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CASC BALL HOCKEY LEAGUE
TUESDAY DIVISION RECAPS
2000/01 SEASON

WEEK 1
Screaming Maniacs 5 Freezer10 3
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday September 26 2000
The Ball Hockey News team of investigative reporters is pleased to announce that they solved the "Screaming Manicas captain 2000" mystery, by correctly identifying Allan Ramdeen as the team captain.
New division, new gymnasium. The St-Henri gym is very similar in size to the Pointe gym, but is not as well lit. Bring your candles. The nets are very problematic; they are tiny and weigh as much as a loose leaf sheet. There is no spectators gallery. On the positive side, there are monkey bars on one wall only and the ball doesn’t get stuck in them as much as in the Pointe since the bottom bar is higher up. The floor is also better. But all in all, I prefer the Pointe gym. There are monkey bars in most gyms, but does anyone use them?
My thoughts of referring to this division as being purely recreational were quickly vanished in the opening minutes of the game; I noticed several good battles for the ball along the walls and in the corners. I would refer to this division as competitive coed.
With the size of the nets, even an unseasoned goalie like myself will stop all the shots from far (15+ feet). Don’t bother trying (ha ha). The key to scoring is to get the goalie out of position with a cross ice pass in the slot. That is how the Freezer scored 2 of their 3 goals. The other way to score is by picking up the loose balls (otherwise known as garbage) in the slot.
Freezer 10 jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead. They are led by Ragesh and Neil, who were both showing nifty stick handling skills. Neil also has a killer shot. Freezer 10 have a pretty good team.
The Maniacs don’t have the offensive prowess of Freezer 10. There is an abundance of natural defenseman of the team. Greg was playing forward. I’ve never seen that before. He played well. Billy and Allan were the offensive catalysts. Valerie played an outstanding game on defense; she made the passes and cleared the ball quite well. Joyce also played an excellent game by showing good coverage in the defensive zone. The Maniacs did not make one huge defensive blunder all night long. My net was well protected. That is one of the keys to winning.
Martin got ejected from the game in the second period for using an illegal stick.
The game was 3-1 or 3-2 at halftime. The Maniacs plugged away at Freezer’s lead and scored all the remaining goals for a 5-3 victory. Billy and Allan scored the all important last 2 goals.
I made the saves that I had to, although 18 shots on net is not a great workout. My only huge save was against Neil point blank. The other goalie had 19 shots on net. It’s was sometimes confusing to see only blue jerseys in front of me (both teams were sporting blue jerseys)

In other action, the Dragons defeated the Demons 5-0

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Gus Combatsaris, Valerie Frost, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Allan Ramdeen, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner
Budweiser player of the game: Valerie Frost



WEEK 2
MASSACRE DU MARDI
Dragons 10 Screaming Maniacs 1
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday September 26 2000
Régent Proulx a fait ses débuts comme joueur avant pour les Dragons qui n’avaient seulement que 5 joueurs + le gardien. Où était tout le monde???. Il nous a impressioné dès le départ avec le premier but de la partie sur un tir précis du côté de mon bâton. C’était le début du festival offensif pour les Dragons.
John Wong a suivi avec 3 buts en première période, dont 2 et désavantage numérique. On lui a laissé le temps de décocher son lancer frappé. Il n’a pas un mauvais tir mais j’aurais dû faire l’arrêt sur 2 des ses 3 buts. Dans la ligue du Vendredi soir, John a rarement le temps de prendre un bon tir au filet. Chose surprenante: il n’a pas fait la "mop" une fois lors de cette partie; j'ai jamais vu ça en 4 ans. Continue de même. Les Dragons ont pris une avance de 4-1 à la mi-temps.
L’offensive des Maniacs était en panne. Leonard nous a confié après la partie qu’il n’a reçu que 2 tirs qualité lors de cette partie. C’est ardu de compter contre lui car il couvre beaucoup d’espace dans ces petits filets achetés chez Toys "R" Us . De mon côté, j'ai fait les bons gestes mais toujours une fraction de seconde en retard. En d'autres mots, j’ai connu un match pourri mais j’ai quand même eu du plaisir à jouer, sans joke.
La division du Mardi en est une de divertissement tandis que je réserve la conquête aux championnats pour la division du Vendredi soir et la ligue Concordia.
Kam, Ryan, Georges et Régent ont tous compté en 2e période. J’étais souvent laissé tout seul devant mon but, surtout en deuxième moitié de la partie. Après la partie, Régent nous a dit qu’il était surpris d’avoir eu autant de temps à décocher son tir.
Allan a hérité d’une punition majeure en fin de 2e période après avoir accoté Kam dans le mur. J’étais stupéfié par ce geste; on doit tous comprendre que la division du Mardi soir en est une de divertissement. Et Billy n’avait pas raison de se plaindre que Régent n’avait pas le droit de jouer. Voyons donc. Cependant, les Dragons auraient intérêt de jouer avec un alignement complet dans les semaines qui suivent.
Les Dragons ont doublé les Maniacs sur les tirs au but

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Gus Combatsaris, Valerie Frost, Greg Phendler, Mike Murphy, Billy Ponting, Allan Ramdeen, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner
Budweiser player of the game: Régent Proulx and John Wong




WEEK 3
A COME FROM BEHIND TIE

Dragons 6 Freezer10 6
John Wong, Tuesday October 10 2000
After having both John wong and Theo sitting out to serve a 10 minute penalty respectively (which they did not inflict upon each other). The Dragons managed to field only 5 players which included Leonard the goalie. The game plan was simple: score as many times during the 10 minutes because essentially it was like a powerplay for Freezer10.
Freezer10 started the scoring with less than 2minutes to go in the penalty. Dragons came back to tie it. From then on it was Dragons trying to play defense as long as they could with the occasional breakouts to attack. The strategy didn't really work. by the end of the first period. It was 5-1 for Freezer 10. Then 8 minutes into the 2nd half Neil scored on a beautiful pass from Ragesh to put Freezer10 ahead 6-1.
It seemed that Freezer10 was well on their way to handing the Dragons their first loss of the season. Somehow the Dragons just kept chipping away at the lead. Kam came up with the tying goal with less than 15 seconds to go.
A gritty performance from all team members to comeback from behind to tie. (If you don't count 2 disallowed goals by the dragons). This monumental comeback was a *team* effort. A group of united players willing to make any sacrifices necessary in the pursuit of the common goal.

Budweiser player of the game: Neil Mecha


Screaming Maniacs 5 Demons 4
Paul Iacurto, Mardi le 10 Octobre 2000
Les Maniacs jouaient avec un alignement diète de 5 joueurs + le gardien. Martin, Gus, Allan et Valerie étaient tous absents. Le capitaine des Maniacs fait-il un effort pour trouver des joueurs substituts ou dort t’il au gaz? Je vais lui poser la question la semaine prochaine. Régent nous a sauvé la vie en étant notre 5e joueur. Les Démons sont la seule équipe de la ligue qui n’ont pas de représentation féminine.
Les Maniacs ont débuté la partie en avantage numérique mais n’ont pas bougé les cablages. Le jeu de puissance des Maniacs est en panne totale depuis le début de la saison; il y a une grosse amélioration à faire à ce niveau.
Les Maniacs ont toutefois contrôlé le rythme du match dès le début. La balle était surtout dans leur zone. Nous avons pris une avance de 2-0. Je n’ai pas reçu de gros tirs dans les 5 premières minutes de la partie.
Les Démons ont néanmoins égalisé la partie suite à des erreurs en défensive des Maniacs qui ont oublié de couvrir l’enclave. Leurs 2 buts ont passé à travers mes jambières. Je suis présentement vulnérabale entre les jambières mais je vais corriger ce problème dans les prochaines parties
Les Démons n’ont pas une grosse machine offensive à l’exception de Yacine Zinet qui est à surveiller. Il est un joueur de finesse qui aime déjouer ses adversaires.
Régent nous a encore impressionné comme joueur avant et a il même fait une feinte à la Eric Savage.
Nous avons repris l’avance en fin de première prériode suite à un bon lancer frappé de Greg du milieu du gymnase

Les Maniacs ont débuté la deuxième période de façon nonhalante et les Démons en ont profité pour compter le but égalisateur suite à une mêlée dans l’enclave. Je déteste ces buts excrémentiels. Mike Murphy a redoublé d’ardeur en 2e période en jouant avec fougue dans les coins. Ceux qui jouent souvent avec lui savent qu’il connaît toujours ses meilleures parties quand il a eu une mauvaise journée au travail. Il est arrivé au gymnase avec les mains encore gelées. Smurf et Billy ont compté les 2 prochains buts pour nous redonner une avance de 2 buts. Joyce a joué une autre grosse partie en défensive et elle ne se laissse pas impressionner par les joueurs qui essaient de la déjouer. Les Démons ont travaillé plus fort en 2e période et ont finalement réussi à me faire suer . Mon équipement exhale d’une odeur fétide.

