Neil Foley with Game Winner and other such nonsense.

January 22, 2022

It was so cold last night, the warm room was redubbed The Fridge. 

Hey, let's get into it. The Edge Doctor in front of Mike Dussault, Jr. and Vescera Law in front of Shannon Murphy, went at it in a playoff like atmosphere. In the first Eric Rondeau gave the Doctor the edge, with Kreg Labelle on the assist. In the second, LaBelle would get one of his own, sent to the net by Sean Coffey. Seriously, that was it a goal in each period with the goalies holding their own between the pipes. In the third, Vescera Law found a chink in the armor of Junior, getting on the board 2 and half in. Nate Arruda would put it past on a bing bang play from Paul Praderio and Kevin Schleicher. Just a short minute later, Praderio would tie up the game with Nate Arruda on the helper. The intensity just went to "eleven". Adam Babikian fired up the bench and a minute later Derek Franco would put the DR. EDGE back in the drivers seat. He was helped by Rondeau. Rondeau keeps playing like this, his rating is going up. Midway through the third, V-Law would dig deep and get themselves another one, set up by Jay Arruda and Rich Dias. What a game. With everyone in full pucker to the end, Neil Foley set up in his office in front, grabs the rebound from Mike Thomas and Kreg LaBelle's shots and bing bang boom, grabs the game winner. I know spoiler. The action was not done, the real unsung hero of the battle, was Sean Coffey stopping the open netter with his keaster from his keaster, and preserved the win in the waning seconds of the game. Edge Doctor wins 4-3.

In game two, Ricky Votta's, Votta Properties and Dan Dussault's Manville Pizza were ready for the popular 9:30 game. I will say, this does not happen often, but the Dussault's out numbered the Meegan's at the rink last night. More about that later. Votta Properties, sans Ricky V, due to a nasty cold. Although there were plenty of Votta's at the rink to route on the purple. Votta's team would start the scoring at the very end of the first. Now, forgive me if I am wrong, but I believe it was Ralphie My Boo who scored, but it looked like a pick up game with all the different Jerseys. Mike Bragan and Brian Roman set him up. Guess what happened in the second? Nothing but great goaltending by Frank Zabata and Tommy Martins. In the third, Mike Bragan would get a goal of his own with Kosinski setting him up. Guess what happened next Mark would set up Mike again. Deja vu, not really this was on a power play. I know that hockey is a passionate game, but it is men's league beer hockey. I know our lives are only fulfilled by the hour on the ice, but can we all calm down. Anyway, Ben Dussault has renamed Manville Pizza "The Butt Nuggs". I think his Fort Night might be suspended for a few hours today. Although, he can write in cursive so, that is something. By the way Votta wins and puts themselves in First in the standings 3-0. 

Later in the evening, Final Touch and Green Goddess went at it. Green Goddess got on the board from the drop of the puck, or 17 seconds into the game. Neil Yee would take the pass from Andy Morrison to put the GG on the right course. It would be the second that things went even better for the Goddess. JW Preston, back from hiatus would rush the puck (against his captains direction) and score with Morrison setting that one up. Less than a minute later, Matt Connell would take the shot, both Brian Pendergast and Jimmy Meegan would take a shot for the rebound, Jimmy would be successful. 30 seconds would tick by, and Brian Pendergast would get the next goal from Meegans pass. 3 goals in less than 2 minutes. Final Touch, did not want a 4 goal lead deter them. Late in the period Gerry Fahey would ruin the shut out bid. Got out in front of the net allowing Steve Owens to put it right on his tape. In the third a late push by Final Touch would get a couple more, undistracted by the skirmish on the opposing bench. Rich LaPlante, right place, right time, would take the puck off his shaft from a whip by Tim Pincince. Steve Manning also figured in on the goal. Pincince would get some puck luck again with less than a minute remaining. Final Touch would pull the goalie, Neil Yee from Goddess would take advantage and score a last minute goal. Pincince from Final touch would get a late goal with a pin point shot off the pads, finding its way in the net. A little too little a litte too late. Green Goddess wins 5-3 and is in third place with Edge Doctor. 

A couple of announcements. Next Friday, Wicked Rhode led by Mike Dussault, Jr. will be playing at the Coach's Pub in Smithfield. Coach's is located off 44 towards Centerdale (North Providence). Also, Loose Screws, led by Richie Dias is playing next Saturday at the Joint in Cranston. 

Over the past week, there has been some bad blood in the rink. Lots of yelling at the ref's specifically. Let's keep in mind, none of us have a chance for the NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc... This is our home. Hockey is a passionate sport. That doesn't mean we can be assholes. It is beer league hockey. It is supposed to be fun for everyone. Please keep this in mind. Much love. 

I hope you all have a great week. See you at the rink.

Live, Breathe, Love............................................HOCKEY!!!!!!