29S, no. 11; newsletter by h.s.)
For the second consecutive season the Pirates claimed the President's Trophy for best record and the No.1 spot for the Playoffs. After last week's loss to the St. Pats, this appeared an advantage since the Pirates faced the Jaguars instead of the No.3-seeded St. Pats. As it turned-out, neither Semifinal was a close affair: The Pirates would “mercy” the Jags (a team we had beaten twice in the regular season, but never by such a wide margin), and the Chiefs would blow-out a St. Pat team that (according to T.P.O.C.) was still suffering the “effects” of an afternoon team golf outing that may have involved some drinking.
Absent from the night's festivities was Anthony Toscano, but Russ “Nine Screws” Nicolosi stepped-in to sub. The main story of the 1st period was the Brooks-Ralz-DiPierro line that played a role in all five unanswered goals: Tim (unassisted), Dan (assist Tim), Brooks (unassisted), Tim (assist Dan), and Brooks (unassisted). The Pirates took the 5-0 lead into the break.
The Jags answered back early in the final period when, after a defensive zone faceoff, they intercepted the puck at the point and beautifully deflected a shot just over my leg pad. That goal, however, seemed to incite our defensive corps as our blueliners scored three of the next four goals. During the next 6:00 minutes the Pirates scored four times to officially end the game at the 13:47 mark — the first Playoff “mercy” in Pirates history. The goals came from Gucci (unassisted), Dan (from LeMatty), Kevin (unassisted), and Gucci (unassisted). Gucci's first goal featured some ballerina-like moves down the ice through all five Jags; his second — the one that ended the contest — was a backhander that just hooked the inside of the post.
The Pirates now head into the Finals to face the Chiefs and #67. Warning: #67 is not the same player we know from our Wednesday roster ... he is good when he plays for other teams.
date of game: 6.17.07
1) DAN DIPIERRO
For his 3-point night — 2 goals and an assist — and the GWG. (He had the hattrick, but it came after the game officially ended.)
2) DARREN GUGGLIELMELLI
For ironclad “D” and the goal that ended it.
3) TIM HAND
For his 3 points (featuring some quick hands on the first goal).
GLENN THE HERO
Most of us know Glenn Farkas as a mild-mannered, tenacious forward. This weekend though, Glenn was in his yard when he smelled smoke. He found that the mulch and shrubs by his neighbor's front door had ignited due to the excessive heat. No.#15 sprung into action: He ran over, grabbed the garden hose and put the fire out. For his quick play, we salute Glenn. Bravo!