Week of January 2 (Game 1) – A third of the way through the season, Drama Queens continues to be the league favorite and showing no signs of slowing down. Undefeated after six games in regulation and averaging 5-goals scored per game and giving up just under 2-goals against. The Queens juggernaut continued to roll along by breaking open a close game in the third period to rout Shockwave by the score of 6 – 1. It should be noted that Shockwave was missing their regular goalie, their top two forwards and top defenseman in this game.
Through five games, one thing that has stood out about Drama Queens has been their consistency. In every one of their first five games, they have scored first. The fact that Shockwave was able to break that streak made little difference in the outcome. Just over three minutes into the first period, fill-in player Tony Fosco broke through the defense to score an unassisted goal.
In the second period, Drama Queens started taking control of this game. A minute and a half into the period, Mike Surette was set up out on the left point by Manny Nunes and his patented snap shot beat the goalie from long distance. On a penalty kill with under four minutes left in the period, fill in player Gary Goodwin made a heads-up hustle play to beat the defense in the corner and got the ball to Cooch behind the net for a key short-handed goal.
The third period was all Drama Queens as they scored four straight unanswered goals, in a span of six minutes, to run away with this game. And run away they did. A minute into the period saw Cooch take a long lead pass from goalie Jake Brum and score. Two minutes later, Cooch capped off his natural hat trick on a great pass from Don Maccini. Unconfirmed reports stated that a bunch of “pink hats” were tossed onto the rink for Cooch! Three minutes later, Ray Dow extended his consecutive game scoring streak to six games with a goal set up by Jamie Kehoe and Mike. Capping off the scoring deluge thirty seconds later saw big Mike score on another long snap shot from the left point set up by Jamie. Yep, another solid all-around team effort by Drama Queens.
Week of January 2 (Game 2) – Prior to this game, it was being billed as a character test for Jake-O-Lanterns as they faced off against the defending champs. With their offense finally waking up last week, could they keep that going was the big question. The answer delivered was a resounding yes as they broke open a close game in the second period to hold off Olive Pits with a convincing 6 – 3 win. It should be noted that Olive Pits was missing three defensemen including their number one in Dave Costa.
In a back and forth first period, that saw both teams generate quality scoring chances, it was Jake-O-Lanterns who broke through. Just under four minutes into the period, a rejuvenated Matty Iannello took a pass from Nick Doherty to score the game’s first goal. Three minutes later on a power play saw Pic score a goal scorers goal in close off the rebounds of shots by Nick and Cappy.
In the second period, here came Olive Pits pushing back. Thirty seconds in, Pat Pirone took a long breakout pass from goalie Dave Giusti, broke down the left wing, stickhandled around two players, cutting across the front of the net for a brilliant goal. Thirty seconds later on a defensive breakdown near the point, Jim Barber converted off the passing of Ron Aquino and Elder Lopes, tying this game. However, Jake-O-Lanterns didn’t panic and answered right back. Less than a minute later, Todd Bryson was sent down the left wing by George Medeiros to retake the lead. Two minutes later saw Nick fly down the left wing set up by Matty and Pic to extend the lead. With just over a minute left in the period, Todd took advantage of a defensive turnover to score unassisted, breaking this game open.
In the third period, Matty was set up with three minutes to play by the passing of Nick and Pic. A minute later saw fill-in player Jamie Kehoe score off a faceoff draw from Mike Luise to round out the scoring. Test passed by Jake-O-Lanterns!
Trash Can Talk
We start the New Year with some season predictions from our renowned Clairvoyant’s and their infinite superpowers to predict the final outcome of the 2021 Déjà flu Season.
You can use these predictions as a personal (and team) motivational tool.., or as a bookie betting line. Our Psychic’s used their Tarot Cards, Crystal Ball and in the case of NAZtradamus an old “Magic Eight Ball” to determine the following predictions when the season ends.
Salem the Seer
William the Conquerer
"Déjà flu" Champions
If you have or own a Farm… we suggest betting it on two sure things this season as our entire Psychic’s picked the Drama Queens to finish 1st and Jake Brum to win the “Best Goalie”
Snow White’s top defenseman Jay Carrien is back on indefinite IR.., although we never fully disclose injury reports.., word on the street is it’s either a lower body injury or a sprained tantrum.
Taking his place temporarily is TonyFosco who has jumped around the league but yet to find a permanent home this season.
Jump the Shark
Normally we reserve the welcome aboard for returning or permanent players.., But Tony Fosco whom we dubbed “The Fos”(Ayyyy) has jumped around so much that we had to introduce him to the league.
Still trying to find his 2021 forever team.., Tony has made an impact to whichever team he was subbing for that week. He’s brings the right attitude, commitment and scoring touch to the league.., that should in-turn help Snow White wake up from their bad dream
Sorry Dave Wilson.., this is not Dracut and you can’t grab the ball off the dasher.
We know.., damned if you do.., and damned if you don’t.
If you lifted your stick up onto the dasher.., it would have been over “your shoulder” and a high stick penalty called on you.
Next time ask a taller player to assist in getting the rolling ball off instead of taking a 1-minute penalty for delay of game (grabbing the ball)
Wearing #66 Drama Queens centerman John“Pinky”Colucciello grew up dreaming about playing like the real #66 Mario Lemieux.., whom he thought (because of his first name Mario) was an Italian player. It wasn’t until later in life that his brother Maruo broke the news to him that Mario was actually French Canadian.
Last week “Mario LeCooch”played like his idol.., by scoring a natural hattrick which included a shorthanded goal and a questionable one.
The goal in question for the hattrick came off his foot… which despite pleas from Shockwave players.., it determined that there was “no distinct kicking motion” and the ruling from Toronto was a good goal.., to cap off his Dunkin Donut Player of the Week Award.
Is this the new trend amongst 30-year olds.., last week Nick Doherty was wearing his “Granny-Bandanny” getup ala fellow 30-year older Cam Newton.
If you missed seeing Nick because of Covid restrictions.., he pretty much looked like this;
New goalie standout Jake Brum is on fire this season.., but we think we found the secret to beating the looming “Best Goalie Award Winner”.., the key is..., “Far Side Weak Goals”
That’s it.., don’t try and over think it.., don’t try and beat him straight on.., just put some far side weak shots on him.
Last week Pat Pirone rushed up from his own zone (through two defenseman) to create a 2-on-1 opportunity with teammate Mauro Colucciello. Instead of Pat throwing a pass across to a wide open Mauro.., Pat opted to throw a weird angle shot at Jake that surprised him and the rest of the Olive Pits bench.
Then about a minute later.., on another 2-on-1 Ron Aquino sent an awkward pass over to Jim Barber who equally as awkward misfired a shot far side on Jake.
So there you go.., Jake’s weakness is “weak awkward shots”.
Orange you glad?
Hey Matty Iannello..,
(Matty) Whose there?
(Matty) Orange who?
Orange you glad… Jon Picard gave you some pre-game stretches to loosen up that pinch nerve of yours… or Orange you glad… Jake Deehan had car troubles?
Messin with Sasquatch
Hey Mike Surette.., it’s ok to smile every now and then. We know your teammate Donny Maccini hates excessive celebrations after goal scoring.., but we don’t think a smile is excessive.
If scoring 2-goals (including the GWG) and 1-assist doesn’t make you smile.., hopefully a Five Guys Cheeseburger will.
Congrats on the Five Guys Award.., just remember to not over eat becase you know what happens...
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