Les Démons ont compté un autre but excrémentiel suite à une passe qui a dévié sur la jambe de Greg.
Il y a eu une multitude de punitions lors de cette partie et surtout en fin de deuxième période. Billy s’est fait expulser à 3 minutes de la fin et les Maniacs ont dû terminer la partie en désavantage numérique de 2 joueurs. Murphy et Greg ont fait du bon travail et nous avons gagné la partie de justesse.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Greg Phendler, Mike Murphy, Billy Ponting, Régent Proulx, Joyce Turner
Budweiser player of the game: Mike Murphy



WEEK 4
DRAGONS ROMP

Dragons 8 Demons 1
John Wong, Tuesday October 17 2000
The game versus (demons) presented a few firsts. An almost full roster minus one player on part of the dragons(Kam,Carine,David,George,Ryan,John the mop) And the debut of Sheila the sly. And the chance for payback by the demons.

Unfortunately that last part didn't happen. The demons who spent a good part of the night running/not running after the different offensive line combos of David,George,Ryan, and Sheila also ran into the defensive wall of Kam, Carine, and John, with the emphasis on Carine (we think she had invisible velcro taped on her-it seemed no one could move the ball through or from her). The Dragons didn't really score all their goals in bunches but rather every now and then. And during the game when you least expect it, Sheila scored at least two goals on two separate shifts - from what looked like impossible angles hence the nickname.

And where were the demonettes? maybe they don't exist. The Demons managed to score one goal by.......but by then it was too late. The goonette play of the game goes to Carine for using some part of her body to cause the opposing player to trip- who was really trying to pull a spinarama (to impress her) only to fall on his keister. The Demons gets points for not giving up toward the end....the season is still young, so it'll only be a matter of time before they can play more consistently for a full two periods.



Screaming Maniacs 4 Freezer10 4
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday October 17 2000
I saw Allan on Monday night and he told me that he would not be returning as captain of the Screaming Maniacs, I think. Michel Godin will fill his spot on the roster, I think. Gus Combatsaris did not play and will be traded, I think. He will be moved to the Dragons, I think. Régent is not a regular player on the team just yet, I think. Joyce is our new captain, I think. Quel salmigondis!

Lina Lavoie played her first game in the Tuesday division.

Murphy had another long day at work which was a surefire guarantee that he would have another stellar performance. The Maniacs came out smoking in the first period and took a 3-0 lead on goals by Smurf (2) and Greg. Mike was called for an unsportsmanlike penalty immediately after his second goal when he told Theo "not bad for an old man". I did not have a busy first period. I just stood there, basking and sweating in my fetid equipment. In this division, you get 4, maybe 5 hard shots on net per game. The nets are partly to blame. You spend the rest of the time freezing loose balls and fixing the net which moves just by looking at it.

Ragesh got Freezer 10 to within 2 goals after cranking one up from the middle of the floor. Finally, a hard shot. It was a great shot. In this recreational division, I would rather give up goals on shots like that rather than not face any shots.

Murphy completed his hat trick in the second period to give the Maniacs a commanding 4-1 lead. There was plenty of time left on the clock (about 13 min.) but I doubted that Freezer 10 could tie the game. I was wrong.

Neil scored his league leading 11th goal of the season on a nice stick handling move from in close. Ragesh Patel completed the comeback with 2 late goals. The first one came about after one of our players lost the ball in the defensive zone; Ragesh picked up the ball and took a slap shot from a few feet away that probably deflected off a stick since I had the angle covered. The game tying goal was slightly controversial. I came out to challenge the shooter. Ragesh went around me but did not have enough room to corral the ball on the short side. He wound up behind the net and tried to wrap it in. Régent stopped the ball on the goal line but Ragesh managed to swish it in. The referee did not blow the whistle when Régent stopped the ball at the goal line. Billy was livid and argued the call but to no avail.

Freezer 10 played a decent game but can consider themselves lucky to escape with a tie. This was our game to win. Michel Godin played an excellent game in his debut with the Maniacs. It was a physical affair by the way.

We play the Dragons next week. They have been deemed as the strongest team in the league, that is until I get a chance to play forward for one game and run rampant through the other team (ha ha).

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Michel Godin, Greg Phendler, Mike Murphy, Billy Ponting, Régent Proulx, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner
Budweiser players of the game: Mike Murphy and Ragesh Patel




WEEK 5
TUESDAY DRAGONS REMAIN UNDEFEATED

Dragons 3 Screaming Maniacs 0
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday October 24 2000
With Smurf out of the lineup for this game, some players on both teams suggested that I play forward but I declined the offer for this week. To even things out, Ryan Duchesne put on Larry’s huge equipment and played in nets. Ryan looked like King Kong. Once again, the Dragons did not have any representatives from the Women’s Division.
The game was scoreless through the first period but the Dragons had the majority of the scoring chances. David was working the ball well from in close while Kam took many shots from the point. I enjoyed getting plastered with shots. That’s what I am there for. Kam is a fundamentally sound defenseman who never makes mistakes. His game has improved by leaps and bounds since he broke into CASC.
In between periods, I asked Ryan if he liked playing in nets to which he responded: "I got no shots" .
The game remained scoreless through the middle of the second period when the Dragons scored 3 goals in a 5 minute span. Goals were scored by Larry, John and George. I was tiring out and I really sucked on John’s goal. It seemed like the Maniacs lost a bit of steam in the latter part of the game. The Dragons out shot the Maniacs 42 to 22.
Ryan wasn’t tested that much but he has the makings of a great goalie. His movements and mechanics are super.
Even with Murphy in the lineup, the Maniacs do not have the offensive firepower to compete with the Dragons and Freezer 10, who both have prolific goal scoring. And Régent may become Freezer 10’s regular goalie in a few weeks. Should the Maniacs concentrate as much as they can on having fun only or should they tap the free agent market for a goal scorer or put me at forward to better compete with the top 2 teams? What is ethical in this situation?

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Sylvain Leonard, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Joyce Turner
Budweiser players of the game: Kamlesh Patel and David Lefebvre




WEEK 6
TUESDAY DRAGONS BREATHING FIRE

Dragons 10 Freezer10 3
John Wong, Tuesday October 31 2000
Halloween. It was real scary kids, ok not really. The Dragons had Paul I. (thanks for subbing)disguised as Leonard for the opening minutes of play. And of course Ryan came dressed as Jason b.(not the character in friday the 13th).

The game marked the return of a few familiar faces -Frasier "the moving brickwall" Baird for freezer10 and the new recruit Daniel Morin, whom the dragons managed to pick up outside the building, he was holding up a placard: "will play hockey >= Gus" who somehow missed the b-- (couldn't help that one).

The game was actually close, tied at one point 1-1, goals by Anthony Ferreria and George Kabenian. The Dragons with Kam, David L. and George K. almost gave them a full roster whereas Freezer10 only had 2 on the bench. Which actually caused more problems for the Dragons as they were assessed 2 penalties for "too many men".

The rest of the game was somewhat of a blur since I kept running into "the brickwall". Freezer10 played it tight until what seemed like they ran out of gas. Or they could lay blame by saying they were held spellbound by the Dragon's very own Carine for weaving her usual magicks. Just ask Anthony F (for frustrated)

Budweiser player of the game: Daniel Morin (4 goals)


Screaming Maniacs 5 Demons 1
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday October 31 2000
Today’s lesson in English is the definition of the word recreational, in case some of you may have forgotten:

The process or means of refreshing or entertaining oneself after work by some pleasurable activity.

This game was far from pleasurable and made you second guess the recreational concept of the Tuesday Night Division. The Demons were called for 9 penalties, including one game ejection, while the Screaming Maniacs went to the box at least 4 times. What’s up with that?

