Week of January 23 (Game 1) – Make no mistake, this game was setting up one of the key games for this season. It would prove to be a close game that played out as to which team really wanted it more, and who would step us to lead his team. After jumping out to a surprising two goal lead in the first period, Drama Queens withstood a Jake-O-Lanterns comeback, by scoring with under a minute to play to take a tough physical 3 – 2 win. With the win, Drama Queens have now won all three head-to-head games played, outscoring them by a 11-3 differential.
In the first period, playing short-handed on defense, Drama Queens withstood the early five-minute offensive surge by Jake-O-Lanterns, then settled down to grab the momentum, with two goals scored in the last minute of the period. At fifty-six seconds left in the period, Tim Hickey took passes from Joe Carlton and Cooch and scored the game’s first goal (witnesses are still trying to figure out if Timmahh had a hockey glove equipment malfunction during his celli). Only thirty-six seconds later saw Joe convert out front set up by Cooch.
Needing a goal to change the momentum, Jake-O-Lanterns kept pressing. Three and a half minutes into the period, playing 4-on-4 hockey, Carlos Machado jumped into the offense, was standing below the left faceoff circle, after Nick Doherty was set up by Steve Medeiros, Carlos knocked the rebound ball down and in one motion flipped a backhand one-handed shot over the goalie into the net (a highlight goal).
With Drama Queens holding on and playing solid team defense, with five minutes left to play in the third period, Matty Iannello took a pass from Nick and sent Pic in alone splitting the defense and his backhand attempt beat the goalie. With the game heading to overtime, Cooch took a pass from Ray Dow and Manny Nunes for a two-on-one, and his shot surprised the goalie with thirty-five seconds left in the game, giving Drama Queens the victory.
Week of January 23 (Game 2) – With one team on a grueling five game losing streak, and the other stuck in a three-game losing streak, something had to give between Snow White and Shockwave. A key defensive switch by the captain of Snow White putting Tony Fosco back on defense and moving the human runaway truck Gary Goodwin back up front paid off in a big way as Snow White outplayed Shockwave for a convincing 4 – 1 victory.
In the first period, you could tell that Snow White came to play and was determined to end that streak as they came out running. With four minutes and thirty-seven seconds left in the period who else but Gary was set up out front to score by Pedro Fontes and Shawn Mulcahy. Stonehands? More like Finish-hands!
In the second period, Snow White kept up the team fore-checking pressure on the defense of Shockwave. With one minute fifty seconds left in the period, John Kelleher and Nick Romano set up Ray Nickerson in his office in the left circle who beat the goalie for a two-goal lead. A minute later, needing a momentum swing, Shockwave got it off some blue-collar hustle as Tony Medeiros was set up in close by Dave Wilson to make this a one goal game. However, a costly goal only twenty seconds later by Nick Romano who was set up by Pedro took the wind out of Shockwave who never recovered as a team.
In the third period with Snow White carrying the play and Shockwave unable to generate some consistent pressure, two minutes in saw Nick get set up high on the left-wing boards by Pedro and Colleen O’Connell to place a perfect shot low far corner. Game over!
From an observation, Shawn Mulcahy had quite a game quarterbacking the defense and picking up the void left by Jason Carrien who still out on IR. In addition, Snow White may have turned the corner on their season woes as they won even though Matt Farrell never got on the score sheet. That is how you have secondary scoring and contributions from the entire team. A prediction that this team will be a force to be recognized down the stretch!
Trash Can Talk
“The Next One” Sitting on 507-goals and tied for “All-Time Goals”.., Matty Iannello is chasing history this week as “The Great One” just “needs one” to break Joe Shannon’s record with 508-goals.
Technically the feat was already accomplished.., but a clerical error (aka another Referee screwup) credited teammate Nick Doherty with one of Matty’s goals.
So officially, we have to wait on #508 to happen before it can be officially recognized and documented by the league.
Let’s go Jake-O-Lanterns.., who wants to be the player that assisted on the historic record breaking goal and go down in league history as the guy who helped his Captain become the “All-Time #1 Player”… who’s it gonna be?
Official Greatness Once Matty Iannello breaks Joe Shannon’s“All-Time Goals” record (508) he will officially become “The Great One” as he is already #1 in “All-Time Points” (1240pts) and #1in “All-Time Assists” (703pts).., and also #1 in “All-Time Leading Scorer” with 17-titles.
