 (Game 2) – Facing the same challenge as the Pylons, both Sour Grapes and 11 Guys, 1 Ball were desperate for a win to solidify their possible playoff positioning. Sour Grapes jumped out to a solid lead and held on to defeat 11 Guys, 1 Ball by a 4 – 3 score.
11 Guys, 1 Ball jumped into the lead less than four minutes into this game as Dominic Defrancisco was set up by Tony Medeiros and Alex Leone. It was in the second period that Sour Grapes took advantage and control of this game as Angelo Deluca was set up by Jason Glista and Gary Goodwin four minutes in. That was followed by Jason scoring three minutes later, set up by Angelo and Dave Costa. Rounding out the scoring in the period saw Sergio Costa take advantage of a defensive turnover a minute later as he was set up by Chris Chiavelli and Ricky Cassano.
A minute into the third period and needing some momentum to get back into this game saw Tony score an unassisted goal for 11 Guys, 1 Ball. The game’s key moment occurred with six minutes left to play as Sour Grapes Gary Goodwin took advantage of 11 Guys, 1 Ball hearing a whistle downstairs and stopping while Gary alertly came out from behind the net to dig out a loose ball and score. Even with the referee yelling “ball is loose” 11 Guys, 1 Ball let up at the wrong time. With two minutes to play, Dominic scored his second goal of the game set up by Alex and Brien Sullivan; however, the damage was done to 11 Guys, 1 Ball not winning this game and also damaging their playoff hopes.
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Matty "The Great One"Iannello breaks the 1100 point mark and starts a new 1100 pts Club on the All-Time leader board.
If Reggie Jackson was nicknamed "Mr October"... I guess we can now call Matty "Mr 1100"
Please join us pre-game for Matty’s ceremonial ball presentation and former teammate Anthony Laulettahas already requested Matty’s 1200 point ball… Anthony is speculating that number 1200 will be the ball that internet bidders will go crazy for.
There has been a lot of paranoia and hysteria in the news regarding creepy clowns.
Clowns have been seeing standing on the side of the road holding balloons… Stocking school buses… and even creeping around colleges.
Is it just an irrational fear or did this phenomena make its way into the over 30 league??
Keeping the games “Stalling Along”
So apparently… We don't start the games on time as the new rule dictates.
It seems if your name is Jake Deehan or Ed Nigro The referee and timekeeper will give you a 7-minute grace period to finish getting ready… Despite the pleas and taunting from the anxious crowd and Yellow Submarine Captain Matty Iannello to drop the ball
Hey Jake… your teammates and some league officials requesting you use a traffic app on Saturday's... may we recommend the “Waze App” to alert you to potential traffic jams and reroute you accordingly.
The Assistant League Director can authorize any purchase or upgrade to any existing App on your phone as long as the purchase is FREE (or less)... Submit your expense report for approval but keep in mind Naz really has no budget or signing authority.
Yellow Submarine Captain Matty Iannello has a real problem with the recent email from a certain league official, in bullet point #4 in the email which specifically states "ANY player who bangs his stick against the boards or glass anywhere on the rink out of frustration will be assessed a minor 1 minute penalty"
Last week we witness Pat Pirone blatantly toss his stick in “frustration”.., and yet no call was made by an official.
Matty was very vocal and expressing that if you're going to send emails and have rules about “start times” and “stick infractions” then you need to enforce said rules or he's going to mark any future emails from the league director as SPAM.
Making Ray Great Again
Now the Donald Trump has won the Presidential race… Ray Nickerson is a little fearful of being deported and losing his job to Umberto“Papa Smurf”Biancardi. Recently “Papa Smurf” has been Matty Iannello's go to guy for two reasons;
1) Papa has soft “smurf-like” hands and a lot of luck around the net and 2) Every scoring play that does not involve a Ray “phantom assist” adds distance between the former All-Time Points leader (Ray Nickerson) and the current All-Time points leader "Mr 1100" himself; Matty Iannello
As of late Ray has been burying goals off of Matty's passes... and racking up assists as Matty is doing his part to “Make Ray Great Again”
Left Wing Protest
If Matty Iannello is “Making Ray Great Again”... Then the "Left" Side (aka 11-Guys, 1-Ball) should be showing up with signs this weekend and chanting "Not My Co-Captain" as their ever vanishing Scotty"Casper"Young missed another game as his team gets one step closer to elimination
Nice goal Anthony Lauletta... Not only did you have the game winning goal in Overtime... But you also earned this report a hefty cash payout from the Foxwoods Sports Betting as this reporter hedged his bet wisely on you for the goal.
There was some big names ahead of you on the big board, Shawn Miville was once again picked 1st, followed by Matty Iannello... After carefully surveying the rest of the talent left it came down to Ray Nickerson, Brian Kehoe or Anthony Lulletta and clearly this reporter/sports better choose wisely... The bounty for winning;
You know the competition ain't that great when it only takes a 60% effort to clinch and win first place.
Already down one Co-Captain…11-Guys, 1-Ball needs every point they can scrounge up before their season and dreams of a playoff berth comes to an end.
Last week top defenseman Ray Dow was clearly in no position to help them win the game and benched himself midway through the game. You've heard of people suffering from "Heat Exhaustion"... Ray was suffering from "Bowling Exhaustion."
"Bowling Exhaustion" occurs when you bowl against the best Candlepin Bowlers in the World during a week-long bowling tournament called what else "The Worlds" which a bit pompous since it's only Maine, New Hampshire, Massuchusettes and the North East Providences of Canada.
Fighting for Points
With Ray Dow already undressed... The rest of 11-Guys, 1-Ball should have been fighting for every point but instead decided to fight with the refs and ultimately cost themselves 2-valuable points.
Both Carlos"The Mouth of the South"Machado and John Mastrocola followed up their simple minor 1-minute penalty with a game misconduct penalty that penalized their team; as both players had to sit in the sin bin for 5-minutes and watch Dominic DeFrancisco bust his ass trying to make a comeback for his team.
Note to players:The refs might miss a call like Pat throwing a stick or not starting the game on time… But they won't miss when you call them "an asshole", or tell them "they suck". Plus for the record it doesn't make you look cool, you look more like a fool in front of your peers
Jake and the Fat Man
Matty Iannello has played thousands of games of his life and last Saturday was the first he ever loss as Matty said... "That's the first time I lost to a "Jake"
That statement made us think with Mike Naczas on Defense did Pylons Captain John Kelleher ever consider calling the team "Jake and the Fat Man"???
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