The Demons played the opening 2 minutes without a goalie but the Maniacs could not capitalize on the empty net opportunity. There was no scoring until midway through the period when Billy Ponting scored back to back goals to give the Maniacs a 2-0 half time lead. The Demons played a good first period by taking many shots on net but I was there to make the saves. I took a hard slap shot to the helmet; that’s the best part about playing in nets. The Maniacs defense did a good job in protecting the front of my net. Régent missed a golden opportunity right in front of the Demon’s net.

Michel Godin gave us a 3-0 second period lead on a bang bang play in front of the net. The Maniacs defense was not as hermetic as in the first half. Several bad passes and clearing attempts were made. Hey Greg, clearing passes must be made along the boards and not through the middle. The Demons started cherry picking and scored their only goal an a breakaway but I should have made the save. Damn that 5 hole!

The game got rougher and rougher from that point on. An onslaught of penalties were called.
Joyce scored her first goal of the season to give the Maniacs a 3 goal lead. The game was now out of reach for the Demons. Billy completed his hat trick minutes later.

I froze the ball shortly afterwards. I got up after the play and pushed a Demon who was jousting sticks with one of our players. He freaked out and gave me not one, but two right hands to the helmet. It wasn’t even worth fighting back, and besides, I have a full equipment to protect me. Needless to say he was tossed from the game.

This was a roughhouse game. The Demons have a few talented players but they will not win any games if they keep on spending their Tuesday evenings in the penalty box. They should be a little less high strung and focus more on goal scoring and passing.

I am willing to concede first place to the Dragons. This is months in advance but it looks like we will be facing Freezer 10 in the first round of the playoffs. I am ready.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Régent Proulx, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner
Budweiser players of the game: Billy Ponting and Joyce Turner




WEEK 7
WILL THEY EVER LOSE?

Dragons 6 Demons 3
John Wong, Tuesday November 7 2000
It was only after the "ball hockey team formerly known as the Dragons"assembled on the floor just prior to playing the Demons that I realized the team name should have been changed to the vaudeville kabuki marathoners(say it three times). The Dragons again came up just a little short on the bench - one player. But at least Michel G. was there to give the lone "spare" motivational support.

On the other side, the Demons had their usual number of players needed to play....football...well it seemed like a lot of players...fact they had one player who probably plays for a quebec major junior team...in fact later on during the game, Eagle eye Kam spotted this very same player using an illegal blade(automatic ejection) which in effect nullified his potential threat of squashing one of the Dragons' smaller players, namely me. This penalty called had nothing to do with the Dragons trying to even the playing field-it's a league rule (no kevlar/fibreglass coated blades) which is designed to protect the floors. nuff said.

The Dragons actually started the game with john(might as well rest now) w. in the box (penalty for goalie still formerly known as Leonard for showing up late- also known as delay of game.)Who would've thought Leonard needed those precious few seconds to talk to his blocker....well it worked...just ask him...

The Demons opened the scoring.....which would be the only time they would hold the lead....as the Dragons eventually tied, and took the lead for the remainder of the game. "Seems short on subs strategy shouldn't stop streak" sez suddenly sleepless sheila.(not actual quote) sadly, the Demons did keep her off the score sheet..(correct me if I'm wrong).

Budweiser player of the game: Yacine Zinet




Screaming Maniacs 5 Freezer10 2
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday November 7 2000
Freezer 10 were playing without the services of Ragesh and Theo. For the Screaming Maniacs, Régent and myself swapped positions for the first time this season. No shit!

The Smurfster was back after a 2 game absence; our inspitational leader and bust a nut forward opened the scoring for the Maniacs with his 4th goal of the season, about 7 minutes into the period. Moments afterwards, Michel Godin tucked away a snap shot aftere taking a nice behind the back feed from the Ringer. Freezer 10 tried to get back into the game but we were keeping a good eye on the league’s leading scorer. We took a calculated risk by giving Slim Shady ample time to release his crazy shot, and he capitalized on the opportunity by taking a butt-load of howitzers that often went wide. Billy gave the Maniacs a comfortable 3-0 lead going into half time.

The second period was faster paced. Martin coughed up the ball in our zone and Slim Shady promptly rifled a beautiful slapshot that found the back of the net. It was his zillionth shot of the game. He also hit 2 posts on previous occasions. But it took too long for the Freezers to break the ice since there was only about 12 minutes left in the game.

The Ringer scored his first goal of the season on a nice feed from Billy. This put the Freezers in a precarious position. But the 10’s did not throw in the towel and scored a fugly goal, as the result of a good flurry in our zone. But Michel sealed the freezer bag with his 2nd goal of the evening. .

Régent was solid in nets and stopped 38 of 40 shots. It was a clean game. It’s a refreshing change to have the ball along the monkey bars and not worry about being plowed. Kudos to the Maniacs who held the league’s leading scorer off the scoresheet.

The undefeated Dragons will be on the fritz next week. I hope that Murphy can make it. What lineup will the Dragons have? Will they stack?

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner
Budweiser player of the game: Michel Godin



WEEK 8
BRAGGING RIGHTS

Dragons 2 Screaming Maniacs 0
John Wong, Tuesday November 14 2000
If it was an omen for things to come, Leonard actually finished his conversation with his blocker early, and the forwards were the ones that were late (that would be the ladies). There was Carine the crusherette, sleephold Sheila, David the bulldozer, Kam the bruiser and John the dumpster and Leonard the wall representing the marathoners...oops make that the Dragons in one corner versus the gang of Paul.aka the Maniacs in the other..

It was a much anticipated match to see who would have bragging rights for 8880 minutes....will the sibling rivalry of the Turner sisters spill on to the floor? nope. Carine did her usual weaving in and out leaving a trail of pursuers behind her including Billy P who was speechless, in fact he was pretty quiet throughout the whole game. We can only speculate as to why.

It was a game of give and take ..the Dragons made sure the benches were turned upright for Greg's **** and in return we simply said if you ever get the chance...to stop one of Paul's rocket launcher shots...no problem says Greg.P which after receiving that howitzer he decided to vacate the front of Leonard's net. great. now I have to block his shots. The number of shots probably would been higher had it not been for Kam the bruiser for taking a bit of a beating for blocking quite a few number of shots -including one with his face.

David L (somebody measure his stick length!) was the difference tonight for getting the winner and adding an insurance goal just in case. And for stone walling the Maniacs Len deserves the shutout/win. Just wait till we get Gus in the lineup...



Paul Iacurto, Tuesday November 14 2000
Leonard Luedee Cool Goaltender stopped a 50 shot cannonade while David Lefebvre scored 2 first period goals as the Dragons upped their record to 7-0-1 Both Dragon goals were the result of goal mouth mishmashes and were not highlight reel material, especially the second one. But they all count. From that point on, the Dragons utilized a dump and chase strategy (yawn) to stifle the Maniacs. John and Kam were doing most of the dumping while Carine, Sheila and David were doing most of the chasing. I must admit that Kam and John play standout defense.

The Maniacs took a whopping 50 shots on net but most of them came from faraway places. The Ringer took the majority of the shots but nobody was in front of the net to pick up the rebounds. The Dragons defense were doing a singular job in shielding off the front of their net from any Maniac attacks. John was keeping a watchful eye on the Ringer. Leonard covers 95% of those itsy-bitsy nets and is no picnic to score on.

Régent said after the game that you can take all the long shots that you want but the goalie will stop almost all of them because of the bite size nets. He has a valid point. But the Maniacs deserved to put at least one ball past LL Cool G. He did not even see the ball coming on a couple of occasions but he just stood there and the ball hit him. The Dragons had a few great scoring opportunities but were out shot by 15.

The Dragons have devised a good strategy to win in this division but they will be had by the Maniacs. I am not even worried. The Dragons will be reduced to dragonflies! Scores have progressively diminished from 10-1 to 3-0 to 2-0. The team that takes more shots on net usually wins. We will make sure to have someone to create havoc in front of Leonard the next time we meet.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Joyce Turner
Budweiser player of the game: Leonard Luedee




WEEK 9
THRILLA IN MANILA

Dragons 9 Freezer10 4
John Wong, Tuesday November 21 2000
It was the thrilla in manila.....the "your going down pt2".....it was the maniacs versus the dragons..Freezer 10 would have brought in their whole team but had make space on their team bus to bring in Chris"real slim shady" N and his stick which is made of two separate pieces encased in an insulated leather case.talk about craftsmanship...meanwhile the dragons had a sneaker containing the essence of Nick K. to inspire them. The losers would have to stucco wall Carine's apt....