Not So Great The only titles “The Great One” hasn’t achieved is “Playoff MVP” that honor goes to Dave Costa & Joe Shannon both tied with (3) wins.., and the laughable “Season MVD” that was an I’ll-fated experiment last season.
He’ll also never achieve “The Greatest Champion” as Ed Nigro holds that title with 16-Championships and the “The Greatest Captain” as that goes to Jim Barber with 9-Championships in 16-Seasons (56%).
But with the living legend Dan Broderick still playing at age 62.., and Matty only 51.., he still has 11-years to try and achieve those illusive titles.
Quote We reached out to Joe Shannon for a quote on his friend and former teammate Matty Iannello and breaking his 507-goals record.
In an interview with Joe, he said: “he’s glad it’s Matty but he’s also lucky my hips and knees are shot.., otherwise he’d be chasing 607-goals.., and there is one record that he (nor anyone else!) in the Over-30 League will ever break and that’s my single season record of 35-goals and 65-points!
Singe Season Record:
Joe Shannon 65-Points (35g, 30a)
Ray’s Whiners – Spring 1995.
Optical Illusion Several players were asking “Who’s the chubby guy with the beard” talking to Billy before the games last week.
That optical illusion was none other than COVID opt-out Jason Glista.., and by the looks of it he’s been spending his opt-out time... opting out on shaving and excerise.
Jason.., just make sure you’re in-shape and ready this fall for the 30th year anniversary season.., it’s going to be one for the decades.
Gametime We have grown to expect it from Donny Maccini showing up late (or after the game has started).., but last week his tardiness spread to the whole team.
With 3:30 left on the warmup clock there was only (2) Drama Queens on the dek and (1) on the bench getting dressed.
Now we’re not saying you have to be Bob Snyder early.., but let’s try and be ready to go when the horn sounds.
Italian Salute After being called out in the press for his lack of production Timmy Hickey scored his first goal of the season and the proceeds to “Italian Salute” the front office staff and press reporters.
However.., the goal was not a result of his efforts.., it was a miss played ball by George Medeiros’ clearing attempt that he mishandled that basically put the ball right on “Timmm-aaah’s” stick.
Keep working Timmy… we weren’t impressed with that goal. It was a bad turnover.
Masters? This wasn’t the Master’s Tournament where Team USA vs DC United was vying for the Master’s Championship.., it’s an Over-30 game that got ugly between two “Master’s??”
Jamie Kehoe and Jon Picard got matching penalties for their battle in the corner that got a little ugly.., and then even uglier after the game as the unsportsmanlike conduct continued.
Gentleman we expect better of you, especially for players of your caliber.
Portuguese Talents The Portuguese are known for a few things.., their drinking ability.., their Soccer playing (where they learn the art of flagrant diving).., and also their hand-eye and coordination.
Last week Carlos Machado demonstrated the latter part with a beautiful hand-eye coordinated effort to beat Jake Brum.
Nick Doherty put a wicked slapshot on Jake Brum(who made the initial save) off his shoulder… but the velocity of the rebound came of Jake’s shoulder as was 5-feet in air in front of Carlos. Carlos (not drunk yet) effortlessly batted down the rebound deflection… and as his batted down ball (was rebounding up) Carlos tipped it off the backside of his blade putting it top corner on Jake. This was all done in one seamless motion… but despte his efforts they would go on to lose the game.
So what do the Portuguese like to do after losing… “It’s Rum Chata Time”. Come to think of it… the like to drink after a win too.
Double Trouble Poor Steve Silveira got into double trouble when he jumped out of the penalty box 3-seconds early. Unfortunately for him.., he did it right in front of one of the prison guards who foiled his escape attempt and sent him back in to serve another 1-minute.
Remember it’s up to you to confirm with the timekeeper for your exact parole time.
Pouncing Lesson Nick Doherty has youth, speed, a great one-timer… but he lacks the breakaway skills, the killing instinct when you need to “pounce” on a lack of defense.
Last week Nick got to watch a true “Master” in action who has a killer instinct on a breakaway.
Last week TEAM USA Masters Jon Picard tied the game at 2-2 with a breakaway on Jake Brum.., and we’re still checking the records to figure out if that was Jake’s first breakaway goal that he let up.
Nick was afforded the same effort… and was sent in all alone on a breakaway that he.., (yep you guessed it) missed burying his opportunity.
