Week of November 28 (Game 1) – Coming off an easy win with a rookie goalie and a new lineup, Drama Queens was facing a real test early in the season to make a statement that they are indeed for real this season. Let’s just say that they passed this test and dropped the mic regarding that statement declaration soundly defeating Shockwave by the score of 5 – 1.
In the first period, Drama Queens set the pace in scoring twice. Five minutes into the period, Ray Dow was set up by the passing of Don Maccini and Mike Surette giving his team the early lead. This was followed up by fill in player Tony Fosco being in the right place at the right time to put back a fortuitous bounce off the boards short-side past the surprised goalie. With just under a minute left in the period, Shockwave broke out on a 3-on-2 and got back into this game as Sergio Costa was set up by the passing of line mates Tony Medeiros and Dave Wilson.
As Shockwave was putting on the fore-checking pressure and outshooting Drama Queens in the second period, it was Joe Carlton’s shot from the right-wing boards that caught the goalie by surprise, set up by Tim Hickey, three minutes into the period, giving his team some breathing room.
Any doubt that Drama Queens had taken over this game were put to rest as rookie goalie Jake Brum kept making save after save on some prime scoring chances, and a minute and a half into the period, Ray was set up by Tony as he cut across the high slot. Three minutes later, big Mike’s wrist shot (what you were expecting this reporter to say he took a slap shot?) from the left point floated into the far side. Let’s just say that this was not one of goalie Sean Roach’s better efforts, but it happens. The reigning Season MVP, like three of the other goalies, have all been fighting the ball this season and unable to put some steady work in between the pipes, but we are sure that they will all get through this and bounce back. Goalies, he is just another goalie like you, he is not the second coming of Ken Dryden……….or is he???
Week of November 28 (Game 2) – Looking to gain some much-needed momentum after an all-around convincing win last week and facing a short-handed Olive Pits defending champs team looking for their first win of the season, you would have thought that Jake-O-Lanterns would wear them down for an easy win. You would have been wrong as both teams settled for a 5 – 5 overtime tie.
Jake-O-Lanterns came out flying from the start, scoring back to back goals thirteen seconds apart only three minutes in. Steve Medeiros moved up to forward and was set up by brother George out front for the game’s first goal. On the ensuing face off, George set up Pic for a quick two goal lead. Two minutes later it was Olive Pits who answered right back. Dave Parquette scored an unassisted goal, which was followed a minute later by Rick Cassano’s slap shot from the left point, set up by Mike Luise. With less than a minute to play in the period, Matty Iannello put back a rebound with a one-handed shot to give his team the lead again, set up by Angelo Deluca and Gino Tammaro.
Thinking that this game would settle down in the second period would be a mistake, as the offensive goal scoring by both teams didn’t let up. Six minutes into the period saw Mike Luise get set up by Dave Parquette tying the game. A minute later, Pat Pirone was set up by Dave that saw Olive Pits take their first lead. Needing an answer Jake-O-Lanterns got it two minutes later, as Steve Medeiros scored off a scramble after shots by George and Nick Doherty. Thirty seconds left in the period saw Angelo score a sniper goal in the high slot.
Undeterred, Olive Pits answered right back less than a minute into the third period as Dave re-tied the game. As the period played out, on a power play, Matty was stopped with seconds to play by Dave Guisti on the save of the season so far, lying on his back extending his right arm making the save. In overtime, Dave Costa’s shot from thirty feet straight out rang off both posts.
Trash Can Talk
This was Shockwave’s first attempt at redemption after finishing 1st last season.., losing their goalie for the playoffs.., and subsequently being knocked out in the first round by the 4th seed Drama Queens.
With an upgrade to their defense with Rob Valley and a healthy Sean Roach back in net we were expecting a statement game from Shockwave.., but the only message we got from that game is the Drama Queens are the real deal after their 5-1 blowout over the former #1 seed.
The two biggest goalies in the league last week squared off for their 1st official battle of the season.
Reigning “Leading Goalie & Season MVP” Sean Roach went head-to-head with his new goalie nemesis Jake Brum.
Jake took the first meeting over Sean who’s coming off IR with an undisclosed upper body injury. But more impressively Jake is only 2-games into his rookie season and posting a 0.50 GAA in the leading goalie race.
This week Jake facing the two-time defending champions… will his streak continue?
The Over-30 League does not allow name changes to a team.., but the Drama Queens seemed to have “saved their drama for their mamas” as they are playing some harmonious hockey together.