With the flow of the play going back and forth with neither side gaining the advantage, leaving both sides tied 1 a piece with lots of time remaining in the first period.. Suddenly someone on the dragons bench yelled "stucco!" after that the dragon team just piled on the points to lead at the end of the first 5-1. The second period was again close in terms of the number of goals traded back and forth which was partly blamed for the dragons trying to play a more open style of hockey and to Theo's partial heard motivational speech of him having already painted Carine's place and not wanting to go back to stucco it- "the place is huge now go out there and score some goals!"

Unfortunately words were not enough for the Freezer 10 team this time as the essence of Nick prevailed



Demons 10 Screaming Maniacs 3
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday November 21 2000
Une vraie cali*** de joke (I'll let you guess the 3 remaining *). Missing for the Maniacs were Greg, Mike, Martin, Valerie and Billy (sprained ankle). Is it becoming the "in" thing for Maniacs to miss games? Next week promises to be even bigger: Greg, Mike, Martin, Valerie, Billy, Paul, Michel and Régent have all promised not to show up. Joyce will be the first person in hockey history to attempt to win a game all by herself.

The Maniacs played the entire game shorthanded. We were so desperate that we even considered playing Billy, who would be using his crutches as sticks. It was Régent, Michel and Joyce versus a full Demons squad (4 on the bench). Had I known about this crisis a few hours before game time, Régent and I would have swapped positions to bolster our offense. I didn’t take the game seriously even though I was guaranteed to be a very busy goalie. To make matters worse, Joyce broke her only stick on the first shift of the game and was forced to play with a right handed stick. Carine showed up a few minutes later to lend her stick.

It’s pointless to recap a game like this. The moment of the night came about when Eric called a too many men penalty on the Demons. From a Maniacs perspective, the Demons played the entire game with too many men.

At least we didn’t get shutout, or skunked. I tip my hat to Régent, Michel and Joyce who ran hard and played their guts out. Régent scored a pair of goals. I had a great time even though my chances of winning the best goalie award are now compromised! My stats are skewed and artificially inflated. Shots on net were 60 to 24 in favor of the Demons.

Screaming Maniacs slim fast roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Michel Godin, Régent Proulx, Joyce Turner
Budweiser players of the game: Michel Godin (750ml format), Joyce Turner (750ml format) and Régent Proulx (king can - 950 ml in case you didn't know)




WEEK 10
TOO MUCH MURPH AND MIKE

Screaming Maniacs 6 Freezer10 1
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday November 28 2000
Mike Murphy, Billy Ponting and The Ringer scored first period goals and Régent Proulx made some key saves as the Screaming Maniacs cruised to a 6-1 victory, their 5th of the season. The Maniacs have a strangelhold on second place and will most likely meet Freezer 10 in the first round of the playoffs.

Last week’s 3 player fiasco has been forgotten and the Maniacs should be full for the remainder of the season. We had 2 good lines: Michel/Ringer and the Night Owls (Greg and Mike). Michel and Smurf had stellar games with 2 goals each. Billy returned after a one game absence (like practically everybody else on the team) and was still nursing a sore ankle. He played on defense and also scored a goal.

Freezer 10 were playing without the services of Ragesh and Theo. The Big Ragout has been AWOL as of late and his Crusader teammates are wondering where the **** he is. Neil Metha, who leads the division with 22 goals, arrived at the end of the first period and could not play. Freezer 10 scored their only goal late in the first period as they capitalized on some nonchalant clearing by the Maniacs to put one past Régent, who is nursing a sore foot. Slim Shady took his customary zillion shots but did not score, although he came awful close as he drilled one off the cross bar.

Freezer 10 called a timeout and Billy kept us entertained at bench side: "Where does a polar bear hide his money? In a snowbank." I won't bother with the Jack the Ripper joke.

Since nobody else feels like defeating the Dragons, it will be up to the Maniacs to put them in their place. I hope that the Dragons are not overconfident about winning the championship. Say it isn’t so. First defeat coming up next Tuesday, courtesy of Joyce et al.

The parking in St-Henri is ridiculous. It’s gonna be a disaster when snowbank season rolls around.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner
Budweiser players of the game: Mike Murphy and Michel Godin



Dragons 7 Demons 4
John Wong, Tuesday November 28 2000
Here once again the same scenario repeats itself the Dragons versus the Demons....as Carine is busy stuccoing her apartment.....and George K. hitting the books....the Dragons again have only one sub... Demons look like they have everyone. Things started with the Demons striking first, not to be outdone the dragons came right back and tied it 1-1.

From there on in the dragons never looked back, ok they peeked. After being held pointless for at least two games Sheila T. finally got a goal for the Dragons. Later, she should have gotten an extra point just for staring down (up?) a Demon player when they both somehow managed to get her stick tangled in the curtains- that stare alone could melt a 10000 year old brick of cheese.

Contributions from the rest of the Dragon team held off what could have been a late rally by the Demon team to get back into the game. Kudos to the demon players that had continued playing hard but not those who played it rough ala ice hockey. And it's only a matter of time that they realize the use of playing rough to gain an edge over a disciplined team like the dragons won't work

Budweiser players of the game: Ryan Duchesne (3 goals - 2 assists)




WEEK 11
THE STREAK ENDS AT 10

Screaming Maniacs 6 Dragons 3
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday December 5 2000
Une équipe a décidé de les casser…finalement

The Screaming Maniacs have put an end to the Dragons 10 game unbeaten streak by handing them a 6-3 defeat in Tuesday Division action. It was the battle of the undefeated team versus the undefeated jerseys.

Our net was empty for the first 3 minutes and we spotted the Dragons a goal. It’s the holiday season and we were feeling generous. John Wong (I think) dumped a medium range slap shot into the empty net just as Régent was making his way to the playing surface. That goal made up for the fact that the Dragons would play the entire game with no subs. It was Kam, Ryan, Larry and John versus a Maniacs roster of 8. The Dragons scored again only moments afterwards to give them a quick 2-0 lead. Thoughts of "not this shit again" were dancing through my mind.

But Mike Murphy, who else, got the Maniacs right back into the game with a Murphy style goal from the low slot, where else. Smurf’s goal ignited the Maniacs who followed up with 3 unanswered markers to give them a 4-2 haltime lead: Greg from Ringer, Billy from Ringer and Ringer (ref: letter to LL Cool G in Rat Pack/Blizzard recap) from Billy.

Greg popped in his second goal of the evening to give us a commanding 5-2 second period lead. A 3 goal lead with the small nets is usually enough to win. The Tuesday nets are about 5 to 6 inches less in width (or 3 orange balls side by side) and a foot less in height than the Friday nets.

The Dragons, who I thought would wear out in the second half, stepped it up a notch especially in the latter stages of the period. They came really close on a power play but Régent made some great saves to keep them at bay. It seemed like that power play lasted for more than 2 minutes. I am sure of it. We gave Ryan way too much room to maneuver in the middle of the floor. It’s almost like we were clearing out the floor for him. Shots were being blasted from all over the slot area mais Régent multipliait les arrêts. The Dragons managed to get one past him to cut the lead to 5-3.

Billy scored a late goal to seal a 6-3 victory. It was his 4th point of the evening (2G-2A). He was playing an advisory role on the bench all game long. Ringer had 1G-4A and Greg 2G. The Maniacs are peaking at the perfect time. We will go into the Xmas break on a high and steam roll through the second half. It’s all planned baby. The burgundy and teal jerseys are still undefeated: 13-0-1 in the summer and 2-0 in the winter


Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner
Budweiser players of the game: Régent Proulx




WEEK 12
BIGGER NETS, MORE GOALS

Dragons 13 Freezer10 7
John Wong, Tuesday December 12 2000
-20 c shootout at the ok point st charles corral. Actually the headline should read" Dragons pull off comeback. Freezer 10 left out in the cold. Yep New location. but familiar faces. Last week's estrogenless Dragons face the possibility of losing two games in a row. Not this time though as both Carine "i have enuff stucco to make a table" C. and Sheila "can u say 'hit' medicine" T. showed up ready to shoot and receive the bruises. Even Leonard showed up "on" time. Just enough to chat to da blocker of his.

The Dragons came up with the closest to a full roster in a long time. Freezer10 came with their big guns- Neil M. and Chris N. But the Dragons have David L back as well. At one point with the game tied 1-1, Freezer 10 took a commanding lead (just like that first game) 4-1 or 5 or as Theo would say we scored 5 "good" goals.

