Week of January 16 (Game 1) – After their best game of the season last week, Olive Pits did just enough to score late in the game and hold off Shockwave by the score of 3 – 2. With the win, Olive Pits moved into sole possession of second place in the standings. For Shockwave, the loss extended their losing streak to three games.
In a back and forth first period that saw both teams create scoring chances, it was Shockwave who took advantage first as Sergio Costa ripped a shot top far corner from the left circle on the passing of Tony Medeiros and Mike Roberto with just under three minutes to play in the period. A minute and a half later, needing a spark and boost, along came Dave Costa to the rescue, as he joined the rush, circled the net, and set up Rick Cassano who’s shot was stopped, only to find Dave Parquette put back the rebound. On the ensuing power play, forty-three seconds later, it was Dave Costa again leading the way, scoring a goal set up by Mauro Colucciello and Rick. Dave was the best player during this period acting as the catalyst for his team.
In the second period, carrying the play for most of the period, Olive Pits couldn’t convert thanks to the play of goalie Sean Roach in shutting the door. Three minutes into the period saw Sergio replicate his earlier goal with another top corner sniper shot far side, set up by Mike and Tony. As the period played out, we were witnessing a game of “can you top this Portuguese Power” between Sergio and Dave.
With the game tied in the third period and looking like it was heading to overtime, Shockwave started generating more pressure and shots and had the edge in play. However, being in the right place at the right time was Mauro in the slot, who put back the rebound of a shot from Rick coming in off the point with three minutes remaining to seal the win for Olive Pits.
Week of January 16 (Game 2) – With a big “bounce-back” game, Drama Queens overcame their first regulation loss of the season and getting totally outplayed last week, to ride the back of Ray Dow, and pulled away from Snow White by the score of 4 – 2. With the win, Drama Queens remained in first place overall, with their fourth win in their last five games. The loss of Jason Carrien (out on IR) for Snow White has taken its toll, who have now lost five straight games, and desperately need a win.
In the first period, it was all Drama Queens, who outshot Snow White by a stunning 14-4 margin. A minute into the period saw Ray beat the goalie, set up by Jamie Kehoe and Manny Nunes. Four minutes later, Don Maccini benefitted from the passing of Ray to put his team up by two goals.
In the second period, Snow White pushed back thanks to the one-man show of Matt Farrell. Four minutes into the period, after flashing his stickhandling skills and speed, Matt finally broke through in taking a breakout pass from Ray Nickerson and beat the goalie on a breakaway, bringing his team back into this game.
However, in the third period, Drama Queens took over this game with timely goals and solid defense. A minute into the period, Manny broke in on a pass from Ray to increase the lead. Five minutes later saw Ray convert again out front off the passing of Don and Cooch for a big insurance goal. After pulling their goalie playing with an extra attacker, Snow White scored with just under a minute left, as Ray scored out front, set up by Matt and John Mastrocola.
For Snow White, they have struggled with their top defenseman and impact player Jason Carrien out on IR with a lower body injury. His loss has directly impacted his team, both defensively and offensively. With goalie Scott Rosato finding his game again, the team’s season could be in the balance if they don’t start winning some games. Next week’s game against Shockwave is huge and could go a long way in determining which of these teams gets into the playoffs and which team will be left out!
Trash Can Talk
Scoreboards – Closed
With the current pandemic plaguing local business and bars along with the social gathering regulations “Scoreboards Pub” is currently closed until further notice.
Recent complaints from youth hockey parents about “Players” gathering on the side parking lot enjoying adult alcoholic beverages, not social distancing, or adhering to the mask mandates.., THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!
Parents are not only complaining about the gatherings but also the lack of parking available as parents are no longer allowed inside… they are becoming Hockeytown NARC’s.
Please do not gather on the side of the facility.., if you want to socialize after the game try visiting the new “Upper Decker Lounge” at the rear of the facility.
Last week marked the midway point of the one off “2021 Déjà flu Season”.., and the first time in league history that a 3rd term with the same roster has occurred.
