Week of February 6 (Game 1) – Heading into this game, the consensus was that Drama Queens would continue their winning ways with their ability to only give up two goals or less per game on average, and Shockwave struggling all season to score more than two goals a game. The end result was Drama Queens extending their winning streak to three games, but just barely surviving a solid effort by a short-handed Shockwave team by the score of 3 – 1.
In the first period, Shockwave showed that they came to play as they outshot and out chanced Drama Queens. The hustle of Tony Medeiros and Dominic Defrancisco was clearly evident and this effort paid off with just over two minutes left in the period, as Tony took a pass from JohnCarey and beat the goalie clean.
In the second period, the momentum swung over to Drama Queens as they started controlling the play generating some quality scoring chances. Halfway through the period on an ensuing power play, Tony Bono scored, set up by the passing of Ray Dow and Manny Nunes. Drama Queens was starting to get shots from in close, while Shockwave was still generating their scoring chances from the perimeter.
As the third period played out in a tie game, Shockwave started playing more aggressively and was clearly generating more scoring chances that goalie Jake Brum was turning aside. The outcome of this game suddenly changed halfway through the period in a span of six seconds! At the five minute forty-one second mark, Mike Surette’s left point snap shot off a pass from Tim Hickey was initially saved by the goalie only to pop up above the goalie, drop down behind him, and Manny Nunes snuck in to redirect this into the open net. On the ensuing face off only six seconds later, big Mike loaded up another snap shot from inside his defensive zone and surprise the goalie glove side for the killer goal. With his fifth goal of the season, Mike now leads all defensemen in goals and moved up to second overall in the defensemen scoring race. Like the saying goes in those Jack Links commercials, “don’t mess with Sasquatch.”
Week of February 6 (Game 2) – This was a highly anticipated game that would not fail to live up to the hype. The game was played with an edge by both teams, neither one willing to give up any space on the rink, played with a playoff like feel with a sprinkling of physicality. What we witnessed was a good old fashioned defensive goalie game of “who would blink first.” Olive Pits did blink but just barely, as Jake-O-Lanterns scored the game’s only goal and held on for a thrilling 1 – 0 win. Every player on both teams came to play and hustled the entire game. With the win, Jake-O-Lanterns remains undefeated in the season head-to-head match-up, with a 2-0-1 record against their opponent.
In a scoreless first period, what stood out was the play of both goalies, stopping every shot thrown at them. Watching the game play out, you could sense that this would be a low scoring game. As good as goalie Jake Deehan was playing, goalie Dave Giusti outdid him one better by getting barraged with some point-blank shots, acrobatically turning these aside. Jake faced 12 shots, while Dave faced 16 in the period.
With Jake-O-Lanterns continuing to have two lines press the defense of Olive Pits (playing without their defensive leader and impact player Dave Costa) in the second period, the effort finally paid off as Gino Tammaro took a pass from Nick Doherty at the two-minute mark and finally put a goal past Dave. Usually, Gino is looking to set up his team mate; however, it was clear that Gino adopted a shoot first attitude coming into this game.
In the third period, as Jake-O-Lanterns keep running and throwing shots on net, they kept carrying the play. Olive Pits did manage to generate some prime scoring chances in a limited number of shots, but there was Jake to shut the door (marked by a breakaway save on Dave Parquette), just like his counterpart Dave was doing down the other end. At the conclusion of the game, Jake stopped all 27 shots he faced for his first shut out this season, while Dave literally stood on his head and faced 41 total shots, only letting one of those get past him. For this reporter, this game will standout this season for the display that both goalies showcased being locked in. The goalies stole the show in this game!
Trash Can Talk
Breaking News Typically Matty Iannello would be the top story and his chase for league history… but Breaking News came into the newsroom with an update to Jason Carrien’s IR report.
League Officals were notified by Jason’s agent that he was shutting it down for the rest of the 2021 Déjà flu Season. The news comes as Snow White is in a battle to stay out of the basement and that dreaded 5th place.