Undaunted, the Dragons slowly chipped away at the lead with Ryan D. leading the way ,using his patented speed bursts down the wing to create many scoring chances. Amazing but true play of the game :Chris N. inspired by mario lemieux's return, deftly beat John W. along the wall, deked a sprawling Ryan D. and came with in a nose hair of blasting a goal thru Leonard. Strangest play/moment of the game goes to Theo for crawling to his bench for what seemed like eternity without the support of his bench mates (obviously glued to the play going on). Maybe it was close to the full moon cuz it was weird night George K didn't seem like he could buy a goal the whole night but he'd set em up- must be the hands are still cramped from the weeks of hitting the books.

Everything was coming in twos-two of Kam P's goals went in the same spot from the same place where he shot. Sheila taking two shots on the same leg but at least she kept her minimum point a game streak alive. So the 10 "fluky" goals (as Theo would put it)- that the dragons scored kept them in the lead for good. Theo might just want to hire the gym keeper /gate keeper whatever you call her. as a motivational COACH because with a minute to go she comes barging in thru the doors insisting on finishing up the game asked what the score was and bluntly said "what do you keep playing for? it is over, the score you can't come back..BLAH BLAH BLAh -right after that Freezer 10 scores...a little too late, as the Dragons had time on their side

Budweiser player of the game: David Lefebvre (5 goals, 2 assists)




Screaming Maniacs 13 Demons 3
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday December 12 2000
The Screaming Maniacs set a Tuesday Division record for most goal in one game by way of a 13-3 victory over the Demons (the record was later tied by the Dragons)

Tonight’s games were played in the Pointe gym and its bigger nets. The first half was a close affair. The Maniacs took a 3-0 lead but the Demons got right back into the game on goals by Patrice Théberge and Yacine Zinet. The Demons had several spurts of solid pressure in our zone. Michel Godin extended the lead with his 9th goal of the season, only to see Raynald Gemes reply with his team leading 10th goal of the year. The Maniacs held a 1 goal lead at halftime

The floodgates opened in the second half with the Maniacs scoring 10 successive goals. Paul finished up with 8G-2A. Michel had 3G-2A, Billy 4A and Valerie 2A. Shots on net were 51 to 26 in favor of the Maniacs.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Joyce Turner
Budweiser players of the game: Paul Iacurto





WEEK 13
MANIACS ON A ROLL

Screaming Maniacs 10 Freezer10 3
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday January 16th 2000
The Screaming Maniacs picked up right where they left off before the Xmas break by registering their 4th consecutive victory, in an 10-3 win over Freezer 10.

LLCool G played the first 3 or 4 minutes of the game and spotted Régent a 1 goal lead, as the Maniacs scored on the first shift. Freezer10 then called an immediate time-out to regroup the troops. It may have already been 2-0 Maniacs when Régent took over. The Screamers added 4 more goals by half time, including a pair by Mike Murphy who is a great finisher in traffic. Mike is 11th in league scoring with 12 G- 7A in 9 games. I love his relentless brand of hockey and he is an inspiration to us all. And we will party until the break of dawn if we win the championship.
 
Mike Murphy scored 4 goals  

The Real Slim Shady was moved to forward and did not have a classic shooting performance. He may have registered one or two shots on net in the first period. We played the percentage game in the second period by letting him shoot some more, and the shots kept on coming...and going everywhere. But he did score on a beautiful blast from the point. Régent felt that he should have made the save, but I thought that the shot was damn good. Régent is a great competitor. Chris almost knocked him into the net on a couple of other howitzers .

Freezer 10 added a couple of late goals but it was too much Maniacs on this evening, as they tapped on 4 more second period goals, including another pair by Smurf. The Maniacs out shot Freezer10 43-39.

CASC Women’s Division defensive player of the year Matilde Rebeiro made a successful debut in the Tuesday Division. Matilde is a quality defenseman with a great full gym vision, who does not panic with the ball. She made several great passes and cleared the ball with deftness.

This was a quiet game with no bullshit or incidents. I like the Tuesday Division more and more, win or lose the game. I am glad to have passed up another Tuesday league to play on CASC Tuesdays. I must command Theo on doing a fantastic job with this division. Everyone is having a great time

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Matilde Rebeiro, Joyce Turner




Dragons 12 Demons 2
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday January 16th 2000
The Dragons pursued their Tuesday division dominance by way of a 12-2 victory over the Demons. This game marked Peter Knapp’s Tuesday Division debut. It was a successful one, as the Ball Hockey News Player of the Year scored 4 goals. Vangie Platon may be playing for the Dragons as of next week. It will be a memorable moment in CASC history if both Player of the Year winners are united on the same team.

Friday goalie Larry Vanyperen had 3G-3A, Ryan 2G-4A, David 1G-4A and Kam 2G-2A. For the Demons, Gaby Vicarelli and Ralph Gachelin had one goal each

The Dragons are in first place, first in GF and in GA, but the Maniacs are ready to hand them their second loss of the season this Tuesday, if you smellllllllllll what the Rock…………………………..is coooooking (wwf jargon)




WEEK 14
DRAGONS CLINCH FIRST PLACE

Dragons 7 Screaming Maniacs 4
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday January 23rd 2000
The Tuesday Dragons upped their record to 12-1 with a 7-4 victory over the Screaming Maniacs, thereby clinching first place only 2 weeks into the second half.

The game was decided in the opening 5 minutes, as the Dragons jumped to a 3-0 lead on goals by Peter, Ryan and Carine. The Dragons capitalized on all opportunities by hoovering the front of our net and by taking accurate shots from the outside; it is hard to tell whether a couple of shots caught Régent off guard.
BOX SCORE
1st period
1
2
3
4
5
6
Dragons Knapp 5 (Duchesne) [2:10]
Dragons Duchesne 14 (Knapp, Contreras) [5:00}
Dragons Contreras 3 (Knapp) [5:35]
Maniacs Ponting 13 (Godin, Frost D) [8:15}
Dragons Knapp 6 (Duchesne) [8:35]
Dragons Lefebvre 18 [14:00]
2nd period
7
8
9
10
11
Maniacs Phendler 8 [3:10]
Maniacs Iacurto 17 [3:35]
Maniacs Godin 10 [6:20]
Dragons Lefebvre 19 (Patel, Kabenian) [9:00]
Dragons Patel 18 (Duchesne, Platon) [24:20]
Final score Dragons 7 Screaming Maniacs 4
Shots on net Maniacs, Proulx (38 of 45, 84%)
Dragons, Luedee (42 of 47, 89%)

Penalty min. Dragons 1:20, Screaming Maniacs 0


Trying to overcome a 3 goal deficit without Smurf and against the powerhouse team of the league did not bode well for the Maniacs. The Dragons are smokin’ like never before with the addition of both BHN Players of the Year (Vangie Platon and Peter Knapp). Ryan and my homey Peter are the dynamic duo of the league. The Dragons have 2 full lines, great defense and great goaltending. Call them the fully loaded Dragons. They are the only team that can dominate ball control in the offensive zone without the other team having their say about it. It happened on a couple of occasions on this evening, including a lengthy segment to begin the second period.

The Maniacs offense never got things going until the second half, when it was already 5-1 for the Dragons. We simply weren’t taking enough shots on net in the 1st period. But we made a game of it in the second period by scoring 3 goals (Greg, Paul, Michel) within a 3 minute span, but all hopes of nodding the score were dashed away on goals by David and Kam. Late in the game, the Maniacs had a golden opportunity to get to within 1, but the power play was cut short by at least 40 seconds due to a time keeping mistake (it’s true, it’s true)

So the Dragons have clinched first place. They have a very strong team and the composition of this week’s lineup made for an interesting post game discussion. But the Chief Ball Hockey correspondent of this web page is in no position to question the makeup of their team since he put together a stacked team in the 2000 Concordia league. It is not in the Maniacs intent to counter stack Peter’s acquisition, and besides, all it takes are 2 playoffs wins to walk away with the championship. Peter Knapp is replacing John Wong, that's all. Pete's presence on any Tuesday team can make the pendulum switch in their favor.

A 3 goal win without the services of Smurf does not put the Dragons in any comfort zone and it showed in their defensive coverage of a certain player. The Maniacs are formidable opposition and we have something that the 3 other teams don’t have: the night owls (party time!).

