Week of March 4 (Game 1) – Sometimes in the Over-30 league there are games played where a tie is good as it benefits both teams. Such was the case this week as Sour Grapes and Shark Attack played to a 2 – 2 tie. The valuable point for both teams enabled Shark Attack to stay in the playoff chase, while Sour Grapes moved closer to make a jump in the standings.
Needing to play some desperate and smart hockey, Shark Attack made some pre-game adjustments to their offense which paid off only three minutes into the first period as Joe Carlton took a lead pass from Mike Luise down the left wing, whose bomb of a slap shot beat the goalie far side for the early lead. Two minutes later, Sour Grapes countered with some cycling play by their first line resulting in Gary Goodwin (yes Virginia, Stonehands actually scored a goal) stuffing in a rebound in close, set up by Otak Deluca and Dave Costa.
In the second period, halfway through the period, Niko Vramis was sent down the left wing on a pass from John Colucciello, whose quick release surprised the goalie, giving Shark Attack the lead once again. However, only two minutes later, in a recurring pattern of how Shark Attack’s season has played out with bad bounces resulting in goals, Otak gathered in the rebound of a Dave Costa shot, went behind the net for a wrap around and his stuff shot somehow found an opening underneath the laid out goalie, tying up this game.
In the third period and overtime, Sour Grapes carried the play but could not manage to take advantage, resulting in the game ending in a tie.
Week of March 4 (Game 2) – Needing something to build on after going 1 – 3 in their last four games, 11 Guys, 1 Ball needed a quick start to counter Yellow Submarine’s victory roll in winning five of their first six games played. What resulted was the nightmare scenario that 11 Guys, 1 Ball feared, as Yellow Submarine struck quick and fast early in the first period and held on for a 4 – 3 victory.
In a two minute sequence early in the first period, Yellow Submarine struck in quick succession, scoring three times to seize control of this game. Walter Maslak got things started for his team just over two minutes in with an unassisted goal. Thirty seconds later, it was Matty I increasing the lead to two when he was set up by Ray Nickerson and Tony Bono. Fifty seconds later saw Brian Kehoe provide his team with a comfortable cushion as he benefitted from the passing of Walter. 11 Guys, 1 Ball had no choice but to call a time out to halt this scoring blitzkrieg and settle things down. The move paid off just over three minutes later as Mike Delorey (yes Virginia that Mike Delorey) joined the offense on the wing and buried the rebound of a Brien Sullivan shot after he was set up by Dominic Defrancisco.
However, Matty I put an end to any thoughts of a momentum swing in favor of 11 Guys, 1 Ball, three minutes into the second period, by converting some quick passing between Ray and Umberto Biancardi, once again building up a three goal lead and remain comfortably ahead.
Facing a big deficit and knowing that their two dynamic offensive players (the Portuguese Power duo) had been completely shut down at this point of the game by the stifling defense of Yellow Submarine, 11 Guys, 1 Ball needed to make something happen to get back into this game. That never gives up attitude paid off with four minutes to play as Shawn Wyatt took a breakout pass by his defensemen Brien and Alex Leone, broke down the left wing, cut across the crease and somehow slipped an off-speed shot past the goalie in close. With just over a minute to play, Tony Medeiros took a pass on the right wing and his bomb of a slap shot found the top far corner making this a one goal game. However, the team defense of Yellow Submarine stepped up keeping everything on the perimeter and smartly dumping the ball out of their zone making 11 Guys, 1 Ball chase and re-start from deep in their defensive zone.
Trash Can Talk
In case you want to read and see what great accomplishments you may have contributed to you team’s (wins or loses) over the last two-weeks while the webmaster was on unauthorized hiatus. Check out Article #335 and Article 336 in the PUTA Forum Archives. See if you did anything to contribute to your team.
Has everyone noticed Jeff Deharo’s new fancy goalie pads? Next time you’re in his crease digging away at the ball (after the whistle), check out Jeff's custom embroidered pads with his name etched in them.
While Sandra Glista hires a Goalie Coach to improve her game… Jeff saved the money on lessons and spent it all on embroidery to improve his game.
Even the pending “GOAT” of the Over-30 League Matty“The Great One”Iannello doesn't have his own custom embroidered equipment.
Another Goalie Lesson
So Sandra Glista has a goalie coach and Jeff Deharo has custom pads… the only thing we can do for Tim Hickey, Jake Deenhan, Scott Rosato and Alby Luise is offer words of encouragement and free online goalie lessons.
This week “Crusoe” shows you how not tobe fooled by the fake shot… how to aggressively come out of your crease to play the ball.., and how to track the ball and use your mouth to make a save.
So Shark Attack it's come to this… You now have to celebrate ties?
That's great you earned 1-measly point, big deal! Unlike last season if you wanna get into the playoffs, you better start putting some "W" in the win column. Otherwise it will be Mark Stickney's first time ever in his Over-30 career of not making the playoffs in two consecutive seasons with the same team.
Do you guys want that on your shoulders?
Throw me a bone
Can someone throw Shark Attack a “fricken” bone... Throw Captain Jim Barber some measly scraps off the winners table.., and just let them win a game (or two) and avoid the inevitable.
And the winner is...
What does Miss Columbia, La La Land and Segrio Costa all have in common?
For a split second they were all winners of an award… that was quickly taken away from them.
After Assistance League Director Mike Naczas announced that Sergio was this month’s $25 Visa Gift Card Winner… “Former” League Director turned player stepped in to correct him as it was Niko Vramis that was actually this month’s winner.
While Mike Naczas joins the likes of Steve Harvey, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway… Sergio is left contemplating legal actions for his $25 misfortune.
I smell a “unearned” Donut Donuts Player of the Week Award coming Sergio’s way as partial retribution for the screw up.
Coif of the Week Club
Looks like we lost “Sideshow” Serg… as Sergio Costa ditched the “Morning Bedhead Rastafarian” look and went for the “Edleman” look
Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture of Serg’s weekly makeover… but it looks like Serg has joined the "Coif of the Week Club"
Question is… Is Sergio the new Patty Labelle of the Over-30
We are still awaiting the final word on John Mastrocola's lower body injury. John was seen sporting a new crutch while watching his 11-Guys, 1-Ball almost come back from a 3-1 first period deficit.
Initial speculation is that he injured his MCL (Munchkin Collateral Ligament), but the good news is that his drinking arm is 100%
Could we be looking at a name change… 9-Guys, 1-Ball, 1-Ghost, 1-DL?
If John is "Shelved" for the season... Can we refer to him as an "Elf on the Shelf"?
Attention Scott Young… there is currently only 5- games left if wanna make the “new” league minimum of 4-games to qualify for the playoffs?
Unless you lower the bar (ever lower) to just 3-games for playoff qualification?
Or… just give us your mailing address and we’ll mail your "honorary" jacket if your team wins.
Reminder & Learning Time
Don't forget tonight is Daylight Savings and "Spring Forward" 1-hour... and while your here reading the PUTA Forum which are snip its about nothing... why not take a few minutes and actually learn something. We even found it in a cartoon version to make it more enjoyable.
Oh, and Pat Pirone before you ask... even after Daylight Savings, the games are still at 5:00 & 6:00 next week.