As we make the drive over the hump and start our descent to the finals here’s our team mid-term standings and assessments;
Drama Queens –After losing in 2020 Spring Season Finals, they underwent some chemo therapy between seasons to remove a malignant tumor and by all accounts are cancer and drama free. The biggest change comes in the crease with the addition on Jake Brum and upgrade at center with Manny Nunes. The only team improvement still needed is a smile on Mike Surette’s face (settle down Francis)
Olive Pits – The defending 2x Champions (and the only team not touched in free agency market) started out a little rocky but have recently settled down and are showing signs that they are serious about their once in league history attempt at a ”Team Three-pete”
Jake-O-Lanterns –With two previous back-to-back seasons of missing the playoffs.., the 3rd time could be the charm them as their biggest offseason acquisition was the addition of new leadership. Jon Picard swapped his stripped jersey for Mike Naczas’ #73 with the “A” on it. Jon immediately took the team from “woe are we”… to “4-3” with 9-points he has them in 3rd place… something the previous leadership couldn’t do. Add to that another legitimate defensive upgrade in Steve Silveira.., they now have a real shot at not only the playoffs, but the finals.
Shockwave – Built around a legendary defenseman, they too got an upgrade with a points producing defenseman in Rob Valley and added another “non-Portuguese” forward with a ton of hustle and grit with Dave Wilson. However the key to their success this season is goaltender Sean Roach who’s started this season with an unprecedented 2-4-1 record and a whopping 4.00 GAA. They are also last in “Goals For” with (23) so they need to pick up on the scoring as well.
Snow White –The fairytale team is playing like a Stephen King Nightmare… Their #1 defenseman Jason Carrien is on indefinite IR, their goaltender Scotty Rosato is struggling for the first half to find his former self.., but the key to their success is not the goaltending.
Snow White’s focus needs to be on filling the “Tall” void on defense and not by filling it with one player but a conscious team effort on defense. Then new players like Pedro Fontes and Tony Fosco need to help ignite the offense and the secondary scoring.
Leading Scoring Race –Currently Ray Dow is leading the pack with (16pts).., but like the Tour de France, there’s a tight pack right behind him all vying for the #1 spot. So keep peddling Ray
Leading Goalie Race –The new BMOC (Big Man on Campus)Jake Brum should run away with this… so if the trophy store offers a discount for early ordering you can save a few bucks and order it now.
MVP Race –Total crap shoot at this point in the season… but we’ll trow a few names out at the midway point to spark some conversation. First up; Ray Dow (16pts) and having a phenomenal season.., Jake Brum(BMOC) and one of the main reasons that the Drama Queens are in 1st place.., Jon Picard if his leadership carries them to the playoffs.., Dave Costa is the best player on Olive Pits and their driving force to success.
MVD Race –This one is too close to call (always is)… but when you see defenseman around the league logging major minutes and putting up points. It could come down to a complete body of work and not just the top points getter.
In Summary – With all the “opt outs” and additions around the league this this is probably one of the most balanced season in recent history. All (5) teams have a shot at the playoffs… but only (1) will not make it and it typically comes down to the last week of the season (and tie breaker advantages). So how you play now depends on your seeding come April. The all-important Points, Head-to-Head Battles, Goals For, Goals Against.., play each week like your playoff berth depends on it.
Slippery When Wet
That’s the title to Bon Jovi’s 1986 multi-platinum and best-selling album.., but it’s also a valid Hockeytown warning when it rains out.
Just a cautionary warning.., when it’s raining outside (it tends to rain inside) so be advised of the wet spots which may (or may not) have been indicated by white “X’s” on the dek.., those “X’s” were probably their equivalent of a Hockeytown waiver.
The spots typically are the same corners.., so if it’s wet please advise your teammates and the other team of the potential hazard areas.
Shockwave’s woes continued last week with their 3-straight loss (and their 2nd) without their Captain at the helm.
With their Captain Dominic DeFrancisco appearing on the “Physically Unable to Perform” list that equates to Shockwave being on the “Physically Unable to Win” list.
New Bermuda Triangle?
While Dominic DeFrancisco appears on the “PUP List” his fellow Captain Jim Barber was added to the “PUS List” as he is just “Physically Unable to Score”.
Last week Jim missed a wide open opportunity from Mike Luise in pretty much in the same spot where fellow Captain Matty Iannello whiffed on his empty net opportunity the week before.
If one more Captain whiffs an empty netter in that same spot the league will open a paranormal investigation into whether or not (that spot) is the new “Bermuda Triangle” where good passes go missing.
Portuguese Power Adapter
Looks like Sergio Costa is plugging right in and adapting to Shockwave’s Portuguese Power.
Recently acquired on waivers Sergio who started the game all bundled up like he was looking for the sky lift line.., It wasn’t until the voltage started flowing and warming him up.., that Sergio got hot and ditched the hat as the new “Portuguese Power Adapter” who plugged-in the only 2-goals for Shockwave’s 3-2 loss.