It’s nice to see the Dragons kickass after a 1999/2000 season of heartache. They are a likable team with very likable people. This week's games marked the CASC Tuesday Division debut of David Frost (S Maniacs), Jimmy Garoufalis (S Maniacs) and Paula Déry (Freezer10).

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), David Frost, Valerie Frost, Jimmy Garoufalis, Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Joyce Turner

Dragons roster: Leonard Luedee (G), Carine Contreras, Ryan Duchesne, Georges Kabenian, Peter Knapp, David Lefebvre, Kamlesh Patel, Vangie Platon

Budweiser player of the game: Peter Knapp




WEEK 15
MANIACS PULL AWAY LATE IN THE GAME

Screaming Maniacs 6 Demons 3
Paul Iacurto, Tuesday January 30th 2000
The Screaming Maniacs further cemented second place in the standings with a 6-3 victory over the Demons.

This was a penalty filled game, with most of them being called on the Demons. There was more penalties in this game than any of the tournament games in played in over the weekend. Did you know that the Demons have accumulated more penalty minutes this season than the rest of the league combined? Big problem. The Maniacs held the man advantage for almost half of this game. The Maniacs controlled the tempo for most of the first period but Wai-Cheong was slamming the door shut with some great saves. With 1 minute left in the half, Billy Ponting finally solved him to give the Maniacs a 1-0 halftime lead

The second half was a seesaw affair. After the Demons tied the game at 1, the Maniacs regained their lead on goals by Smurf and Billy. But the Demons fought back to even the score at 3. They were led by Yves-Michel Joseph, who scored the game tying goal on a nice wristshot from in close. He was the most dominating player on either team. But penalties kept on haunting the Demons, which gave the Maniacs control of the ball in the latter stages of the game, as they promptly scored 3 unanswered goals for a 6-3 victory. Billy and Smurf combined for 5 of the 6 Maniac goals

One of the most unusual incidents of the season came about in the second period. An angry Matilde, who had enough of Rosario Paoula questionable tactics behind the net, promptly cross checked him into the wall, knowing full well she’d be going to the box. Rosario pretended to be hurt with a phony scream of pain. Eric raised his hand. But Rosario flipped out and told Eric to f*** o** when he found out that the call was for coincidental minors. Rosario got an extra 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Régent Proulx, Matilde Rebeiro, Joyce Turner

Budweiser player of the game: Mike Murphy

WEEK 16
TRUTH SERUM

Screaming Maniacs 6 Freezer10 1
Michel Godin, Tuesday February 6th 2001
I’d like to speak out on Paul’s article, he’s absolutely right! When I first joined the Tuesday league, I was told that it was a "friendly" league and it was more "for fun". Why do I get more bruises and injuries in this league than Friday? I won’t speak on the Dragons (they’re more than clean).

To start with the Demons, they’re dirty. It's unfortunate to say that about a team that has only registered 2 wins all season but it's true. Every time I play against them (w/screaming maniacs) #10 likes to tell me: "Je vais te casser la gueule", "attends moi dehors après la game pour que j’arrange ton portrait" "parle-moi en Francais cr**s de bloke" NEWSFLASH!!! Je suis Francais ...

Now, I know I’m not a saint, but you can ask anybody on my team that I don’t play with the same intensity than on Fridays. I’m careful in the corners and I keep my mouth shut! Like Paul has mentioned in a previous article, they have more penalties than the rest of the league.

Now for Freezer 10, I don’t know what Fraser’s problem is but he’s rough! As for Rory, he keeps his stick up too high and he’s dangerous (he’s high sticked me in the face in a previous game and I also had to leave for several minutes due to bleeding). The point is, accidents happen but apologies are not forbidden! I admit that I was getting pretty upset at what I was seeing last night and my reflex would be to defend my teammates but this is TUESDAY LEAGUE and it’s not supposed to happen...Let's just say that what happened to Greg was terrible and not even apologizing is worst! (I’m talking at the moment, maybe it was done later).

All of this aggressiveness has turned Paul into a goon!!! (kidding). Anyway, all of this to say that I look
forward to playing the Dragons because it’s talent and strategy that awaits us and not what was mentioned above...

Miracle of the game: thank god there were band-aids at our disposal



Paul Iacurto, Mardi le 6 Février 2001
Victoire 2 pour 1 des Maniacs qui ont défait 2 adversaires dans la même soirée, soit Freezer 10 et Jimmy qui ne cessait pas de nous envoyer au cachot pour des raisons très discutables. Freezer 10 ont eu quelques punitions mais ils en méritaient beaucoup plus. Plusieurs de nos joueurs ont mangé des coups. Parmi les "non calls" de Jimmy, soulignons un high stick au visage de Greg, qui a du quitter le match pendant quelques instants car il saignait. Il est revenu avec un band-aid au front. Pendant ce temps, je reçois un 2 minutes pour avoir rien fait à l’égard de Anthony; je l'aidais à sortir la balle du mur. Ce gars là joue super clean. J'ai aucune raison de le frapper. 2 minutes pour rudesse. Ben voyons donc! Je ne l'ai jamais touché. On aura tout vu.

Et à chaque fois que je joue contre Freezer 10, j’ai l’impression que Rory veut m’arracher la tête pour une raison ou une autre. Il me coure après comme un malade et il me plaque (bon verbe). C'est quoi le problème? Lors de notre dernier affrontement, monsieur décide de me plaquer en terrain ouvert, juste comme ça. C'est même arrivé en fin de partie lorsque l'issue du match était réglé depuis bien longtemps (victoire de 10 à 3 pour les Maniacs). Pourquoi me plaquer? Il y a t'il quelque chose que je ne "catch" pas? C'est quoi la joke? Pourtant je ne l’ai jamais malmené par le passé et je ne suis pas un joueur cochon. C'est très étrange. Mais je dois avouer que Rory n'est pas le joueur le plus populaire au sein des Maniacs car il se promène souvent avec un bâton élevé, ce qui augmente l'incidence des blessures oculaires, et ça c'est dangeureux. Il a envoyé un coup de coude sur la tête de Joyce et il a cinglé Murphy. Il va falloir que le p'tit gars se calme les nerfs. Nous on est là pour avoir du fun et non pas pour se ramasser à l'urgence après la partie. J'ai jamais vu ça depuis Ralph Reiber dans la saison 98-99, et j'ai joué contre un tonne de joueurs dans ben des ligues depuis ce temps. Heureusement que Rory n'a pas un gabarit imposant.

Je me suis fait sortir du match pour la première fois de ma carrière CASC en début de deuxième, suite à ma 3ième punition (dont 2 punitions étaient "pas rap") et les Maniacs ont pursuivi leur lancée en comptant 3 buts sans riposte pour une victoire de 6 à 1. J'ai accumulé plus de minutes de punitions dans cette partie qu'en 18 affrontements dans la ligue du Vendredi, qui est beaucoup plus rapide et physique. Moi je trouve ça bizarre.

J’étais content car nous nous sommes débattus contre tout le monde et nous avons néanmoins retiré une victoire par un écart imposant. Les Maniacs n'ont même pas eu besoin de mes services. Régent m’a confié après la partie qu’il s’ennuyait dans les buts étant donné le manque de tirs. Freezer 10 sont bien meilleurs avec Chris dans leur alignement. Au moins lui est là pour jouer au hockey. Personne chez les Maniacs a eu de plaisir à jouer cette partie et ils avaient leur voyage, et avec raison. Nous avons une semaine pour soigner nos bleus.

Ce recap risque de faire jaser ben du monde mais je crois qu'il est important de dire ce qu'on pense et de s'exprimer ouvertement une fois de temps en temps. Je n'ai pas menti en tout cas.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Joyce Turner


Dragons 8 Demons 1
Michel Godin, Tuesday February 6th 2001
This game was one-way all the way...The Dragons only had one sub and still found a way to "Clobber" the Demons. Shots on net were 60-21 in favor of the Dragons. Some of those (21 shots) were lobs or attempted passes that "slowly" rolled it’s way in Leonard’s glove. David Lefebvre had at least 4 goals and everyone (Kam, David, Ryan, Carine and George) had multi-point games. Carine was amazing, she reads the play very well (several assists on nice plays) and she’s not affraid of going in the corners and she comes out with the ball.