So Nick… you have to watch (and learn) from the “Master” and to make this lesson simple for you.., we’ll put it in video form that is more related to your age about watching, listening and learning from a “Master”
THUD!! Nothing is more satisfying to a forward than that unforgettable “THUD!!” sound of a wicked slapshot hitting the padding inside the net.
That’s the exact sound John“Pinky”Colucciello heard while on a 2-on-1 when he decided to pull up and blast a slapshot on Jake Deehan with 35-seconds left to take the lead and the eventual GWG.
Despite the score Jake was dialed in and playing well.., it was an excellent game with premium chances by both teams.
Get the Point How many times have you heard this expression.., in a 2-2 tie with less than a minute to play.., “Get the point!”
Points are so important in the Over-30 league as two ties equals one win.., and typically (as in seasons past) it all comes down to the final week(s) and those final point(s).
The peanut gallery was questioning Jake-O-Lanterns decision not to put their best five on the floor when the Drama Queens called a time out.
Opt-Out We barely got to know him.., and it was a short Over-30 debut for Rob Valley who after 6-games (5-Points) opted out.., we guess “NAZtradamus” didn’t see that coming when he predicted him for Season MVD.
Don’t worry though.., calls we made and another former Over-30 Player with tons of experience is opting-in.
Welcome back Paul White.., Paul brings tons of defensive skill but he hasn’t played a full season since the Spring 2006 Season… and then a brief 5-game stint with the dreadful 2016 Shark Attack Team.
Century Plus Security? No that is not the name of the latest Home Security Company.., it’s what we’re calling the defensive pairing of Paul White and Dan Broderick when they are on the floor together.
They may be old and look like easy marks to a forward trying to steal some easy points and goals… but remember “Looks are deceiving!”
Backhands Gary Goodwin will never be associated with “soft hands” a term that is typically reserved for players with a goal scorers touch.., instead he’s earned his nickname of “Stonehands”.., but last week Gary amazed his critics with a new temporary nickname “Backhands” as he masterfully popped in the 1st goal of the game with a nice backhand shot just after the halfway point of the 1st period.
Pelé Pedro Fontes looked more like soccer legend Pelé Fontes as he kicked his breakaway opportunity to far in front of himself. Pedro would have been gone hadn’t he not booted his ball 15-feet into the offensive zone and out of reach.
We saw the looked of discussed on his face as he wanted to kick himself in ass for blowing a golden scoring opportunity.
Defensive Move It looks like Johnny Kelleher and the rest of Snow White read the weekly forum.., as they took the writers advise of a “team defense concept” and snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 4-1 over Shockwave.
The one noticeable change was moving Gary Goodwin back to forward and dropping Tony Fosco to defense (Smart move). That’s less pressure for Gary.., who proved he can’t handle it with the tossing of the stick incident a few weeks ago.
Tic-Tac-Dough Aside from their masterful game of team defense… Snow White played a solid game on offense as well and one of the highlights came of a beautiful passing play that Captain John Kelleher started with a pass to Nick Romano who quickly sent it over to a wide open Ray Nickerson(sitting in his office) on the off-wing for a one-timer From Romano.
Ray’s shot is typically money when he’s sitting in the left wing circle.
Ice Man A minute after the (Kelleher-Romano-Nickerson) goal to make it 2-0.., Shockwave’s leading scorer Tony Medeiros finally put one past Scotty Rosato for a little momentum uplift.
But that momentum swing was short-lived as it was easy-come, easy go when Nick Romano scored less than 20-seconds later… and “iced” the game early in the 3rd period with his 2nd goal of the game and 3-point to earn him the Dunkin Dounuts Player of the Week,
Nick’s award couldn’t come at a better time… Nick will be getting his card tonight and using it Monday with the looming Nor Easter. “The Iceman” will be sanding Route 3 and sipping free coffee thanks to his efforts.
Help Request Dear Casey Kasem I writing to you because I need help getting the players to off the dek and downstairs as quickly as possible.., so we can bring in the next two teams for the second game.
I’ve tried nice emails.., we asked the Captains to help.., but there are always a few stragglers that take their sweet ass time leaving the area after the game.
Can you please play a song.., something that will stick in their head and convey they message that they have to leave the area immediately after their game?
Frustrated League Director
We’ll Frustrated League Director we have just the song for you.., and as it goes in the internet world is NSFW (Not Safe For Work).., or for any children in the room.., but I think the message in the chorus is exactly what you’re looking to convey to your players.
Brother's Deli - The Beach Tanning Salon Romano Construction - TOVI Hockey