With only 6-points in the standings and 6-games to play Snow White can max out at 18-points (if they win out) which makes 19-points the new playoff clinching number.
Drama Queens could punch their ticket to the playoffs with a win against the Olive Pits.., but even if they tie and get 1-point they will still clinch a playoff berth based on their head-to-head record against Snow White.
Well… Another week…, another disappointment from Matty Iannello. Sitting on 507-goals for the past 2-weeks… getting 508 is becoming an albatross around his neck.
The Jake-O-Lanterns squandered another 5-on-3 powerplay opportunity for “The Great One” to get one.
All we can do is our best Judge Smails impressions until then…
Speed Trap Warning the Saugus and State Police are running speed traps on Route 1 near hockeytown.
Last week Donny Maccini was ticked and ordered to serve 1-minute for “Speeding”.., (wait) he didn’t get a penalty for “Speeding”.., he got a penalty for “Holding”.., never mind that sounds about right.
However; his team should ticketing and charging him for being late each week.
“De-FenSe” Last week we learned how to spell “Defense” in Portuguese.
Tony Medeiros spells it “De-FenSe” and we asked why does he spell it with a “-“, and a capital “S”?
Tony said “Because when I “Split” the opposing “Defense” as easily as I did last week.., I typically “Score”.., thus the meaning of “De-FenSe”.., it’s going to be my next tattoo”
The goal Tony is refereeing to came in the 1st period when Tony used his “Portuguese Power” to split Mike Surette and Bob Snyder and make his way 1-on-1 against Jake Brum in which he scored a masterful goal to start the scoring.
His new motto… “Splitting “De-FenSe’s” for easy pickings”
BoKnows We know Tony Bono knows the difference between “Socialism & Capitalism” because last week he “Capitalized” on a powerplay opportunity to get his first goal and point of the season.
That goal gets Tony out of the “Zero Points” Club.
So Stupid Last week Sean Roach was seen doing his best Chris Farley impression after giving up a soft goal to Mike Surette just 16-seconds after the go ahead goal.
The difference is it wasn’t a stupid question… it was a stupid goal.
Sean was seen circling his net smashing his Vulcan Goalie Stick off his helmet multiple times. It was a tough goal to let up… but if you really want to impress the limited spectators… next time remove the helmet before whacking yourself in the head.
Time Study Just 16-seconds after Drama Queens’ Manny Nunes put them up 2-1 halfway through the 3rd… Mike Surette put the nail in Shockwave’s coffin with a goal off of the ensuing faceoff.
We now have official data on how long it takes “BIG” Mike to get a wrist shot off. Manny scored at 5:51… the ball was dropped on the center dot at 5:50 and the draw was won back to Mike who scored from his own zone at 5:35.
If we allow a flight time of 1-second (as Mike has a pretty hard wrist shot)… and 5-seconds from the faceoff win to Mike… that means Mike gets the ball at 5:45 scores a goal at 5:35 (less the 1 second flight time)… it takes Mike about 9-seconds to get the shot off… or 9-Mississippi’s in “Cooch’s” world.
Marked Man Ricky Cassano looked like an extra for the next Steven Seagal movie “Marked for Death 2”.., as two players from the Jake-O-Lanterns took turns using Rick’s head as a hockey ball.
Reports coming in say Ricky’s first attempt to behead him was caused by friendly fire as his own teammate Pat Pirone lifted Jon Picard’s into Ricky’s head causing him to go into some good ole fashion “Italian Rage” and eventual misconduct penalty.
The second attempt on Rick’s noggin came from one of his best friends and fellow Pisano Angelo“Kato”Deluca who brew blood off the faceoff sending Ricky to the bench for some minor repairs.
We asked Ricky about the two attempts on his head and he said.. “I take not one but two sticks to the head and I’m the only one getting a penalty.”