As usual, The Demons had their share of penalties and deserved much more. If Regent thought he was bored..ask Leonard what he thought of his game. Anyways, the only positive thing I can find for the Demons is their goalie (Wai), he’s improved (I would too if I got 60 shots on net every game). He’s got no defence and gets plastered with shots and keeps showing up and doing his best.

Player of the game: Carine Contreras




WEEK 20
UNE VICTOIRE BIEN MÉRITÉE
Demons 5 Screaming Maniacs 3
Paul Iacurto, Mardi le 13 Mars 2001
Partie où les Demons ont fait un effort pour éviter le saccage et le verbiage afin de se concentrer au hockey. Les Demons ont pris une avance de 2 à 0 en un clin d’oeil suite à un doublé de Yacine Zinet. Son 2e but est survenu tout de suite après la mise en jeu du premier but; son tir bas et précis m’a tout à fait menotté. Mais il faut dire que je n’étais pas en grand forme (ou pourri) lors de la première moitié. J’ai bouffé 2 Macpoulets avant la partie et ils ont passé par le mauvais tuyau. C’est difficile de résister à des hamburgers à $1.49.

Les Demons ont rajouté 2 autres buts, dont un en avantage numérique, avant que les Maniacs inscrivent un premier but sur un tir du poignet de Martin. Les Demons ont contrôlé le tempo en 1ère période et ils étaient tout à fait méritants de maintenir une avance de 3 buts à l’entracte. Les Maniacs n’étaient pas là. Et l’absence de Murphy nous a fait mal.

Les Maniacs se sont désentortillés en 2e période sur des buts de Billy et de Joyce mais tous les espoirs d’un comeback ont été effondrés à quelques minutes de la fin lorsque Michel a accidentellement dévié la balle dans son filet. Pas grave Mike.

Félicitation aux Démons pour une victoire bien méritée. Le fait que #22 soit absent a changé l’allure de la partie car ce mec pogne un minimum de 2 punitions par partie. Il a 26 minutes de punitions en 9 parties (et 0 but).

Et j’ai encore une fois eu le malheur de constater que Jimmy avait le sifflet léger. Lui aussi aurait changé l’allure du match s’il avait été le seul arbitre. Pourquoi siffles-tu aussi souvent? Laisse nous dont jouer! (il est courant de mes griefs - je lui donne souvent de la marde au téléphone). Je préfère un arbitre qui nous laisse jouer.

Donc on oublie les 2 prochaines parties car elle ne veulent strictement rien dire. Kam veut que je joue en avant contre son équipe. Notre saison sera jugée le 4 avril. Les Freezer ont la chienne de nous et c'est évident par leur stratégie. Est-ce que je vais me faire coller comme une sangsue encore une fois? C'est flatteur mais je ne mérite pas de me faire suivre dans les 4 coins du gym pendant 60 minutes.

Screaming Maniacs roster: Paul Iacurto (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Régent Proulx, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner




WEEK 22
WHERE WAS LL?
Screaming Maniacs 9 Dragons 4
Michel Godin, Tuesday March 27th 2001
I will spell you my thoughts on this game..B-O-R-R-I-N-G!!! Leonard Luedee showed up too late for his team and the Dragons ended up playing the game without a goalie. Greg Phendler and Paul Iacurto were missing (Paul had a playoff game in another league) for the Maniacs as Ryan Duchesne was also missing but for the Dragons.
BOX SCORE
1st period
1
2
3
4
Maniacs Murphy 20 (Ponting) 5:00
Dragons
Patel RJ 1 (Lefebvre, Kabenian) 12:00
Maniacs
Murphy 21 (Ribiero) 21:30
Dragons
Vanyperen 8 (Patel K, Lefebvre) 22:30
2nd period
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Maniacs Godin 16 (Ponting) 0:45
Maniacs
Ponting 24 (Frost, Murphy) 13:00
Maniacs
Ponting 25 (Murphy) 13:45
Maniacs
Collazzo 1 (Turner, Godin) 14:10
Dragons
Lefebvre 31 (Patel RJ) 17:00
Maniacs
Collazzo 2 (Frost, Murphy) 18:00
Maniacs
Ponting 26 18:30
Dragons
Patel RJ 2 (Lefebvre) 19:10
Maniacs
Turner 3 (Ribiero) 21:30
Final score Screaming Maniacs 9 Dragons 4
Shots on net Maniacs, Proulx (38 of 42, 90%)
Penalty min. Maniacs 8, Dragons 2


It was a tough game to play because it had NO importance and we were facing no goalie=no challenge. It was 2-2 at the half! We played terrible (no intensity) and some of us were thinking of boosting up our stats instead of backchecking and helping out Regent (he faced 42 shots). The Dragons played well and gave a good effort (Kam and Larry splited the time in front of their own net) but, they probably got tired which explains why we scored 5 goals in a 5 minute span towards the end of the 2nd half. We will have to play much better as one unit if we want to do well in the playoffs. As our season has ended and post-season starts, I just want to say that no matter were we end up I REALLY enjoyed my season as a Maniac and Joyce Turner is an EXCELLENT Captain because she leads by example (plays hard, devoted and always there) and I hope she comes back next year and you can count me in for next year! Thank you Maniacs (Joyce, Valerie, Matilde, Regent, Paul, Mike, Billy, Greg and Martin) for making tuesdays a day to look foward to!

Molson players of the game:
Maniacs: Regent Proulx (made some great saves)
Dragons: Kamlesh Patel (standing in front of his net to block our shots)


Paul Iacurto, Mardi le 27 Mars 2001
A l’exception de la partie où je me suis fait crissé dehors par Jimmy et une couple de rencontres assommantes contre les Demons, je dois réitérer les propos de Michel en vous affirmant que j’ai eu ben du fun dans la ligue du Mardi soir. Les parties les plus agréables ont été contre Dragons et ce, même si on a battu Freezer 10 cinq fois sur sept. Je suis fier d’avoir joué pour les Maniacs. Nous sommes l’équipe la plus enviée de la ligue étant donné le faible taux d’absentéisme de nos joueurs réguliers, car nous avons joué clean et car nous avons mis en valeur l’aspect coed de la ligue plus que n’importe quelle autre équipe (Joyce 22 parties jouées, Valérie 16 et Matilde 4. TOTAL 42, par rapport à Freezer 10 avec 27, Dragons avec 26 et Demons avec 0).

J'espère que notre équipe ne sera pas démantelée pour l'an prochain. Ca serait chiant.

Je vous donne sans coût additionnel mes choix pour les trophées

Meilleur joueur offensif: Murphy. 21 buts en 15 rencontres pour un joueur de 47 ans. Mike travaille d'acharne pied et il a toujours le filet en tête.

Meilleur joueur défensif: Kam. Un mur en défensive, il est très difficile à passer.

Joueur le plus amélioré: Régent comme joueur avant. 7 buts en 11 matchs pour un gardien qui n'a jamais joué en avant dans aucune ligue, c'est impressionnant.

Meilleur gardien: Régent. Meilleur GAA de la ligue. Toujours solide. Leonard a aussi eu une grosse saison mais c'est presque trop facile pour lui car il couvre tout le filet

MVP (F): Joyce. Dévouée, fiable et la seule joueuse de la ligue qui s'est présentée à toutes les parties.Excellente en défensive, a un bon sens du hockey et peut à se lancer en attaque pour compter des buts ou créer des jeux

MVP (M): Jimmy. Qui d'autre a réussi à lui seul à complètement changer l'allure et à dominer autant de matchs? Joke mais avec un brin de vérité. Les séries s'en viennent et j'ai peur..... Mon choix est Yacine. Les Demons auraient gagné aucune partie sans lui




PLAYOFFS - SEMI-FINALS
MANIACS ADVANCE
Screaming Maniacs 4 Freezer10 2
Michel Godin, Tuesday April 3rd 2000
As promised, the FREEZER BAG is permenantly sealed! It took us some time to get it done because we were trailing 2-0 at one point. Thankfully Régent played a great game and kept us close. Paul Iacurto scored the 1st goal on a hard slapshot that Lacombe never saw! Then I scored on a nice wrist shot to make it 2-2. Thankfully Murphy was standing close to the net giving me lots of room to move in on Lacombe. Then we got a powerplay and after some good passing, Paul scored his 2nd goal. Billy sealed the game with our fourth goal to cruise towards the win. Everybody played a good game and did something to contribute to this victory. As for Freezer 10, Chris lost his temper after he thought he scored to take the lead 3-2 but the ball really hit the post. That was the turning point, that penalty gave us the 3-2 lead (Paul`s 2nd goal). Our power play was really good tonight! Great game Maniacs and now we must beat the Dragons! WARNING: The Dragons will go down! They`ve taken their last puff...