Portuguese Drive By
Saugus Police were notified last week of "Shots Fired" and a reported “Portuguese Drive By Shooting”
Elder Lopez blasted a dump in shot that hit fellow “Portagee”Tony Medeiros so hard that it had him dropping to the dek almost instantly. Tony was lying on the dek for so long that we thought he was going to get a police chalk outline drawn around him.
When the Referee’s asked the Italian players on Olive Pits what happen.., they all replied with the same Italian rhetoric.., “Do we look like rats.., we didn’t see anything”
Gotta Be The Shoes
Like Ricky Cassano racing out of his house in basically his underwear.., Ray Dow bolted from his bachelor pad with the wrong footwear for last week’s game.
Ray had to find a Size 9 suitor to borrow their kicks.., and it reminded us of the time Jason Carrien showed up in moccasins.
Fellow Size 9’er Jim Barber had an extra pair of New Balance that he lent Ray.., and they immediately paid dividends as Ray scored just 57-seconds into the game… he went on to score 2-goals & 2-assists to factor 100% in his teams offense… so you know what that means?
Much like Shawn Wyatt lending Mike Luise his stick to essentially dismantle John Colucciello in the faceoff circle… Jim’s New Balance should have be the co-winner of the Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week.., as Spike Lee (aka Morris Black) says; “it gotta be the shoes”
Ray Dow was named last week’s #1 Star and Dunkin Donut’s Player of the Week. In Ray’s press release write up he was referenced as “chasing league history trying to become the first defensman to ever win the leading scorer title” ~ OBJECTION!!
Ray is not a “defenseman” for Drama Queens… he is (and was) drafted as a forward. Players like Dave Costa(10pts) and Jamie Kehoe(8pts) are the leading defenseman chasing the scoring title.
We want Ray’s reference as a “defenseman” stricken from the record… Drama Queens already have (4) defenseman identified the “Leading Defenseman” race… and none of they are named “Ray Dow”.
I Spy London
Matt Farrell was singing a nursery rhyme last week that went something like; “I spy London.., I spy France.., I spy Jake Brum’s underpants” ..., as the fastest and youngest centerman in the league was the first player we saw (this season) to totally undressed Jake in his own crease.
Although he didn’t score on that move because he lost control at the very end… Ray“The Boss”Nickerson was there to lend a hand and bury the goal seconds after Matty’s blazing attempt.
Ray’s been cleaning up missed opportunities for decades now… we just can’t believe that was Ray’s 1st goal of the season (and we checked twice).
Has anyone noticed if Timmy Hickey is still playing for the Drama Queens?
With Ray Dow and Manny Nunes stealing all the scoring spotlights… Timmy has very quietly played 6-games and only managed to get on the scoring sheets with just 2-assists.
Let’s not forget that even their (real defense) players Jamie Kehoe(8pts)Mike Surette(7pts) and dare we say it Donny Maccini(7pts) are all way ahead of you. Are you waiting for the last defenseman Bob Snyder(1pt) to pass you this season… before you get motivated?
Speaking of Donny Maccini… you dodged a 1-minute penalty thanks to the “It’s not my end” Referee Bro-Code. You clearly buried Pedro Fontes in front of his own bench.., as the “Booooo’s” reigned down for the non-call and the “It’s not my end” Refereerebuttal.
Because of your blatantly missed call.., an innocent man like Mike Surette gets framed for a make-up call and sentenced to 1-minute in the sin bin after Pedro subsequently collided with that giant redwood tree while trying to deke past him into the offensive zone.
This week’s Battle Royale is the battle of the losers… Shockwave (5pts) and three straight losses are in a “loser take-all” basement spot battle against Snow White (4pts) and their five straight losses.
Which team will be the one to snap their losing streak and go on to start a new winning streak?
Luckily there’s still 8-games left and plenty of time to make a run for the playoffs… we’re not saying it’s time to panic… but it is time to wake up and come together as a team. Starting with the goalies, the defense to protect them and the offensive opportunities that needs burying.
Orange you glad?
Hey Matty Iannello..,
(Matty) Whose there?
(Matty) Orange who?
Orange you glad…You had the BYE last week so you could your Packer’s and Aaron Rodgers advance to play the GOAT (Tom Brady) and the “Tompa” Bay Buccaneer’s?
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