It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

January 15, 2022

Keep the Brass Monkeys in today. By the way, a brass monkey is ring or dimpled brass part that holds cannon balls on the deck of a war ship. They would freeze and contract and the balls would fall off and roll around the deck. 

The expression: "It is cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey" comes from the practice of putting iron cannon balls on a dimpled brass plate on the deck of a war-ship. When very cold the brass contracted sufficiently to cause the iron balls to fall out.

That said, let's get into it. Votta Properties moved up in the standings with a win and is now tied for first with Vescera Law. Votta faced Quick Dam, without their sponsor Schaivone. We are thinking about you Mark. Hope you heal up quick. Mike Bragan Started the scoring with the only goal in the first, for Votta, this was unassisted. In the second 2 drops of the puck and Votta was on top 3 to zip. 2 goals by the new guy and my neighbor, Brian Cormier. One was assisted by the captain and a handsome devil, Ricky Votta and Mike BONE-IN Bonin. His second was helped by Mark Kosinski, white gloves doin' what white gloves does. Another drop of the puck and Quick Dam was on the board. Shawn Smith showing off for his beautiful wife, buried the rebound of Frank Nardone's bomb. For those of you scoring at home, that is 3 total goals in less than a minute. Quick Dam would get the next one half way through the second. It would Smith again, this time with help from Jarred Martin, who was showing off for his little girl. All of a sudden it is 3-2. Ricky Votta took the wind out of Quick Dams sails with a goal of his own from Kosinski and Bonin. Late in the second Bragen would stretch the lead to 5-2. The score would remain such through the third. With Votta holding on for the win.

In game 2 the over/under was 12. who knew how right Vegas was. Hang on to your hats, this is how it went. First goal by Final Touch early on with touch. Rich LaPlante to Jim Galvin over to Tim Pincince and he buried. Next goal by Manville Pizza, Frank Nardone would get a goal from Rick Mercuri and Keith Kraunelis. Manville again would put the puck home off the face off 8 seconds later. Shane McCormick unassisted and minute later, it would Shane again from Greg Landry. The next two goals in succession would be from Pincince unassisted and then Final touch again by Jerry Fahey. Before the end of the period, Frank Nardone would put Manville ahead with a goal at the 5 second mark before the buzzer. Kraunelis and Nate Patterson on the assist. Hi Nate!. In the second, Keith would start the scoring for the Pizza stretching the lead to 5-3. And then Final Touch would get a 3 pack within a minute. A couple of subs on the goals with Galvin in the sandwich. 6-5 Final Touch all of a sudden. Shane McCormick for Manville would tie up the game and get a hat trick in the process, helped by Nardone. Final Touch would get 2 goals before the end of the second, scoring in bunches. Jim Galvin would get both of them from Tim P. That would Galvin getting his sombrero. In the third, Galvin would get another one early on. Next drop of the puck Manville would get one to keep pace. Greg Landry helping the pizza rise (get it). McCormick on the apple. Final Touch would get the next 2 and secure the 11-7 win. 

On to the 10:40 game. This one was going to be tough for Green Goddess. We could tell coming out of the gate. Adam Babikian was back from Covid Protocol, along with Jay Cawley. Mike Dussault out with the VID. Adam got some quality subs to help in his quest for the cup. Edge Doctor started early with Kreg LaBelle slipping the puck through a tiny window, Sean Coffey on the assist. First shift goals are always good. Late in the Period, Kreg would get number 2 for the doctor, from Albertelli. Green Goddess finally got on the board midway through the second, as Ricky Vasconcelos put the puck home, with help from Brian Pendergast. Score was 2-1 for a hot second. The jubilation wouldn't last. Yours truly with the assist against his own team and helping Kreg LaBelle complete his hat trick for the Edge. My generosity knows no limits. Yes, I am very tired. That shit will keep you awake. BTW they gave the assist to Eric Rondeau. But really it was me. Late in the second, the puck and the game ran away from Green Goddess. Edge Doctor would get won at the 2 second mark and end the second with a 4-1 lead. The next goal would be the Edge's finest Rondeau. He muscled his way out of the corner (yeah, he kinda just nudged me out of the way) and scored on the short side. LaBelle on the assist. The last goal of the game was scored by the Captain, Adam Babikian on the snipe. That would do it, 6-1 Edge Doctor. 

Check out those standings, it is still anyone's season. Vescera has been hanging on to that top spot, but now share it with Votta. Manville Goddess and Edge all knotted up with 12 points. Final Touch helped themselves and knocking on the door. Quick Dam has a lot of ladder to climb, but I believe they are the dark horse in the race. 

Hope everyone stays warm. Have a great week. 

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