Molson Players of the Game:
Screaming Maniacs: Paul Iacurto (2 goals, backed up his promise!)
Freezer 10: Steve Lacombe (kept his team close)


Paul Iacurto, Mardi le 3 Avril 2000
Une partie digne des séries et un spectacle qui n’a pas déçu les 2 ou 3 spectateurs. Les Maniacs étaient pompés et prêts à assomer leur adversaire. Mais, à leur grand désarroi, ce sont les Congélateurs 10 qui ont débuté le match en lion avec 2 buts rapides; le premier est surnevu suite à une mêlée dans l’enclave et le deuxième sur un boulet de canon de Chris. Régent a fait l’arrêt initial avec son blocker mais le tir était tellement foudroyant que la balle a rebondi par dessus sa tête et a rampé dans le filet à 1mph.

On tirait de l’arrière de 2 buts et j’avais un peu la chienne de perdre. C'était le temps de me réveiller, à défaut de m'exiler de la ville advenant une défaite. Je ne voulais pas perdre car je veux qu'on démolisse les Dragons en finale. Joyce trouve que certains gars de l’équipe sont capotés car ils crient et parlent tout le temps. Elle en a eu pour son argent ce soir. Je devais monter mon jeu d’un cran au plus cri***, même si Jennifer voulait me mettre les bâtons dans les roues en me suivant dans les 4 coins du gym pour la 2e partie d’affilée. Au moins je peux dire à mes amis qu’une fille a "couru après moi" en cette soirée. Elle m’a lâché pendant quelques secondes et j’ai eu le temps de décocher un slap shot qui a passé entre les jambières de Steve.

Les Maniacs ont montré ben du caractère en inscrivant 3 des 4 prochains buts. Chris a perdu la boule en fin de partie quand il s’est fait refusé un but. C'est très rare qu'il capote de même et il a mérité une punition anti-sportive. Le tir est rentré tellement vite que c’était difficile de déterminer si la balle a heurté le poteau intérieur ou extérieur. De toute façon, Murphy a marqué en premiere période et le but n’a pas compté. Mais je dois féliciter Eric pour avoir arbitré un grosse partie.

C’était une partie clean, sans criaillerie, bébéisme et verbiage des deux côtés. Voilà du vrai hockey balle. J’aime ben Neal et Anthony; ces 2 gars là sont correctes en ta. Prochaine étape: anéantir les Dragons. Ca va être une bonne partie.







 
Félicitations à Kam et à son équipe  

TUESDAY DIVISION FINAL
LES DRAGONS SONT CHAMPIONS
Dragons 5 Screaming Maniacs 4
Michel Godin, Mardi le 10 Avril 2000
Les Dragons étaient prêts pour cette Partie. LL Cool G était "psyched" et l`équipe était bien préparée. Pour les Screaming Maniacs, on était complet et Régent était devant le filet. Les Dragons ont commencé avec force et chance pour prendre les devants 2-0. J`ai réussi a mettre la partie 2-1 avec une interception de dégagement de Ryan pour surprendre Leonard dans le "top Corner". Ce but était dédié à mon nouveau minou "Hercules"...Mais on n`a pas été capable de capitaliser par la suite. David a marqué un but chanceux et Les Dragons menaient 4-1 à la demi.

John Wong a marqué un but très controversé pour élargir leur avance à 5-1. Les Maniacs se sont finalement réveillés avec 3 buts sans riposte (et avec l`aide de l`indiscipline de David) pour remonter à 5-4. Cependant, les Dragons ont été fidèles à leur réputation de "dumper" de balle contre la menace constante des Maniacs. Leonard a fait qques bons arrêts pour clôturer cette partie à 5-4 Dragons.

Kamlesh a bien joué défensivement et Ryan a su créer plusieurs menaces constantes. David toujours bien placé devant le filet a marqué des gros buts. C`était des buts chanceux mais c`est ceux là qui te font gagner une partie. Les Maniacs ses sont réveillés TROP tard car je suis sûr qu`avec deux à trois minutes de plus et on avait cette partie. Le visage de qques Maniacs montraient la déception de cette défaite. Régent, tu as gardé une bonne game et tu as su nous garder dans cette partie surtout losqu`on ne jouait pas bien. Les Dragons ont exploité nos faiblesses et le résultat en témoigne. Ca m`a fait "chier" cette défaite surtout qu`on était si près...

Conclusion, on va se venger l`année prochaine et ca sera au Dragons de maintenir la pression...Aussi, j`aimerais féliciter Joyce (MVP Féminine) et Paul (MVP Masculin) car c`est BIEN mérité. Ces deux là sont des leaders positifs et leur présence sur le jeux a su élever mon jeux de qques barres.

Molson Players of the Game:
Dragons: Leonard Luedee (a fait les arrêts clefs)
Screaming Maniacs: Régent Proulx (a su nous. garder dans le match)




Paul Iacurto, Tuesday April 10th 2000
I would like to commend Michel on a very mannerly recap considering the bitter comments that some of the Maniacs blabbered during and after the game. Other Maniacs were more disappointed than angry. Can you blame them for reacting this way? By taking some undeniable facts into consideration, my answer is a soft yes. Fact: 3 of the 5 Dragon goals were of the wishy-washy variety, and that is excluding John’s very questionable game winning goal. Was it high stick? Probably. Was Eric wrong? You can’t blame him since he had a split-second decision to make. Did John look guilty after scoring the goal? IMHO, yes. Lady luck was on the Dragons’ side on this evening (big time) but things cannot always go your way

Fact: once they took a 4 goal lead, the Dragons slowed the game to a crawl by constantly dumping the ball in our zone (and not necessarily going after it). It was getting ridiculous at a certain point. But you cannot blame
them for doing what is necessary to win a game. If dump is the brand of hockey they have chosen, so be it. Dump hockey is a hodgepodge of conservative, drudging and terror-stricken (slightly caricatured term) of the opposition hockey. I call it chicken hockey, or Flamingo hockey (chicken as in being scared and not as a game testing courage)

I am not a mark of this brand of hockey unless my team is up by one goal with less than 1 minute to play. But every team has its own style that makes them unique. I don’t have anything against the proponents of dump hockey. It’s a strategy just like any other and it worked last night. It's part of the game.

Two players disappointed me in yesterday’s game: Billy Ponting was yapping too much as soon as the Dragons opened the scoring and he was too defeatist once we were down by 4 goals. On the other side, David Lefebvre was trying to aggravate me by whacking my chest with his palms (for no reason. I did nothing). I told him: "si tu fais ça une autre fois, le prochain coup va être sur ta face". He did it again later. And it was his indiscipline that sent him to the box in the second (the Maniacs capitalized on the PP). That is no way to treat your summer captain! I was already used to such attentive treatment from several players in games past. The most annoying were Fraser's elbows. I guess it’s flattering to be pursued by the opposition. But you shake hands after the game and everything is okay. Friendships are bigger than ball hockey.

The Dragons needed 2 playoff victories to complete a very successful regular season and they did what they had to. All players were very humble and professional in victory. I am competitive and I hate losing any final game but the disappointment is slowly subsiding. There is nothing like winning championships. I had a great time this season and I was very proud to play with the Maniacs. Covering the division on the BHN was fun and it gave me a chance to express my ball hockey emotions. Writing is a good therapeutic exercise and it lets your imagination run wild. Just look at that scrumptious roast chicken! Once again, hats off to Joyce for doing a great job as captain and congratulations on a well deserved MVP award. I will be pulling for Backdraft in tomorrow night's game. There is also something very special about playing on the same team as Mike Murphy. I hope we return intact for next season. The Maniacs have the coolest and most organized team. We can be very proud of that. My thanks to John and Michel for writing Tuesday Div. recaps. It's gestures like yours that gives your league more exposure.


Dragons roster: Leonard Luedee (G), Carine Contreras, Ryan Duchesne, Georges Kabenian, David Lefebvre Kamlesh Patel, John Wong

Screaming Maniacs roster: Régent Proulx (G), Valerie Frost, Michel Godin, Paul Iacurto, Mike Murphy, Greg Phendler, Billy Ponting, Martin Rosenthal, Joyce Turner

Budweiser players of the game: Ryan Duchesne