Week of January 25 (Game 1) – We don’t know if Snow White was extra motivated in their game, considering this was the first time they had faced Olive Pits since last season’s Finals, but it sure looked like they were locked in and focused as they routed the defending champs by a score of 7 – 1, extending Olive Pits winless streak to three games.
In the first period, Snow White carried most of the play which resulted in them scoring the game’s first goal. With just over a minute to play in the period, Chris Ducharme was set up by Nick Romano to take the lead.
Just a minute into the second period, Olive Pits got back into this game, as Rick Cassano was sent in on the left wing on a pass from Elder Lopes that beat the goalie and tie this game. Late in the period, Snow White’s John Mastrocola made a point to step up, change the momentum for his team, and single-handedly take over this game. With four minutes to play in the period, John was set up by the passing of John Kelleher and Ray Nickerson, keeping his goal scoring streak alive. With just over a minute to play in the period, John’s hustle along with Nick set up Ray to increase the lead to two goals. Little did anyone know the third period would be dominated by Snow White and turn a close game into a rout.
In the third period, John Mastrocola was at the center of the scoring outburst again as Snow White took complete control of this game. In a thirty second span, less than two minutes into the period, John Kelleher was set up by the passing of John Mastrocola and Luigi Derenzes. This was followed by John Mastrocola scoring his second goal of the game (and fourth goal in the last two games), set up by Ray and Shawn Mulcahy. Thirty seconds later saw fill-in player Jeff Harris score, set up by Jason Carrien and Nick as the rout was on. With just under four minutes left to play, Nick scored an unassisted goal to finish off the scoring.
With this blowout, two things stood out. First, with his team scoring seven goals, Jason Carrien didn’t score one goal, asking the question here are the Hockey Gods against Jason in his pinks shirt/stick bag challenge? Secondly, it is early yes but Olive Pits is winless in three games and looks nothing like the team that won last season’s championship.
Week of January 25 (Game 2) – In a key match-up for first place in the standings, Shockwave welcomed back the return of their Portuguese prodigal son to edge Jake-O-Lanterns by a score of 4 – 3. With the win, Shockwave remained undefeated after three games, while Jake-O-Lanterns lost their second straight game after starting the season with a two game winning streak.
After a scoreless first period, with Jake-0-Lanterns carrying the play, it was Shockwave who scored first as (who else) captain Dominic Defrancisco broke open off the passing of Niko Vramis and Tony Medeiros two minutes into the second period. The game remained this way until a three goal explosion late in the period kept this game tied. With four minutes to play in the period, Jake-O-Lanterns scored on the power play as Steve Medeiros jumped into the offense and scored, set up by Todd Bryson. Two minutes later saw Shockwave regain the lead as Mike Roberto scored his third goal in three games, set up by Jim Clarke and Niko. However, with a minute to play in the period, fill-in player Ray Dow scored unassisted on a bomb from the point.
The same pattern of Shockwave scoring to take the lead followed by Jake-O-Lanterns answering back to re-tie the game continued in the third period. Three minutes into the period, Tony scored his first goal of the season off the passing of Dominic and Jim. On a power play two minutes later, Carlos Machado was set up by Todd, showing Tony that he is not the only Portuguese Power player. With time running down and this game looking like it was heading to overtime, Tony took a pass in the slot from John Carey from the point on a set up by Dominic, and with three opposing players surrounding him, Tony turned to get off a shot that beat the goalie low far side. Putting his exclamation point on this game, Tony put the league on notice that the real Portuguese Power player is back and ready to reclaim his title!
Trash Can Talk
Corona Virus Warning
Those of you who came in contact with Mike Naczas last week might wanna get check by your doctors for the “Coronavirus”.
Naz was exhibiting flu like symptoms which included;
Shortness of breath
Abandoning your team
Lack of Leadership
If you have any of these symptoms please seek Medical or Championship Captain advice.
Please Note: The “Coronavirus” should also not be confused with the “BudLightFlu” that Mike Surette and others suffer from after every loss.
Olive Pits Championship rein is now a distant memory and if the defending champs want to even make it back to the big dance they better figure it out quickly as their 0-2-1 (1-point) record has them in last place as we approach the first 1/3 mark on the season.
However if you ask Captain “Let’s Have Some Fun”Jim Barber he’ll say “We’re only 4-points out of first”.