With their new permanent goalie Jake Brum leading the way with some impressive goaltending and their offense getting a spark with Manny Nunes they might have to petition the league for a name change to.., “Drama-less Queens”.., or “Kehoe’s Kings”.., or our favorite “Sasquatch Inc.”
Whatever you want to call them… just don’t call them a 4th place seed this season.
Umberto “Papa Smurf”Biancardi and Todd Bryson was previously out for last season, were both slated to return to action this season.., but both didn’t like “Flu” in the season title and opted backed out. Maybe we’ll see you in the 2021 Winter Season.
Donny“Speedy”Maccini mustered up enough speed to beat the only person he has any chance of beating.., our oldest player in the league and dek hockey legend Dan Broderick.
Mike Surette’s dump in clearing attempt sent Donny “flying” down the right wing.., and we mean “flying” by Don’s standards to beat “The Legend” Dan to the ball.
“Speedy”Maccini collected Mike's dump in and sent a beautiful pass across to Ray Dow for a quick one-timer to start the scoring.
Prone to his own aches and pains we were amazed that Ray was able to keep up with Don’s offensive speed outburst…"¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!”
Veterans of the league will remember “The Curse” as the nickname for Dave “The Anchor”Hill(retired) and Gary“Stonehands”Goodwin(should’ve retired) who both went a combined 48-seasons without winning a championship until they played with Scotty Rosato, Ray Dow and the curse-buster Jim Barber on the 2010 Spring Season Champions team: Bad Call.
Since after that historical game.., “the curse” had been broken and retired.., but there’s a new curse brewing in the Over-30 League and it’s not another winless player since Luigi DeRenzes(21-winless seasons) retired.
Like the alleged curse of the Sport Illustrated & Madden NFL covers.., We’re noticing a trend with the “Season MVP’s” that after having an award winning season.., their encore performance has been dismal.
2014 - Spring
2014 - Winter
2017 - Spring
2017 - Winter
2018 - Winter
2019 - Spring
Could the 2019 Spring Season “Leading Goalie & Season MVP” Sean Roach become the next victim?
2020 - Spring
2021 - Déjà Flu
With the league being dominated by Portuguese and Italian players.., we want to speak to those Italian players directly who don’t understand english.
When the league issues warnings saying to “wait outside until your team captain texts the team before coming upstairs” and you disregard the warning.., the league officials are using Google translate and learning to speak Italian.
To those Italian players violating the leagues policy... “Fuckatta Here” which Google translates to: “wait outside until your notified”
Former referee and now Jake-O-Lantern’s team secretary, Assistant Captain, leading defenseman, and team motivational speaker Jon Picard got a dose of his own medicine we he thought the penalty called by his replacement referee on Jim Barber was marginal at best.
Now “Pic” knows what it feels like to be on the receiving end on one of those questionable calls.., and being a former referee Jon also knows about the pending“makeup call” as with less than 1-minute left to play in a 5-5 tie game.., he folded like a cheap card table from a yard sale when Jim Barber was aggressively forechecking and the (replacement) official called Jim for tripping from the other end of the rink.
Thankfully he’s wearing a re-gifted “A” jersey when he’s yelling at the Referee’s because Jon Picard’s berating of the officials would have gotten any other player tossed in the box for a minute.
With outbursts of “Wake Up!!” we weren’t sure if he was directing those towards the officials for missing alleged calls or to his own underperforming team.
Jake-O-Lanterns let an easy win slip through their hands.
With a 9 vs 7 player advantage the JOL’s should have picked up on the fact that 3/4 of Olive Pits defense was missing and that they only used (2) defenseman for the whole game.
The game plan for orange should have been to “Run, Run & Run” the lonely (2) green defenseman.., but some players didn’t get the message because Dave Costaand Rick Cassano played all 35-minutes helping Dave Giusti preserve the 5-5 tie.
Dave Costa even still had 1/4 gas left in the tank when he rang both posts on Jake Deehan’s front porch. Some say it went in.., some say no.., and some weren’t watching the game.., so we’ll never know.
Orange you glad?
Hey Matty Iannello..,
(Matty) Whose there?
(Matty) Orange who?
“Orange you glad…,” that Jake Deehan held on to the 5-5 tie and Steve Medeiros was the #2 start last week?
Get the point
If you learn anything about the Over-30 standings.., it’s that “points” are precious in this league.
No one knows more than Olive Pits Captain Jim Barber who was seen telling his players with 2-minutes left to go… “Get the point!”
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