Misconducts In an effort to quell excessive chirping and unsportsmanlike conduct the Referee’s are under extreme pressure to keep the games rolling and not to take any disrespect from players who challenge their integrity.
Olive Pits Ricky Cassano and Dave Parquette were the Referees latest perpetrators to be convicted of misconducts.
Although Ricky has an “A” and is “A”uthorized to speak with league officials about bad calls.., he doesn’t have the “A”thority to throw his stick in frustr”A”tion.
New Penalty Name When the league started to mandate that hitting the netting while in the defensive was a penalty.., we trademarked the name “Suretting” as Mike Surette was the league leader in Delay of Game Penalties for hitting the net.
Now we have a new trademark called “Giusti’ing”.., which occurs when a goalie like Dave Giusti sits on the ball and ties it up while behind his own net.
Most goalies know you can tie ball up while it’s behind the icing line.., but your feet have to be in front of the icing line. Otherwise it’s a Delay of Game.
Last week Dave For whatever reason was behind his own net trying to play the ball or checking for net holes.., whatever the reason, somehow Dave forgot where he was and decided to sit on the ball to try hatching it before he was called for “Giusti’ing”
Mano a Mano Dave Giusti and Jake Deehan went “Mano a Mano” last week in an epic goalie duel.
The voting committee and their “new normal” of having “co-awards” and “multiple weekly stars” awarded Jake and Dave “Co-Winners” for the Dunkin Donuts Player of the Week.
We can agree that both goalies played great games in a 1-0 battle for 2nd place.., but if you watched the game (like we did).., despite the score Dave Giusti played lights out goaltending for the Olive Pits facing 41-shots while his counterpart faced 27-shots.
Maybe if Jake faced an additional (14-shots) he might have let one (or two) in too.
Best Supporting Actor Sorry Tony Medeiros you lost your weekly star nominee to Gino Tammaro.
Last week Tony had one of his best games in a long time and we’re not talking from a statistical point of view. The “Portuguese Power” was plugged into 220v outlet last week as he was all over the dek running “north-south-east-west” and firing off 10-shots in the process and he scored an outstanding breakaway goal to start the scoring.
However, Tony’s weekly star recognition went to another player (who like Tony only scored 1-goal) albeit it was the GWG for Gino.., but what else did the little Pisano do?
So we think Gino was awarded the star for “Best Supporting Actor in a live action game” for his over the top antics after Alex Leone’s successful attempt to keep the ball in the offensive zone.
We’re thinking Gino was learning from his Captain who spent the week before lying on the ground and whining about being shot in the balls (pre-game) and then multiple times during the game
Sheepshanked If the Olive Pits were called the “Rope Knots” instead… then their leader would be called Captain “Sheepshank” which according to Wikipedia “The sheepshank knot is not stable.,. It will fall apart under too much load.”
Last Week “Captain Sheepshank”Jim Barber was on a 2-on-1 with Dave Parquette…, Jim sent it over to Dave… who in turn sent it back to his Captain… who in turn used a 9-iron to "shanked" his shot (wide) of a wide-open net.
Mike Luise was also missed a wide-open net when he mishandled a pass from his Captain… and late in the 3rdRon Aquino just plain misfired on a pass from Dave.
With Dave Costa out of the lineup for a few weeks with an undisclosed (mind you own business) lower body injury… the Olive Pits needs to make up for Dave loss on defense by scoring more goals on offense and last week wasn’t a good start to the “Dave-less Stretch” of the season.
The bright side is Olive Pits still have Elder Lopes and Alex Leone to lean on and last week’s defensive adjustment dropped Ricky Cassano back to defense to go head-to-head against Jake-O-Lanterns speedy forwards and it worked as they only lost 1-0.
Dave Guisti did his job (and then some).., the defense although 41-shots came through did their part… but the forwards (especially their Captain) need to step up offensively during Dave’s absence.
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