Betting Odds: Encore has Olive Pits making the playoffs at: 50-1
We figured it out.., with last week’s NHL All-Star weekend.., Olive Pits was playing their All-Star Game style of defense (or lack of).
Last week the Olive Pits were just awful in all directions; front-to-back, side-to-side, and top-to-bottom.., it was just plain awful.
My mother used to say “Watch out for people that are not playing with a full deck.., or people that have a screw loose”
George and Steve Medeiros seem to be normal.., but their brother Dave definitely has a screw loose.
Dave’s “loose screw” may or (may not) have contributed to Snow White’s 7-1 blowout on Olive Pits.
We’re just glad he didn’t blow up and walk off and took his beating like a man.
Fast Forward Button
Olive Pits Captain Jim Barber is petitioning the league to purchase a new time clock.., Instead of running time, Jim asked if the clock had a fast forward button on it.., as the last agonizing minutes to left play felt as long as it takes to play the last 60-seconds in a basketball ball game (which is all you need to watch for any basketball game).
The Government might have successfully closed down Backpage and Craigslist Escort Services.., but Johnny Mastrocola still knows where he can find someone to spread their legs so he can stuff a ball in.
Fill in Goaltender Dave Medeiros couldn’t have made it any easier for Johnny to bury one between Dave’s legs.., almost like Johnny paid him $20 to spread ‘em (it was that easy).
File this one under “HA!” Last week while playing in a 3-on-3 tournament Dave Costa took an errant stick to the nose.., that went uncalled - Sound Familiar?
No one was more joyful at the news then our own Shawn Miville who was not delighted at Dave’s injury.., but the fact it was a non-call and…“Karma is a Bitch”
The stick to the nose may also have concussed Dave and contributed to his subpar defense against Snow White, which at one point had Dave almost scoring a goal on his own goalie while stick-handling backwards.
Ray Dow was called in to play for ailing Mike Naczas who may have had symptoms of the Corronavirus. The only stipulation was he had to use Naz’ catch phrase “Get that shit outta here” so people would this it was still Naz playing.
However instead of “Get that shit outta here”… Ray likes to use his own Facebook catch phrase... “F’em!!!”
Sorry Mike Naczas.., you missed your week to score a potential goal.
Despite the loss, Jake-O-Lanterns’ Defense lead the scoring for them as 2-out-of-3 goals were buried by a defenseman. First Steve Medeiros notches his first goal of the season.., and fill in defenseman Ray Dow stopped a clearing attempt at the line.., and in the same motion ripped a blazing slapshot to tie the game.
Note to Ray: You we’re filing in for Naz’.., you’re not supposed to score.., you’re supposed just pass the ball and shout “Gimme an Assist”
We might need to install a few speed bumps on the floor.., as players like Nick Doherty and Gino Tammaro are getting a little too fast for some of our “Senior” players.
Last week Gino’s speed caused our “Hall of Fame Legend”Dan Broderick to forget his left foot from his right foot and stumbled backwards onto his ass.
These kids need to be aware that speed kills and a bruised hip could put players likeDanBroderick, Ed Nigro or Mike Naczas into a Nursing Home.
What do Brad Marchand and Tony Medeiros have in common?
No.., it’s not that that are both high-powered scoring lefties playing right wing.., and we’re pretty sure Marchand isn’t Portuguese.
Their common connection for the month of January 2020 is;
They both over skated/ran past the puck/ball on a shootout/breakaway on an attempt that failed miserably.
Thankfully Tony’s mishandling didn’t cost Shockwave the win.
Effective immediately the Over-30 is instituting a new “1-minute” Penalty for “Stress”
Our former player (Ranked #122) All-time and now beloved referee Ric Aylwin dodged “The Big One”..,
Ric was noticeably absent for a few weeks to tend to some medical procedures and as a result one of his condition to returning to refereeing was a “No Stress” clause in his revised contract.
So now if Ric feels the slightest bit of stress from any players without an “C” or an “A” who are arguing calls.., he can use his new “Red Heart” card to signify forthcoming stress and immediately send the offending player to the box for 1-minute.
New Referee Signal for a "Stress" Penalty
Welcome back Ric.., glad to still have you here with us and being part of the Over-30 League family. Without you we’d have to deal with Bill Abcunas’ and his “lack of assists” refereeing.
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